Since the episode last night of Doomsday Preppers had a guy modifying an old school bus to be his battle wagon after the destruction caused by of an F5 tornado, I thought I would share this article showing other options you might consider. While I will admit, part of me wants to build my own gassifier engine and go to town on an old bus with a cutting torch, these options below come with considerably less work, risk of fire and could run much better than that old yellow tank. If nothing else, you won’t need to make your own employees work on this for you. For the rest of us that don’t have our own companies that might be a non-starter.
With The Walking Dead season premiere set to kick off in just over a week, we once again got to thinking about the zombie apocalypse. We got you covered last year with a list of zombie proof gear to help fend off the undead, but the reality is you aren’t going to be able to take on those flesh eating zombies on foot. You need wheels, and your current vehicle just isn’t going to cut it. Now imagine for a second that you had perfect circumstances – imagine you can get your hands on nearly anything you could think of (within reason of course). That’s the approach we took when creating this list of the best vehicles for the zombie apocalypse. You need something reliable, capable, and let’s be honest, you need something badass. You’ve been prepping for this zombie outbreak for years now, and you want to let everyone know that you are the baddest S.O.B. on the planet. Check out some of our favorite options for the end of the world in the 12 best vehicles for surviving the zombie apocalypse below.
1. Chevrolet Silverado Black Ops
Let’s start things off with a practical choice. Chevy makes a solid truck, there’s no doubt about it, and this one was built specifically for unforeseen emergencies. Although we can’t say that the zombie outbreak was “unforeseen,” we can certainly classify it as an emergency. The fully capable 4×4 features a 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with plenty of power (355 ponies to be exact) along with lower body armor, raised suspension, solar power pack, generator, military First Aid Kit, gas masks, a crate of food with Top Ramen and Twinkies (your new favorite food groups in this post apocalyptic world), and a whole lot more. [Details]
2. Motoped Motorized Bicycle
You’re going to need something that is nimble and quick. Sure the big bulky trucks have their place, but a solid 2 wheeled companion is an essential. Motoped created a simple conversion kit that lets you outfit your mountain bike with Honda 50-190cc motor for about $1,000. [Details]
3. Hyundai Zombie Survival Car
If Hyundai is good enough for Rick and his crew on The Walking Dead, we’d suffice to say that it’s good enough for us. Thankfully the folks at Hyundai take their zombie response research very seriously, and have outfitted one of their Elantra coupes with a ton of security features from a zombie plow with massive spikes to armored windows and spiked all terrain tires for going where no other vehicle can go. [Details]
4. Knight XV Fully Armored SUV
Who says you can’t stay drenched in luxury in this new post-apocalyptic world? The Knight XV is luxury and ruggedness, fused into one completely bad-ass SUV. The vehicle is packed with a 6.8 liter V10 engine, seating for 6, night vision cameras and bulletproof armor. [Details]
5. Gibbs Quadski Amphibious 4 Wheel Drive Quad
It’s been debated for years whether or not zombies will be able to swim. From our extensive research (hundreds of hours watching zombie movies and shows), we’re going to go with no, they can’t swim. The 4WD Gibbs Quadski is perfect for tackling tough terrain, and within 5 seconds, the vehicle can tuck its tires to hit the water. Thanks to the 175 horsepower engine, you can hit speeds of up 45 miles per hour on land, which is plenty fast to leave those undead bastards in the rear view. [Details]
6. Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6
Not only will MB’s 6 wheeled off road monster provide you with a fully capable means of transportation, but it will also bring about some nice entertainment. For such a massive vehicle (8,400 pound curb weight), the 5.5 liter AMG V8 powered 6×6 is actually quite agile. Although it’s based on the military version, this thing handles more like a truck than a tank. [Details]
7. Sportsmobile Ultimate Adventure Vehicle
The folks at Sportsmobile design rugged Mercedes-Benz and Ford E-350 vans that are capable of tackling any off road terrain, while also providing a mobile home living experience. The cargo van has been equipped with everything one needs to survive in the wild, with plenty of room for bikes and water vessels. [Details]
