37 unusual preps to hoard

37 Unusual Things for Preppers to Hoard
Stuff for your survival cabinet, garage or locker

What's in your survival cabinets, garage or locker? Sure you've got shelf stable meals,
security devices, excess toilet paper and seeds for the future, but what haven't you
thought about? Consider the Happy Prepper list of the 37 most unusual survival tools
to hoard while they are still available!

Mind you, this is not the typical list and it is not the same as our other totally free
prepper lists, including the  
37 non food items to hoard or the ever popular article
37 Foods to Hoard while they are still available.

This list of 37 unusual things for preppers is a bit weird because it includes some stuff
you wouldn't ordinarily think to keep: lint, for example. This prepper list may surprise
you, starting with #1.

37 Unusual Things for Preppers to Keep or Buy While It's Still Available

  1. Copper pennies. Many preppers collect silver and overlook a resource right
    before their eyes: copper! Pennies made of copper (those dated 1982 and
    earlier) hold more value in copper than the face value of one cent. Why do you
    think the U.S. Government has changed the penny and in Canada they no longer
    have the penny? It's because it costs them too much to produce. The value of
    the copper is about double the face value.  Check Coinflation.com for the current
    value of copper. The melt value of copper pennies was $0.0217902 for 1909-
    1982 copper cents on May 28, 2013.
  2. Books and magazines you don't read. Why keep old books and magazines?
    Three reasons. 1.) You can cut thick books to stash valuables, such as gold and
    silver, to hide them in plain sight on your bookshelf 2.) You can tear pages of
    either as tinder or burn the whole book for fuel. 3.) You can use pages as toilet
    paper. Yes, that last one isn't so pleasant, but it's what they did back in the day.
    How do you think the "reading in the bathroom" idea got started?
  3. Chopsticks. Every time you go to a Chinese restaurant or eat sushi, why not
    grab a few extra chopsticks? They will soon amass into a nice collection. After
    using them as a utensil, you don't have to clean because they have a new
    purpose! Use chopsticks for firestarting - use them as kindling! It's the little
    things you think of now, which will give you an edge.
  4. Safety pins. Today, you can buy safety pins by the hundreds at the dollar
    stores. Safety pins have a number of survival uses (make a fishing hook with a
    safety pin, secure a home-made feminine pad with a safety pin and more). You
    can easily store two safety pins on your key chain, so you have them when you
    need them. While you're at it, be sure to get some thread and needles, which
    should already be on your prepper supply list. Thread on wooden spools are
    available inexpensively at thrift shops and will serve you well into the future.
  5. Gadsden flag. Another unusual item for your preps is a Gadsden flag. Why?
    Because it sends a message to other preppers. In a world without rule of law,
    the flag will likely provide an opportunity for preppers to align and unite for the
    greater good of their own communities. The Don't Tread on Me Flag is also called
    a Gadsden flag, because it was named after General Christopher Gadsden. The
    coiled snake represents the Timber rattlesnake or the Easter Diamondback
    rattlesnake, which are both prevalent in the geographic regions of the first 13
    colonies. Today, the flag flies proudly in South Carolina as General Gadsden first
    presented it to the Congress of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. It
    is a symbol of patriotism, and a symbol for the Tea Party movement. It has also
    been widely popular with preppers and for this reason it may be wise to hold
    one in your possession.
  6. Fire extinguishers. Fire will be, to say the least, alarming in a life without
    society's current comforts and yet other prepper sites rarely if ever mention this
    necessity. How are you going to defend your homestead without an adequate
    water supply and without the fire department rolling up to your property? One
    tiny fire extinguisher isn't going to cut it! Consider buying extinguishers by the
    dozen! How else will you protect what you've got? On the topic of fires and
    while you're at it, be sure to have plenty of shovels around (one for every
    member of your group or family) to cover the flames with dirt the way the forest
    firefighters do. Preppers always love dual purpose items, and indeed shovels will
    be invaluable for working the crops. On an unpleasant topic, they will also be
    valuable for burying the dead.
  7. Kids wheels (Razor scooters and skateboards, radio flyer wagon, strollers).
    A toy as a prepper tool? Yes! It's not odd when you think of a Razor or a
    skateboard as a mode of transportation. It's perfect for your bug out vehicle
    because it folds compactly. A Razor scooter isn't just for kids: there are bigger
    wheels for adults. Instead of walking you could be scooting, which would
    certainly put you at an advantage in a bugout scenario! Just pick up your
    scooter and walk over terrain when need be. Pack one for each family member if
    you don't already have a fold-up bugout bicycle. Consider skateboards also if
    you are so inclined with skills from your youth. Many a Hollywood movie
    adventure features a kid in an escape by skateboard. The little red wagon,
    which was perfect for your kids earlier days, could serve you well in an off-grid
    situation to haul water and supplies and the same goes for strollers (even the
    kinds intended for small pets)!
