101 Survival Uses for a Plastic Bucket

By CTD Suzanne published on in Camping and Survival, Gear, How To, Reviews

A huge part of being successful at surviving during a disaster, zombie apocalypse or any SHTF scenario is to improvise, adapt and overcome. When supplies are limited, it will be imperative for you to think outside the box and think of alternative uses for the gear you have. Simple things like garbage bags become ponchos, shelters and water-catchers.

Many preppers already utilize food-grade plastic buckets for their food supply; however, these five-gallon buckets provide a lot more uses than just food storage. The 0.900 mil HDPE-approved resin white has a wire bail handle with plastic grip. It is impact-resistant and is good at keeping out moisture. Paired with a gamma lid, you have an airtight seal for anything you want to store in the bucket. Measuring 11.89 inches in diameter and 14.46 inches tall, the bucket can withstand temperatures from 160 degrees to -100 degrees Fahrenheit. Each bucket only weighs 2.08 pounds without the lid.

Stock up on some sturdy and tough buckets that are perfect for every day use, but come in 101 ways handy for survival.

Bucket Stool

If you’re too short, you may not get that dumpster sandwich!

  1. Food storage
  2. Water storage
  3. Keep caught fish in it (For easier survival fishing, use the automatic fishing reel.)
  4. Emergency toilet (Use waste bags to stay sanitary.)
  5. Store handguns
  6. Store ammunition
  7. Ferment beer
  8. Distill liquor
  9. Back-up BOB
  10. Store batteries
  11. Water filtration system
  12. Store rice and other grains
  13. Store flour
  14. Use as a planter
  15. Collect rainwater
  16. Resting stool
  17. Trash can
  18. Hold bait
  19. Store sugar
  20. Store potatoes
  21. bucket trap

    Not really sure what you would catch with a coke can. Only one way to find out!

  22. Use as a cooler
  23. Livestock feeder
  24. Hold pet/livestock food
  25. Wash clothes
  26. Wash dishes
  27. Churn butter
  28. Use it to milk a cow
  29. Store coffee
  30. Gathering
  31. Hold first aid supplies
  32. Coal/charcoal storage
  33. Store wood for a fire
  34. Hold sterno or MRE heater fuel
  35. Hold seeds
  36. Fill it with sand as an alternative to sand bags
  37. Animal trap
  38. Pull off wire handle and use it as a tool
  39. Hold gear and back-up supplies
  40. bucket storage

    Keep those last few cans of warm beer away from unwanted hands.

  41. Game collector
  42. Floatation device
  43. Weapon
  44. Bury things
  45. Solar still
  46. Bang on it for a distress call or relieve stress
  47. Game feeder
  48. Step stool
  49. Store used oil
  50. Store beans
  51. Hold a 72-hour food kit
  52. Make dough
  53. Keep paper products dry
  54. Bear and raccoon-proof storage
  55. Store kindling
  56. Collect clams
  57. Collect spent brass
  58. Hold reloading supplies
  59. bucket helmet

    Oh now we’re just getting ridiculous

  60. Fill with rocks or sand and use as an anchor
  61. Grow potatoes
  62. Solar heater
  63. Lobster or fish trap
  64. Buoy
  65. Water marker
  66. Use the lid to plug a hole
  67. Use multiple lids as wheels
  68. Store/hid barter items
  69. Start a fire inside it in bad weather
  70. Store salt
  71. Mix concrete
  72. Store tools
  73. Hold cold-weather and rain gear clothing
  74. Hold matches and other fire-starting tools
  75. bucket cow

    Why was this the first thing I thought of when coming up with uses for a bucket?

  76. Hide valuables
  77. Heat water
  78. Hold sanitation supplies and toiletries
  79. Use for bathing
  80. Cover plants or crops to prevent them from freezing
  81. Keep personal items, like copies of birth certificates and social security cards
  82. Catch minnows for bait or food
  83. Store plastic dining ware and cooking utensils
  84. Store medicines
  85. Store baby’s bug-out kit
  86. Keep ropes and paracord
  87. Use as a helmet
  88. Use the lid as a Frisbee for entertainment
  89. Use the rubber gasket seal from the gamma lid
  90. Fill with sand or dirt and use it as post hole
  91. bucket guns

    Bucket O’ Fun!

  92. Fill it up with dirt or sand and use as a weight for exercise
  93. Use as a dumbwaiter
  94. Remove the plastic grip and use as a tool or straw
  95. Bailing out a leaking boat
  96. Use it a sieve
  97. Catch and keep crawfish
  98. Shovel
  99. Emergency shower if you poke holes in the bottom
  100. Make a compass
  101. Use it as a fulcrum
  102. Break it and use the shards for weapons
  103. Water trap
  104. Cistern
  105. Use as a spotlight (with a light inside)
  106. Chicken roost

For an airtight seal to store food, purchase the gamma lid. If you want to use the bucket as an emergency toilet, you will need sanitary bags. As a water filtration system, you will need the ceramic water filtration system.

What uses can you think of? Tell us in the comment section.

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