You might think that having to wear glasses is a handicap, but in a survival situation it's just another tool to work with. Photo by Håkan Dahlström.
Who knew us nerds had such a handy tool resting on our face? Depending on the material of your specs, Casey Lyons at Backpacker has a few super simple uses for your eye wear in survival situations:
- Pry out grubs: Use the long temple parts of your frames to dig into hollow or dead logs for lunch.
- Make a compass: If your frames are stainless steel, you can break off a piece and magnetize it by rubbing one end against your hair. Drop it in some still water and the magnetized end will point north.
- Make a fishing hook: Bend pieces of your metal frame into a classic fish hook shape, or sharpen pieces of your plastic frames into gorge hooks.
Some of these tips work with regular sunglasses as well. It should be noted, however, that you shouldn't try to make any type of blade out of your lenses. Despite the term "glasses," your lenses are probably made out of composite plastic and better suited for starting a fire. Learn more at the link below.