8. KTM 990 Adventure Baja Edition
Again, enclosed cars and trucks are great, but 2 wheelers serve a vital role in your survival. There are few motorcycles that perform quite like this bad boy from KTM. Crowned the most off road capable travel enduro in the world, the 990 Adventure Baja has been outfitted with everything you need from suspension to power plant to ensure that you can transition from the asphalt to the dirt roads. There’s a slim chance anyone will be keeping up with road maintenance after the virus spreads, and this V-Twin powered machine will be able to tackle any beaten road you can throw at it. [Details]
9. WaterCar Panther Amphibious Jeep
It goes without saying that a Jeep Wrangler will always be a solid choice when it comes to the inevitable apocalypse. You can’t go wrong when it comes to Jeep, but a Jeep that can quickly convert to a boat? Now that’s a real winner. Assuming that zombies can’t swim, this thing is great for escaping those sticky situations. Packed with a 3.7 liter V6 motor built by the Japanese auto makers at Honda, this Jeep is capable of speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour on water, and 80 mph on land. The best part is the transition from land vehicle to boat takes only 15 seconds. [Details]
10. Pal V One Personal Air and Land Vehicle
Technically the results are still inconclusive when it comes to zombie’s ability to swim (although we think not), but there is one thing we’d put money on – zombies will not be able to fly. With that being said taking to the air can be risky business during this zombie infested time era (imagine crashing into a horde of zombies), but bear with us on this vehicle. The Pal V One acts like a sports car on the ground, accelerating from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 8 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 112 mph. In just minutes, the vehicle can be transformed into a Gyro-Copter, flying at altitudes of about 4,000 feet (well below commercial flight routes, although we can’t imagine there will be many commercial flights during the zombie apocalypse). The vehicle’s fuel tank can store enough fuel for over 300 miles of flight time. Now this vehicle is currently still in the “development” process, but the concept, if executed well, could make a nice addition to your stable of vehicles rather than your sole choice of transportation. [Details]
11. Mercedes-Benz Unimog
The folks at Benz said it best when they said the monster of a vehicle known as the Unimog offers “absolute off-road supremacy.” You can take Mercedes’ word for it, or you can research the 10 different models that were designed for disaster emergencies in the harshest conditions. This could be a bit impractical as your only means of transportation, but it could be a huge asset in your stash of vehicles. [Details]
12. Paramount Group Marauder
Hands down the baddest vehicle on the planet, the Marauder will withstand any test you throw at it. The armored vehicle destroys everything in its path. Features include long range fuel tanks, the ability to survive TNT explosions, ultra modern climate control system, run flat tire that can be pierced by 12.7mm bullets, anti blast seats, and so much more. The vehicle has a fording depth of half the vehicle, meaning it can swim too. Reaching speeds of 120 kilometers per hour, this thing is far from a slouch. If you can get your hands on one of these, do it. [Details]
Danger can happen to anyone any day which is why it’s important to always be careful whenever we transact with other people and even go out of the safety of our home. We can’t control how people outside the home act, but we can, in our own ways do something to prevent harm from happening. Now that the world is becoming a more and more dangerous place, families put premium in ensuring their safety and protection by any means necessary. So many dreadful things can happen, not just physically, that threatens our quality of life. How do you protect you and your loved ones from a violent attack? A terrorist attack? Or maybe even a cyber-attack? This article will explore 3 ways you can do to protect your loved ones from harm, read on:
- Equip them
Today, there are a lot of non-lethal and legal self-defense weapons that can be easily concealed. Try looking for the best stun gun to suit your needs. Owning a mini taser or a stun gun is a great way to protect yourself without resorting to using lethal methods. Unlike using a gun, which can potentially cause permanent harm and even kill, stun guns won’t cause any serious harm to your assailant. Also, you don’t need to have perfect aim when using a stun gun, you can put your attacker to a halt just by tazing a part of their skin.
