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10 Emergency Items That Will ALWAYS Be Valuable


10 Emergency Items That Will ALWAYS Be ValuableWhen gathering emergency supplies, you’ll notice that most of them are things that will last for years. That’s the whole point. But even though batteries and canned goods will still be useful in a few years, they probably won’t be in a few decades.

So which items will be useful in a few decades? Determining this can be tricky. Many of us may have stored water in empty milk jugs only to find out that the biodegradable jugs break down over time.

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Think about what your grandchildren or great-grandchildren may need to survive. What emergency items could you leave them that would still be valuable decades from now? Here are 10 suggestions.

1. Knife

Knives are one of the most popular items that are passed down from generation to generation, and for good reason. You may have a knife that belonged to a family member or even a sword from a past war long ago.

Knives are incredibly important in a survival situation as they serve many purposes. Storing a high-quality knife will increase the chance that it is still usable many years down the road. Choose simple knife mechanisms that don’t include a bunch of fancy springs that could bind up over time.

2. Hatchet, Axe, and Saw

Larger cutting tools are also important to include in an emergency kit. Hatchets, axes, and saws are always useful to have around to cut firewood, clear roads, and build structures.

While the handle of these tools may not be in the best shape after 100 years, the head of the hatchet or tool is still quite essential and can be fitted to a new handle if needed.

An Old Axe Sits On A Log

3. Sharpening Tools

With any kind of cutting tool, you will need something to help sharpen the blade. Files, steel, whetstone, and other knife sharpening items are smart to add to your emergency supply kit. Many preppers forget this tool, but it will become quite important if you’re ever in a long term emergency situation.

4. Multi-Tool

Another vital tool to have in your emergency kit is a quality multi-tool. There are so many options to choose from, and you’ll find that it is worth its weight in gold (if gold is still valuable) in 100 years.

Pliers, files, small blades, and can openers can all find a use for a family in an emergency. Make sure to keep the tool dry so that it can’t rust or bind up in storage.

5. Paracord

While the longevity of rope seems to diminish over time, paracord is a good substitute when planning an emergency survival kit. The nylon fiber of paracord allows it to stand up to decades of use.

Paracord has multiple applications in a survival situation, from hunting to first aid to pulling someone to safety. Beware of imitation paracord, however. Make sure that your stored paracord is military grade with a standard of 550-pound safety rating. Cut open the paracord to ensure that you see 7-9 nylon cords within made up of precisely 3 fibers.

Paracord Unraveled with Bracelet

6. Cast Iron Cookware

Cooking food is one of the basic parts of survival. You can’t defend yourself, your family, or your homestead without the energy to do so.

Cast iron cookware is a favorite item for survival kits. Not only does it stand up well to time, but it also is easy to clean and conducts heat well. Pack a variety of sizes and styles of cast iron cookware that could be useful for cooking, cleaning, and washing.

Two Cast Iron Kettles and a Pot over a Campfire

7. Honey

Many homesteaders may not understand the power of honey. There is nothing else on the planet quite like it. Honey is often called the “perfect food” because it never spoils. Ever. It may crystalize and harden up, but simply warm it up to bring it back to its slow-moving goodness.

Honey has been found in multiple archaeological sites dating back well over 100 or even 1,000 years old! It is shelf-stable (even when opened) and isn’t only for eating. Honey is fantastic at healing skin cuts and bruises and is a natural sugar substitute.

8. Liquor

Another item to have in your emergency survival kit is liquor. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, liquor can help in an emergency when someone needs to be stitched up.

The alcohol involved also acts as a natural disinfectant that is vital to have on hand. Liquor also warms up the body when enjoyed and can help fight off cold temperatures. Here are some other uses for liquor.

9. Aluminum Foil

A few boxes of aluminum foil to your survival kit can easily last a century when properly stored. Foil has so many uses: from cooking food to keeping the body warm to refracting light and energy.

A box of aluminum foil can take up to 400 years to break down, making it a great addition to your emergency supply kit. Choose heavy-duty options for thicker foil that won’t break as easily.

10. Oil Lamps

Kerosene and paraffin lamp oil have an indefinite lifespan when stored properly. Adding a few well-packaged oil lamps in an emergency kit can still be viable decades down the road.

Both kinds of lamp oil can last a long time as long as they aren’t exposed to extreme cold or warm temperatures. Lamp oil also has a slow burn time, making it a great addition to an emergency survival kit. The flame is also less apt to burn out when compared to a candle, and it provides a steady amount of light.

An Old Oil Lamp Sits On A Shelf

Preparing for emergencies can be the difference between life and death in a dire situation. Fill your survival kit with these longstanding tools that will stand up to the passing of time.

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  1. Bkmm on May 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I use vinegar for a lot of uses. They make good water containers 1-1/2 gallon jugs ) when empty. I put dates on masking tape with 6 month expiration date. I rotate them by using water in my garden or in my pot on the wood stove.

  2. Fred Miley on May 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Good advice except for part of #8 on liquor. The feeling of warmth comes from the dilation of skin capillaries, small blood vessels, which cause the body to LOSE heat and put the St. Bernard’s and their flasks out of work. Still good anti-bacterial/viral, especially 120 proof vodka, and good for barter. Here’s to your health!

  3. PC on May 6, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Alcohol lowers core body temperature.

  4. Jerry on May 6, 2020 at 11:18 am

    What the heck was that protest in Michigan? I think it put those of us who are trying to prep or trying to learn how to prep in a very bad light. We should be able to protest these stay at home declarations without looking as if we can’t withstand a few weeks in our own homes with all of the modern conveniences. What would be like in a real SHTF situation? Also, why the guns? You can’t shoot a virus and it takes away from the real message.

    • Alicia on May 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Jerry: I totally agree with you comments.

    • Rick Palmer on May 6, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Jerry ,
      Once you learn 2 things about Michigan it makes it easier to understand.
      # 1 Most of what you hear about the state is actually only about Detroit and Lansing . Both strong liberal enclaves . We’re talking a ” what is the government or the union going to give ME ? ” , attitude. These people are used to getting what they want , from the politicians they bought . These are the 2 main population centers .
      #2 The rest of Michigan is primarily rural , but don’t have large enough populations to out vote , or vote out the corruption in the government .
      My mother in law was a town clerk , a village president, and several other town and county positions . She had to always run as a Democrat, even though she was a staunch Republican. That was the only way you get elected in the urban / suburban areas .

    • Bkmm on May 7, 2020 at 7:56 am

      I agree! Especially the ones carrying Confederate flags or Nazi symbols. Making United States citizens look deplorable.

  5. Terry on May 6, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Good suggestions, Arizona tea gallon jugs are very durable. Eastwing axe. will last handle and all forever relatively.

    • Rick Palmer on May 6, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      For the rest of the country , we in central and southern Arizona are blessed with a large light in the sky that let’s us brew tea in one gallon jars ,on our patios . We’re not talking about Arizona tea , that comes in a tall can . The first only cost you the price of the tea and water , the sun does the brewing . Why the cost of water ,you ask ? Nobody with any regard for their kidneys drinks our local water . Calcium hardness is considered low at 200 parts per million . After you have your first kidney stone, only bottled water will ever pass your lips again .

  6. Sarge on May 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

    “Intimidation paracord” or imitation paracord?

    • Alan on May 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Intimidation, of course. It’s paracord that makes you feel intimidated.

      j/k, I fixed it. thanks

    • Rick Palmer on May 6, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      All depends on how tightly you have it around their throat .? Hand to hand training 101 .

    • Rick Palmer on May 6, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      Third week of basic training “Intimidation and interrogation techniques using paracord ” .

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