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