Being in the survival and preparedness community, we strive to be more efficient and self-sufficient in everyday life.
One of the ways we do that is by making each item we have, more effective. By figuring out how to use the item better. Tools, gadgets, and gear are useless without developed skills and knowledge.
Here is the ultimate list of common household items, tools, and gadgets that have multiple uses for survival.
Survival Uses and Hacks For Everyday Items
I’ve found that there is another method or way of using just about any item to be able to accomplish something else. Something other than the primary thing that the item is supposed to be used for.
That’s what this post is really about, We’re constantly looking for more ways to optimize what we have. We’re always trying new things and figuring out how to get more use out of each and every item. We strive for efficiency.
Most of these items are everyday items that can be used for survival.
Let’s start with all the ways paracord can be used for survival.
Did you know that you could use a condom for survival.
Pill bottles can be used for many things. But, one of the best ways to use it for our purposes. Is to make a survival kit out of it.
Watch this video on this ultra-compact survival kit.
The bandana is one of the most tactical and multifunctional items you could possibly carry with you in your survival kit and bug-out bags.
See this post for the dozens of different bandana uses.
This article has all the ways you can use your leftover coffee filters to prepare instead of letting them go to waste.
Baby oil, believe it or not, is great for cleaning one of the most frustrating materials to clean.
Here’s how to use it.
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
This has many different uses that come in handy. You can even use it as a fire starter.
Watch this video on 12 different ways to use it.
Duct tape is another one of those items that’s a must-have in your bug-out bag.
Its versatility and functionality are unmatched.
See ou guide on the dozens of alternative uses for duct tape.
Tampons have a shocking amount of functionality and benefit to not pack one or two in your bug-out bag.
Also, this video is excellent at showing you how to actually use it.
If you’re a climber then you know these well. You may even know a few ways to use them to survive than we do.
See the guide on the different survival uses for carabiners here.
This video below shows you 10 life hacks for carabiners as well.
See the video below for 25 survival hacks with bobby pins.
Use paper clips for more than just keeping a few papers together. You may start packing a bunch in your survival kits and BOB. See the video below.
There are a few survival uses for chalk that is worth learning.
There are many uses for hand sanitizer.
One of the most overlooked and underrated item for survival is in fact, alcohol.
That single-malt scotch in your glass could save your life one day. Here’s 15 survival uses for alcohol to use as a perfect excuse to pack a generous portion for your next adventure.
We have an entire post on this magical substance. It’s all about the alternative uses for bacon grease.
Click here to visit the guide for the alternative uses for bones.
It’s always good to pack some fishing line in your go-bag, it’s excellent for making certain kinds of knots.
There are tons of survival uses for honey that are worth pointing out.
Your canteen has the potential to be one of the most multifunctional, dare I say “tactical” items in your outdoor gear list.
If you’re in the market for a new one, see our buyers guide on the best canteens.
Pantyhose as a survival item?
Click here to visit the guide for the survival uses for Shoelaces.
Click here to visit the guide for the survival uses for super glue here.
Zip ties are strong and are always useful, especially when fishing and camping.
We make a. full post here at TSJ about alternative uses for toothpaste.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for tobacco.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for tea tree oil.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for golf tees.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for soda cans.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for shoe polish.
Watch the video below to see all the survival uses for drinking straws.
See all the survival uses for rubber bands here.
The survival uses for charcoal can help in a survival situation. See the video below.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for milk juggs.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for plastic bags.
See the video below to discover the survival uses for magnifying glasses.
Wire Coat Hanger
Ironically, there are a few survival uses for cigarettes that are worth noting. Including many life hacks as well.
See the video below.
Click here for the full post on the survival uses for activated charcoal (activated carbon).
Not all ash is created equal. Wood ash can be used for different survival uses that ash can’t.
Tinfoil is one of the most efficient items you could have. It has hundreds of different possible ways to be used for survival. See the guide that goes through the survival uses for aluminum foil here.
Hack and whack your way to the different survival uses for machetes.
Keep your teeth healthy and survive the next trip to the dentist.
Of course, the survival uses for water bottles can be so much more than carrying our water.
Besides using fertilizer to grow your survival garden, it has many more survival uses.
The survival uses for PVC pipe are so valuable that many preppers say that carry some with them everywhere.
One of the survival hacks of steel wool is starting a fire. See which fire you can make along with the rest of the survival uses of steel wool here.
This stuff has saved my ass more than once. I lived in Connecticut for most of my life. They get massive amounts of snow up there during the winter.
If you’re ever stuck in the snow or ice. Keep some cat litter in your trunk. Pour some in front and behind the tires for traction. It works well.
Also, chapstick is perfect to make DIY survival candles with. Here’s the tutorial on how to make them.
This video shows you some surprising ways you can use petroleum jelly.
WD-40 is a staple in nearly every kind of survival kit. See how else you can use it in the video below.
An emergency survival blanket, also known as a space blanket, is designed to protect us against fires primarily. But with such an important quality like being fireproof. These blankets can do so much more.
This video shows you what else we can do with them.
Let there be light!
You can use a bucket to make the best mouse trap there is.
Who knew that something that fell from the sky during certain months of the year could serve so many functions. Even though it is water, the most important resource for our survival. Snow is a unique form of that which allows us to perform a much larger number of tasks.
See all the different ways you can use snow to survive here.
The primary use for this in my case is to ease into the night after a long day of work and writing. But that’s the least of what we can use it for. Visit this page for the different ways you can use whiskey to be more sufficient.
Steel, perhaps the most notorious material in the realm of fortification. See how steel can be used to fortify your home into fort Knox.
Watch the video below for the ironic list of survival uses for tobacco.
DIY Survival Kit Out Of Household Items
If you ever wanted to know how to make a survival kit out of household items. That was it.
All you have to do is combine a few of the items above and you have a survival kit with hundreds of different functions. Customize it, personalize it to what you need personally.
Did you know that were so many different uses out of all these items? It took us a while to figure out.
We knew a few. But most we didn’t.
Do you know any other items we should add to this list? Let us know below in the comments.