5-Gallon Bucket: Simple Survival Equipment
Sometimes the simple, easy, and necessary supplies are overlooked in favor of the shiny, complex, and expensive. Did you know that a few simple 5-Gallon buckets, available at most hardware stores for less than $5, could become exceptionally useful to you in the event of a crisis? They’re also great for pre-crisis preparations.
Haul Water, Gather Food
A 5-gallon bucket will let you haul water from local water sources if those sources are safe enough to use. Lay some steel mesh over it and set it outside and you’ve got yourself a rain bucket. If you know enough about wild foods to gather up some free edibles you can use your bucket to carry everything out of the woods with you, too.
5 gallons offers you enough capacity to make both sorts of trips worthwhile. It can hold enough water to fight a local fire, too—remember that looters often set fires and the local fire departments are likely to be overwhelmed pretty quickly.
Hold All Kinds of Waste
You can use the 5-gallon bucket to hold waste, especially if it’s not safe to go outside and dump your garbage. Having more places to put your garbage until it is safe means it doesn’t take over your house in a matter of days. For that matter, a bucket and a lid offer you a toilet that doesn’t rely on plumbing, perfect if there’s suddenly no running water.
A little sawdust or kitty litter in the bottom will control the smells until you can dispose of the waste effectively.
Create Container Gardens
If you don’t have much space to work with you can use 5-gallon buckets to create container gardens or hanging planters.
Renters with a balcony should be able to grow a decent amount of food unmolested by using 5-gallon buckets: you’d be surprised how much food a container garden actually is capable of producing.
The 5-gallon bucket, some detergent, and a way to stir could help you get your clothes reasonably clean in a survival scenario. Many people don’t give much thought to clean clothing but it is just as important as clean bodies.
Dirty clothes will swiftly suck away morale and make living conditions unbearable.
Create a Quick Cache
Is creating a supply cache or two one of your survival strategies? A 5-gallon bucket is one of the easiest ways to protect your gear under the earth once the lid is snapped on.
It might be wise to wrap some of your items in plastic to further guard them against moisture, but a closed 5-gallon bucket provides adequate protection for most everything else.
You can carry the whole cache out there without anyone seeing what’s in it, and given “geocaching” is a hobby for many people there are certainly several places you could bury such an item without so much as lifting a single eyebrow.
Staying unobtrusive about your survival activities is extremely important, and the 5-gallon bucket helps you do that.