MANILA, Philippines – Who would have thought that a condom can help you survive a natural disaster?
Philippine Coast Guard doctor Ted Esguerra said the barrier device most commonly used during sexual intercourse may be handy in storing clean water.
He said that unlike bottles which may take up a lot of space in your bag, the elastic condom can be rolled up and slipped into the pocket.
It can also be used as a waterproof case for important gadgets such as mobile phones, Esguerra added.
“Pwede itong storage ng tubig o pantago sa cellphone,” he said in an interview on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda on Monday.
Other unlikely items that may be included in a survival kit are diapers which may be used as towels, and sanitary napkins to cover wounds.
“Mahirap magdala ng towel masyadong malaki kaya pwede ang diaper,” Esguerra said.
Rescue expert Jerry Caruwal, for his part, said it’s always best to have waterproof matches in your survival kit. Regular matches can be made waterproof by dipping these in nail polish, he said.
A small bottle of iodine solution, meanwhile, will give you more access to clean water. Just add 4 drops to a liter of water and bring it to a boil, Caruwal said.
For those who have the budget, a company is offering survival items such as portable sleeping bags and stretchers as well as pocket food and water.
Joseph Macasero, executive distributor at Survivor Industries USA, said these are good for 5 years and are able to supply all your health needs.