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Start Collecting These Items That Practical Preppers Always Keep Around the House

Zoey Sky
December 20th, 2018
Natural News
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An experienced prepper often has a list of essential supplies, such as food, water, and survival gear, that they keep stocked at home or at their bug-out location at all times. However, even the most seasoned survivalist may need reminding, especially when it comes to unusual but useful items. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)

The things below are items that you can collect, recycle, or repurpose into versatile survival tools. You can even use some of them as bargaining chips.

  • Binding – Binding includes cordage like rope, string, twine, twisty-ties, or wire. Binding can be used to build weapons, repair equipment, or secure objects.
  • Dryer lint – Dryer lint may seem like a minor inconvenience when you’re doing the laundry, but when SHTF, you can use it as tinder filler when starting a fire. Store dryer lint in a small, waterproof container. You can also sprinkle some lint in areas in your garden that need extra help to prevent weed growth and erosion. Lint from natural fibers like cotton, flax, and linen may be added directly to a compost pile. Spread the dryer lint on top of the compost pile and drop even handfuls. Moisten the lint with a sprinkler and mix it with the compost using a rake or shovel.
  • Empty lighters – Empty lighters can still emit small sparks that will light fires, especially if you have a sensitive tinder like lint. Keep some dryer lint and an empty lighter in a pill bottle to make a fire kit.
  • Glass jars – Sturdy glass jars, like Mason jars, can have many uses. You can turn Mason jars into makeshift lanterns for outdoor candles or you can fill them with knickknacks like screws or other items that won’t fit in other containers.
  • Leftover lumber – If you have extra storage for leftover lumber, you can use them for various construction projects.
  • Milk or water jugs – Wash and rinse milk or water jugs with a bit of bleach and use them for storage. Keep beans, grains, rice, or seeds in jugs, which are great for storing long-term food items and gardening resources.
  • Newspapers – Aside from using them to clean windows or start fires, you can use newspapers to weave baskets. Newspaper baskets are better for storage, compared to cardboard which can attract pests.
  • Old motors and small engines – Small motors from lawnmowers or other similar equipment can still be used after SHTF. With some tinkering, you can use an engine from an electric mower to power a generator.
  • Safety pins – Keep some safety pins in a jar so you’re ready for various survival scenarios. Safety pins can be used to repair damaged clothing or as crafting tools. Store the pins in a well-sealed container to keep them from rusting. (Related: 8 Household items you can use to treat cuts and wounds at home.)
  • Spice and pill bottles – You can use these bottles to store more spices or pills, but you can also turn them into survival mini-kits. Get a bottle and put lures, several hooks, some small weights, and a length of rope in it to make a survival fishing kit.
  • Used tires – Bury used tires or fill it with soil to make an easy, weed-free planter. You can also re-purpose old tires to make DIY outdoor seats or a swing for your children.

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Check your home for these handy items and resources. You never know when you’re going to need a mini-fish kit or dryer lint to start a fire.

For more articles about other useful items that you may need when SHTF, visit Preparedness.news.

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  1. Arten says:

    Electric motor to run a generator??????

    • John Stiner says:

      My fire starting secret:

      build the fire with your oak logs, then place a large candle on the top, then give it a squirt of BBQ lighter fluid. The candle wax melts and fuels the fire long enough for the oak to burn and take off. The wax burns off and there is no residue.

    • Azrael says:

      Are you being serious Arten? Sorry I messed the sarc if not, but this won’t work at all.

  2. Kevin2 says:

    If you want to start a campfire a toilet paper center filled with dryer lint with a teaspoon of Vaseline (a tad less actually) at one end works great. Put it lube side up, light the bottom.

  3. Warchild Dammit! says:

    While a very small list a nice start.Dryer lint rubbed with a little petroleum jelly makes a even better fire starter,especially in damp/rainy conditions,have tested in rain and got going with a ferrous rod.The flints in dead disposable lighters work just fine in me zippos,and,remember,zippo fluid is just naptha,can be bought very cheap at home depot ect. in paint dept.

    • Genius says:

      Yes WCD, Jack Daniels errrr I mean naptha is good too lol. I always have me flask of high proof wheesky that doubles as firestarter too! Cotton balls with vaseline can be stored in a ziplock bag. When are you gonna pay a visit?

      • Warchild Dammit! says:

        Dude,4 years gone,have a shot of the Jack in me coffee as I type,future comments will show how many cups I have.

        Any road trip to hell(and back) would be late spring,head to CO./Cali. ect. in search of that early 70’s/late 60’s rust free truck,get it back to Hampster and the project from hell begins!

