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    101 Multipurpose Items You Should Stockpile ASAP

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    101 Multipurpose Items You Should Stockpile ASAP

    In the 2008 film Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood’s character, Walt Kowalski, shows his young neighbor, Thao, his workshop. When the boy laments that he’ll never be able to collect so many tools, Kowalski pulls out just three items: WD-40, vise grips, and duct tape

    “Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things,” Kowalski tells the boy. We can’t disagree. And those three items definitely made our list of multipurpose items you should have on hand for an emergency.

    We know you’ve seen many lists of foods and supplies to stockpile for an emergency. However, these lists can be daunting in terms of the amount of money it takes to purchase them and the space required to store them.

    One of the best ways to lower the impact of both concerns is to focus on multipurpose items. Let’s look at a few potentially lifesaving examples. Some of the things on our list literally have dozens of uses, from hygiene to weaponry and from hunting to keeping warm and dry.

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    Baking Soda

    You probably have a carton or two of baking soda in your pantry or in the back of your refrigerator. That’s because baking soda (also called bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate) is a common baking ingredient and works as a deodorizer. 

    But did you know this light, fluffy powder also has dozens of other uses? Here are just a few of the reasons you should stockpile this inexpensive product:

    • You can use it as toothpaste or mouthwash.
    • It soothes bee stings and insect bites.
    • It relieves sunburn pain and rashes.
    • You can use it as an underarm deodorant.

    Dental Floss

    Here’s another item you already have in your home. But it’s time to bulk up your supply of this dental hygiene product. In addition to helping you clean between your teeth, dental floss has the following survival uses:

    • Fishing line
    • Shoelaces
    • Woven together to make a rope
    • Thread
    • Snare


    Lightweight, strong, and washable, pantyhose can do much more than serve as ladies’ stockings. Here are a few survival uses for nylon pantyhose.


    You know how to use this product made of synthetic polymers to repair broken household items. But did you know it has a potentially-lifesaving purpose? You can use it in an emergency to close small wounds and protect the area until new skin forms. 

    Trash Bags

    Plastic garbage bags – especially the heavy-duty kind – have myriad uses other than their intended purpose. Here are just a few of them:

    • Backpack cover in a rainstorm
    • Makeshift poncho
    • Mattress or pillow protector
    • Ground layer for your sleeping bag
    • Rainwater container

    Here is a list of 101 multipurpose items you should stockpile:

    1. Activated Charcoal 
    2. Alcohol 
    3. Altoid Tins 
    4. Aluminum cans
    5. Aluminum Foil
    6. Ammo Cans 
    7. Aspirin
    8. Axes/Hatchets
    9. Baby Wipes 
    10. Baking Soda 
    11. Bandanas 
    12. Ball Caps 
    13. Bed Sheets 
    14. Bleach 
    15. Bobby Pins 
    16. Borax 
    17. Buckets 
    18. Bungee Cords 
    19. Candle Wax 
    20. Carabiners 
    21. Cardboard Tubes
    22. Cat Litter 
    23. Chap Stick  
    24. Charcoal 
    25. Chocolate 
    26. Cigarettes 
    27. Clothes Pins 
    28. Coconut Oil 
    29. Coffee Filters 
    30. Coffee Grounds 
    31. Condoms 
    32. Cooking Oil
    33. Cornstarch 
    34. Cotton Balls
    35. Crisco 
    36. Dental Floss
    37. Diapers 
    38. Dish Soap 
    39. Drinking Straws 
    40. Dryer Lint 
    41. Duct Tape 
    42. Epsom Salts
    43. Flashlights 
    44. Food Storage Containers 
    45. Frisbees 
    46. Garlic 
    47. Glass Bottles
    48. Glow Sticks 
    49. Hand Sanitizer 
    50. Honey 
    51. Hydrogen Peroxide 
    52. Knives 
    53. Lipstick  
    54. Mirrors
    55. Mosquito Netting
    56. Mouthwash 
    57. Multi-Tools
    58. Mylar Blankets 
    59. Nail Polish 
    60. Nail Polish Remover
    61. Olive Oil 
    62. Pantyhose 
    63. Paper Clips 
    64. Paracord 
    65. Pencils 
    66. Pill Bottles 
    67. Plastic Grocery Bags 
    68. Plastic Bottles and Jugs
    69. Plastic Sheeting 
    70. Plastic Shower Curtains 
    71. Ponchos 
    72. PVC Pipes 
    73. Q-Tips 
    74. Rope
    75. Rubbing Alcohol 
    76. Safety Pins 
    77. Salt 
    78. Sanitary Pads and Tampons
    79. Sandbags 
    80. Sandpaper 
    81. Silica Gel Packets  
    82. Smartphones 
    83. Soap 
    84. Socks 
    85. Steel Wool 
    86. Sugar 
    87. Super Glue 
    88. T-Shirts 
    89. Tarps 
    90. Trash Bags
    91. Vaseline 
    92. Vise grips
    93. White Vinegar 
    94. Watches 
    95. WD-40 
    96. Witch Hazel 
    97. Wire Coat Hangers 
    98. Wood Ashes 
    99. Wool Blankets 
    100. Zip Ties 
    101. Ziploc Bags

    As severe weather events become more commonplace and geopolitical events continue to teeter on a precarious edge, it is not only adventurers who may face survival scenarios.

    A Virginia woman who only gives her first name, Christina, has faced three major hurricanes this century. She shares some of her advice on the National Weather Service website focused on hurricane preparation.

    “I have been through three major hurricanes that tore up my area of Virginia pretty badly,” Christina writes. “I do not play with these storms.

    “Do not think just because you’re not taking a direct hit that it can’t be destructive! Prepare ahead of time! Buy lots of water, fill up large buckets with water to flush toilets, buy batteries, charcoal to cook food, table sandwiches food like peanut butter and jelly will help too. 

    “Always have paper plates and plastic utensils. Get baby wipes for personal hygiene for everyone, not just babies. Fill your vehicles up with gas, and remember your pets! Get extra pet food, litter, etc. Get your prescription and over-the-counter medicines ahead of time! And don’t forget you need an NOAA Weather Radio when the power goes out to stay on top of things! 

    “Be prepared to be self-sustaining for days because you will be without power for days and possibly stranded for days. Do not ever wait until the last minute to gather supplies, and if they tell you to evacuate, then do it!”

    Every family’s needs are a little bit different, depending on the size and the age range of your family members. The type of emergency will determine the supplies you may need as well.

    However, you can cut down on the number of items you need by gathering as many multipurpose items as you can. What multipurpose items would you add to our list?

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