Prepper items on the cheap

This is a crib sheet to preserve some info I’ve gained off the interwebs about prepping/prepper stuff (as much as I dislike the terms, and deny being “one of them”, I admit I’d like to avoid being completely unprepared for adverse situations).

This list is from a YouTube video from Canadian Prepper, who has had a pretty decent track record of good ideas and interesting content. Sometimes he seems to be a bit too much of a salesman, but that’s another subject for another time.

The synopsis of the video is to go to the local Dollar store and see if there are any useful prepper items to get there. Here are my notes.

  • Cheesecloth – under a dollar
  • Canning jars – under a dollar
  • Metal strainer (stainless mesh)
  • 6″ cast iron frying pan
  • Contractor trash bags
  • Wood and metal clothes pins
  • Steel wool/scrubbers
  • Inspection mirror
  • Magnifying mirror
  • Reflective sun shade
  • White vinegar
  • Window insulation film
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Space saver storage bags/travel bags (vacuum shrink)
  • Plastic drop sheets
  • Clear plastic rain poncho
  • Compressed towels/toil paper tablet
  • Insulating insoles
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Drytec granular calcium hypochlorite (makes bleach)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Giant sized zip ties
  • Dummy security camera ($4 or less)
  • Cheap giant permanent marker
  • Large sheet of bristle board (to make large signs – subterfuge or for rescue)
  • Crayon sharpener (to make tinder from sticks)
  • Hair elastics (in place of ranger bands, nearly as strong)
  • Jute twine (cordage plus when dipped in wax, makeshift candles and firestarter)
  • Candles
  • Nails
  • Wire (for snares, alarms, etc.)
  • Small pry bar ($1.25)
  • Reflective safety tape
  • High viz vest
  • Mesh laundry bags
  • Baking soda (as hygiene product, antacid, first aid)
  • Silicone glove
  • Can opener ($1)
  • Kid’s backpack (subterfuge for storing items in a car)
  • Sturdy $3 plastic bucket
  • 1kg Sea Salt for $1
  • Canned tuna
  • Bar soap
  • Cotton balls (with petroleum jelly makes a good firestarter)
  • Wooden kitchen and fireplace matches
  • Long barbecue grill lighters
  • Sewing supplies (needles, thread, etc.)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Tarp
  • Work gloves
  • WD-40
  • Duct tape
  • Super glue
  • LED utility light
  • Disposable plates & utensils
  • Glow sticks
  • Methanol chafing fuel (Sterno cans)
  • Playing cards & dice
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Heat packs (disposable chemical type)
  • Disposable razors
  • Bandannas
  • Sponges
  • Chamois towel
  • Cheap utility knife
  • Spring clamps
  • Ramen noodles
  • Split shot lead fishing weights
  • Sugar packets
  • Instant coffee
  • Small cutting board with handle (paddle shaped)
  • Round metal pot or baking tin
  • Aluminum foil
  • Coffee filters
  • Kitchen rubber gloves

Published by Mark

Is this the self-aggrandizing section? OK, so in summary I'm an over-experienced writer, engineer, software developer, designer, teacher, and amateur musician. Father, brother, son, I'm just moving through life trying to leave the world a better place than I found it.

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