If you’re reading this, you probably already know the basics: water, food storage, first aid, etc. But even hardcore survivalists can overlook things. In this post I want to mention 50 survival items you might have forgotten to buy.
I already mentioned several of these in the post, Unusual Survival Gear, but this is a much longer list. It’s not comprehensive, but hopefully, it’ll remind you of a few things you still need to get. For everything on this list that you already have, give yourself a pat on the back.
1. Acoustic Instruments
For entertainment and morale.
Great for all sorts of things like cooking food, boiling water, enhancing antennas, keeping sunlight out, etc.
How else will you chop firewood?
4. Baby Wipes
Really easy way to keep clean.
5. Baseballs, basketballs, footballs, etc.
Playing ball is a great way to stave off boredom and keep morale up during hard times.
6. Bicycle Gear
If gasoline is in short supply, you might need your bike to get around. That means you’ll need a bike pump, extra tubes, etc.
It’s difficult to read by candlelight and you don’t want to waste your flashlight’s batteries. Book lights are cheap and last a long time.
You might be surprised how much free time you have after the SHTF. Now’s your chance to read those books you always meant to read (like Atlas Shrugged).
9. Bug Spray
There is usually a major lack of proper sanitation after a disaster, especially if there isn’t running water. That means there will be more roaches and other critters. There might also be a lot more mosquitoes.
You’ll need a way to track the day and date if the power is out for a long time.
Huge morale booster during difficult times. Just don’t overdo it.
12. Car Charger
Don’t get stranded somewhere with a dead phone. This one has a battery backup in case your car won’t start.
If you’re cooking over a fire, your regular pots and skillets won’t cut it.
14. Cloth Diapers
Other than the obvious usage, these are also great for cleanups because they’re so absorbent.
15. Clothes Lines and Pins
Because your dryer will be a waste of space. Here’s how to wash clothes without a washing machine.
Imagine eating a typical meal without mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauce, etc. You’ll get bored fast.
TEOTWAWKI is not a great time to get pregnant, but people still have needs. Use protection.
18. Door Stop Alarm
Make sure looters and burglars taking advantage of the chaos can’t get into your house without you being alerted.
19. Duct Tape
A must have for any prepper.
20. Ear Plugs
It’s important to use these when hunting with firearms, but they’ll also help you sleep at night. Why? Because after the SHTF every little bump will wake you up. Just make sure someone is standing guard while you sleep.
It’s even more important than your toothbrush. If you’re not flossing now, get started.
Playing cards, board games, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and any other type of game that doesn’t require power. This is especially important if you have children.
23. Glasses and Repair Kits
If you wear glasses, make sure you have a backup pair and a way to fix them.
24. Glow Sticks
A great way to find your way around in a dark house.
This includes safety goggles and swim goggles. You never know.
26. Hand Sanitizer
As I mentioned above, there might be a lack of proper sanitation after a major disaster. Stay germ-free.
27. Instant Coffee
If you’re hooked on coffee (like I am), then you’re liable to go crazy when your coffee pot won’t turn on.
Most of us have gotten used to relying on Google Maps and GPS, but those could become things of the past. Paper maps never stop working.
29. Paper Plates
So you won’t have to waste water cleaning dishes.
30. Pencil and Paper
These are historic times so keep a journal. Also important for games and making lists.
31. Pet Supplies
Don’t forget about your pets! There’s a detailed list of pet supplies in this post.
32. Plant Pots
Plants are often easier to grow in pots than in the ground.
33. Plastic Sheeting
For repairing leaks, collecting water, keeping out contaminants, and much more.
34. Powdered Butter and Eggs
It’s amazing how many recipes require butter and/or eggs. These are hard to store long-term, so try some of the powdered variety.
35. Powdered Juice Mix
Because you’re going to get sick of drinking room-temperature water.
Axes are good for chopping firewood, but you’ll need a saw for everything else.
37. Sewing Kit
If your clothes tear, you might not be able to afford or even get access to new ones. Learn how to sew.
38. Shoe Laces
Again, you might not be able to get new ones. Plus, shoelaces have several uses.
39. Shut-off Wrench
Very important if you have gas power. A broken gas line is extremely dangerous.
Another way to kill small animals for food.
Set these in the sun for a few hours and they will light up your home or camp all night.
42. Song Books
As with acoustic instruments (mentioned above), these are good for entertainment and morale-boosting.
43. Survival Books
You’ll need this as a reference. Check out my post on the 100 Best Survival Books of All Time.
Use them to keep stuff dry, provide shade, carry things, and so forth.
Do you have one? If so, does it work well? And do you have extras for your family members?
If you ever get into a major car accident and can’t get out of your car, this tool will help you cut through the seat belt and break the glass.
These can be a lifesaver if someone is under attack or lost.
48. Wind-up Clocks
So you don’t have to waste batteries.
49. Yard Bags
Heavy duty bags will be useful for all the trash and debris that accumulates.
50. Ziploc Bags
Great for keeping things dry and organized.
So there you have it, my list of survival items people often forget about. If you live in the city, be sure to check out these 30 Urban Survival Items You Forgot To Buy.