Have you ever felt like you’ve read the same prepping advice over, and over again? After all there’s only so many ways to prepare for a disaster, or survival situation.
We thought it would be quite interesting to take a look at some “thinking outside the box” prepping advice from people who are just average, everyday preppers who actually are doing the prepper thing.
Here are 33 “Thinking Outside The Box” Non Traditional Preps. If you have some of your own please add them to the comment section below.
1. Marbles! I use them in my wrist-rocket slingshot. They make great ammo, cost little, and are seen as a toy for children, so they are not as likely to be stolen or confiscated. In addition they are of a uniform size and weight.
2. I used sandbags to create a root cellar in my crawlspace. I could have used wood but didn’t want to attract bugs. Since it’s above ground, I added a vent off our AC unit in order to cool it. It took nearly 6 months for the ground temp to come down but its very reasonable now in the summer!
3. My prep that is not in the norm is my daughter’s blankets. I think that if something really happens, a little piece of home will be good for her. She has this specific type of blanket she likes.
4. A whiteboard and markers. My autistic son will need this to understand a change in his schedule.
5. Books on herb craft. I love using essential oils but if the SHTF then I would not have access to the oils after a while. So, I am growing herbs and learning how to use them fresh or dry.
6. Dr. Bonners Castile soap. Because it is one of those items that has multiple uses, you clean everything from yourself (hair, teeth & skin) to your house and laundry. Multi use items are my favorite things to store.
7. I have a couple of wind-up watches that don’t need batteries and a wind up alarm clock. When batteries run out and cell phones don’t work, there might be some comfort in still being able to tell time. A solar-powered watch would also work.
8. Journaling supplies. They will help me vent should the SHFT.
9. A kindle or iPad for storing prepping info. It would be impossible to store that many paper/hardback in a limited space.
10. Fabric in several types (flannel, cotton, wool etc.) plus patterns, scissors, needles, and thread! I also have a treadle sewing machine and yarn to knit/crochet sweaters and mittens and hats and socks.
11. Over the years I have purchased many bags of feed for my critters. I save all the bags (they are heavy duty) to use as “dirt bags” to fill with dirt to line the insides of the walls in my home. A bullet will go through a normal wall very easily. A wall of dirt that is from 1 1/2 feet thick to 4 feet thick, depending on how you place them, will make an excellent protector.
12. Plastic yogurt cups. They don’t have a top but I have saved them any way. They can be used to start seeds, as drinking cups, as candle holders, and many other things.
13. I have a treadle sewing machine and quilting supplies so that I have something to work on and that can be used.
14. I am the family historian. So if/when you see a safe box in my home, the treasures it holds are my family history (some of which I have written) and family pictures going back many generations. I have hard copies, copies on flash drives and CDs stored in different places and of course in my BOB. Knowing the stories of my ancestors will keep others occupied during those crises times when calm is needed. We do have heroes in our own families. They may not be superheroes, but heroes nonetheless.
15. My non-traditional prep is an extensive collection of games and kite making materials. Kids will take it fairly hard if something should happen.
16. My grandmother’s cookbooks. There are a lot of “from scratch” recipes and ways of doing things, right down to how to prepare a chicken from the coop to the table.
To see the rest of these non traditional survival tips go to the full article at: BackDoorSurvival.com
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