Unusual, Creative Ideas for Post Apocalyptic Survival.

Survival has a lot to do with creative thinking, improvising and adapting. Just because you are armed to the teeth with your bandolier on riding down some apocalyptic highway doesn’t mean you are going to make it.

You have to think about everything you take for granted in your cushy modern life, surrounded by the comforts of a functional, intact society and think: what regular items could offer you a major advantage after the apocalypse and what different purposes can you use every day items for that other people might not have thought of?

A lot of your standard apocalypse survival guides on the internet go over the basics like, knives, guns, axes and the basic survival tools. This information is all over the place even though it is covered best here. But what about some of the more creative ideas for apocalypse survival? I wanted to put together a guide to some of the more creative ideas and useful items that can help you in various ways should you find yourself in a post apocalyptic wasteland one day.

Most of these are every day items that you have in your house or see at your grocery store, others are a little further outside the box; but all of these items will help you survive which is the sole mission and purpose of this website.

Creative Apocalypse Survival IdeasI am sure there are a great deal of people who are just starting out their “doomsday preparations”  that will be benefited greatly by this list. Just remember to think outside the box when you evaluate everyday items for survival use. You should consider adding all of these to your post apocalyptic survival gear list.

1. Hot Sauce

hot sauces

Not only is hot sauce manly and delicious, it becomes really valuable after the apocalypse.

Why? Well I for one could probably eat a steaming pile of shit if I had enough hot sauce and given the slim pickings when it comes to food after the apocalypse, that’s pretty important.

Not to mention hot sauce lasts forever, it is good for you, it releases endorphins and it can even be used for self defense.

Hot sauce can be used for self defense? Yea it can and it works great. Trust me, next time you are about to get into a bar fight, douse your hands in hot sauce.

When you tangle up with somebody you can jam your hands into their eyes in the scuffle. Within a few seconds their eyes will be burning and stinging uncontrollably and they will lose most, if not all of their ability to see. Not being able to see while their eyes are in excruciating pain, makes most people lose the will to keep fighting.

2. Tampons and/or Maxi Pads

Maxi pads and tampons can be used for survival.

Your apocalypse survival kit should have a few tampons or maxi pads. Not because I think your a big vagina, its because they are designed to absorb blood, and they do a damn good job.

If you get a serious laceration and you are out in the woods, you have to stop the bleeding fast and you need something that is super absorbent. This is the best thing for the job short of an Israeli military compression bandage.

Not to mention you have an excellent product for trading and bartering, at least with 50% of the population…

3. Vodka

vodka for the apocalypse

While having a glass of warm vodka would be a godsend after the apocalypse, it also has a variety of other uses along with its infinite shelf life.

Consuming vodka makes you feel warm if you are freezing. It numbs pain and most importantly it can clean and disinfect wounds.

On top of this, almost everybody short of a Mormon will want to trade for it. Add this all up and you have a hell of a substance for post apocalyptic survival.

4. Washboard

Being able to wash your clothes is priceless. There is a reason everybody in the old days had a washboard and it is because they are dirt cheap and they do the trick.

You could even wash other peoples clothes for them in exchange for supplies. Being the post apocalyptic coin laundry could have its benefits…

5. Candy

Candy packs high calories and a boost of sugar in a little package. If you have to travel long distances, candy can give you that boost until you find your next meal. Don’t underestimate the power of sugar, but don’t over do it by eating so much candy you look like one of those fat asses on “Doomsday Preppers”.

6. Condoms

You can certainly trade these, but the real value comes in their ability to carry water or even fuel.

7. Siphon

Having a siphon puts you at a tremendous advantage if the fuel supply stops pumping. There will always be vehicles around to siphon fuel from when the shtf and a siphon can get that fuel into your gas tank.

8. Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil has a variety of amazing uses. For example you can wrap meat in it and toss it in a campfire, you can mold it into any shape you need like a cup or a bowel or even a funnel for the gas you just siphoned.If you come to this website regularly, you might even want to mold it into a tin foil hat.

