Grow A Garden
Survival gardens can really come in handy when you’re adding to your survival food stockpile. And when you plant a garden in a 5-gallon bucket, it becomes a portable container of on-the-go produce!
Make sure to drill small holes at the bottom of the bucket to help prevent overwatering.
Make a Hanging Garden
Here’s a cool gardening hack. Certain plants (namely tomatoes) do really well in hanging gardens. And, since 5-gallon buckets are made out of thick, durable plastic it helps extend the life of your planter tremendously.
Check out the video below to learn all about how to transform your bucket into a hanging tomato garden.
Using simple 5-gallon buckets you can make your own DIY aquaponics system! These buckets will hold the fish and the pipes for transporting water. They’ve also got lots of space to hold a variety of space.
Store Survival Essentials
If you’ve got a 5-gallon bucket with a handle and a lid, you can use it as portable storage space for your essentials. Store items that shouldn’t be out in heat, moisture or sunlight.
Fatten Up The Deer
Want easy access to game? Use a 5-gallon bucket (and a few extra materials) to make a DIY deer feeder. Watch the video below to see how it’s done!
If your bug-out bag falls apart, you’ll need a way to transport your stuff. Well, with a 5-gallon bucket and a little ingenuity you can make your very own backpack!
Here’s a visual to get your creative juices flowing.
Help Your Garden Flourish
Worms are incredibly helpful when making compost. And, in turn, great compost is going to give your plants an incredibly rich boost of nutrients that’ll help them (and you) thrive!
Here’s a video showing you the process.
Get The A/C Going
If the heat’s getting you down in a crisis, you can transform your 5-gallon bucket into a DIY air conditioner!
All you need is the bucket, a utility knife, a gallon-size jug of frozen water, some PVC pipe, a styrofoam minnow bucket, a portable fan, and a hole saw.
Watch the video below to see how it’s done!
DIY Swamp Cooler
This one features a similar process as the A/C unit above. Instead, you’ll utilize a swamp cooler pad (rather than the frozen jug of water) to help cool the air down.
See the video below to see how to make it.
Heat Up The H2O
Good news! By using a 5-gallon bucket and the power of the sun, you can heat up water in a survival situation. Simply paint the entire bucket (with lid) black. Then fill it with clean water and leave it out to heat up in the sunshine. You can also insulate the bucket to help keep the bucket hot for longer periods of time.
Make A Chicken Feeder
Chickens are fantastic animals for a survival situation (you can see why they’re the #1 survival animal right here). And, if you make a chicken feeder out of your 5-gallon bucket, you’ll minimize the time you have to go out and feed them.
Check out the video below to see how this nifty invention works.
Turn On The Light
Here’s a great method to use when you’ve got a white 5-gallon bucket.
Simply drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket, and stick a flashlight (light side up) or emergency candle (wick-side up) into the hole so it stands up on its own. Line the bottom of the bucket with sand or dirt to help prevent the light source from falling over.
Then turn on the flashlight or light the candle, put the lid on the bucket, and presto! You’ve got a lantern to help you see in the dark.
Wash Your Laundry
Here’s an ingenious survival hack. If you need to wash your clothes, you can transform an ordinary 5-gallon bucket into a washing machine!
We wrote a survival article showing you all about how to make this work. Check it out right here.