        • Genius says:

          If yer lookin for rust free you need to look at NV or AZ. But beware, they can be pricey. What are you looking for? Maybe I can get a deal for you.

          • Warchild Dammit! says:

            4×4,preferably Chevy but consider all,time for another project as I have the monies,great body necc. though faded original paint absolutely perfect!Drive train can be awesome or nothing,that part I can do,start by ordering a crate 383 and work from there!I have seen great examples in both Co & Cali. but seem rarer every visit.

            • Genius says:

              Damn I had a 72 chevy 4×4 longbed you would have loved but alas, I sold it back when. I do see them from time to time they seem to be in the 4K range for a good truck.

            • buttcrackofdoom says:

              i will take a look around here in so cal for a 68 to 72 chevy pickup. i had one 15 years ago for a short time…..no power steering and no A/C made my decision to sell easy. if you need an eyes-on look at something NEAR hi-desert/victor valley, let me know. i just saw an orange one in the last month or so sittin’ in a yard…..no idea WHERE i saw it, but i will look around.

      • The Deplorable Renegade says:

        Genius, uh, did you mean The Anarchist’s Cookbook? I’ve also got a copy of that. One of the cousins tried out some of the things in that book some years back. I’ll only say that the results were the exact opposite of what was advertised so it’s a wonder he’s still alive. So I would forget anything in that book. The Poor Man’s James Bond MIGHT be a different story but I can’t say for sure.

      • jackdaniels says:

        Careful with the An Cookbook. Many of those recipes will get you killed.

    • rellik says:

      You guys are weak!
      I bought a 2004 B4000 4wd 5 speed stick
      for $3500 and I’m in Hawaii.
      Body and interior are as about as clean as can be.
      Buy a laptop and the software, and
      go for it.
      You don’t even have half the shipping hassles I have.
      I can replace the engine, and Tranny for less than $8000.
      So I have a basically new truck, 4WD, full tow package
      ladder rack, manual trans, for under 15K.
      Prepping is having tools, skills, a shop, and
      an internet connection.

      • Genius says:

        relik, put down the wine bottle! We are talking about 60’s 70’s trucks with points ignition (I know you remember that). The thing is to get away from newer shit. Software? WTH is that? I can replace the engine/tranny in an old chevy for 3K! I love ya man but DAMN….

        • Warchild Dammit! says:

          Genius,he bought a Ford Ranger with a Mazda badge and spent too much rebuilding it!

        • Genius says:

          If I could have back any vehicle I ever owned it would be my old 72 Toyota landcruiser FJ-45! Had the straight 6 with rochester carb and GM centrifugal advance distributor. That thing was a TANK! Had a 1 foot extended bumper with warn winch too. I got to explore shit others only dreamed of! The doors and top came off and had a roll bar (thank god) and I could fix anything on it! One time I was being stupid and doing jumps with it and shorted out the wiring harness. I just wired the ignition coil up and jumped the starter (after unplugging the harness) and drove my ass home. That thing was sooo tough and fun… god how I loved it!

          • Warchild Dammit! says:

            Have owned(and sold,stupid!)FJ40/the 4 wheel van/71 Vette drop top/1971 442-W30-455/68 Firebird/built 1/2 ton Chevy 4 wheel/69 GTO/Matchless 750/2 different Harleys/along with a slew of cars and motorcycles of more average make but solid runners,don’t get me going on the dirt bikes,best was a Hercules with a Sachs 250 engine and a 7 speed gearbox!

            I have decided short of wrecking em ect. any new toys(certainly won’t put tools/lumber ect. in em going to the final end with me!

            Oh,had a 6 cyclinder ford ranger with 5 speed ect,lifted and 33’s,for our bud in Hawaii!

        • The Deplorable Renegade says:

          I’m looking for an old Chevy or GMC 4WD from the 90s. Plenty of those still on the road and parts are still easily available for them. Don’t have enough money to mess around with anything from 60s-70s. I got 2 mechanics in the family so they can keep it running for me.

          • Warchild Dammit! says:

            Why 90’s,a lot of computer/other electronic issues,upside is F.I. if you like that,personally do not,rather carb and mechanical fuel pump personally,replace pints ect, with electronic but keep original distributor in truck(you never know!).

            • Genius says:

              And parts are cheap and carry a wide variety of years. Old chevies are the bomm! Even a semi newer small block can use a points distributor and coil. I have a set just in case…

              • Warchild Dammit! says:

                Stop wasting time and get a 383 stroker engine!The insanity of build from there is just beginning!Sure,by time done have 20 into truck but less then half the price of new one with a 60/70’s body and high performance!

