People are beginning to pick up on what some of us have been saying for years, that scavenging or “Dumpster diving” is a fantastic way to save or even make money.  While there are those out there who will automatically turn up their nose at the mere mention of scavenging through other people’s unwanted stuff, there can certainly be some advantages to doing so. 


When you’re out and about, you might come across such finds when you’re not even looking.  Therefore, it helps to be prepared to swoop in and claim such treasures with your very own “Dumpster Diving Preparedness Kit” that can be handily kept inside your vehicle.  Many of the items contained in this kit can be good things to have on hand when traveling anyway.


Bungees, Winch Straps, Rope

A supply of bungees, winch straps, and rope can come in handy in the event that you come across something larger than you might be able to fit easily inside your vehicle.  Such items can also be good to have on hand for any number of emergencies, they don’t necessarily have to cost a lot, can pay off big time when you’re in need, and they can often fit snugly and compactly in a trunk or cargo area.



An old blanket or two to spread out on the bed or roof of the vehicle or in the cargo area can help when having to load awkward or dirty cargo onto or into your vehicle.  A blanket can help keep spills or potential nastiness off interior vehicle fabric since there could be unknown “surprises” lurking within the items you find.  And should you need to strap something atop your vehicle, a blanket could help keep sharp edges from scratching or denting the vehicle along the trip back home.


Trash Day Schedule

Having a good idea of what locations have their trash pickup days can help you know where to look for good scavenging finds.  Such information is typically available on a suburb or town website, sometimes accompanied by a map of what streets have their trash picked up.  Having such information at your fingertips when you’re out running errands might mean that you’re able to stop off if you’re in the neighborhood without going out of your way.  This could save you time and gas as compared to making a trip all the way over just to scavenge for items that may or may not be there.


Gloves and Plastic

A pair of gloves or two aren’t necessarily a bad thing to keep in the car anyway, especially in colder climates.  Gloves can help protect from sharp edges, splinters, and grime when collecting scavenged items.  And having some plastic (a sheet of plastic or some larger garbage bags) available can come in handy as well. 


If it has rained recently, there is dew on items, or they’re just in less than desirable shape when it comes to cleanliness, being able to wrap or lay such finds in or on plastic can help keep your car clean and free from nasty spills leaking out onto seats or upholstery.  Such items, when not in use, could be folded up and easily stored away in the trunk, under a seat or in a storage compartment inside your vehicle and could possibly be reused or used as a makeshift rain gear in an emergency.