Another small and useful self-defense item is a pepper spray. It’s a handy thing to have especially for women and elderly living in a rough neighborhood. Pepper spray works by instantly inflaming the mucous membranes of the attacker’s eyes and nose, causing them to close their eyes and wince in pain at the sudden onslaught and the pungent smell. This immediate incapacitation allows you to run to safety and seek cover.
One last recommendation in the small and stealthy category that doesn’t require mad martial arts skills is a self-defense keychain, or a personal alarm. It’s small and can be carried anywhere. And in times of danger you can press it to let out a shrieking 130 decibels sound that will surely gather attention and turn your assailants around.
- Educate them
Aside from equipping your loved ones with all these small and fancy self-defense tools, it’s also important to educate them about violence, its prevalence, and how to react to them. It’s not enough than they can protect themselves, they must also know what to do next should any unfortunate thing happen their way.
Violent attacks can be traumatic for a lot of people, even if they’ve escaped it. Knowing how to deal with such incidents will help them cope better and live well. Surviving an assault, a robbery, or a mugging immediately causes shock to the victim. They can feel dazed and even detached from the environment for a while, some even experience denial. There’s a mix of feelings victims feel after the event, depends on how they react they can feel frightened, angry, and helpless. Yet some feel sad, ashamed, and guilty.
- Encourage them
It’s one thing to know how to protect yourself and it’s another to know how to react to attacks. But it’s also another to encourage awareness that as much as violence should be prevented, attacks are prevalent and you should be able to protect yourself. Encourage your loved ones to report any instance of violence they encounter, whether or not they’re directly involved. Cases of domestic violence, bullying, and sexual assaults should not be tolerated and should be handled by authorities.
The average human can live up to three weeks sans food, but only three days without water. That said, the items that you include in your emergency survival kit, whether for venturing into the wilderness or for urban readiness, can spell life and death. Fortunately, you don’t have to be in a situation where you are left with no choice. You can increase your chances of surviving in almost any situation, provided that you have the right tools.
Ideally, the more items you have in your tactical survival gear, the easier it will be for you to survive. However, it also means that you add weight or bulk to your pack. While you obviously cannot carry your entire arsenal with you at all times (you’re not The Terminator), you can certainly select specific sets for different scenarios. There are also core tools that should also be present no matter the situation. Here are five of these essentials.
- Tactical knife
In a true survival situation, the chances of you needing to cut something are very high. Thus, you need a reliable knife that’s easy to handle, strong, and razor sharp. You will likely be using it for various purposes, so in place of getting a singular unit, you might want to have a multi-tool that also includes a knife feature.
Fire in the wilderness or in the evenings is essential to maintaining your core body temperature (or to cook). Remember that it takes only 3 hours for the body to survive outside of its base temp. Having a trusty gadget takes the effort out of rubbing sticks together. Your kit should have three ways to start a fire. One is an automatic Firestarter, two is a regular box of matches, and three is a striker. Don’t forget to pack them in waterproof packs and separately.
- First aid kit
This is a critical kit that should be with you at all times. There are plenty of generic first aid kits at supermarkets, but you can expand them with pressure dressings and probably a compass, too. Study the pocket manual that came with the kit before you even head out, so you know what to do instantly and will not fumble when an actual emergency happens.
- Water or water filtration
No person can survive without water for more than 72 hours. Under non-threatening circumstances, an average human should also be drinking at least 1 gallon of water daily. Having a water bottle or a water filtration system ready ensures that you have access to safe drinking water at all times. It is especially helpful if you’re going on an adventure with a group because water in this setup can easily run out, and you might need to take some from an organic source.
- Flashlight or torch
Let there be light! Whether for venturing into an unfamiliar territory or walking at night, you will need light to navigate. Fortunately, there are many models that offer powerful illumination even with very small and lightweight bodies.
Of course, the most important tool you should have no matter where you are going is knowledge. Without knowing how to use any of these items, your chances of surviving are slim. Equip yourself with the ability to read weather signs, where to go and what to do in case of a natural disaster, what areas to avoid to secure your safety, and more.
