A few years ago I wrote a post called 50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy which ended up being my most popular post of all time. The idea was to make a list of items the average prepper might have forgotten. Since then, I’ve gotten all sorts of messages from people telling me about other things preppers often forget. I finally decided to compile them into a new list. Here is the result.
1. Activated charcoal – This has many uses, the most important of which is the treatment of poisoning.
3. Animal repellent – This stuff will keep rodents away from your home and small herbivores away from your garden.
4. Baking soda – A very useful item that cleans and deodorizes.
7. Bungee cords – You may need these to tie valuables to your bug out vehicle, or you could use them instead of rope for other projects.
9. Chap stick – You wouldn’t think so, but there are at least 20 things you can do with chap stick.
10. Cookbooks – Especially ones that explain how to make things from scratch, like this one. You could also look for some good from-scratch recipes online and print them.
11. Crank lantern – No need to waste batteries or wait for the sun to charge it up. This one also has a port for charging electronics.
12. Crayons and coloring books – A good way to keep small children entertained while the power is out. Also, crayons can be used as fire starters or emergency candles.
14. Dental kit – A first aid kit is obvious, but many preppers forget that dental emergencies are also very common.
15. Diapers – I mentioned cloth diapers in the other post, but regular diapers are also important. Plus, they have several other uses.
16. Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants – If you get desperate for food, you might need this.
17. Fire blanket – A quick and easy way to extinguish a small fire.
18. Fire extinguisher – For larger fires you’ll need one of these. We’re supposed to be preparing for emergencies and fires are a very common emergency. Don’t forget this one.
19. French press – No need for a coffee maker. Just add boiling water and enjoy fresh coffee.
21. Inflatable mattresses – If you and your prepper friends and/or family members all stay in one home, you may need more places for people to sleep.
22. Kiddie pools – You’re better off getting these at a flea market or yard sale. Believe it or not, there are all sorts of things you can do with them.
23. N95 Masks – These provide protection from dust, toxic fumes, and airborne viruses.
25. Mesh Strainer – Strain oil, rendered fat, herbs, etc.
29. Plywood – It can protect your windows during a hurricane, but it’s also great for many other unanticipated construction projects.
30. PVC pipe – As with plywood, this is great to have around just in case.
31. Rem Oil Wipes – This stuff is awesome. Its not just for firearms. You can also use it to keep anything metal clean and protected from rust.
32. Rubber bands – I use these to keep small items together and organized, and sometimes string just isn’t enough.
33. Safety pins – Use as a fish hook, hang stuff to dry, fix shoelaces, attach gear to your bug out bag, connect blankets or tarps to build a shelter, etc. Your imagination is the limit.
35. Seed sprouter – Sprouts are tasty and healthy, making them a great addition to your survival food.
36. Socks – In the words of Lieutenant Dan, “Take good care of your feet!” They can also be used as gloves, pouches, bandages, masks, and tinder.
37. Stainless steel pot – Great for boiling water, heating soup, cooking Ramen noodes, making instant rice, etc.
38. Steel wool – In addition to scrubbing pots, it can be used start fires, peel carrots and potatoes, and plug mouse holes.
39. Super glue – Seal small cuts, repair water bottles, fix equipment, etc.
40. Landline phone – If the power goes out, a simple landline phone will continue to work.
41. Toys – Another good way to keep kids entertained. Find some good toys that don’t require batteries.
42. Treadle sewing machine – With this you can fix clothes or sew new ones without power.
43. Vacuum sealer – In addition to sealing food, you can also seal things that could corrode, things that could dry out, and you can reseal mylar bags.
45. Vet wrap – Self-adherent tape that holds bandages in place.
46. Waterproof wristwatch – Nowadays most people check the time on their phones or computers. In a SHTF scenario you might want to have a good watch.
49. Window insulator kit – These are essential during the winter, especially if the power is out and you want to keep the heat inside.
50. Wonderbag – A non-electric portable slow cooker. All you have to do is bring your food to a boil, then put it in the bag. It retains the heat and slow cooks your food for hours. This thing is awesome!
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