Okay... well we all know that cotton balls make a great everyday carry, tinder for firestarting... The problem is that they only burn for about 10 to 20 seconds. So many folks add petroleum jelly to extend their burn time.
Extend Burn AND Treat Wounds But if you want to extend the burn time of your cotton balls AND add a valuable first aid item to your survival kit... Try using a dab of triple antibiotic ointment on your cotton ball instead of petroleum jelly.
PLUS your cotton balls can be used to clean and disinfect wounds in the field. For your convenience, here are links to all the gear you'll need for this project: