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It’s kind of funny, but the things we will rely on the most are really pretty inexpensive in the grand scheme of things. At least, they used to be. But those things will be priceless after a collapse. Imagine a SHTF scenario that completely alters the world as we know it. All those little things we take for granted today are going to seriously missed when they aren’t readily available. They will be priceless.
It makes sense you would want to stock up on the items that make our world a little easier when they are readily available.
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It doesn’t matter how cheap it is. When someone is desperate, they’ll drink it. Beer will get skunky, but vodka, scotch and whiskey are going to be priceless.
2. Aluminum Foil
3. Baking Soda
It sounds silly, but baking soda is so versatile, it’s silly NOT to keep it on the shelf.
4. Bicycles or Alternative Transportation
In a fuel-scarce world, a bicycle or other non-motorized transportation can be incredibly useful for mobility. A cart, wheelbarrow or wagon would work. If you got one sitting out back, fix it up and hold on to it.
Modern people have outsourced much of their knowledge to the Internet. Why learn something when you can always Google it? But once the Internet is down, people will need books to learn how to garden, cook from scratch, fix things around the house, identify wild edibles, and so forth. Start building a survival library ASAP.
6. Bug Spray
7. Camping gear
Tents, tarps, sleeping bags, and blankets provide protection from the elements in case you find yourself outside. Even if you are in your comfortable home, there might be damage that needs to be fixed with a tarp over a hole in the roof or a broken window. Don’t forget solar lanterns.
You can never have too many candles. Even the little tealights can put off enough light to drown out the darkness. Candles can be used for lighting, heating a can of soup and some heat in a cold room.
9. Cleaning supplies
Disinfecting sprays, bleach products, paper towels and so on are going to be very important. A clean environment is going to cut down on your chances of picking up bacterial and viral diseases.
It’s easy to view those totes of out of style clothes as disposable, but imagine not being able to buy new stuff. Clothing is your first defense against the weather. Even if you don’t want to wear the jeans from three years ago, their still jeans. Socks! You can not have too many pairs of socks. Have some wool ones as well for winter weather.
If you don’t want to worry about stockpiling diapers, stockpile condoms. Life doesn’t stop after SHTF.
12. Cooking and Eating Utensils
Portable stoves, cookware (think cast iron) and utensils for cooking and eating are necessary for food preparation. Plastic cutlery is a wonderful option, but it might not be sustainable. If you can swing it, great, but just remember that means additional garbage. Paper plates are also a great option to cut down on the need to wash dishes. Clean dishes will be important to prevent illness.
13. Diapers and Baby Supplies
Cards, board games, puzzles, word finds and so on can help maintain mental well-being in stressful situations. If you have children, make sure you have the good old-fashioned toys that don’t require batteries. Coloring books and crayons as well.
15. Fire-Making Supplies
Lighters, matches, flint and steel, and fire starters are going to be extremely important. Sure, you might be able to make a bow drill, but those things are very difficult to use. Just make your life easier and go to the dollar store and buy matches in bulk. Fire is crucial for cooking, warmth, and purifying water.
16. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, tweezers, scissors, and any necessary prescription medications. Most of this stuff you can buy in bulk for cheap. You can also find these at the dollar store. You can never have too much gauze. It’s cheaper to buy your first aid items individually.
17. Fishing Gear
You might need to go shopping for dinner at the local pond or stream and you’ll need fishing gear. Have lots of hooks and fishing line on hand. Poles are great, but in a true survival situation it’s not absolutely necessary.
18. Flashlights and Batteries
LED flashlights are best because they require less battery power, therefore, the batteries will last longer. Not to mention, LEDs are so much brighter. Investing in a few good flashlights, like MAGs, is a good idea. However, having a box of the cheaper flashlights that only cost a couple dollars.
Make sure you have plenty of spare batteries as well. In this situation, dollar store batteries are not a great idea. They are not going to last long. You can invest in rechargeable batteries and a solar charging station, usually twenty bucks or so.
Boots are ideal. Imagine walking through the aftermath of a natural disaster. You’re going to want sturdy footwear. This is an investment into your survival, don’t be cheap. Buy on sale and put them on the shelf. Keep shoelaces on hand as well. If you’ve got kids, it’s a good idea to shop secondhand and have a variety of sizes on the shelf for their growing feet.
20. Gardening Tools
You might need gardening tools to grow your own food, items like shovels, rakes, hoes, and gardening gloves are essential. These tools will also help around the house in general.
21. Hunting Gear
We’re not talking about descent and camo, but that would definitely be helpful. If you’re a bow hunter, have supplies to maintain your bow. If you’re not a bow hunter, it doesn’t hurt to get familiar with it. Rifles and plenty of ammunition will also be needed.
22. Navigation Tools
23. Non-Perishable Food
This is a given, but it deserves to be mentioned. Stock up on canned goods, freeze-dried meals, and dry foods like rice, pasta, and dried beans. You want foods that don’t require refrigeration.
24. Over the Counter Meds
Things like ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-diarrheal meds and allergy medicines are going to make life better. They may not be necessary for survival, but being able to get rid of a headache with a couple ibuprofen is going to be very valuable.
25. Personal Hygiene Supplies
There is nothing worse than feeling gross and stinking. Daily showers might not be an option, but you can still stay clean with a little water. Stock up on soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products.
Again, these things are cheap enough now, but after a collapse, they are going to be like gold. Good personal hygiene isn’t just about feeling good, it’s also important to staying healthy.
26. Precious Metals
Having some gold or silver coins can be useful if a barter system develops or if you need to make purchases in the early stages of a crisis. You can also use jewelry. If you have a broken bracelet or ring, it might not be valuable as jewelry but the gold or silver can be melted down.
A battery-powered or hand-crank emergency radio is necessary to get information if there aren’t any satellites functioning.
28. Sanitation Supplies
29. Seed Packets
Heirloom seeds for vegetables, fruits, and herbs should be stored in the fridge if possible. Heirloom seeds are what you want in order to harvest the seeds from your crops and use for the next garden cycle.
30. Self-Defense Items
Consider items like firearms, pepper spray, or a stun gun tool for personal security. If you’ve been smart and stockpiled a lot of stuff, you’re going to be a target. People are going to want and need what you have. They’ll be willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
31. Sewing Supplies
32. Solar Chargers
A portable solar charger can help keep communication devices and small electronics powered. As mentioned earlier, these are small compact and sometimes foldable units. They won’t charge anything large, but tablets, phones and batteries can be charged.
Basic tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, and a hammer, can be very handy to make repairs. It’s also a good idea to keep something like a Leatherman on hand for when you need to be on the move.
The more tools you have, the better. They are so easy to misplace. Saws, clamps, and so on. You can pick these up at yard sales for next to nothing.
34. Water Purification Tools
Clean water is essential for survival. Without clean water, you are looking at a variety of diseases that will end up taking you out after you’ve managed to survive something horrible. Items like water filters, water purification tablets, and portable water purifiers can make contaminated water safe to drink.
You’ll want to stock up on things like iodine or pool shock as well. Household bleach is only good for short periods before it loses it’s potency.
35. Ziploc Bags
Ziploc bags can be used to keep your stuff dry, take food on the go or even to carry water.
Remember that the specific items you need may vary based on your location, climate, and individual circumstances. Even if you don’t need the stuff on this list, it will have great value. It will make you rich. You’ll have lots to barter.
Go to your local dollar store and roam the aisles. You’ll probably see a lot of stuff you may not need but think outside the box. How could that stuff make your life easier as well as functional when you can’t run to Wal-Mart of Home Depot.
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