Preps under $5

Preps $5 and Under
Preparedness, survival and off grid gear for preppers

For just a handful of dollars you can buy quality survival gear
and supplies. Be prepared for under or around $5 with this
happy list of preps...

Fifty Preps Five Dollars and Under
There's more than one way to spend a buck. With just $5 and
our list, you're on your way to purchasing necessary survival
items that won't break the bank:

#1: Bucket opener
Essential in the prepper's pantry to pry open your food stores, a
bucket opener will save your fingers. They are cheap and well
worth getting several.

#2: BIC lighter.
A BIC lighter is the fastest, easiest and most convenient fire
starter you'll own. Highly prized during the Bosnian Civil War,
which lasted more than 3 years, a BIC lighter was useful and
prized because it could be refilled. A BIC lighter is the fire
starter also prized by survivalist Mykel Hawke, who writes about
the ease of use in his book.

#3: Burn Gel Packet.
Pain relieving burn gel packets are perfect for standalone first
aid or as a refill for a kit. This gel provides temporary relief of
pain due to minor burns, cuts, scrapes and abrasions.

#4: Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition, 3.9 oz.
The ultralight tiny stove, pictured right with an orange box, is
just 3.9oz packed in case. It has an adjustable flame (does not
include gas base). With more than 1,300 almost perfect 5-star
customer reviews, you can't go wrong. It sneaks in on this list
as sometimes it's just $5.99 (and this includes the shipping).
Curiosity alone is a great reason to buy this little powerhouse.

#5: Camp suds.
Ensure your utensils and cooking equipment don't make you
sick. Camp suds can help wash dishes and your body too! Best
of all, Camp Suds won't harm the environment.

#5: Chalk.
Chalk is an unusual prep, but a great item for urban prepping to
mark on concrete to help other members of your group get to
safety with coded messages. The problem is rain. A Sharpie is
another inexpensive prep; however, it may be considered
graffiti, depending on the conditions of the event.

#6: Chapstick.
Chapstick is an essential everyday carry for so many reason.
Who knew you could use it to make a fire starter, improvise a
candle, and moisten your lips.

#7: Chef Boyardee Ravioli Beef. Preppers need a rotation of
canned food and technically Chef Boyardee is edible straight
from the can! Of course, it's best heated, you can't go wrong for
$3 in getting a four pack. This deal works out to just .75 cents a

Camouflaged duct tape. Hard to find in stores, camo duct tape
is an easy addition to your shopping cart on Amazon for around
$5. Duct tape can bring peace of mind:
duct tape is a survival
tool with hundreds of uses.

Cyalume snaplights.
Get a pack of ten at the bottom of tee page. The SnapLight
industrial grade green light stick will provideillumination for up
to 12 hours. The chemiluminescent substance is non-toxic and
plastic body is phthalate free for safety. They have a five-year
shelf life.

Disposable thermometer.
Ideal to limit contagion, a disposable thermometer is a good
pandemic preparation to stock. Get a box of 10 disposable
thermometers for around $4 and with included shipping.

Drop cloth. A drop cloth is available for as little as a dollar. A
drop cloth will help in pandemic prepping, or as a temporary fix
to windows. Plus, you can use it for all your camouflage painting

Energy and Electrolyte Chews.
Energy chews are found individually packed in many mini
survival tins and yet they are difficult to source by the package.
The exception is Atomic Tabs, pictured top right and Gatorade
Energy Chews, immediate right.

  • Atomic Tabs. In tablet form, the new and unique time
    release energy formula of Atomic Tabs provide a long
    lasting, calm, clean energy with no Jitters, no crash and
    extreme focus.

  • Gatorade Energy Chews. Thirst quenching, but packed
    with energy, Gatorade Eergy Chews are not too chewy,
    easy to digest and tastes great.

  • Sqwincher. Another ideal inclusion in the bugout bag are
    electrolyte chews.  Sqwincher Electrolyte Chews. Sqwincher
    Electrolyte replacement chews restore lost electrolytes
    during physical activity or high heat. These electrolyte
    replacement chews help you to power through your physical
    activities or your work day by sharpening your senses and
    recharging your muscles with essential minerals.
    Convenient energy chews help you reduce that groggy,
    dragging feeling of lost electrolytes. Sqwincher energy
    chews packets contain 7 great tasting chews to restore,
    revitalize and recharge.