9. Dental Floss

I know most people probably don’t floss, which is gross but true. Floss can be used for fishing line or a variety of minor repairs. It also helps to have anything that will keep your teeth in your head a little longer. Plus you can store sewing needles inside the dispenser and the floss can be used to sew.

10. LED Lighters

I just picked these up recently, they are cheap, refillable and they have a built in LED flashlight along with the lighter. Can’t beat it.

11. Black Shoe Polish

Shoe polish ignites very easily, you can spread it on some branches and throw some sparks at from you Firesteel and get a fire going quickly. It burns very hot but it produces an awful smell. I’d be skeptical about cooking over it unless you were sure all the shoe polish had burned off.

12. Metal Coat Hanger

Coat hangers kick ass. Have you ever broken into your car with one when you locked your keys in it? Besides this, you can bend the coat hanger into a square and wrap aluminum foil over it and develop a great cooking surface while your out there in the post apocalyptic wilderness.

13. Fish Antibiotics

You can get “Fish Antibiotics” on eBay. They are the exact same generic antibiotics that you get prescribed and they work. Never hurts to stock up on antibiotics. You should buy these even if you aren’t preparing for doomsday, beats going to the doctor.

14. Clove Oil

You can use clove oil to numb an abscessed tooth, and trust me I have done it.

Hopefully this list got you thinking about some unusual items to add to your post apocalyptic survival kit.


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About Guest

Judah Hamilton is a apocalyptic survival expert. He is a political strategist, inventor, author, avid reader and corporate hack. In his spare time he is a welder, sheet metal fabricator and primitive survival skills expert. All of this aside, he is best known for his drunken, whiskey-induced rants on a variety of topics on post apocalyptic survival.com.
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10 Responses to Unusual, Creative Ideas for Post Apocalyptic Survival.

  1. I’ve goto start looking at every day objects differently. I’d have drunk all the Vodka, eaten all the candy and used the condoms in the first two weeks…. I’ve got a lot learn about post apocalyptic survival.


  2. Philo Pharynx says:

    Vodka (or other alcohol) may make you feel warmer, but it’s the worst thing you can do in freezing weather.  It sends blood to the extemities (which is why you feel warmer).  In cold weather, the body send the blood to the vital organs to keep them alive and to conserve heat from being lost through your skin.

    This is why I stay in climates where water stays liquid year-round.

    • Guest says:

      Yea but would you be less likely to get frost bite or be able to do more meticulous tasks because your blood flow isn’t affected? Sounds like a good myth busters.

  3. Trey says:

    Another great item, although not exactly unusual, is cigarettes. Think about it. I don’t smoke, but I have a carton of cigarettes simply for bartering. I know how people who do smoke get when they have gone a while without one. Smokers will be desperate and they will be a fantastic bargaining chip.

    • Guest says:

      Granted they don’t stay fresh very long but I doubt anyone would be particular about the flavor if shtf.

    • mark says:

      You’re right. Tobacco would be more valuable than gold. Smokers would literally kill for it.

  4. Wraith says:

    Point of order: Condoms won’t be real effective for carrying fuel; petroleum and latex have a very abusive relationship.
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  5. mark says:

    Are you sure you could take fish amoxicillin and not get sick or die?

    • Guest says:

      I am absolutely sure. I had an abscessed tooth that required immediate medical attention while I had no health insurance. I treated it with fish mox successfully with a single bottle and it killed the infection (temporarily for over 1.5 years) while I finished college and landed a job with adequate insurance to cover the procedure. Fish Mox will save your life but do not over do it and do not take it every time you are sick. This is how super strains of bacteria are created by abusing antibiotics. If you have a serious infection you should of course see a licensed medical professional, if it is not an option fish mox is a viable alternative and it is the exact same generic medicine prescribed to you for a much higher price… but hey I am just some stranger with a website on the internet so I am way less trust worthy than major pharmaceutical companies who are built on honesty and concern for consumer health over profit…

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