Great use for milk jugs

I’d bet that most of us probably have at least one empty or almost empty plastic milk jug in our home right now. Here’s a great way to repurpose one or two of them during an emergency.

I’ve talked before about the importance of having an LED headlamp. Assuming you followed my advice, during a power outage when you need some hands free ambient light for a room, here’s what you do.

Fill the milk jug with water. It need not be your stored potable water either. Any water will do. Close up the milk jug.

Wrap the headstrap from the headlamp around the milk jug in such a way that the light faces inward.

Turn on the light and voila!

headlamp jug water

While it would be fine to just leave it sitting on a table or counter top, you could also hang it from a sturdy plant hook using rope or a bungee cord.

Pretty nifty, hey?

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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