First Aid: One thing the dollar store has in spades is first aid gear, so we put together a mini first aid kit for only a few dollars.
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Is it high-quality stuff? A large cooking knife can be used around the campfire and to fend off attackers, and a large two-tined roasting fork can be lashed to a stick and made into a fishing spear. We found several methods of light, including one powered by a ratchet mechanism. The pretty pink sewing kit for girls contained a dozen needles and thread. Anti-bacterial wipes, a bag of hard candy, two small boxes to seal in small gear, and essential items to keep you clean, organized and sane.
Speaking of sane, a deck of cards goes a long way in keeping you mentally awake. Your choices are limitless. If we wanted to keep with the theme, we could have very well kept the items in the paper grocery bags they came home in.
Barring that, we can choose a school book bag or a bag that was a giveaway from a clothing store. The upper pocket contains the hard candies for the trail and the hand-operated flashlight. Intertwined down the side webbing is where the zip ties are stored and a couple of the bungee cords. Outside, the anti-bacterial gel is easily accessible and the carabiners hang at the ready. The Plan B has plenty of webbing for a variety of gear. On the top, we placed the toilet paper and a few of the bulky items, such as the cans of food and containers of matches and toiletries.
While on the bottom, everything else fit nice and snug. It is always a good idea to place the first aid kit on top for easy access. In a mesh pocket on the inside flap the water bottle, knife and serving fork can be stored. We made sheaths for both the knife and fork out of aluminum foil and stored them in a way that they would rest on their handles instead of their points when the pack was set upright.
However, everything that would be ruined if wet was placed in sealable plastic bags. How many squeezes will this ratchet flashlight take before it breaks? Can this very thin aluminum foil wrap a fish without tearing? How long before the bungee cords snap or the gloves wear through or the twine unravels?
It depends on what you can afford, as money is an object to a lot of people. Sometimes having a large bulky pack is more of a hindrance than help. The larger your pack, the more stuff you will put in it, logically, but the more stuff, the heavier the pack. With a smaller pack, such as the Plan B, you become more conscious about what goes in it, thereby saving weight and conserving energy. This sling pack is designed for front or rear wear and is slim to fit the profile of the wearer and not be a bulky or obvious addition to his back.
They can be used as table covers, makeshift shelters, etc. Glowsticks at Dollar Tree may be more decorative than useful, but when you have kids, glowsticks serve so many purposes!
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You can pack them in their emergency kits or use them for lights-out activities during power outages. We generally stay away from the thin bracelets and tiny tubes. We go for bigger sticks and swords.
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You might get these from many places, but for a dollar, I love these plastic totes for freezer organization. I have a chest freezer and organizing categories by tote is a huge help. The handles help me lift things out easily, to get to the next layer, and the totes help keep things contained in the chest. But they can also be used in the same fashion in a pantry. Instead of using plastic storage tubs, you can use the totes to store linens, large quantities of toilet paper, and make them easily movable.
They are marketed as candles that are great for spiritual endeavors, but we know that they work great for preparedness, too! When I have to clean out my chest freezer, the packs work to help keep things cold especially those things that tend to thaw out quickly like frozen fruit. Along with ice, these cold packs can help keep your foods frozen in coolers until you can get a new unit.
I like to make the most of my cleaners so I like to have some in every zone of our home. Dollar store bottles work perfectly for this! You can get steel ones, big plastic ones, and small plastic ones.
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Microfiber dusters, brooms, buckets, clothespins, and more are available at Dollar Tree. We use these microfiber towels for so many things — for dusting, for cleaning, for quick spill cleanups. You can find large ones in the automotive sections, mesh backed ones in the kitchen section, and multi-packs around the store.
These are great to use instead of paper towels, and we keep a big supply for all sorts of uses. Organizers, pens, pencils, mailers, and more can be found at most dollar stores. While this may look like an organizational issue and not preparedness, things like pencil boxes can have a new life as a first aid kit. A bubble mailer can house seeds for the next season, binders and dividers can be made into Family Emergency Binders. Clipboards work great to keep wipe off inventory pages on the wall. File pockets can be good for keeping important papers together for your go bag.
Now, hear me out on this, okay? This will help keep it from smelling so bad so quickly and allows for easier cleanup. Petroleum jelly is the same as the name brand Vaseline. Plastic food containers. Playing cards. You'll need something to do so you won't get bored.
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Read more about board games for the bunker. Plastic shoe box containers. Make your own Dollar Store Kit for the car. Be sure to look for boxes that seal well, as some are flimsy. Rain poncho for the bugout bag. Rubbing Alcohol. Look for the highest percentage of rubbing alcohol you can get.
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Safety pins. Safety pins are a prepper favorite for bugout bags and key rings. Salt with iodine. Salt has many uses for preppers and you get two for. Scrub buddies plastic for dishes, pictured left for scouring pots and pans. Sewing kit ideal for bugout bags , and th e tiny sewing kits also include tiny scissors. S hoe laces or leathers. Always pack extra shoe laces in your bugout bag. They are ideal cordage and come in handy when you need it for long treks. Soaps l iquid soaps. Look for SoftSoap made in the U. This is a great everyday bargain. Normally they are more than double the price at ordinary stores.
Soaps b ar soaps. T ried and true, and ideal for when the liquids run out , you'll find bar soaps are ideal for any survival situation economic or health related. Ivory soap is a classic, tried and true brand , but look also for other soaps gentle on the skin without perfumes or dyes. It's always a good idea to carry extra socks, because you're sure to run out of them when laundry goes off the grid.
Dry, clean socks will help prevent blisters. Ideally, look for wool socks for your bugout bags. Solar lights. The dollar stores are ideal for purchasing chili powder, cinnamon, oregano, basil and parsley. S t eel wool, also for scrubbing, but ideal for so many prepper uses.
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