Survival Friday: Three Essential Storage Tools

storage toolsSometimes it can be the simple things that will stop you in your tracks when it comes to getting things done.  On today’s Survival Friday, Above Average Joe shares three dirt cheap tools that can save you time and hassle when working with your food and water storage.


In one of my past jobs, I worked in a warehouse that created and shipped dozens of different products. I even got the chance to help develop several of these.  It was a fun job while it lasted, but there were a few very specific tools that I used on a daily basis that I could not have done my job without.

These three inexpensive tools increased my efficiency and saved my hands from a lot of unneeded wear and tear.  These tools can serve an even bigger purpose from anyone living a self reliant lifestyle.

These are so simple and yet I never see anyone talk about them.  These tools are:

Bucket Opener:  So many people stock their items in 5 gallon buckets, and I know just how hard it can be to open one of them after they have sat for a while.  I have cut and blistered every one of my fingers trying to pry one open with my bare hands. Now before you resort to  using a screwdriver to pry the lid open, you could save yourself some time, effort, and a perfectly good bucket ( odds are you will damage the bucket or the lid when you try to open it) and use one of these simple tools that are actually made specifically for opening a pail.

bucket wrench

Bung Wrench:  Many people store their water in 55 gallon drums, and in order to properly open or close a drum you need a bung wrench.  Now I won’t lie, I have used a pair of pliers, vice grips, and even a hammer and chisel to open one of these, but its not worth it.  These tools are designed to open multiple sizes and shapes of bung nuts and are a necessity to keep on hand.

bung wrench

Rubber Mallet:  You need to be able to open your pails to get to your item, but the most important thing is to make sure that you can properly close and seal it. If you can’t get a proper seal on your storage items you might as well just store them out in the open. having a rubber mallet on hand will allow you to hammer away at your pails to make sure that they are completely closed without causing the damage that a regular metal hammer would.

rubber mallet

These three tools may be simple and cheap, but they are an absolute necessity for all of your food storage supplies. Save yourself the time and effort, make sure that you have them before you need them.

About Joe

A little about me (‘Above Average’ Joe): I am just an average guy with a passion for learning. .I am excited to share the things I learn with you but I am most interested in learning from you. Survival Life is more than just one man. It is a growing and living community of individuals; all with the desire to be prepared to survive and thrive no matter what this world throws at us. I want to welcome you to the Survival Life community and look forward to growing with you! Thank you, Gaye, for inviting me to share the Survival Life with your readers!


I use buckets with gamma seals so I do not own a bucket opener but I definitely have a bung wrench for my water barrel and a rubber mallet.  Now there are times that I feel like using the rubber mallet for not-so-friendly purposes, like bopping my computer on the noggin when it is not cooperating with me, but I use restraint and all typically ends well.

The more I prep, the more I come up with additional  tools that make my journey easier.  How about you?  Can you think of any other “common sense” tools that most people overlook?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


If you have not done so already, please be sure to like Backdoor Survival on Facebook to be updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon.  In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

Bargain Bin: Here are some of my favorite food storage items. Whether you are just getting started or a seasoned pro, here are the items you will need when purchasing food in bulk for long term, SHTF needs.

Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up for very cheap.

60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product.

Mylar Zip Seal Food Storage Bags: These are the zip seal bags that I used to package up my spices, herbs and butter powder. These are extra heavy, 5 mil bags. I found that the zip feature made packaging extra easy although I still seal the bags with my hair iron.

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), and inexpensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That is my two cents, at least.

FoodSaver Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food.

Sharpie Permanent Markers: Sharpies were invented for preppers! And without question, Amazon is the cheapest place to buy them.

Avery Color Coding Labels: These are perfect for labeling your emergency storage foods with the date purchased.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.Fruit Combo

I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.

Not to be left out, there are veggies too. The deluxe supply of Freeze Dried Vegetables includes 18 #10 tins of the following veggies in various quantities: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Potato Dices, Spinach, and White Onions. 

Like this and want more?

CLICK HERE to visit Backdoor Survival on Facebook. And CLICK HERE to follow Survival Woman on Twitter.

Spread the Word – Tell your friends: Share Backdoor Survival with your friends. All you need to do to send them a short email. Now that was easy!

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here.

Shop Amazon Tactical – Great Selection of Optics, Knives, Cases, Equipment
Amazon’s Most Wished For Items in Sports and Outdoors

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!


Survival Life is letting me offer my readers a business card sized survival tool for free.  The only hitch is that you must pay $2.95 in shipping charges.  This is a good deal that to the best of my knowledge has only been offered in the past to Survival Life newsletter subscribers.

survivalbusinesscard-uses-large Following along with the numbers in the diagram, here is what the took includes:

1.  Can Opener
2.  Knife Edge
3.  Slotted/Flathead Screwdriver
4.  Ruler
5.  Bottle Cap Opener
6.  4 Position Wrench
7.  Wing-nut Wrench
8.  Saw Blade
9.  Direction Ancillary Indicator
10. 2 Position Wrench
11. Keychain Hole

This tiny but powerful survival tool is no bigger than a business card and fits right in your wallet.  Now why wouldn’t you want one of these?

Here is a link were you can get it:  Free Survival Business Card & Multi-Tool.  (You can also click on the image above.)



Free Guide | Emergency Food Buyer's Guide

Best Food Types, Storage Methods and Exactly What to Buy

Download Now →

Updated Jul 9, 2013

Opt-In | Emergency Food Buyers Guide
Free Guide | Emergency Food Buyer's GuideDownload Now →

2 Responses to “Survival Friday: Three Essential Storage Tools”

  1. Hey, Survival Woman. If that little survival tool is “really” free (except for shipping) why
    don’t you throw it in with a book purchase if a buyer requests it? May even be more of an
    incentive to buy one of the books.

  2. You can pick up decent rubber mallets at the dollar store. Not sure about the other two items being available there though.


Leave a Reply