There are plenty of online resources and books that will teach you different tactics on how to protect yourself, whether in the wild, when out in the city, or even when you’re just at home. The monthly gear from TacPack also offers the latest gadgets and innovations that can help make you feel safer everywhere you go, without being heavy on the back and on the budget.
Just how prepared are you when it comes to disaster management? You may never experience a disaster, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. If not well equipped, disasters may strike, and you will be left without a contingency plan to curb them. It is highly essential that you come up with an emergency plan for your family.
One of the deadliest hurricanes in history is Hurricane Katrina which left over 1,200 people dead in August 2005. Such occurrences are quite scary. However, as rare and horrific as they might be to ponder, you need to be prepared when they occur. What you need is a disaster preparedness plan to help you get through such periods.
Before coming up with a plan, have a sit-down with your family and discuss some of the ways you can become prepare for this type of situation. Take a critical look at the possible threats to devise a comprehensive plan. Preplanning helps to bring to light some of the resources you may not have on hand. This ensures that you purchase them before anything happens.
Why should people take emergency plans seriously? They prevent possible injuries, damages and help in increasing the chances of survival after an occurrence. Some of the things that should be in your family emergency plan are as follows.
- Create a Communication Plan
Contacts are an essential requirement. Analyze all of your relatives and decide on one your family can all share as a common emergency contact. As you choose, ensure that the relative is not likely to be affected by some of the occurrences in your area. Once completed, confirm that each of your family members has the relative’s contact information.
Ensure that your kids have the contact information as well and if possible, leave the contacts with school management. Also, ensure that there is an email attached to the contacts, so they have alternative ways to get ahold of the family member. Also, keep your documents safe for disaster times.
- Have a Common Meeting Point
As a family, being in one place after disaster strikes will reduce stress levels and ensure that everyone is out of harm’s way. Determine a drill where you identify one common location scheduled as a meeting point when any disaster happens. Practice emergency situations and have a defined route available, especially for children.
A meeting point will help in reconnecting so that you can plan the next action as a family without the disorientation of looking for other members. A useful tip would be for every family to note down the specific location for easier tracing.
- Have an Emergency Supply Kit
When disasters happen, it’s normal to have accidents. It could be just a regular power outage that if not well prepared for, could cause significant hiccups. In such a case, have rechargeable batteries that will provide a temporary lighting solution. Create an emergency kit that contains a series of first aid supplies as well as other preventive measures. The FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination products can keep you safe and prepared in the event that a chemical attack was to occur.
There should be a substantial amount of water and food in your kit for survival. Have food supplies that can last you for about a week or even more. The kit should also have enough necessary medical supplies for every member of your family.
- Include Photos of Your Family Members
Sometimes, during floods or occurrences of seismic forces, a family member may not have reached home and may be in danger. What comes to mind first? Calling them is the first option but what happens when their phone has been turned off? Have a photo of them so that you can ask nearby civilians or emergency crew for increased chances of tracing them.
- A Power Bank as a Lifesaver
In this modern age, everybody deserves to have a power bank. It does not matter if you have a 10,000 mAh; it will still go off at some point. To make sure that does not happen, always ensure that you have a power bank on hand; it will definitely come in handy to recharge a dead phone. It will even help in contacting 911 or an emergency response team.
- Vulnerability Assessment
As much as emergencies are rapid, some events can never be predicted. Research more on the possible hazards around your region so that you have a contingency plan when they occur. This does not necessarily mean you prepare for the specific risk alone. If preferred, consult engineering experts or fire departments for a more precise picture of potential environmental hazards.
A vulnerability assessment will help you feel a level of certainty in preparation. With such an evaluation, your plan is complete as you will have tackled significant possibilities.
- Communication with Neighbors
It’s possible that due to work and family obligations, you may not often talk with your neighbors. However, it’s important to keep in touch because when a disaster strikes, you will need their help. You may introduce walkie-talkies so that you can communicate in case your phone goes off. Neighbors are an asset in the emergency plan as they are close by and if you get stranded, they may just be the most immediate help available. Contacting neighbors comes in handy when you desperately need help that can’t wait.
