How to Make Cheap Fire Starters for Backpacking
1. A pack of cotton balls
2. A container of pure petroleum jelly
3. Zip-lock bags
Waterproof Fire Starters
Take a cotton ball and cover it completely in the petroleum jelly. Make as many as you need, but you will probably need 3 to 4 when you hit the trail or more for an emergency kit. Store them in ziplock bags so that you don't end up messing up all your gear.
Light a fire with these by just putting them under your kindling and lighting them with a match or windproof lighter. These things can be lit in rain, snow, wind, or apocalypse! They just burst into flames and burn strong and pretty long.
Remember, never make a fire in the wilderness unless in designated areas or when you absolutely need to because of safety issues.