We all know that survival kits and bug-out bags need to be as lightweight as possible. Unless you’re comfortable carrying 40 or 50 pounds on your back, you don’t know how long you’ll last with one on your back. This is why adding survival items that serve more than one purpose is a fantastic idea.
Let me share a few of them below…
1. An emergency radio
Well, not just any radio. There are plenty of emergency radios on Amazon that, in addition to their AM/FM functions, also have the emergency band, an incorporated flashlight, solar panels for easy charging and even a hand crank. What more could you ask?
2. A multi-tool
This one is obvious. Since you can’t take all your tools with you, you need something compact, lightweight and durable. Leatherman makes pretty good multi-tools, and the Wingman is my personal favorite.
3. A tarp
Tarps are not only lightweight, but serve a variety of purposes. From gathering wood to making a lean-to shelter to butchering an animal to collecting rainwater, you’ll find it extremely versatile for a variety of outdoor tasks.
Just make sure you choose the right one from the start, to avoid fixing your mistake by buying a second one.
4. Aluminum foil
Use it to cook on coals (such as potatoes), to reflect heat, to protect your campfire from wind or even to make a solar cooker from cardboard, aluminum foil and a piece of glass. You also can use it to wrap things that you want to be kept waterproof, or even to wrap leftover campfire food that you don’t want to get cold.
5. Your survival knife, of course
Another obvious item with an infinite number of uses. Use it to cut things, defend yourself and even to dig dirt. For the tasks that could damage your knife, I would use a back-up. If you’re looking for something cheap, the Morakniv Companion is a fantastic choice.
6. Toilet paper
TP is great for wiping your hands, insulating holes in your shelter and, of course, as tinder to quickly start a fire. Of course, you don’t HAVE to have toilet paper in your kit or bag, as it might be too bulky for some people’s taste, and there are always alternatives for when nature calls when you’re outdoors, as well as to do the other tasks I just mentioned.
The only thing to remember when you pack it is to make sure you keep it dry, preferably in a zipper bag. Speaking of which …
7. Zipper bags
Zipper or Ziploc bags are great not just for waterproofing your items, but also for foraging, icing an injury or gathering water. If need be, you can also use them as socks to keep your feet dry, though you will need paracord or duct tape to tie them.
Though some people think money will be worthless if society collapses, I happen to think it will be extremely important the first few days after it hits. You will need money to pay for a variety of things in the initial stages of a disaster, from transportation to get home or evacuate, or even to get rioters to leave you alone. It doesn’t hurt to have a few hundred bucks on hand.
Last but definitely not least, mil-spec paracord is indispensable when bugging out. From securing a lean-to shelter to tying anything you can think of, there are probably hundreds of uses for it. Let me give you a few more: use it as a string to dry your laundry, use the inner threads as floss, use it as a belt to keep your pants up, use it as a lasso to rescue someone from a body of water, and use it to climb a tree, as a tourniquet and even to tie someone up.
Can you think of even more multi-purpose items to use? Have any of them saved your life at some point? Share in a comment below.