10 Survival Uses For Buckets

When the SHTF the simplest things will become the most valuable.  Store shelves will be cleared off in the blink of an eye and one of the most sought after items will be buckets.  Buckets have many uses in survival situations and here are some ideas on how to use them.

Compost Toilet

A compost toilet is a life saver when there are no more working toilets.

Washing Clothes

This is a great way to wash clothes in a survival situation.

Free Standing Rain Water Catcher

Rain Water is an important resource to take advantage of in a survival situation.

Growing Tomatoes Upside Down

If you don't have the space to grow a garden in a survival situation, here's a solution.

Self Contained 5 Gallon Bucket Sink

Make your own fully functioning Bucket Sink.

72 hour Survival Kit

Create a 72 Hour Survival Kit just to be prepared. You will probably want to make one for each member of your household.

Expedient Family Survival Water Filter

This is a great way to gravity powered water filter for a large group.

How to Make Firebricks (fire logs) and Wood Stove Logs for Free!

This is a great tutorial.  Learn how to make Firebricks and make your firewood last longer.

How to Identify Food Grade Buckets

Did you know there are buckets made specifically for storing food?  Here's how to tell the difference.

$5 Worm Composter

Compost is important for growing plants.  When the your survival rations run out you are going to want a nice harvest to pull from making this bucket use very important to sustainability.


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  • Terry Britton on
    The obvious use, a gathering basket for transporting water from a creek or river, gathered plants (foraging), scraps to bait traps. Little alteration, a fish or craw fish trap. Metal buckets (certain types), boiling water or cooking pot. Stool to sit on while working / performing chores. With alterations, expedient shower. Planters for herbs etc., easily transportable to move around the sun, bring in doors if needed, or cover to protect from frost etc.
  • Deborah on

    I use 5 gallon buckets for food storage. I have dried beans and rice in the buckets. I also have flour and sugar in them. I put mine in the original packages or put them loose in the bucket and place bay leaves in with it. Several at different levels. This has worked well for us.

  • cliff on

    Good info,,,,Thanks,,,cliff


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