4 Uses for Old Medicine Bottles

Every time you get a prescription from your doctor, your medication comes in a new medicine bottle. While it might be tempting to throw those bottles away or recycle them when they’re empty, you might want to think again. Medicine bottles have a lot of interesting uses that can help you survive a disaster situation.

A Compact, Weatherproof Fire Starter

Pack one medicine bottle with cotton balls soaked in Vaseline. Pack another with matches and/or a lighter. The Vaseline-soaked cotton balls make great fire starters, and the bottle will keep them from getting wet in inclement weather. And, if you’re starting a fire outside in bad weather, you can actually light the cotton balls inside the medicine bottle. Then they can ignite the rest of your kindling and wood with no problem.

Bugout Bag Organization

A good bugout bag will be stocked with a lot of different items, and most bags simply don’t have enough pockets and compartments to keep everything in order. However, with a few medicine bottles, you can have separate containers for things like:

  • First aid supplies
  • Fishing supplies
  • A sewing kit
  • Seeds
  • Small tools
  • Water purification tablets
  • Batteries
  • And more

Disposal for Sharp Items

Disposing of razors, syringes, and other sharp items when you’re on the go can be a problem. You don’t want to litter or cause potential danger for yourself or someone else, so what do you do? You can bring along a medicine bottle as a sharp items disposal canister.

Pill Bottle Bugout Kit

Finally, if you can’t carry your bugout bag with you everywhere you go, you can at least put together a compact kit in a medicine bottle that you can slip in your pocket, briefcase, or purse and take with you anywhere. Contents might include things like:

  • A mini flashlight
  • Birthday candles
  • Matches
  • Cash
  • Dental floss or fishing line
  • Ibuprofen
  • Band-Aids

This is just one example of things you might pack into a compact pill bottle bugout kit. You can customize yours to meet your needs.


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