Water Crossing Floatation Devices

Various floatation devices – you can fashion out of ordinary items or otherwise – exist for you to use. Use to traverse over water. These devices might not be as sturdy than rafts or other platforms but they can sure be handy when you’re short on time or materials.

Just remember to think of the cold that you are going to be exposed to when using such devices for water crossing survival.

Water Crossing Floatation Devices: Trousers

Start by knotting each leg of the trousers at the bottom. Proceed then to close the fly. Using both hands, grip the waistband at their sides. Then swing the trousers in the air so as to trap air in each leg. Quickly then press the sides of the waistband together and then submerge it underwater so that air does not escape. These are water wings that will keep you afloat when crossing bodies of water.

Tip: You might want to wet the trousers right before inflating it so that you can trap air better. Repeated reinflations might be needed for larger bodies of water.

Floatation Devices Water Crossing Survival: Empty containers

Bundle together empty gas cans, water jugs, ammo cans, boxes, or other items that have the ability trap or hold air. You can use them or rather this lashed together device as water wings. This ought to be used only in slow-moving rivers or streams.

Floatation Devices Water Crossing Survival: Plastic bags and ponchos

Start by filing two or more plastic bags with air. Then at the opening, move to secure them. Use your poncho and roll some green vegetation tightly inside it so that you have a roll that is at least 20 centimeters in diameter. Tie securely then the ends of your roll. One may wear it around their waist or across their shoulders and underneath their opposite arm.

Floatation Devices Water Crossing Survival: Logs

A stranded drift log you should use if available. Otherwise, you can go find a log near water to use as a floatation device. Make sure to test the log, if it floats well, before starting to cross water. Some tree logs, such as palm, you can expect to sink even when you have dead wood.Floatation Devices Water Crossing Survival

If you don’t think one will do, you can also try tying two logs about 60 centimeters apart. Then sitting between the logs with your back against one of them and your legs over the other

Floatation Devices Water Crossing Survival: Cattails

For this floatation device, you will first need to gather stalks of cattails. Tie them then in a bundle of 25 centimeters or more in diameter. The many air cells that is in each stalk can cause a stalk to float until it rots. Be sure to test out your bundle or device before using if it is enough to support your weight.

Floatation Devices Water Crossing Survival: LifejacketFloatation Devices Water Crossing Survival Lifejacket

The lifejacket, just one example out of a couple personal floatation devices, has to be the most common of all floatation devices. Now, you won’t find one in a jungle or somewhere so and hope to make them there but they’re
pretty much common almost anywhere else on boats and planes. It would be a huge waste if you do not know how to use one. The instructions on how they are to be used usually accompany the vest’s compartment. In essence, they work on inflation.

Many other floatation devices exist where your imagination can lead you to.


Instead of using a floatation device, you can instead make a raft like the brush raft.

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