Duct Tape and Dandelions: Examples of Everyday, Common Survival Resources


I got a little philosophical this week during my wanderings as I came across a lot of duct tape and dandelions.  On one hand, I was reminded of how valuable duct tape really is as I saw how people were using it for a variety of reasons that I wouldn’t have thought of.  On the other hand, I also saw people coming out in droves in my neighborhood to get rid of dandelions that were growing on their lawns.  The value of dandelions is highly-underappreciated, and the irony is that people tend to destroy them in order to protect their lawns, which really has no value to us whatsoever.


Taking Things for Granted

Both of these things caused me to think about how we’re surrounded by items that can be invaluable to us during a period of prolonged self-sufficiency.  However, it’s easy to take them for granted, especially if they are in abundance and our lives are just humming along.  But, what happens when a SHTF situation occurs and things that we take for granted are suddenly no longer available or accessible?


I also started thinking about how easy it is overlook the simple and focus on the technical or complicated as we approach our preparedness efforts.  So many things that can be useful to us during a survival situation go under-appreciated, much like dandelions.  Did you know that dandelions are actually one of the best edible weeds out there?  They provide our bodies with a wide-range of nutrients, and every part of the plant can be eaten.  Yet, our first instinct is to destroy them.



Most people view dandelions as a weed that needs to be destroyed, and there’s nothing wrong with killing them in order to beautify a lawn.  However, this mis-perception may also prevent people from using dandelions to their advantage in a survival situation.  This causes me to wonder about how many other things we tend to view in an unfavorable light now that can actually be a treasure during a crisis.


This brings me to duct tape, another item that we usually don’t miss until we need it.  This week I saw it used to repair a broken window frame, hold a side-view mirror together until it could be fixed, and someone also used a few strips to keep some old carpet rolled up.  I even saw some duct tape being used to keep a latch closed on a panel of an airplane.  There are truly limitless uses for duct tape.


However, how many of us have a suitable supply on hand to see us through a prolonged crisis?


Never underestimate the value of everyday, ordinary things that we tend to take for granted.  The trick is to be aware of what’s available and how they can be used to our benefit.  It’s really easy to ignore commonplace things, yet these may turn out to be some of the most valuable resources that we have at our disposal.  Try to get in the habit of thinking about how to take advantage of normal, random items and turn them into useful resources.  Chances are that you’ll be surprised with how many ideas you can come up with, and collectively, they can help you to do more with less during a crisis.


The moral of this story is that we don’t need to complicate the simple in order to be in an advantageous position during a prolonged crisis.  Remember that being resourceful and able to improvise are some of the best skills to develop as you prepare.  Always keep your eyes open for things around you that can be put to good use, and don’t let misperceptions about things limit your options.  Sure, dandelions may be a nuisance now, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not beneficial.

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