I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the best items to pack in your bug out bag are the ones that have multiple uses.
A few jars of baby food carefully tucked away in your BOB would not only be a great snack on the go, but you can convert them into emergency candles.These are great if you don’t have the time or the resources to make an actual fire, just need a little bit of light/warmth, and want to save the batteries on your flashlight.
Watch my video to learn how to make one of these baby food jar candles:
I found myself having to pull the “wick” (a strip of an old sock) out more every 10 minutes or so because the flame went out. I believe this is because the olive oil is more viscous than the ethyl, and the flame has a harder time pulling it through the wick. My old sock worked just fine, but you can always use actual candle wicks if you wanted to.If you find yourself in a situation where you need to defend yourself, they could even be used as a mini molotov cocktail.
- Baby Food Jars (if you don’t have any, these 4 oz. Crystal Jelly Jars work just as well)
- Gloves (for safety)
- Ballistic Grade Glasses (for safety, these meet US military ballistic impact requirements and can be used in any situation to protect your eyes from unexpected fragments and environmental elements)
- Ethyl Rubbing Alcohol
- Old Sock (for the wick)
- Dryer Lint (for storage)
- Peanut Butter Jar (for storage)
- Matches (for storage)
- Protect your hands with your gloves and your eyes with your glasses.
- Take off the top of the baby food jar and using the hole punch tool on your multi-tool, poke a hole into the lid of the jar.
- Fill up the baby food jar with Ethyl alcohol.
- Cut your old sock into strips 1/4″ wide.
- Stick the sock strip through the hole of the lid of the jar and stick the bottom part of the sock into the Ethyl alcohol filled glass jar.
- Close the lid.
- Light your new baby food jar candle–in my experience I was able to get between 2-4 hours of light from one candle after testing a few out.
Storing your baby food jar candle in your bug out bag:
- Prep a couple baby food jar candles, filling the jars with the Ethyl alcohol and sticking the “wicks” inside. DO NOT CUT HOLES into the top of your storage candles (only poke the hole into the top when you plan to use the candle for better storage).
- Fill your peanut butter jar with dryer lint and place the candles inside for storage.
- Close the jar and you have a quick easy storage unit for your candles to place in your bug out bag. The lint can be used to quickly start a fire, and the peanut butter jar can be used for a variety of things.
OR you could leave the baby food in the jar, store it in the peanut butter jar with the “wick” in the lint, and have the baby food to eat (to be REALLY resourceful), and THEN use the empty jar for the candle.