      • Warchild Dammit! says:

        Weak?OK,me best 4 wheel build was getting a mint frame F-250 and dropping a E-100 van body on it(I did the work),got a rebuilt Cleaveland and had built a C-6,installed both,took springs off/had em rearched and added a 2″ body lif(hockey pucks),was a divorced transmission/transfer and transfer case and pumpkins and related gear mint except front hubs so added Warn manual hubs along with wagon wheels and 33″ tall tires.

        I have built a few muscle cars and a Toyota FJ-40 with Chevy 350 4 bolt and Doug Nash 5 speed(not a easy install).So,tell me about your builds and what YOU did besides spending money!

        My only weak link is body work which hope to resolve with new 3 bay garage(which as a carpenter I will beyond foundation build) and then try me hand at body work and perhaps even paint,weak,I KNOW not!

        I can go on about other vehicles and rebuilding a Matchless 750 among other scoots,so,lets hear about your builds.

      • durangokidd says:

        I bought a 2010 F 150 XLT 4×4 three years ago in immaculate condition with 100,000 miles for $16,000 (at least $5k under market at the time) and added an ARE custom camper shell for $3,000. It has a 500 mile range.

        A similar truck in Kansas was priced at $26k (without the camper shell). They must be real proud of their 4×4’s in Kansas.

        A like new, rebuilt 6 cyl 4.0 ford engine with a three year warranty for the Mazda costs $2200. Did you pay 12k for the tranny ???

        Just asking. 🙂

      • Yahooie says:

        I so enjoyed reading all you guys car and ruck talk. I love cars and trucks as does son. My first husband was a mechanic and taught me quite a bit; shoot, I even went to a few seminars with him (have a certificate or two in my files). I miss doing stuff like that since my house has no garage. So, yeah, I’m not always Suzy Homemaker. LOL

  4. Genius says:

    Ok, first of all, why store an empty lighter? Store a full one (I know when it is empty save it).
    Dryer lint is ok but I like cedar bark better, it burns longer.
    Empty jugs are good for filling with gas and putting on top of a load of tannerite.
    Newspaper is crap compared to cedar bark or other plant cordage.
    Other than that it’s an ok list.
    Keep a small bottle of kerosene to aid in fire starting. Also have some tie wire handy. Fishing line is handy too.

  5. Doc Owen says:

    Doomsday Hoarders

  6. Maranatha says:

    If you have an old tire and a sheet of glass (either a glass that sits on top of a desk to protect the finish or a storm window) then you have a solar oven you can bake in.

    Ever since they switched to more environmentally safe ink, old newspaper that is wet…works quite well as mulch. Then it disintergrates and can be tilled under.

    One of the easiest skills is making cordage. You should already have learned that. Make it a priority by making a fishing line including making the spool, the hook, and a lure.

    TM31-210 was made for Special Forces and is one of the most practical improvised weapons books that exists. It should be on every prepper bookshelf. The pdf can be freely downloaded and printed out.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Whats the difference between a pack rat and a prepper?
    Not much.

  8. When I was in school there was a class for wood work.

    A good thief/burglar is in and out of the house in 6 minutes. He takes everything that isn’t tied down starting with rings and gems, gold, silver, cash, weapons, computers, even a smaller safe. But most don’t have the time to figure out every conceivable hidden storage space you can build into just about anything.


  9. Gestor says:

    JJ rumblestrippin 😎

    ht tps://youtu.be/cUiYamjM4GU

  10. Someguy says:

    “With some tinkering, you can use an engine from an electric mower to power a generator.”

    Yeah. Right.

    free energy?

  11. boyo says:

    Used tires for a planter? Only if you like poisoning yourself.

  12. reper sleepr says:

    I use my wife’s large prescription bottles (she has lymes) to put Vaseline soaked cotton balls in for fire starting. I then wrap them outside with several layers of “Gorilla tape” for repairs and it also makes a good fire starter if torn in thin strips and made into a loose ball.

    • reper sleepr says:

      BTW, the gorilla tape will only light by a bic lighter. Ferro rod, magnifying glass or nothing other than a flame won’t do it.

      • Genius says:

        I love gorilla tape! FYI, that shit they sell on TV uhhh flex tape or super shit tape that supposedly works underwater…. well that shit is CRAP! I taped some pond liner with it and it held about 1 day. That shit came off 90% in a week! Ace brand duct tape worked the whole time underwater and never came off LOL! More $ doesn’t mean more work 😉

  13. Anonymous says:

    Article says : “you can use an engine from an electric lawnmower to power a generator.” Negative! an electric mower has no engine. There will be a power deficit with an electric driven generator.