Vaseline aka Petroleum Jelly, to many novice campers they mostly think of only one usage, fire starter such as cotton ball coated Vaseline. Below I will cover on my usage, frankly there are tons of usage but these are some of it how I have used Vaseline.
Survival First Aid and Beauty Care
- Hot spot
- Prevent nose bleeding
- Sun screen
- Lip balm
- Skin moisturizer
- Fire starter
- Tons of beauty care from eyelid etc
- Pet care
- Rust coating
- Zipper repair (tent, bag etc)
- Electrical waterproofing
- Lubrication (hinges, roller, screw etc)
- Battery terminal protection
- Finish (leather, wood etc)
- Self DIY pleasure
Personally I prefer to use straw tinder with Vaseline coated cotton. It burns very well and it always stays dry. Other than that it could be used for first aid application when needed. So it served 2 purposes beside as a tinder.
Do not just think that the Vaseline straw tinder must be used with a fire steel. Like I said it a great fire starter ever if using a lighter to start a fire. If you make the straw tinder an inch long, it can be reused again once you have the fire started.
As a Fist Aid application, it does have plenty of uses. It helps to waterproof the affected area from infection.
I have Vaseline in my Emergency Kit, Small Tinder Kit and Pocket Repair Kit so think about it, definitely will gives you all the outdoor pleasure needed.