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In the aftermath of a collapse, the disappearance of items from store shelves becomes a stark reality. As our world grapples with a halt to supply chains, intense looting and sheer panic, things get desperate.
What you have in your house is all you’re going to have to carry you through for a good, long while. TVs, XBOX’s and stuff that cost a fortune today isn’t going to be nearly as valuable as the list below. The list is the stuff you will actually need to survive and thrive after a collapse.
Is necessary for cooking and can also be used to create a solar oven or block windows to keep heat in or the sun out.
Oil, brake fluid and so on just in case you have access to fuel to run your car.
You’ll need to chop your own firewood. A chainsaw is a luxury you can’t afford to waste gas on.
Diapers, wipes, ointment and so on will keep a baby happy and healthy.
Baking from scratch will be the only way you will get bread, biscuits and other foods.
6. Baking Soda
It is technically a baking ingredient, but it deserves its own line because it’s also an amazing cleaning agent and great for personal hygiene as well.
Are going to be needed for flashlights, radios and so on. Rechargeable batteries are great if you have a way to recharge them.
Heat will be a luxury. You’ll want to bundle up to stay warm or use to cover windows to hold in heat.
Keeping entertained is going to be important. Reading keeps the mind sharp.
10. Bug Spray
Mosquitoes can carry viruses as well as lead to itchy bites that can lead to breaks in the skin.
11. Bungee Cords
These are quick fixes when you don’t want to mess with rope or need to tie things together or keep a gate closed.
Without power, you’re still going to want to see at night.
13. Canned Food
Non-perishable foods are crucial to survival when refrigeration isn’t an option.
This will allow you to cook over an open fire.
Dehydration and sun exposure will lead to chapped lips which can be miserable.
16. Clean Water
It’s difficult to store enough water to last indefinitely, which means you need to have a water source in mind with the ability to purify anything you collect.
A good sanitary space will keep away deadly viruses and parasites. Something with a disinfectant is best.
18. Coffee Filters
These aren’t just for making coffee. They can be used as filtration for your face or water.
Humans are not going to stop doing what they do. Be prepared to avoid pregnancy.
If you’re not a cook today, you’re not going to turn into one overnight. A cookbook ensures you can bake bread, biscuits and other meals without wasting precious food stores.
Cordage is an extremely valuable tool that can be used to make a shelter, hang clothes to dry or tie up animals.
Keeping the kids busy and entertained without the luxury of electronics is going to be a big job—be ready.
Feeling and being stinky is unpleasant for everyone and can be a mood killer.
Water may not be readily available, but you don’t want to eat off dirty plates that could be harboring bacteria. Plates and cutlery can all be burned and provide more fuel to your fire.
This goes to good hygiene and feeling good in your own skin.
26. Dry Foods
27. Duct Tape
Everyone knows how valuable duct tape is. It fixes everything and can be used for first aid in a pinch.
28. Electrical Tape
If you do have wiring, you’ll need the right tape to avoid a shock when splicing wires.
Decks of cards, board games, puzzles and etcetera will fight off boredom. Bored minds give you a lot of time to worry.
Facemasks will be helpful if there is sickness in the house. They can also be useful if there is smoke in the air, which is a possibility if there are no emergency services.
Will be in high demand for obvious reasons. Women will want to be comfortable.
Will provide heat, light, a cooking source and a source of comfort.
You cannot have too much. Load up. It’s cheap and easy to come by right now.
34. Fishing Gear
You’ll need to be able to procure food. Having hooks, lines and poles is a more efficient way to use your time.
Get LEDs that use less battery power, or solar charging flashlights.
36. Gardening Tools
You will have to grow your own food—it will be a must, not a hobby. You’ll want the tools to do it right.
These can serve as trail markers, nightlights or a path lights to the outhouse.
38. Hand Sanitizer
Good hygiene is critical, but water might be at a premium.Sanitizer can help in between hand washing.
You may not have access to electricity to run your table saw to cut wood for whatever project you need to build. Can also be used to saw down trees for building or heat.
40. Hard Candy
Sometimes, you just need a little sugar. The candy is a comfort as well as something to soothe a dry throat.
41. Heirloom Seeds
You’ll have to grow your own food. Heirloom seeds allow you to harvest the fruits and veggies and use the seeds to grow new plants.
42. Hunting Knives
You’ll be hunting and will need a good, sharp knife to harvest an animal you take.
It’s an effective water purification tool as well as a number of medicinal uses.
44. Jars and Lids
For storing the foods you will harvest from your garden or storing water and other items that need to be kept from the air.
You’re bound to get a cold. Good hygiene means preventing further illness.
46. Lantern Oil and Mantles
If you have the old-fashioned lanterns, make sure you have plenty of oil on hand to use them.
Lanterns for lights. Solar power lanterns are ideal and will put off a lot of light, eliminating the need for candles and flashlights.
It may not be a necessity, but it will be wanted, and it will be very valuable.