Communication is one of the critical essentials of an emergency plan. Keeping everyone informed is necessary so that you all are on the same page. The program devised may involve planning for evacuation in extreme situations. Put that in mind as you come up with the plan. It’s important to keep your verification documents in a waterproof safety box and if possible, make copies too.
We live such hectic lives, filled with absolute non-sense that we forget what it is we’re actually living for. Most of us have 60 hours’ work weeks so we can pay rent, taxes and buy food. We don’t even have time for our loved ones, and we seem too busy or too tired even when we take a day off. That’s when leaving it all behind and starting a new life in the middle of nowhere starts to sound like an awesome idea.
Give it all up
The first thing is renouncing your old life and habits. That sounds pretty terrifying, but it’s liberating at the same time. Ask yourself this: if a tornado were to take you to Oz, what would you miss the most about your life now?
Giving up your life starts by prioritizing the essential things and relationships. After that, you’ll find there are plenty of things you would gladly let go of, if, in exchange, you could have peace, tranquility, and love.
Find a place
After deciding you really need to take off, you can’t simply do it without a plan. That’s why you should find somewhere to stay first. Maybe you have a cabin in the woods or a property in an isolated territory, and that could be your starting point.
But if you have to find your own place, things can get complicated. For instance, you can either buy or rent a piece of land. You should make sure the place is isolated enough so you won’t have any nosy Nellies around, but still, have some neighbors at convenient distances. You should also check that a nearby town doesn’t have future plans to extend closer to your property if you want to live a more solitary life.
After that, you can set up a camp, maybe even move in your trailer and start building your own home. If you have some money saved, you can commission the work to a professional, but you also have the option of turning this into your first DIY project.
Learn survival skills
You can’t move off in the wilderness without learning some survival skills first. The first one would be how to find water if there are limited water sources near your property. If you have very hot summer days when springs peter out, you might need to use other techniques like placing plastic bags on tree branches or digging for water.
You should also learn how to build a fire, but that’s the easy part. After all, you can leave home equipped with 20 pounds of waterproof matches. The hardest part is to learn which trees you can cut down, how to chop them and how to store the wood properly. If you cut green trees and the wood gets too wet, you’ll have fewer chances of building a lasting fire.
Grow your own food
This can mean different things depending on where your property is. If you’ve moved off to a deep, damp forest in the mountains, your only options might be hunting, fishing and eating wild fruits. Of course, learning some hunting and fishing skills, along with buying proper equipment is useful no matter where you might end up. And you need to recognize which plants are edible, and which aren’t.
If you’re moving to a friendlier environment, you can always build a greenhouse with basic equipment. So you might need nothing more than some sturdy cellophane and a few pallets, along with plenty of water and the right seeds.
Apart from that, you can farm certain animals, depending on how large your property is. Chicken is the easiest when you take into account all the logistics, like space and food, plus they give you nutritious meat and eggs. Otherwise, you can consider raising cows for their milk, maybe buy a couple of horses if you own a bigger farmstead.
Arrange your amenities
You also need some degree of comfort, especially for keeping a clean environment. So you’ll want a toilet and some sort of washing facilities, and you have plenty of options here too. The easiest would be to buy a camp toilet and a camp shower, which can easily be transported and used no matter where you are.
Or, you can build your own bath, and improvise if you don’t have any running water. For instance, your toilet can be an outhouse, but you have to place it at some distance from your house and greenhouse.
Your shower can be a barrel of warm water with a valve attached to it and a hose with a showerhead for the warmer summer days. Or you can get a bathtub for indoor use, and that would help you relax after a long day’s work.
Earn the money you need
You might still need some money even if you’re living in a remote location for paying the rent or for buying the things you can’t produce on your own, but that doesn’t mean you should get a day job in the city.
One idea is to sell or trade the things you produce in surplus. So if you have lots of eggs or meat, you can sell that to your neighbors, or trade with them for clothes or different tools.
