In today’s post, we’ll discuss a survivalist principle known as improvisation. You might be familiar with the term as it’s used in music or comedy, but it essentially means thinking on your feet.
When it comes to survival situations, it’s easy to be caught off-guard, with less than you need to survive. This is why improvisation is so critical—it can turn “useless” items from your surroundings into lifesavers. While this skill is incredibly useful in the great outdoors, there are many items around your home that can be used in an emergency situation.
Here’s our 5 top household items you can use for survival:
Floss is easy to carry and can be used like any strong thread. You can stitch wounds or patch rips in clothing. You can braid it together for strong fishing line. You can tie down an improvised shelter. These are just a few of the many uses of floss.
Common household bleach can be used in two particularly important ways in an emergency. First, you can treat water—though you should only do this if filtration or boiling are not options. 8 drops of bleach per gallon is the level recommended to sanitize without any bleach taste. Second, bleach is extremely useful to disinfect surfaces, especially in the event of an epidemic.
Besides its intended use (which should not be overlooked in a survival situation), toilet paper can be used to dress wounds, it can be used as a fire starter a wick for an oil candle and much more.
Duct tape has countless uses, not only everyday, but it’s also essential in an emergency situation. You can seal drafts in your home with a few layers of duct tape. Duct tape can be made into a sling for a sprained or broken limb.
It might sound gross, but in a survival situation, you need to be willing to use everything at your disposal. Tin cans can be used in a variety of ways: you can make candles with them or use them as a pot for cooking. The tabs from beer or soda cans can be used to make fishing hooks. Leftover cooking oil or bacon fat can be used as candle fuel. If you can repurpose garbage, you can be confident in your survival improvisation skills at home.
These are only five items, but there are probably hundreds of items around your home you can use if the need arises.
What’s your favorite household items for survival? Let us know in the comments below!