How Baby Food Can Help In A Crisis


Editors Note: Javan seems to think just like I do.  To me if a piece of gear doesn’t have at least 2-3 uses it is essentially pointless to carry with you.

Check out why he keeps baby food in his BOB:

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 also 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 tested these with olive oil, 70% ethyl alcohol (an antiseptic that might be included in your first aid kit), and 100 proof Southern Comfort (also could be used as a disinfectant or just something to take the edge off if you’re stressed out).I found that the ethyl alcohol worked best. The olive oil probably won’t make it into your BOB, but it’s good to know it works if you’re at home during an emergency and that’s all you have.


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.


By , Survival Life

About Javan Williamson

I am a United States Soldier, a father, a husband, a brother, and a friend. I have extensive Army provided chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training, am a certified Hazardous Materials Technician, and have a Bachelor degree in accounting from Miami University (Ohio). was created in order to inform and instruct those out there that want to keep their loved ones safe.

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