Another idea is to focus on a skill you already have, and sell the results of your work on the Internet. For instance, you might be into crafting and learn how to make interesting sculptures. Or decorate axes. Or make origami. The world is your oyster.
Learn to enjoy solitude
This might prove to be difficult enough, especially if you’re all alone. We’re so accustomed to noise (even white noise) that eating a meal by ourselves without constantly checking our social media accounts seems impossible. But if you’ve chosen to live off the grid, you can find pleasure in loneliness.
So after all that, what seems like the most difficult to do? What plan do you have? Tell us all about that in the comments.
About the author: Mike is a passionate hunter and his favorite grounds are Alaska and British Columbia. He’s also an expert in hunting gear and he is one of the most reliable resources when it comes to choosing the right tools for the job. He also writes for OpitcGearLab.com
1. Make pizza in your pie iron with biscuit dough.
2. Line your pie iron with foil for easy clean up.
You can go from grilled cheese to apple pie pocket with practically no clean up.
3. Wrapping your meat in cabbage leaves will keep it from getting burnt to a crisp.
The cabbage is dense and moist enough to create the perfect nonstick barrier. No more accidental charred-to-a-crisp meals!
4. A miniature Tic Tac box makes a great miniature tackle box.
5. Adding sage to your campfire or fire pit keeps mosquitoes and bugs away.
6. Kids can make an adorable and easy keepsake bracelet out of duct tape.
They can stick things on, like tiny pebbles, flowers, or leaves, and create a souvenir from their nature walk. Just make sure the sticky side is on the outside.
7. Here’s an awesome s’mores hack your kids will love:
8. Stovetop popcorn (like Jiffy Pop) can be made over a campfire.
They’re so easy to transport, and kids will be amazed when the foil begins to expand. Just be careful, as the handle will become very hot.
You can also make your own out of popcorn kernels and aluminum foil. Directions here.
10. Make eggs and bacon in a paper bag.
It’s an easy way to make multiple breakfasts at once. Get the recipe/directions here.
11. Use an acorn cap to loudly whistle for help if you’re lost in the woods.
Get the step-by-step instructions here.
Or make a willow whistle.
Get the instructions here.
12. These compact towels can dry off two people after swimming and are dry to the touch within an hour of use.
13. Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows are a must for camping.
Toast a marshmallow over hot coals, and then dip the warm marshmallow into a cup of Bailey’s. They’re so delicious and addictive, you’ll want to make them even when you’re NOT camping.
14. Make flaming Jell-O marshmallow shots.
HOW COOL IS THIS. Fill the marshmallows with a Jell-o mixture and dip into rum. Get the full recipe/directions here.
15. Make a last-minute camping spoon with a knife and a plastic bottle.
16. Fill a gallon milk jug with water and 1/4 cup salt to use as a salt block for your cooler.
17. Carry your seasonings in straws.
Just use a lighter to re-seal.
18. You can also keep seasonings, toppings, and condiments separate but organized in stackable pill containers.
Label with a Sharpie.
19. Blue cheese filled bacon-wrapped mushrooms are the savory version of a campfire s’more.
Get the full directions here.
20. This is the coolest tarp trick:
Use a small stick to help secure the main center line. When pressure is put on one end, the line will tighten evenly, keeping the grommets from being torn out.
21. Pre-make your food and vacuum seal it.
It will stay fresh longer and will be easier to pack.
22. Keep your toiletries hooked onto a shower caddy.
You can buy one here for $9.95 or make your own.
23. Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.
Not only are you less likely to bump into them in the dark, but they’ll be padded!
You can also use a pool noodle to cushion a canoe before strapping it to your car to protect from scratching.
24. Carry some emergency TP in an Altoids container.
Especially if you’re going to be venturing off on a hike or nature walk.
25. A 16-ounce water bottle will hold 8–9 large eggs.
Pre-scrambling your eggs will save you the trouble of having to figure out a way of transporting them. It also eliminates the need for a separate bowl and whisk.
