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September 03, 2013
Survival Gear: 5 Useful Surprises from The Aisles Of Walmart - 5

Say what you will about Walmart shutting down Main Street America with their bargain-priced wares, it’s hard for me to pass up good survival gear at those prices. On my last grudging trip there, I picked up five items that have a lot of utility in emergency preparedness and survival situations. 

Dry Box
I was looking for back-to-school lunchboxes for the kids, but instead found this affordable dry box ($6.88), which could make a very cozy home for a good-sized survival kit. It’s a nice enough box. I went for a bright color, for the enhanced visibility. I did have to check the gaskets carefully, though. The first box I picked up had a malformed gasket, which would be an unpleasant thing to first discover during an emergency.

Candle
Yes, I do have an anniversary coming up, but this candle ($1.97) isn’t meant to create romantic lighting. It’s meant to go in the dry box and provide emergency lighting, wax for wet-weather fire starting, and all the other stuff that you do with wax and candles.

Fire Starter
This mini fire log ($.88) could be used in its entirety to start one fire in horrible conditions, or cut into pieces to start many fires under other conditions. I don’t have any other clever uses for this brick of sawdust and naphtha, it just starts fires—really well.

Picture Wire
I really like this charcoal gray/black 20-gauge wire ($1.97). Its matte finish allows it to virtually disappear from sight. It could serve double-duty as small-game snares and as an invisible trip line for bigger critters.

Auto Duct Tape
UV-resistant and ultra-strong, automotive duct tape ($5.97) isn’t just for keeping your broken bumper attached to your car a little longer. It can excel at any of the jobs that duct tape is famous for, which is pretty much everything.

Ever pick up a survival-minded bargain at Wally World? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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from Silverker wrote 9 weeks 1 day ago

Fat wood - right next to the mini log mentioned. Can't remember the price, but it was cheap for the amount (less than $10)

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from ozarkghost wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

Forgot to mention that all items came from Wal-Mart and it all cost less than twenty dollars.

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from ozarkghost wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

My grandson and I made up a survival kit to fit into the waterproof box you show. Fishing kit in a prescription bottle, cotton balls in another one, Signal mirror, extra knife, space blankets, ponchos, twine, waterproof matches, whistle, survival cards, and salt and pepper in straws. It all fits in the box and can easily be carried in a fanny pack. Using our imaginations we tried to cover all contingencies and we revise it from time to time.

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from NorCalHal wrote 32 weeks 1 day ago

1) Butane lighter - small, light weight, lights in wind, adjustable flame, reuseable many times.
2)20' Heavy cord or light rope - for shelter, splints, traps
3) Aluminum emergency shelter foil bag
4)Non melting snack bars, usually with nuts for protein.
5) Water purification tablets or siphon filter straw.

All of the above packs into a metal cup which is compact and easy to carry (what is value of the best survival kit in the world if you leave it behind because it's too big or heavy). Plus the cup is shiny (reflector) and can be used to boil water in.

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from jr858 wrote 32 weeks 1 day ago

bought a fruitcake there about 15 years back. should be good for a few more deceades...

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from jr858 wrote 32 weeks 1 day ago

bought a fruitcake there about 15 years back. should be good for a few more deceades...

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from NorCalHal wrote 32 weeks 1 day ago

1) Butane lighter - small, light weight, lights in wind, adjustable flame, reuseable many times.
2)20' Heavy cord or light rope - for shelter, splints, traps
3) Aluminum emergency shelter foil bag
4)Non melting snack bars, usually with nuts for protein.
5) Water purification tablets or siphon filter straw.

All of the above packs into a metal cup which is compact and easy to carry (what is value of the best survival kit in the world if you leave it behind because it's too big or heavy). Plus the cup is shiny (reflector) and can be used to boil water in.

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from ozarkghost wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

My grandson and I made up a survival kit to fit into the waterproof box you show. Fishing kit in a prescription bottle, cotton balls in another one, Signal mirror, extra knife, space blankets, ponchos, twine, waterproof matches, whistle, survival cards, and salt and pepper in straws. It all fits in the box and can easily be carried in a fanny pack. Using our imaginations we tried to cover all contingencies and we revise it from time to time.

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from ozarkghost wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

Forgot to mention that all items came from Wal-Mart and it all cost less than twenty dollars.

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from Silverker wrote 9 weeks 1 day ago

Fat wood - right next to the mini log mentioned. Can't remember the price, but it was cheap for the amount (less than $10)

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