One of the most important things about plastic wrap is the fact that it’s impermeable – that means water and air can’t get through it. However, that also means it will keep body heat in. If you have to venture out into a storm or you’re stuck somewhere without the right kind of shelter, plastic wrap could end up saving your life. It traps body heat inside while resisting moisture.
You shouldn’t leave it on for too long – your skin still needs to breathe. However, this can work in a pinch. As soon as you get someplace warm and dry, take it off.
A New Kind of Wrapping Paper
Wrapping up a present for a birthday or Christmas isn't the toughest thing to do, but it can still be pretty difficult. Maybe you want to try something a little different, or maybe you're out of wrapping paper. One way or another, plastic wrap is the way to go.
Just take the item and wrap it in layers upon layers upon layers of plastic wrap. They're sure to love it! As an added bonus, you can tell them not to use scissors. This will almost undoubtedly result in not being invited to their birthday anymore, but at least you had the last laugh.
Keep Meat Ready for the Freezer
If you've made some hamburger patties but didn't eat them all, what do you do? Put them in the fridge? Unless you're going to eat them quickly, they could go bad! Here's what you do. Wrap your leftovers in plastic wrap, and stick them in the freezer.
It's just that simple. If you have several pieces of meat that you don't want mixing – or if you want them to be separable when the time comes – place pieces of parchment paper between them before wrapping. Be sure to wrap fully, and use a few layers. It will prevent freezer burn and reduce spoilage.
A Shelter From the Storm
Even if you need shelter for yourself, a roll of plastic wrap is something you can use. Wrap the plastic around close-together tree trunks or poles that you've cut, and cover the top of it. There are numerous ways to devise a door, or you can crawl out from underneath the plastic.
This does double duty by collecting dew on the top layer, so you'll have a little bit more liquid to stay hydrated with. The plastic traps heat, and blocks wind and water. Remember this next time you're stuck outside. You can also create a large greenhouse using this tactic.
Create Your Own Rope
Rope is always a handy thing to have while you're out and about, but sometimes you need more than you planned for. In that case, why not reach for a roll of plastic wrap? The plastic that is used for shrink wrap is extremely strong, and you can easily twist a long piece of it into a rope.
Once that is accomplished, this handy addition can stretch to about three times its original length and hold about 115 pounds without breaking. Pretty good for a piece of plastic that you usually only use to cover food in the fridge.