Today we’re going to be talking about what I think is an item that all preppers should have on hand and that is the trusty ol’ 5 gallon bucket. I actually think you should have several of them stored away. The generic, run-of-the-mill, 5 gallon plastic buckets can be purchased for about three dollars at most big box home improvement stores. These handy plastic containers have so many uses that it’s almost hard to mention them all.
Let me take a minute and list a few of my favorite uses for this item. Keep in mind that this list is certainly not all inclusive. It’s just a brief list of things that quickly came to my mind when I was thinking about prepping uses for this item.
- You can carry almost anything in them because they are very sturdy, and of course, they come with a convenient carrying handle.
- You can use them as a stool that is lightweight and easy to take with you wherever you go.
- You can use them as a convenient end table when camping.
- During a doomsday scenario, it’s inevitable that you’ll find people who haven’t prepared and are in dire need of supplies. You can make portable survival kits in 5 gallon buckets to give out to the needy people when the crap hits the fan.
- If you have a basement in your home and there is a natural disaster that causes your basement to flood, this item makes an ideal bailing tool. With several 5 gallon plastic buckets and a bunch of your friends, you can form a bucket brigade to help remove the water from your flooded basement.
- You can use it for collecting rainwater during an emergency. If you plan on drinking the water you collect, use food grade buckets and be sure to purify it before drinking.
- How about using one as a portable dish washing sink or laundry washing basin?
- You can store food in them but if you do, make sure that you purchase food grade buckets and food grade lids.
- You can add an airtight lid to the bucket and bury it to use this item as a bug out cache.
- You can use it as a sort of makeshift shovel for digging.
I could go on and on and on about the numerous use for this item when it comes to survival or prepping but I just wanted to plant a seed of thought in your minds so that you will start thinking about the importance of having a supply of them on hand.
A Cool Way to Make a 5 Gallon Bucket Air Tight
If you’ve ever used 5 gallon buckets before, you probably realize how much of an inconvenience the lids that come with them are. They’re difficult to get on and even more difficult to get off. Fortunately, there’s a really cool screw on lid conversion kit called a “Gamma Seal Lid” that easily converts a standard 5 gallon bucket into an airtight container. This product will actually work with most 3.5 – 7 gallon plastic buckets that have a 12″ diameter top.
This is a two-part product. The first part snaps down on top of the bucket. This part has threads on the inside of it so that the second part, which is the actual lid, can be easily screwed onto the bucket instead of snapped onto the bucket. When you screw the lid onto the bucket, it makes an airtight seal. It has a gasket inside that makes this airtight seal possible.
Here’s a short video that shows how to affix the Gamma Lid to a bucket. In this video, the guy just uses his hands to press the adapter ring onto the bucket but I have noticed that lots of people online suggest using a rubber mallet to get the adapter ring seated properly on the bucket.
Where To Buy The Gamma Seal Lid
If you’re interested in purchasing a Gamma Seal Lid, just click on the image below and you’ll be taken to Amazon.com where you can see the price and have the option of purchasing one, or better yet, several!
What Is Your Favorite Use For Five Gallon Buckets?
Like I mentioned, this is just a short list of uses for this item. Please take a second and share with the readers of preppersillustrated.com what your favorite uses are by leaving a comment below!