Mylar Isn’t Just for Birthday Balloons

6 Reasons Why You Need To Stock Up on Mylar Emergency Blankets

So what the heck is Mylar?

Developed in the ’50s out of a polyester film, Mylar is super-shiny and super useful. You’ll see it in your birthday balloons, kites, insulation, food storage, and, of course, all kinds of NASA space stuff.

And for our favorite: it’s in something completely necessary to include in any readiness arsenal - emergency blankets.

Costing just a few dollars each - so, cheaper than cheap - Mylar emergency blankets are lightweight, portable, and can come in handy in a variety of ways.

Here are six different ways you can use your blanket

#1. WARMTH

First things first, the most basic use of an emergency Mylar blanket is to keep you warm by preventing heat loss. Given the reflective properties of Mylar, it does this by trapping 90% of your radiated body heat that would normally be dispersed in the environment back to your body.

And hey, if you’re stuck in a snowy wilderness, you can even cut the blanket up and use it as an insulator in your shoes or gloves! Plus, these blankets are more convenient to carry in your bag instead of big, bulky wool or fleece blankets.

#2. WATERPROOFING

Oh yes, they’re completely waterproof! You can use your blanket to protect yourself from the rain as a makeshift poncho or you can also use it to keep your belongings dry by placing everything on the blanket and then wrapping it up.

#3. SHELTER

In the event that you end up stranded outside, although probably not your best first line of defense, coupled with some paracord, safety pins, and duct-tape, you can use your emergency blanket to create a make-shift tent. Given its waterproof properties, it’s a great sleeping mat too to protect yourself from the cold and damp ground.

#4. COOKING

Yup, you read that correctly! By reflecting the sun’s rays, you can use the blanket as a makeshift solar oven. You can wrap it up into a bowl shape and place whatever food you want there to let nature whip up a meal for you.

#5. FIRST AID

In addition to helping someone with hypothermia, you can also use your blanket to create a makeshift sling, a temporary splint for any injured or broken limbs, a compression bandage, or even a tourniquet!

#6. SIGNALING

Who would have thought that a silly little shiny blanket could be so helpful in not-so-silly situations! Because of its mirrored reflective surface, Mylar blankets can be used to signal help and get the attention of rescuers.

Ready for yours yet? Well, we’ve got two amazing choices for ya.

Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket
Reversible Survival Blanket

Reversible Survival Blanket

$7.99

Hypothermia and heatstroke are some of the deadliest killers when you are trying to survive. We hope you are never in a situation where this is needed, but life is unpredictable. Disasters do happen. The best thing we can do is prepare for them.

  • Protection From Elements: Whether it is raining, snowing, or simply windy, this blanket is there to help. This blanket will help protect you from the elements.
  • Reversible: Regardless of what season it is, this blanket could save your life. Whether you are facing the chance of hypothermia or heat stroke, this blanket can be the thing that saves you. It can be a thermal blanket, retaining high amounts of your radiant body heat, or it can be used as a heat shield to reflect heat away.
  • Durable:  You don’t want something that will tear, and weigh you down. We know after long treks, you feel every pound you are carrying. This blanket is tear resistant, and only weighs 3.7oz. 
  • Size Matters: Nothing is worse than having a blanket that doesn’t cover you. If you are facing hypothermia or heat stroke, you want your body to be covered. Have no fear, measuring in at 51” x 82”, this is the blanket that will keep you covered and protected.
  • Noise and Rescue: In survival situations, sometimes noise can be your down fall. While mylar blankets crinkle, this blanket is quiet as it crinkles less. The orange and silver colors will help you stand out to rescuers.
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HeatStore Reflective Survival Sleeping Bag
HeatStore Reflective Survival Sleeping Bag
HeatStore Reflective Survival Sleeping Bag
HeatStore Reflective Survival Sleeping Bag

HeatStore Reflective Survival Sleeping Bag

$14.99

Hypothermia is one of the deadliest killers when you are trying to survive. Whether you got lost hiking, trapped by a snow storm, or simply camping, your family deserves you to come home safe. We hope you are never in a situation where this is needed, but life is unpredictable. Disasters do happen. The best thing we can do is prepare for them.

  • Protection from Elements: Whether it is raining, snowing, or simply windy, this sleeping bag is there to help. This sleeping bag will help protect you from the harsh elements.
  • Superior Heat Retention: Sleep and warmth are vital to our existence. A person can’t last long in harsh conditions without protection. This thermal sleeping bag can reflect high amounts of body heat. The orange exterior, will make you more visible, and it helps absorb heat.
  • Durable: For a lifesaving sleeping bag, quality matters. This sleeping bag is created with a layer of thin non-woven nylon fibers. This makes it so the sleeping bag is both tear and puncture resistant.
  • Size: Nothing is worse than having a sleeping bag that doesn’t cover you. If you are facing hypothermia, you want your body covered. Have no fear, measuring in at 36” x 84”, this is the sleeping bag that'll keep you covered and protected.
  • Weight and Noise: this survival sleeping bag is lightweight, weighing in at 11.7oz. Sometimes noise is dangerous. Mylar sleeping bags crinkle, your Emergency Zone HeatStore Survival Sleeping Bag will crinkles less.
  • Size: Expanded Size: 36"x84"/ Folded Size: 2"x9"x6.5" 
  • Weight: 11.7 oz
  • Materials: Aluminized PET+ Non-Woven Nylon
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Remember, two is one, one is none. Given their small size and weight, it’s a good idea to keep at least two. Plus, given the fact that it is a multifunctional item, you never know when you may need any of the six things listed above.

No matter what, remember:

don’t worry. be ready.