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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 these popular

37 Unusual Things for Preppers to Hoard
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.

#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.  
Coinflation.com for the current value of copper. The melt value
of copper pennies was $0.0195929for 1909-1982 copper cents
on Dec. 2, 2014.

#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
  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
Buy safety pins inexpensively at the dollar stores.

#5: Gadsden flag (and the constitution).
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.

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

#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, also known as zip 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 partial list of how to use cable ties:
  1. fasten gear to your bugout bag;
  2. keep your bicycle wheels in place on your car's bike rack;
  3. secure tarps together like grommets for camping;
  4. tie vines on plants, such as tomatoes
  5. keep raccoons out of your food (han
  6. hang utensils to dry camping
  7. lash sticks together;
  8. secure a door or a window; and so much more!

#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.

#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
  • 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: Pantyhose.
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

#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
  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

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 and can help
you illuminate or accelerate fire starting.

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

Happy endings...
Creativity is half of what makes prepping fun! Finding unusual
uses for ordinary items helps ensure that everything in your
home has multiple uses.

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