Sometimes becoming better prepared doesn’t have to take much time or money!  I’m pretty sure most of you can find a few empty (and clean) trash bags in your home.


trash bags


These simple plastic bags that most of us have in multiple places in our homes can serve a whole variety of purposes in an emergency.  Here are twenty:

  1. Wear as a poncho
  2. Use as a shower.  Fill with water, let sun heat it and then poke holes in it and stand underneath!
  3. Use as an arm sling
  4. Wrap around feet with a rubber band to keep them dry
  5. Use as a privacy curtain
  6. Use as a rain cover / tarp to keep items dry
  7. Make gloves.  Wrap a piece of the bag around your hands to help with unsanitary jobs.
  8. Use as a ground cover
  9. Use it to line a bucket for an emergency toilet
  10. Wear under clothing as an insulator
  11. Fill with leaves to use as a makeshift pillow
  12. Use between two trees to create a shaded area
  13. Create a sink: dig a hole and place the bag inside
  14. Use as a vomit bag
  15. Tape to windows for additional insulation.
  16. Keep food safe by placing it in the bag and then hanging it in a tree to keep it away from most animals.
  17. Use with duct tape to make snow pants / cover.
  18. Tear up a light one and use as a trail marker
  19. Use as a tourniquet
  20. Use to keep dirty items separate from clean ones
  21. Use a light one as a signal flag

Can you think of more?

Your 10 minutes project today is to put a few trash bags in your car, 72 hour kits and anywhere else you think you may need one!  Print the list above and include it.  Easy Peasy!

Lack of Time

I’ve found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self reliant. But as a young mom one of the top reasons is time, or rather a lack of time.

But really, I don’t think us young moms are alone….

I think that many, if not most, in our fast paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly. And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self reliant.


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Trash bags are pretty useful and versatile items.  Here are 20 reasons to have some in your e-prep supplies.

10 Minute Preparedness Projects!

But very one of us can find 10 minutes, right? Every 10 days or so, I challenge myself to spend 10 minutes on preparedness and self-reliance and I invite you to join me! Simple, right?

You can see all the 10 minutes preparedness projects here:

10 Minute (or less) Preparedness Projects.