Emergency Sleeping Bag.
With a medium gauge, the full size, polythene sleeping bag,
pictured left, is around $5 with shipping. Compact and
lightweight it is ideal as a shield against the elements or as a
waterproof outer layer for a sleeping bag. No frills, it will do in a

Esbit Fuel tabs.
Esbit fuel is virtually smokeless and residue-free; it does not
liquefy when burning and leaves almost no ash.Esbit solid fuel
tablets are made from hexamethylenetetramine, a non-
explosive compound that ignites when placed in contact with a
flame. It burns evenly without sparks, producing a strong heat
output. Each tablet will burn approximately 12 minutes(and is
sufficient enough to boil 16 ounces of water in roughly 8

Fishing kit.
The tiny survival fishing kit by BCB, pictured immediate right,
contains: line 36 meters (118 feet), winder, swivels, hooks,
weights. Small, compact and lightweight, plus instructions. It's
around $5 with shipping included. Add this to a survival tin or
stuff it in your bugout bag.

Folding scissors.
You'll find the need for scissors in your bugout bag, but in case
you don't have a Swiss Army knife with scissors included, then
you'll want this handy folding scissor set. It's also a nice
addition to a first aid kit (and we also recommend trauma

Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwich.
Mountain House freeze dried ice cream sandwiches, pictured
right, will be a welcome treat to boost morale. They are a bit
chalky and have a novelty appeal to them. They taste a bit like
merengue cookies, but heavier and more satisfying.

Hydrocoritsone anti itch cream packets.
Get a box of 12 Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream Packets for
around $2.70 (an with available free shipping on orders over
$35). Put this item in your Amazon Shopping cart or stock up for
your first aid kit supplies. The 12 single-use tamper evident foil
Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch packets are pictured right.

Iodine Prep pads.
For around $1.50 Iodine prep pads for your first aid kit will help
you prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and minor burns.
Povidone Iodine (10 percent USP) antiseptic wipes is a first aid
antiseptic and germicide.

Krazy Glue.
Super glue has many super cool uses for preppers. Be sure to
have some on hand.

Light Load Towels. Lightload Towels are compact discs and the
only towels that are survival tools. Use them as a towel, wash
cloth fire starter, first aid supplement, diaper, insulator, static
electricity insulator, mask and more improvised uses. At around
$4 for two, it's a nice addition to your bugout bag.

LED light. The mini Mini LED Flashlight

Military Can openers. Survival can openers do more than just
open cans. It also can be used as a cutting edge, screw driver,
seam ripper, and groove cleaner among other uses.

Military Gum. A gum that provides energy or alertness could be
the edge needed to get out of a sticky situation.

Read all about
chewing gum for survival.

Mylar blankets. Get a five-pack of emergency thermal mylar
blankets for $5. Learn
how to use a Mylar blanket properly.

Potable Aqua.
In 35 minutes you can have drinking water with Potable Aqua
Water purification tablets.

Purell sanitizing wipes.
Purell cottony sanitizing wipes contain 62% ethyl alcohol -- a
formula that kills 99.99% of most common germs that may
make you sick. Moisturizers, vitamins A and E and aloe help
maintain healthy skin. You get 18 individually packaged wipes
for less than $4.

Ration Bars (May Day).
For around $4.50 and with included shipping you can store away
a pack of Apple Cinnamon Flavor
May Day ration bars. The May
Day 'Mini Meal' provides you with the nutrition you need when
getting even basic food isn't possible or easy. They have no
cholesterol, they are high in vitamins and are non-thirst
provoking. Pack some in your bugout bag and put some in your
vehicles. Be sure no one in your party has tree nut allergies, as
most ration bars contain coconut.

Seatbelt cutter.
After a bad car accident a few seconds can mean the difference
between life and death. The Emergency Tool easily cuts the
seatbelt to escape being trapped in a burning or sinking vehicle
and helps easily break windows giving you an escape route
when the windows don't work. You get two for under $7 and
that includes the shipping. That's around $3.49 each.

Self defense bull dog key chain.
Also available as evil cat key chain, a survival key chain is very
inexpensive. For around $3.43 and with included shipping, the
bull dog self defense key change will give you the edge you
need against unwanted advances. Put your fingers through the
eye holes and the tips of the ears to defend your self against
an attacker. Available in 7 different colors, so you can protect
yourself in style. Available in Red, Pink, Blue, Brown, Black,
Purple and Yellow. As strong as metal, this special impact-
resistant molded plastic will provide you the necessary bite to
ward off the bad guys. Easy to carry, attach them to your keys
and give them as gifts. Your friends and family will thank you
for this thoughtful self defense option.

Sewing kit.
A sewing kit is handy to make repairs in clothing to help
regulate body temperature, or to make improvised repairs in
shelter or equipment. Sewing kits typically have safety pins,
another survival basic to own.

Shard Key Chain Tool.
Gerber's Shard tool, pictured immediate right, has seven useful
functions: small flat driver, medium flat driver, cross driver, pry
bar, wire stripper, lanyard hole, and bottle opener. It is light
enough to carry on your key chain, but tough and durable
enough for everyday use.  It's around $5.99 and with available
free shipping.

