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12 More Unusual Things for Urban Survivalists 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 UST list of the 12 most unusual survival tools to hoard while they are still available! This list of 12 unusual things for survivalists is a bit weird because it includes some stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily think to keep: lint, for example. This 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.  Check Coinflation.com for the current value of copper.  $0.0141525 is the melt value for the 1909-1982 copper cent on December 13, 2015.

#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 fire-starting – 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 bleeding
    5. make a finger splint
    6. hang stuff to dry while out on your journey
    7. affix gear to your bug out 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
    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 survival supply list. Thread on wooden spools are available inexpensively at thrift shops and will serve you well into the future. Buy safety pins inexpensively at the dollar stores.


#5: Gadsden flag.

Another unusual item for your preps is a Gadsden flag. Why? Because it sends a message to other survivalists. In a world without rule of law, the flag will likely provide an opportunity for survivalists to align and unite for the greater good of their own communities. The 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 survivalists and for this reason it may be wise to hold one in your possession.

#6: Fire extinguisher

Fire will be, to say the least, alarming in a life without society’s current comforts and yet other survival sites rarely if ever mention this necessity. How are you going to defend your homestead without an adequate water supply and without the firedepartment 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.

  • Survivlists 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 survival 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 bug out 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 (hanhang utensils to dry camping
    Lash sticks together
  6. 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 bug out 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.

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