Not only does it freshen the air, but the spray can disinfect surfaces like doorknobs and such to cut down on the risk of spreading more germs.
All those canned goods you’ve stockpiled need to be opened.
If you are lucky enough to grow wheat, you’ll need to grind it to make the flour you’ll need to bake with.
Fire is life. Fire provides warmth, cooks food and will be needed to purify water.
People with chronic illnesses will need medications to manage their conditions. Because it’s impossible to get an indefinite number of prescriptions meds, it’s a good idea to look into natural remedies to treat chronic illnesses.
Long nails can be a hazard when you are doing manual labor. Keeping your nails neatly trimmed can avoid accidental cuts and scratches as well.
Will be needed to make repairs to homes or build fences for animals.
56. Neoprene Gloves
Gloves should be worn to handle toilet cleaning or dealing with a sick person. Neoprene are better than latex just in case of an allergy.
Things like ibuprofen, allergy meds, aspirin and so on.
58. Paper Towels
These are quick cleanup options and can be used to start a fire.
Without email and text, you’ll have to resort to good old-fashioned letter writing.
60. Pest Control
Stocking up on things like bug bombs, pest repellants and bee spray can keep your family safe. Pests are an issue and without proper sanitation, they are going to run the world.
61. Plastic Sheeting
This can be used for a makeshift shelter, setting up a quarantine space in the house or blocking the cold from coming through windows and doors.
62. Pool Shock
This is a better alternative to bleach for purifying water. It stores longer and you need very little to make water safe to drink.
For those who can afford them, generators can provide electricity for refrigerators and charging tablets and other gear.
64. Propane Tanks
Used for cooking and heating are going to be essential.
Used for first aid, keeping the ears clean and for a variety of cleaning uses.
The toilet paper might run out one day, having old t-shirts can come in handy. They’ll also be great for cleanup duties.
67. Rain Gear
Staying dry when you are doing outdoor chores will go a long way to keeping you healthy.
These are great for cleaning and more durable than neoprene gloves.
You’ll need to cut cordage, hair or packaging.
70. Sewing Supplies
You will need to mend your own clothes or tarps and tents to keep the rain off your head.
Hair care isn’t just about feeling good. Good hygiene cuts down on the risks of bug infestations and scalp issues that can lead to excessive itching and broken skin.
Your boots and shoes might outlast your laces. Laces can be used as cordage or used to tie herbs together to hang to dry.
Basic hygiene is crucial, and soap helps prevent the spread of germs.
Your feet will be your wheels and possibly your only mode of protection. Good socks will be critical to keeping your feet in good condition.
75. Solar Charge
These are small and portable devices that are relatively inexpensive and can recharge small electronics and the battery chargers.
Adding flavor to bland meals will help ward off food fatigue.
77. Steel Wool
Is one of those universal items that can be used sharpen blades to starting a fire.
It’s a luxury, but it can make your world a better place.
You will be doing a lot of outdoor work. Shielding your eyes can ward off headaches and protect your eyes.
80. Super Glue
Super glue can be used to close a cut in a pinch or hold plastic up.
81. Survival Guides
Books or printed guides with survival tips and knowledge will be crucial to survival if you don’t have decades of hands-on experience under your belt.
Great for making quick repairs to a broken window or creating a shelter.
Camping gear in general is going to be critical if you have to get on the move or if you are houseless.
84. Toilet Paper
It just makes life a little easier and more sanitary.
Basic hand tools like wrenches, hammers, and pliers will be valuable for building and repairs.
Dental hygiene isn’t just about fresh breath. It prevents dangerous cavities and bacterial infections that can take you out.
87. Trash Bags
You’ll need these to haul waste away from your living space. You don’t want to invite pests by having garbage piled up.
This is a quick tool that you can keep in your pocket.
You can use Vaseline for Chapstick or for many other uses from first aid to a lubricant.
These are going to be essential to keeping everyone in good health when a balanced diet isn’t an option.
91. Warm Clothing
Don’t send all those old coats to Goodwill; save them for a time when you can’t buy new. They can be traded for other equipment.
92. Water Filter
Tablets are great, but things like iodine, bleach and the ability to boil.
Squeaky hinges or bolts that are too tight can be handled with a little blast.
Weapons for self-defense and security are going to keep you and yours alive while protecting your supplies.
96. Wet Wipes
Most brands have a disinfectant in them. They are handy to have around to clean up when you don’t have water.
97. Wind-Up Radios
These can provide access to news and information when cellphones are down.
You’ll need to have fencing for your animals that you’ll need to raise for food. Wire is something that can be used to make snares, hang a harvested animal or keeping a door closed.
99. Work Gloves
You can expect to do a lot of manual labor and you’ll need to protect your hands.
100. Zip Ties
A universal tool that can be used for anything from securing food in trees to keeping a gate closed.
101. Ziploc Bags
Can be used to carry food, water and keep things like matches and other equipment dry.
As you can see, the bulk of the list are items that are relatively cheap and plentiful right now. Don’t wait until it’s too late.