  8. Carts, hand trucks, and wheelbarrows. Think of the wheels which cart
    treasures for the homeless, and you will better value these items in your preps
    for the future. Shopping carts will surely disappear when the world collapses.  
    The chore of hauling supplies will be easier for preppers with use of hand trucks
    and carts. The use of hand trucks and carts has the advantage of smaller
    wagons in that they are especially useful if you're going to be moving your entire
    homestead in a matter of minutes into a truck or van. Wheelbarrows. If you've
    been borrowing a wheel barrow, now is the time to get one for yourself. Get a
    hand truck while it is still available. You'll eventually want a wheelbarrow to haul
    crops and firewood. You'll find this an indispensable tool. Guard it when SHTF!
  9. Cable ties. For tying gear (keeps bicycle wheels in place), household repairs,
    camping to keep raccoons out, hanging utensils to dry), lashing sticks together,
    and so much more. Get cable ties at the dollar stores.
  10. Perfume cards. Those little card samples from the department stores  are
    loaded with alcohol inside, and perfume cards offer the convenience also of
    cardboard to work as tinder. For an added touch, dip the perfume cards in
    paraffin wax. See our other firestarter ideas.
  11. Bikes and Bicycle trailers. Save bicycles your children have outgrown as they
    will have value in bartering for parents of young children. A useful find at garage
    sales are bikes and bicycle trailers. Just because your kids are grown or you
    don't have kids doesn't mean you shouldn't grab the opportunity to have a bike
    trailer. Sure the people who think you're nuts for prepping will really think you've
    gone off the deep end, but the reality is that bicycle trailers are an excellent
    place to store your goods if you bugout by bicycle.
  12. Cardboard rolls and lint. Don't discard lint or cardboard rolls! Stash toilet paper
    and paper towel rolls and stuff them with lint from the dryer to make an
    excellent tinder for a firestarter. Wrap in brown craft paper and you have an nice
    looking firestarter to place at your hearth. This is a simple thing you can do to
    prepare for your survival, particularly if you live where it snows. Cardboard is
    also immensely useful when combined with a tin can to make a buddy burner.
  13. Cookie tins, #10 cans and old tin cans. Did you know you can make charcoal
    with a cookie tin? Danish butter cookies have a long shelf life, and you can use
    the cookie tin containers to make carbon (charcoal). With old tin cans you can
    make a hobo stove or a buddy burner.Here's how to make charcoal.
  14. Chewing gum. Chew on this: chewing gum should be part of your preps. While
    having gum helps provide a sense of normalcy in uncertain times, having gum
    available could help save your life in a survival situation to keep you alert or help
    you fish.
  15. Sturdy cardboard box. With aluminium and a cardboard box, you can make
    yourself a camp oven to bake just about anything from muffins, to bread to
    casseroles. Here's how to make a cardboard box camp oven.
  16. Fabric from sheets, blankets, and curtains. Anyone who has ever seen Gone
    with the Wind will remember the scene where red velvet curtains were
    transformed into a fantastic gown. Necessity is the mother of invention they say!
    Quilts are new blankets from old materials for the same reason: resourcefulness.
  17. Old, worn clothes. Even though your garments have holes in them, they are
    useful in troubled times for recycling. Women today craft handbags from old
    jeans. Buttons are also useful, save them the way your Great Grandmother did.
    And the materials will also be useful as rags. You've heard the expression,
    "She's on the rag again"? Well, where do you think that term came from? Cut
    the materials up into squares and you have toilet paper.
  18. Children's clothes and shoes. Children's clothing will be fantastically valuable to
    new mothers at the end of the world as we know it. Save the best items,
    particularly sturdy shoes, and think of your children's old things as bartering
  19. Sandbags. Sure, sandbags are great for helping you mitigate flood damage, but
    for a prepper, sandbags are ideal for security and shelter fortification. Sandbags
    can help you fortify your home to block intruders at gates and entrances. The
    more mass the better to shield against radiation or bullets, too.
  20. Tarps. Lay out a tarp and you can collect rainwater, camouflage a bugout vehicle
    or  temporarily patch a window. Here are some clever uses preppers have for
  21. Nails and screws. Lots of preppers pack in the bullets for security, but nails are
    more practical because they have so many applications for creating new things
    and fixing others. The great thing about nails is they don't take up too much
    room to hoard them. Nails and screws of various sizes will be an immensely
    important trade item. Buy extras for bartering.
  22. Plywood. Preppers will find plywood useful for such things as fixing broken
    windows and fortifying entrances and windows to discourage looters. With nails
    and plywood a prepper can also make a bed of nails to make a painful inside
    entrance. The element of surprise may be all you need to distract enough to
    save your life.
  23. PVC pipe. PVC pipe has many uses. Of foremost value to preppers is using PVC
    for plumbing. The day will come when you'll need to fix repairs yourself. Many
    preppers also use PVC pipe to make underground cache compartments to store
    food and ammo. Learn to make your a hand pump water well using PVC pipe.
