TrailTime Tip: Emergency Fire Starter

If you love exploring the outdoors, I'm willing to bet that you also love the warmth and cooking power of a fire. Little compares to the feeling of sitting near a toasty fire at the end of a long day spent outside, especially on days that are cool or wet. But cold, wet days often make for the most difficult fire-starting conditions. If you don't think you have a good, all-condition fire starter, look again. You probably have a handful of perfectly good fire starters in your first aid kit.

First Aid Fire Starter

Alcohol swabs don't only burn when held to a nasty cut; you can get these bad boys to burn (in a good way) by holding them to a match or lighter.

Alcohol wipe fire starter

The fire-power of alcohol swabs shouldn't be a surprise. These things are highly concentrated in alcohol, making them the perfect fire starter you may have overlooked. Simply remove the swab from its packaging, light it with a match or lighter and top it with dry leaves, twigs or other kindling to begin building your fire.

Watch our videographer, Chris, get a fire going with this method.

Lauren Seidl
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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