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).
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, comfort foods, and sex) 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.
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 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.
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.
You can use these not just to filter coffee but also water so, the more you have, the better.
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. At 19 bucks for 500 bags on Amazon, this is a no-brainer.
AA, AAA, 9V…
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.
Nails, screws, tools, nuts and bolts, copper pipes, tweezers, socket wrenches, scissors, etc. etc. etc.
Hand Saws and Hand Chainsaws
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. Lots of options on Amazon, of course.
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:
- decks of cards,
- board games,
- 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.
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 something? 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.