  24. Heavy-duty grocery bags and totes. Consider stockpiling reinforced grocery
    bags or buying a few of polyethylene or canvas totes. The large tote, pictured
    immediate right, is an incredibly strong and rugged storage bag, made from
    polyethylene tarp material. The tote will not crack under extreme cold, it is tear
    resistant, extremely flexible and water resistant. Consider also the canvas log
    carrier, also pictured right. You will be hauling lots of wood and gear and edibles.
    These bags could help you transport your fuel for the fire or crops home.
  25. Dental floss. Believe it or not, Dental floss could save your life! Discover why
    you should stock some dental floss in your preps, and particularly in your bug-
    out bag.
  26. Hair bands. Rubber bands break, but hair bands are more durable. Whether
    building a fire or tending to the gardening, having a hair band tie hair will
    certainly prove useful. Rubber bands have several other uses.
  27. Board games. For the times you're boarded up in the bunker and bored, you'll
    need some entertainment and family board games. Board games will help
    provide normalcy in difficult times. These unusual board game ideas will provide
    necessary stress release.
  28. Expired bleach (that's right, the expired kind). It's not unusual for preppers to
    have bleach, but many preppers don't know that bleach expires. Yes, check the
    bottle and you will see that bleach indeed has an expiration date! Bleach is
    good for about six months because it breaks down and becomes less potent.
    Even though you'll have expired bleach on your hands, don't dump your rotation
    of it. Just add a big X on the bottle, so you'll know that it has expired. You'll still
    find the liquid useful for flushing your sanitation.
  29. Fire hydrant wrench.  Having a Five Hole hydrant wrench could mean the
    difference between life and death. A fire hydrant wrench could supply you with
    lifesaving water after a catastrophe.
  30. Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The day may come when, as an
    American, you need to assert your second amendment rights. Pictured
    immediate left, you can have your book to aid you in your defense for your right
    to bear arms. The Fourth Amendment is another area of concern for preppers
    who hoard food. This amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure.
    Defend yourself with knowledge of your rights!
  31. Large clay pots. Clay pots has uses beyond planting. Buy clay pots of varying
    sizes and with the sand you've stored, make a Zeer Pot Refrigerator. A clay pot
    oven is another versatile option when you have clay pots. You can also use
    organic pots of clay that have tiny holes in the bottom, and sides to make a
    worm farm.
  32. Old plastic bins. Learn how to make a worm farm with what you have. Take
    time today to declutter and get rid of the things you don't need and make
    something that could prove very valuable: a worm farm!
  33. Glass bottles. Preppers stash mason jars in large supplies for canning;
    however, something often overlooked is glass bottles, which can be recycled for
    any number of purposes from brewing beer, and making wine and moonshine, to
    canning your own sauces and juicing. Ideal for making iced tea as well.
  34. Cheese cloth: Yet another random item with multiple uses is cheese cloth
    because it doesn't disintegrate when wet. Preppers love items with dual
    purposes and this one goes beyond. Cheese cloth uses include straining,
    steaming basting poultry, leaning and polishing, making spice bags, and, of
    course, cheesemaking! As a strainer, cheesecloth can help keep bones, fats, and
    solids out of the clear broths. What's more, cheesecloth is excellent for
    protecting young trees from cicadas (a winged insect that feeds on sap). Other
    bizarre uses include making a dust mask to help mitigate a biohazard.
    Something you may have thought of is using cheese cloth as a gauze for first
    aid. Cheese cloth might also be useful as a makeshift fishing net.
  35. Bailing wire, safety wire or hay wire. Dandy for makeshift repairs, bailing wire
    will "bail" you out in a fix. From fixing fences, chicken coups and cars, you'll find
    baling wire immensely useful, and yet this is another item preppers overlook. In
    addition to automotive uses, fixing farm equipment, bailing wire can be used for
    bailing hay. Be sure to have a heavy duty, side wire cutter in your preps as well.
    Then of course, there's always your duct tape, paracord and super glue to get
    you out of a fix.
  36. Bungee cords. Okay, don't jump off the deep end on this strange idea: bungee
    cord! A rarely mentioned necessity with preppers, a bungee cord will have an
    immense value and it is a great match for a paracord. With fierce and
    unimaginable strength, a bungee cord will help you secure your valuables to
    your bugout vehicle or motorcycle. Use a bungee cord with your hand truck or
    tarp. Secure a propane tank or a bicycle with a bungee cord. You'll find
    numerous uses with your camping equipment too. Bungee Cords are one of the
    99 Prepper things to buy at the Dollar Stores.
  37. Kitty Litter. Not to end on a crappy note, but kitty litter is the final weird prep to
    stockpile. A basic use is sanitation to help keep smells at bay. In Winter, kitty
    litter can help you get your car out of the snow. Rodents abhor kitty litter, so
    ideally you could store your supply near your food storage, particularly grains
    and canned goods. Kitty litter will also keep plants moist.

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