There are several ways one can get lost in Africa, and once you do, you are in immediate danger. If you are not prepared, you will die. There is no sugar coating it. There are a lot of easy things we may think about, like calling for help, making a fire, and drinking some water. Then you'll be fine.
Those three things, while ideal, aren't always as cut and dry as they appear. Sometimes you need to be resourceful, and trust me when I tell you that I've got you covered. They may seem bizarre, but these ideas will work.
1Cell Phone Fire
If your cell is dead, broken, or waterlogged, this obviously means you cannot use it to call for help. We're in a survival situation after all, people. However, you can still use it to help you. Normally, using materials around you to start a fire is the ideal thing, so this would be a last resort sort of thing, of course.
But what if you're injured or need something quickly? Then the cell fire is ideal. This can work anywhere at any time, especially in Africa where a fire's importance increases exponentially at night.
The way it works is simple; you use the battery in the back. You open it up with a knife and it will instantly start to get warm as you expose it to some air.
Once the coating is off, you then get that knife of yours right inside it to begin the chemical reaction. It has materials that will instantly catch on fire once exposed to the air after you cut through. Now, you have to be careful with some batteries because they have been known to explode.
Also, when you get it started you want to stay on the opposite side of the smoke, since it's chemical smoke.
This video from Man vs. Wild will pretty much show you how to do it.
Primarily, when you light it on fire it'll smoke for a long period of time, and help start future fires. The smoke also keeps away African mosquitoes that carry deadly diseases. Sometimes, you can even find drinking water in it.
It's not the most ideal way to get some water, but hey, do what you have to do, right?
I've even heard of African tribes using the dung as a facial moisturizer to help their skin. I don't know how true that is, but can you say EWW?!?
3Use of Animal Carcass
Bone is especially helpful in weapons and traps. If the animal is big enough, I've heard of people sleeping inside them to keep warm at night when they couldn't get a fire ready. So yeah, it's not the most ideal one here. However, to say it's not useful would be wrong.
4Use of a Tampon
However, most women carry these when they go on trips, especially if they are not sure when they will start their period. Most of the time tampons will be an added thing when you go on a trip in the African area, which is where we are lost. So having one of these would not be crazy, in fact, I'd say a high percentage of women would.
How do they work for you, though? Well, they can help carry liquid. As you know, they are built to help prevent certain things from going other places….if you know what I mean. They can carry a bit of liquid from one point to another, but they are not the most ideal thing to use for it. They are also helpful as tools and carrying devices. However, one of its main functions would be for starting fires.
Tampons take a spark really well due to its fibers, making it highly flammable. So, you can use things like a knife and a rock to get a spark, which may not help with most things like wood, but there is a higher chance a tampon will start to flame up. So yeah, tampons are useful materials around the house. Who knew? Did I just give men an idea for a prank on their girlfriends? Oh well.
5African Solider Ants
You pick them up and have them bite in a particular spot, then take the body off leaving just the head. The big pinchers stick in skin far enough that they will stay for some time. The head will not let up until you remove it. So it could stay sealed long enough to keep you from getting an infection while out trying to survive. But be warned, it stinks like a motha!
It can also help curb hunger pains, which can be extreme at times. Ideally, if you can find one of these it may help in a life or death situation, at least psychologically. Always remember that your head can kill you faster than your body. Any psychological aid can help you live longer than expected.
7Baobab Tree or "Tree of Life"
African Tribes called it "the tree of life" due to all of these materials and it caught on throughout the African area. There are only a few in the African mainland area, so it takes a lot of luck to run across one. But when you do, someone above likes you. You will survive with all of this material. Just don't fall out of the tree.
Buchu Tea was very big years ago in the area and is still seen today. You can create a similar thing with the leaves and water. Some find the smell to be a bit weird while others find it peaceful. But the cool part is that it'll open up those sinuses. Decongestant supreme here!
Oh yeah, and it can help with hunger pains. You know, 'cause it's just good like that. So, it would be an important one to find, I'd say. Literally, this can be a life or death tool for you.
Well, its main focus is the sinuses. It can help with your throat and even help with things such as diarrhea. The best thing about this plant is that it has been known to help with infections in these areas after a few days of repeated use. This means that you could survive something that could be a killer infection, if you treat it quickly with this stuff. Cool, huh?