(SurvivalDaily.com) – Surviving is all about making the most out of what you have. So, if all you have is a 5-gallon bucket and some supplies, your bug-out bag becomes more of a bug-out bucket. The video below shows how to make use out of a bug-out bucket.
There’s nothing wrong with having an actual bug-out bag, but sometimes a quality backpack can be too expensive. A simple design made from PVC pipe, some bungee cords, a bucket, and some straps is much more cost effective. Get a watertight bucket, and you’ve got a way to keep your equipment dry as well as having a floatation device.
There’s a lot more space in a 5-gallon bucket than one might think. It has plenty of room to store items like food, water and medical supplies — and don’t forget to add some hygiene supplies to that list.
For general use supplies, you can store flashlights, glowsticks, a tarp, paracord, gloves, thermal blankets, radio, a whistle, compass and a sewing kit. From there, add in any other items, such as medication, you may personally need. Just be sure to save room for additional supplies.
For medical supplies, items like a first-aid kit, bandages, isopropyl alcohol, burn cream, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, gauze pads, thermometer, cotton balls and an instant ice pack are all great to have. Of course, these aren’t your only options, but they’re a good start.
Hygiene is an important yet overlooked aspect of survival. If you’re not clean, you’re more prone to infection; a severe toothache from poor oral upkeep might slow you down. Items like toothpaste, a toothbrush, lotion, sunscreen, floss, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, washcloths and feminine products are good to have in your pack.
The above includes just a handful of bases to cover. For more ideas on what to have on your supply list, check out this article on bug-out bag necessities.
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