26. This collapsible silicone coffee dripper takes up almost no space.
And it has a super high Amazon.com rating. Get it here for $10.99.
27. For fewer burrs, rub the laces of your hiking boots with paraffin before hitting the trail.
28. Corn chips (like Fritos or Doritos) make a great substitute kindling when starting a fire.
29. Make an inexpensive candle lantern out of a used tuna can and a candle.
The foil will reflect the light and create more glow. It could potentially block some wind, as well.
30. Silicone cups are unbreakable and super easy to pack.
Get ‘em here.
31. Make toothpaste dots.
Spread them out on a plate, let them dry for 2–3 days, and then sprinkle baking soda over them. Once they dry, just pop them into a resealable plastic bag.
32. Keep your TP dry in a CD spindle.
If you’re trying to save space because you’re backpacking, take the tube out and flatten the toilet paper. Keep it in a plastic bag instead.
33. Instant grits will keep ants away from your campsite.
Just sprinkle wherever you see the ants.
34. Use biodegradable trail marking tape so you don’t get lost while hiking.
Buy it here.
35. Safely remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap.
Keep it on the tick for at least 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out, and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it’s pulled away. If the tick has been embedded for awhile, keep it in a jar so you can test it for Lyme disease.
Note that there is debate on whether this actually works. Here’s a testimonial that says it does, but there’s no scientific evidence to back it up, so try at your own risk and keep a pair of tweezers in your first aid kit.
36. Your deodorant doubles as a mosquito bite itch queller.
37. Make solar camp lanterns out of mason jars and solar disks.
Get the full directions here.
38. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil doubles as a super effective mosquito repellent.
And you won’t smell like bug repellent.
39. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.
Keeping your matches in a tupperware or stainless container will ensure they don’t get wet.
40. Cobble together a makeshift shower using a large water jug and a watering can head.
Get the full directions here.
41. Make camping sangria concentrate using a mason jar.
No, you don’t have to go camping to try this delicious sangria. Get the full recipe here.
Click here for more ingenious camping spots!
1. Only make one trip back from the community well.
Use a hockey stick (or an old-fashioned regular stick) to loop sanitized milk jugs through. Sling over shoulders and you’ve enough drinking water to last your hut over a week!
2. For when the economy recovers, hide money in a phone case.
Most likely a desperate and futile gesture, but pop the back of your cell phone case off and hide a twenty spot in there, just in case.
3. Turn lemons into lemonade or electricity. Your choice.
Just because the world ended doesn’t mean you have to stop playing Candy Crush. Get detailed instructions here.
4. Before braving the bee hive for wax, try this.
Once you exhaust Grandma’s supply of scented candles, try your nephew’s crayons before cobbling together a beekeeper suit.
5. Okay, NOW cobble together a homemade bee suit.
6. THEN brave the bees to keep water (or blood) off your shoes.
7. Convert a rake handle to organize farm implements and weapons.
Just because the world is in chaos, doesn’t mean your tools have to be.
8. Finally, a use for Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos.
Because no matter how hungry you are, they’ll never taste as good as Cool Ranch.
9. Make a fashionably functional bracelet out of paracord.
10. Then store the remainder on an old pizza box because no one likes tangled cords.
A few cuts with a pair of scissors (or a knife if society has degraded far enough that scissors are a precious luxury) and you’ve got an Earth friendly rope holder.
11. Set broken bones with toilet paper and duct tape.
12. Or open that pesky jar, rusted shut after a decade.
Forget bottle caps! With its infinite uses, duct tape is the new currency.
13. Kill time, and mutant cockroaches, with a toothpick gun.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Then it’s a power play making you dictator for life.
14. Slather up with baby oil to delay inevitable frostbite.
15. Keep West Nile and the plague at bay with a homemade mosquito trap.
Speaking of spring, use brown sugar, yeast, hot water, and an empty two-liter to make a tempting mosquito deathtrap. Instructions here!
16. Lasso those pesky ticks with an old pen and thread.
Mosquitos aren’t the only summer threat. An old mechanical pencil and some fishing line or thick thread can safely remove them. Not today, Lyme disease!
