Emergency ponchoâ€™s are a thin plastic sheet designed to be worn in place of a rain jacket and offer water proofing when you need it the most.
As they are small and inexpensive, it makes sense to tuck these into your emergency kits, survival preps, camping bags, and in your vehicle as a â€˜just in caseâ€™ against bad weather.
These plastic ponchoâ€™s have many other uses as well:
- As a shelter. Plastic ponchos can be used as a simple A frame shelter. Tie a rope between two trees, drape the poncho over and tie down to form the a-shape. This is helpful to shelter underneath during heavy rainstorms.
- As a ground cover. If you are out hiking in the bush, camping or have had to evacuate, you will want to avoid the wet, cold ground that will be unpleasant at best. Simply spread the poncho on the ground as a barrier.
- As a water collector. The plastic can help you funnel rain water. If it is the dry season, you can use it to collect potable water.
- Keep your supplies dry. Have a second poncho on hand to wrap your day pack in to keep everything dry.
- As a pillow or mattress. Stuff the poncho with pine needles or leaves and close it up for a softer place to lay your head when you have to sleep rough.
- For first aid. With a little imagination you can use a plastic poncho for a splint, a sling, a tourniquet, or as a stretcher.
- To mark a trail. These plastic orange ponchos are good to use on a trail