Survival Items Nearly Impossible to Get Post-Collapse

OK, so you’ve been prepping for a while, now, maybe you even practiced some basic survival skills. By now, you probably think to yourself:

When disaster strikes, I’m covered. I can make or do anything I want.

Well, that may or may not be the case. Some survival items will be nearly impossible to get or make at home. That’s what I want to talk with you about.

I said nearly impossible so there is a small chance you’ll be able to get them, but why take a chance? Stockpile now and you’ll be able to not just survive but thrive when chaos breaks loose.

Glass Canning Jars

Although reusable, jars break from time to time and you will need new ones occasionally. Right now they’re dirt-cheap so, as long as you have a place to store them, you should get as many as you can. The nice thing about empty jars is that they can be stored in places where food, water, or medicine won’t last, such as your attic (which can get pretty hot during summer).

Jar Lids

Although jars are reusable, lids are not, and that’s a problem. At 15 cents a lid and considering they take up very little space (compared to jars, at least), there’s no reason not to get them.

Tobacco and Coffee

Who hasn’t heard or read the advice that cigarettes and coffee are going to be some of the best bartering items when the U.S or even the entire world descends into anarchy?

Coffee is going to be one of the few things (besides family, pets, and comfort foods) that will make you forget for a little while just how bad things are.

Needles and Sewing Kits

Whether you’ll use these to sew your clothes or for suturing a wound, you’re gonna need needles of all sizes. They’re just impossible to make yourself.

Sun Screen

You can make your own sun-screen today from coconut oil, beeswax, zinc oxide, and a few other ingredients, but how are you going to get those post-collapse, when you’ll actually need the sun screen?

You can stockpile the ingredients now or you can just store the sun-screen, which has a shelf life of up to 3 years.


Confession: my teeth are really close together so only certain types of floss work for me (the ones that are really really thin).

Some preppers recommend that in an emergency, one can use the inner strands from Paracord but those are waaay to thick.

For me, at least. They might work for some people but, then again, why not keep your Paracord for more important things.

duct tape

Duct Tape and Electrical Tape

Few people realize that duct tape is going to be a luxury post-SHTF. Just imagine the huge number of things you’re going to fix with it.

Sure, you might barter for it. But bartering is, itself, a risk so why take it? Best to store as many of these cheap survival items as you can.

Chicken Wire

Just like with duct tape, you can use chicken wire in a million different ways (including art) but you just can’t make it on your own. Of course, if you’re thinking of raising chickens post-collapse, there are other ways to keep them safe.


Have you ever made a shoe and then used it? Do you know anyone who has? If not, it’s probably best to avoid throwing away your old shoes because you never know when you might need them.

That’s right, you don’t have to buy new shoes, the old ones will do. Even if they have hole in them, you’ll still be able to patch them with duct tape. Even better, you can take them right now and get them fixed – it won’t cost you nearly as much as a new pair.

Coffee Filters

You can use these not just to filter coffee but also water so, the more you have, the better.

Ziploc Bags

Well, Ziploc is a brand and it is located in the U.S., they might not be functioning at full capacity, if you know what I mean.


AA, AAA, 9V…

Steel Wool

Speaking of which, if you happen to store 9V batteries, why not add some steel wool (in a separate container, of course)? Touching the two together is one of the fastest and easiest non-traditional ways to start a fire.

Glasses and Contact Lens

When food is in such short supply, it goes without saying that you’ll have a VERY hard time finding new glasses.


You are gonna need new clothes and something tells me you’re gonna have to make them yourself.

Metal Objects

Nails, screws, tools, nuts and bolts, copper pipes, tweezers, socket wrenches, scissors, etc. etc. etc.

Hand Saws and Hand Chainsaws

There’s not a way you can make one on your own easily so why not get a hand saw today, while you still can?

A Manual Grain Grinder

One of the most important foods to stockpile are whole grains – much better than flour from a shelf-life perspective. Only problem is, you’re gonna need some way to grind the grain post-collapse.

You can’t rely on having electricity so keeping a grain grinder on hand is the best way to go.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Yes, women managed without them for hundreds of thousands of years but, as long as we’re making this list.

Paper and Pencils

Sure, you can make your own paper at home as long as you have recycled paper. But what if you don’t? You still might want to write stuff: your thoughts, a journal, to keep inventories of various things, etc.