17. Convert keys into arrowheads, a far more effective home deterrent.
18. Then make a bow from an old bicycle.
19. Or upcycle empty milk jugs to start a new life
20. Pop a top and catch a fish while you’re on the water.
While you float west, where surely everything is better and not a toxic wasteland (right?), snap off the end of a pop top and loop some thread through the hook for a fast fishing lure.
Unless you have deep pockets, and most people don’t, you are going to have to purchase and store your prepping supplies a little at a time. When your at the store buying clothes for your kids, pick up a pack of batteries. When you are out picking up dinner at the grocery store, don’t forget to grab a couple of cans of soup. You get the picture.
With all this in mind, here is a list of items that you can start buying when your out and about to add to your prepping supplies that will cost you right around 5 bucks. You would be surprised at how much stuff you can amass when you think to pick up a few extra things a few times a week.
Add in some Aldi coupon codes and your entire grocery bill will shrink, allowing you to save money or get extra supplies.
(Note: This list comes from other posts and articles of read over time with a couple of items I have added from my own experience. If you have got any suggestions, please leave a comment and share your knowledge. )
(Note: I’m aware that the dollar has been devalued such that some items on this list may now far exceed the 5 dollar limit. Adjust quantities accordingly.)
- Five packages of instant potatoes
- A case of ramen noodles (20 pkgs)
- Five cans of sardines
- Five gallons of purified water
- Case of bottled water
- Four cans of canned fruit
- 2 jars of mandarin oranges
- Five pounds of rice
- Three pounds of spaghetti
- Two cans of spaghetti sauce
- Three bags of egg noodles
- 8 packages of gravy mix
- Four cans of whole or sliced new potatoes
- Three cans of g veggies
- Two cans of Yams
- Six cans of pork and beans
- One 40 ounce can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew
- Two 12 ounce cans of chicken, tuna or roast beef
- One 1lb canned ham
- Three cans of refried beans
- Three 12 oz cans of raviolis or spaghetti O’s.
- Two 12.5 ounce cans of Salmon
- Five pounds of Oatmeal
- Four packages Dinty Moore heat and eat meals
- 5 packages of corn bread mix
- Four pounds of Sugar
- Five pound of Flour
- 1.5 quarts of cooking oil
- Three one pound bags of dry beans
- 2 cans of apple juice
- 1 jar of peanut butter
- Two boxes of yeast
- Two bags of generic breakfast cereal
- 10 8 oz cans of tomato paste/tomato sauce
- Four cans of soup
- 4 cans of Chunky soup
- 8-10 pounds of Iodized salt
- Two bottles of garlic powder or other spices
- Two boxes of kool aid
- A can of coffee
- 2 bottles of powdered coffee creamer
- One manual can opener
- Two bottles of camp fuel stove
- 100 rounds of .22lr ammo
- 25 rounds of 12 ga birdshot or small game loads
- 20 rounds of Monarch 7.62×39 ammo
- Spool of 12lb test monofilament fishing line
- 2 packages of hooks and some sinkers or corks.
- Artificial lure
- Two packages of soft plastic worms
- Three Bic Lighters or two big boxes of matches
- A package of tea lights
- 50 ft of para cord
- Roll of duct tape
- Box of nails or other fasteners
- Two D-batteries, four AA or AAA batteries or two 9v batteries
- Travel toothbrush and tooth paste
- Bag of disposable razors
- Eight bars of ivory soap (it floats)
- Box or tampons or bag of pads for the ladies
- Gallons of bleach
- Needles and thread
- Ball of yarn
- 2 bottles 1000 count 500 mg generic Tylenol (acetometaphin)
- 2 bottles 500 count 200 mg generic advil (ibuprofen)
- 2 boxes 24 cound 25 mg generic Benadryl (diphenhydramine HCI)
- 4 bottles 500 count 325 mg aspirin
- 2 boxes of generic sudafed
- 4 bottles of alcohol
- a box of bandages (4×4)