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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 Hoard

#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.
You'll find safety pins in many survival kits. Why? Safety pins have a number of survival
uses! With safety pins you can:
  1. create an instant fish hook (you'll need cordage of course);
  2. craft an arm sling from T-shirt for first aid;
  3. improvise tweezers for splinter or tick removal;
  4. secure a bandanna to make a bandage and compress bleeding;
  5. make a finger splint;
  6. hang stuff to dry while out on your journey;
  7. affix gear to your bugout bag;
  8. mend a broken shoe lace;
  9. close your pant legs to keep out snow;
  10. use it like a toothpick;
  11. connect blankets, bags or clothes to create shelter;
  12. close wounds (in extreme cases where no doctor is available you can use it like
    a skin stapler);
  13. open cans;
  14. home-made feminine pad with a safety pin and more)
  15. defend yourself; and
  16. repair your clothes;

  • BONUS: Did you know you can start a fire with a battery and safety pin?
    Attach a safety pins to the terminals of the battery. You can do the same with
    aluminum foil.

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.
Buy safety pins inexpensively at the dollar stores.

#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.
Cable ties are a good quick fix and the next best thing to duct tape! Often overlooked,
cable ties have a multitude of uses from making household repairs to camping,
gardening and bugging out! One clever prepper father used it to make a pony tail
holder! 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.

Here's a list of how to use cable ties:
  • fasten gear to your bugout bag;
  • keep your bicycle wheels in place on your car's bike rack;
  • secure tarps together like grommets for camping;
  • tie vines on plants, such as tomatoes
  • keep raccoons out of your food (han
  • hang utensils to dry camping
  • lash sticks together;
  • secure a door or a window; and so much more!


  • See our Pinterest page for more on how to use cable ties.

#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.


#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.


#16: Fabric from sheets, blankets, and curtains, and old worn clothes.
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. 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, particularly during the
Great Depression.

    Good uses for old worn clothes and fabrics:
  • New clothes and bags:
  • Transform a pair of jeans into a skirt!
  • Sew together a grocery bag.
  • Quilt: Make a quilt from cut up pieces of fabric. You will find warmth in the the old
    pieces will of memories sewn together.
  • Cleaning rags: Use them as rags to clean.
  • Toilet paper: 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.

#17: Panty hose.
An old military trick is to wear pantyhose underneath the socks to help avoid friction
and blisters for long hikes. It's just one of those
weird survival tricks that works. You'll
also stay warmer when wearing pantyhose and keep chiggers and ticks at bay. With
pantyhose you can filter water or improvise a fishing net, even use it to carry food you
gather in the wild. Wear them, ladies and gentlemen!

#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 items.

#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 tarps.

#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: Buckets and Bins:


  • Have an old plastic storage bin? Learn how to make a worm farm from that too!
    Take time today to declutter and get rid of the things you don't need in that bin,
    and make something that could prove very valuable: a worm farm!

#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: Glass bottles and mason jars.
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.

#33: 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.

#34: 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.

#35: 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.

#36: Tampons and maxi pads.
Aside from the obvious uses, tampons and maxi pads can help preppers in array of
ways:
  1. Stop bleeding in wounds too: Tampons and maxi pads can help you with severe
    wound care as a sterile dressing. You can compress the bandage with duct tape
    or by wrapping a bandanna and securing with safety pins.
  2. Cold compress: Unusual, but you can also make a cold compress. To make one,
    dampen the maxi pad, then place it into a plastic bag and freeze. Of course, a
    bag of frozen peas will do!
  3. Bartering: Tampons and maxi pads will be a barter luxury item.
  4. Firestarting: Both Tampons and maxipads can act as tinder for firestarting.

#37: Steel Wool is a firestarter.
Sure, Steel wools will scrub your pots, but you can create fire with steel wool! Just
touch steel wool to a 9-volt battery and you'll be amazed how it ignites so easily.


So now you know the 37 things you might not have otherwise thought to store.

Bonus items:

1. Soaps and detergent will be in short supply during a severe collapse and this
means homesteaders and preppers will be looking for rendered fat for making their
own soaps. In a famine situation; however, having adequate supplies of laundry
detergent stockpiled would mean homesteaders wouldn't have to sacrifice fats that
contain valuable calories of food!

2. Aluminum Foil. Don't use aluminum foil for cooking because it's dangerous. Instead,
use foil for:
  • cleaning cast iron skillets
  • sharpening scissors and knives.
  • making a sun oven!
  • cleaning your grill!

3. Crayons. Melt crayons into candles! It's wax.

4. 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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