Things For Having Fun and Killing Time

I made another list of all these things here, but some of the things that will be hard to manufacture include:

  • books,
  • decks of cards,
  • board games,
  • puzzles,
  • beach balls,
  • and, of course, phones and tablets.

Solar Panels, Charges and Generators

These could help you power your home for years but you need to get them before it hits.

Cast Iron Skillets…

…for your cooking endeavors.

Update: Condoms

Unless you wanna use lamb intestines soaked in milk ,you may want to stock up on this. Not to carry water, as some reality TV shows advertise. 🙂


Am I missing an item on this list? Write down your suggestions of survival items I should have added but please try to stick to the ones that will be nearly impossible to manufacture post-collapse, not right now.

13 thoughts on “Survival Items Nearly Impossible to Get Post-Collapse”

  1. Bleach. Unless you have the chemicals to do so. Stocking up on Shelf stable “pool shock” and directions on how to make it into liquid disinfecting bleach would be a good thing to add to your list. (Store bought bleach only has an effective shelf life of 6 months, I found out the hard way in my water system, after filling bleach containment to FULL and having problems 6 months later with smelly water)

  2. You fail to mention that an EMP can be caused by the Sun (CME). Odds of one large enough to completely destroy the grid is 1.2% per year per a government study. That is a 1 in 4 chance in the next 20 years. Serious enough to prep for..

  3. Salt and other spices for cooking, but mainly salt. It can be used in tanning, cooking, medicines, preserving food, etc…

  4. Might want to go and stock up on the old fashion coffee makers. Good barter items. Everyone has electric ones, when then go down out of luck. I bought about 30 of them and about 100 cans of coffee.

  5. Stock up on medications. Medications aren’t something likely to be made at home. Many medications have a complex source of precursor chemicals that then go to massive factories with complex reactions in complex environments to then come up with a final pure and quantifiable therapeutic product- try doing that at home. Focus on life saving meds like antibiotics and anti-diarrheal meds since increased physical activity and poor sanitation will lead to these meds being used quickly.
    Reloading supplies-loaded cartridges will likely get used up at frightening rate as survivors spend all their remaining ammunition for that last scrap of food or needed item. Having powder, projectiles and primers can easily turn 2000 rifle cartridges into 6000. I suspect spent casings will be plentiful. Try making primers and powder at home-not! At least projectiles can be made from scrap lead with proper molds and a lot of work.
    Stock up on REUSABLE canning lid seals and RECHARGABLE batteries since the regular ones will likely be long gone.

  6. I’m not trying to be a naysayer since this is just my opinion but I don’t think I would focus much on steel wool since cheap butane lighters would be so much easier for fire starting and store well and would be better for barter. Furthermore I would rather save the precious battery juice for radio or force multiplier like walkie talkie. I am a little doubtful about the fabric unless you have growing children that will be changing sizes. Many adults have years worth of clothes at home-even dress pants could be used in the field. I doubt a catastrophe will make people rush to store for that last size 34 pant. I don’t think that I would rush to stock up on the sun tan lotion either since in the old days they just used long sleeve shirts and broad brimmed hats. As far as tobacco it does have some storage issues- I would store some but I would also consider adding tobacco seeds to my stored garden seeds if living in the southern USA.


      TO JERRY

      1. Ask your pharmacist for an extra vacation prescription Willis II.
        Most of them will do it or a 90 and 180 day from your doctor. He might
        go along with you by telling him how much cheaper it is that way.Terry

  7. One multi purpose item that should be included in any kit, is a small folding magnifying glass. Whether you need reading glasses (like many of us do or lose yours), you can read small print, examine an injury, look at a splinter, start a fire in the sun, burn wood to communicate a message or tag a trail, assess whether something is edible, to mention just a few uses…and it takes up almost no space.

  8. You need to have a Handgun, Rifle and a Shotgun. Handgun 9 mm with a min of 7 mags 15 rounds each , Rifle 5.56 x45 mm / .223 Rem. with 12 30 round mags and a Shotgun 12-ga. 2 3/4 ” Rem 870 with a extension tub 7 rounds. I would have on hand 9mm 1000 rounds , 5.56×45 mm 2000 rounds and 12 ga. 2 3/4″ 500 rounds. This will help you if the SHTF to keep your family safe and you will need to train everyone in your family on how to use all of the firearms. I hope and pray that you will never use them but it’s better to have them then not too.

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