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.
This has many uses, the most important of which is the treatment of poisoning.
It’s not the Altoids themselves that are useful, but the tins. There are lots of cool ways to reuse them.
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.
Not just a headband. They can be used as tourniquets, cords, slings, and more.
6. Binder clips
Hang clothes to dry, hook tarps together, keep bags clipped down, and more.
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.
8. Cable ties
These can be used for building shelter, repairing clothes, building snares, and more.
You wouldn’t think so, but there are at least 20 things you can do with chapstick.
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.
I mentioned cloth diapers in the other post, but regular diapers are also important. Plus, they have several other uses.
If you get desperate for food, you might need this.
17. Fire blanket
A quick and easy way to extinguish a small fire.
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.
I know this sounds silly, but there are actually several things you can do with one.
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.
24. Meat thermometer
Very helpful item if you want meat that is safe to eat but still nice and juicy. Here is a guide to recommended temperatures.
25. Mesh Strainer
Strain oil, rendered fat, herbs, etc.
26. Mylar blankets
These aren’t just blankets. Here’s a list of 22 things you can do with them.
These can be used to hold bait, make cordage, strain water, go fishing, dehydrate food, and many other things.
It has dozens of applications. Here’s a list of 44 fantastic uses.
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.
In the words of Lieutenant Dan, “Take good care of your feet!” They can also be used as gloves, pouches, bandages, masks, and tinder.
Great for boiling water, heating soup, cooking Ramen noodles, making instant rice, etc.
38. Steel wool
In addition to scrubbing pots, it can be used to 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.
Another good way to keep kids entertained. Find some good toys that don’t require batteries.
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.
Good for much more than lubricating hinges.
My wife uses one as a calendar, to jot down notes, grocery lists, etc. Could be useful.
These are essential during the winter, especially if the power is out and you want to keep the heat inside.
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!