Sharpie. A sharpie pen is indelible ink useful for
communications. Colors won't bleed ensuring your message gets

Splinter tweezers. An often overlooked prep, splinter tweezers
will help you not only avoid the pain, but avoid infections!
Mediline's "Splinter Out" splinter remover come 20 per box, and
are for one-time use only. Use splinter-out with the sterile point
to gently loosen the skin around a splinter until it can be lifted

Survival poncho. The emergency Survival Poncho, pictured left
is just $3.99 and with free available shipping. The Bear Grylls
survival poncho, more durable, is $6.99.

Survival Water Bags. Originally designed for laboratory work,
Whirl-Pak bags, survival water bags, make great emergency
water collection, purification, and storage bags, and are also
great for storing food. They're completely sterile and food-safe,
and will not leach harmful chemicals into your water or food

Tarp (brown, grommeted).
Every prepper should own a tarp or two and there's a good one
available for just $3.99 that's sized 5 x7. A tarp can help
camouflage your gear. Avoid a blue tarp which will attract too
much attention!

Tinderquik. In use by military forces around the world,
Tinderquik fire tabs complement your Spark-Lite purchase and
make sure you've got plenty of fire-starting ability. Each Tinder-
Quik is specially treated to high standards to ensure the cotton
is waterproof and provides more than adequate burn times for
starting fires. Together they are around $8.99 and this includes
the shipping. Pictured right, be sure to click the link and watch
the video.

Hammard tinder card is flammable piece of impregnated
material, which when pulled apart shows its fibrous nature
producing an excellent complement to a flint and striker. Once
ignited it burns slowly like a candle helping it to easily start
fires. Only a small amount is required for a survival kit, and it
packs smaller than the other alternative tinder, such as cotton
balls or wool balls. You get 18 strips. Once ignited it burns

Trauma pads (combine APD Pad).
Sterile trauma pads to absorb drainage from pressure sores
come in a box of five for around $3.80 and with included
shipping. It's a great way to customize your first aid kit.

Triple Antibiotic Cream Ointment packets.
For the first aid kit refills, Medifirst Triple Antibiotic Cream
Ointment comes in packets of 25 to provide relief from itching
and discomfort of poison ivy, poison oak or sumac, as well as
insect bites, and chiggers.

Water bottle six-packs (five).
The dollar store is an inexpensive place to pick up extra water.
You can get five six-packs of water for $5 (though sometimes
the deposit costs are added to your bill). Or look for bottled
water on sale at your local grocery store. The benefit of bottles
is that you can transport life saving water more easily than
through larger
water storage tanks. Your emergency
preparedness plans should include water storage in many
different containers.

Waterproof matches.
The UCO Stormproof Match Kit pictured left, contains 25
matches that will burn underwater, and despite wind or rain!
Burns for about 15 seconds and comes in a waterproof container.

The perfect accompaniment to any fire starter, WetFire tinder
can help you get a blaze going even in a downpour.  The cubes
actually burn longer when wet! Individually packaged in a
lightweight solid cube form, it won't leak or foul up your other

Whistle (Survival).  
A survival whistle leverages wind power to allow a high decibel
sound to emit at long distances. This saves energy as it
simultaneously allows the signal to travel longer distances (a
mile or more) than a voice would be able to carry. When
camping under normal conditions, a survival whistle is essential
if you become lost; however, in times when survival
communications must be more obscure, a bird call could be
more effective.

#45: Wool socks.
pending $5 on a pair of wool socks is a wise investment.The
benefits of merino wool on the feet during a hike can not be
underscored. Wool is a natural fiber with mini wicks that help
pull moisture from your skin. Wearing them (even in summer)
will help you avoid trench foot. Trench foot happens when the
feet are wet for long periods of time. It's a painful condition and
military personnel are provided ample warning. To avoid trench
foot, keep your feet dry and clean. Pack in your bugout bag at
least two pairs of wool socks. A two-pack of wool socks,
pictured left is around $7 with available free shipping, bring the
per-sock price to just $3.50. Wool socks are a must for your
bugout bag.

There you have it: 50 clever ways to spend just a handful of
dollars prepping. We missed the 50th, you say? Well, #50 is
your knowledge! There are dozens of Kindle books for $5 or less
(some even free) where you can gain valuable knowledge from
other preppers.

How to save money to buy the preps you really want...
If you're prepping on a budget you can find wiggle room for
more preps with just a few tweaks to your normal routine. Best
of all, you can save money for more preps without denying
yourself anything!

Happy endings...
A penny saved is a penny earned. Become thrifty so that you
can find the means on any budget to get the things you need
for survival. This list of 50 five dollar preps proves you can prep
on any budget. With five dollars in your hand, you can head to
garage sales and dollar stores. What's more, you can grow your
own produce so you'll have more money for preps.

Pay yourself $5 each paycheck, before you pay your bills and
you'll find that even on the smallest budget you can afford to

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