The basic survival instinct of any prepper can have them come up with unique ideas to ensure their safety. When you are preparing for something disastrous, then anything available to you must be made into something usable instead of being wasted. When going through a peril, even the tiniest things can matter a lot and these can be your ultimate tool for survival. Knowing what to use in which situation can make a great amount of difference and extend your survival time.
The most vital things that you as a prepper can have is usable water, food that can last long and enough shelter and clothing to protect yourself and your family. If you run out of those basic items, then it is really hard to manage your time. Due to the inapt supply of resources, one is then usually left at the mercy of the weather, the rescuers or the people around them to aid you in whatever provisions you are lacking. Therefore, reusing old items and storing them for a rainy day is important and all preppers must be willing to make an effort to do the same. Furthermore, while doing so, you are avoiding throwing too much trash outside and protecting the environment of the Earth. Here are a few ways you can do to make seemingly any useless thing useful:
Plastic is one material that is very durable, flexible and light. It can be used for many different purposes and can be easily adapted to provide for you and your family when you are running out of materials. The good thing about plastic bottles is that they are easily available anywhere and can be found in a nearby garbage dumpster or even as trash around the ocean beach left by tourists. People can use it to store water in the plastic bottles primarily. But by cutting off the top, you can even use it as a storage container for multiple inedible, yet useful things, such as first aid kits or fire starting kits. You can bend and combine plastic bottles with wires to form a small umbrella to provide shelter from the weather. Even though it may be a time-consuming task, but you are able to stay under a more weather resistant shelter if your house is destroyed by some natural catastrophe. You can even use discarded plastic bags to make a roof over your head by combining wooden twigs and wires to make a tent.
One special thing about glass is that it does not decompose or contaminate its contents. The glass can withstand various temperatures and is very reliable irrespective of the fact where you store it. You can use glass bottles and keep them at room temperatures for long term water storage. Not only that, but you are also able to use those glass bottles as a gardening material to grow small herbs by breaking open its mouth and using the base as your glass pot. Your old or cracked bowls can be used to grow bigger plants and herbs as well. Glass bottles can also be used as torches and lanterns, by using a thick rope and filling the bottle with motor oil.
Shards of glass can also be used to protect the area that you are taking shelter in. You can put pieces of glass and hide them among the leaves, and any suspecting visitor is bound to get hurt especially if it’s an animal. If it’s a human being, the shards breaking will provide enough noise to the humans taking shelter to be aware of an unwanted presence. Therefore it is always useful to keep empty glass bottles or even use discarded glass containers to use in a situation where resources have run low.
Paper is one of the lightest materials you can carry with you and is fairly easy to use. Be it a paper that has any form of writing or print, or an empty sheet, they all can be used for the main purpose of lighting a fire easily. This is, however, the only usage that many survivors know of and are deprived of other methods that paper can help us with. Yet paper can be used for storing food and even clothes as it can work as a great insulator from harmful bacteria in the environment. Another use you can have is reciprocating toilet paper for a thinner paper or slightly wet paper, instead of using leaves, hence lessening the possibility of a rash or an infection. So saving old journals and newspapers can be a great way to utilize its benefit when you need it during a catastrophe.
Although it is one of the heavier materials for you to carry around, but it comes with its own set of uses. Primarily, processed food metal containers can be used to cook meals over fires and not run the risk of the cooked food being contaminated. The food in those containers can also be used to make long-term storages for later use, provided that they have enough preservatives. You can also mold the metal containers into a weapon of your choice by bending, cutting, heating or sharpening them and use them whenever you need them. So keep any metal items in your storage for prepping. If they are rusted then you can always heat them directly on the fire and ward off the rust, thus sharpening them and enabling it to be reshaped easily.
- Motor Oil:
Once the motor oil is contaminated, it becomes unusable for a car and could actually impact its performance. Most people then change the motor oil and discard the old one. You know you can use the motor oil for your own survival purposes after SHTF. You can use it to start a fire in glass bottles as given in the above example and use it as a lighting source. You may also spray on the material to start a bonfire and cook food or keep warm easily, instead of trying again and again to light a fire with a dry wooden plank. Furthermore, you can dip steel objects in the motor oil to clean them or sharpen them. This will enhance your metal weapons and give you an edge if you need to hunt for animals or defend yourself from some threat. It can also be used to ward off many types of mosquitoes if applied on the body of your pet. However, the oil must be washed off after a short while as it can harm the skin of your pets.
While you are refraining from throwing away these items for your own safety purposes, you are also protecting the environment from being polluted. In order to make the maximum benefit of your resources, you would need to store these items in a place where they can be kept safely and made use of when the time is right. You need not have huge amounts of these materials and even a small amount of everything can make a lot of difference in protecting your own, or your loved one’s life.