10 Common Items That Weigh About 5 Pounds

Being knowledgeable of everyday items that weigh five pounds will come in handy more than you think. For instance, if you want to start working out and you don’t have the time or money to buy weights, you can use things easily accessible at home. To kick start, here are a few 5 pounds of everyday items to rescue you.

1. Mexican cottontail rabbit

Mexican cottontail rabbit

Rabbits are tiny, cute, fuzzy, adorable, and hopping mad. They are mostly kept for meat or as pets. These pets’ teeth don’t stop growing but gradually wear down as they chew on grass or vegetables.

A newborn rabbit is known as a kit, a female a doe, and a male is called a buck. Although these animals are tiny, you will be surprised to know they weigh approximately 5 pounds.

2. Five packages of bacon

It’s common to find bacon on the breakfast table. 52% of Americans say they like theirs crispy, 31% don’t like it that crispy, 8% like it slightly cooked, and only 3% say they prefer it charred. However, you like it, bacon is known for its health benefits, mainly oleic acid, which is the same fatty acid olive oil is praised for. Bacon is sold per pound, which means five packets will give you 5 pounds.

3. Yarn


Yarn has different names, depending on where you are from. You have probably heard of cotton count in the UK, but you’ll hear of worsted count if you are in the US. In the United States, yarn is sold by weight, but the UK prefers to sell by yardage.

The measurements can get pretty confusing, but one thing’s for sure; If you shop from Amazon, one-piece yarn will weigh around 1 pound, so you’ll need around five pieces to get five pounds.

4. Five bunches of bananas


Americans are said to consume an average of 26.2 pounds of banana a year per person. That’s a lot of banana, but when you consider the benefits you get from eating them, you can see why.

They are rich in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and maintain the right balance of body fluids. A bunch of three bananas weighs one pound, so five bunches will weigh approximately five pounds.

5. Two racks of baby back ribs

baby back ribs

A single rack of baby back ribs, which is roughly about ten bones, weighs approximately two and a half pounds. Obviously, two racks will give you five pounds. For most people, ribs come in handy when you have a party because they are oh so sweet.

It’s said that each guest should have at least two bones, so five pounds will comfortably host around five people. Although the average baby back rib will have ten bones, some can have as many as thirteen.  

6. Two Costco Rotisserie Chicken

Costco Rotisserie Chicken

Not everyone loves to cook, but even those who do sometimes feel they need something ready-made. Weighing at two and a half pounds apiece, Costco Rotisserie chicken seems to be a gift to earth because you can order them right from your favorite restaurants’ oven.

Although the average of most premade rotisserie chickens is two and a half pounds, you may get a larger or smaller bird. One rotisserie chicken is perfect for feeding about four people, so a part of eight will only need two. 

7. A backpack


Gerry Outdoor invented the first zipper backpack in 1938. They were primarily used for hiking, camping, and alpine recreation, but the needs have changed over time.

Kids today use backpacks to carry books, and you probably have one for travel, carrying your laptop, and accessories. A standard bag with books, keys, and other necessities can weigh about five pounds, but the weight can go up or down depending on what you are carrying. A hiker’s backpack will weigh around 30 pounds, for instance.

Backpacks are known to cause back and shoulder pain, especially if they are heavy. Knowing how much your bag weighs will help you eliminate the problem.

8. Half carton of soda pop

When you hear of soda pops, you start salivating because you imagine the sweetness and refreshment that comes with every sip. Soda pops come in handy during summer, especially if they are cold and fizzy.

First invented in 1886, the credit for this fizzy drink doesn’t go to Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, or even the giant coca-cola. Instead, it went to Joseph Priestley for creating carbonated water. A carton of soda pop is about ten pounds, so half of it will weigh about 5 pounds. 

9. A plastic chair

plastic chair

Chairs are made of different materials ranging from wood, plastic, metal, or durable materials like acrylic and stone. Recently, plastic chairs have gained a lot of popularity because they are affordable, lightweight, and stackable, which makes storage easier.

Their weight varies due to the type of plastic used during manufacturing, making some a bit lighter than the others. The lighter chairs weigh approximately 4.5 to about 5 pounds.

10. A marble plant pot

marble plant pot

Plants in households have become the interior design in-thing. In fact, 34.4 million Americans have household plants. Whether you prefer flowers or vegetables, you will need a container or pot for your plants.

Pots are made from different materials and come in various shapes, sizes, and weight. Marble pots are ranked as one of the best because of their durability, flexibility, and beauty. They are, however, heavy and susceptible to staining and etching, so be careful about that. Small pots weigh about five pounds and are suitable for houseplants.

Although not everything on this list is readily available in every home, I’m sure you’ve seen a few items you own. When the time comes, you will know what to use when estimating 5 pounds.

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