A few items every prepper should own now

I was thinking over this past weekend about a few things that some preppers often overlook but are really good things to have. Of course every persons environment, geography, and situation is different.

Anyways, feel free to comment on the list or add to it. If you would recommend any brands, makes or models – please share as well.

  • Waterproof Boots – Whether they are designed for hiking or for hunting having a good pair of waterproof boots can make a lot easier in the rain or snow. You know what I hate? Walking into my kitchen and stepping in spilt water…..while wearing only socks: Worst feeling ever. Same goes for being out in the woods and stepping in a puddle and feeling water seep in.

 

  • Wire Ties – When you need ’em and don’t have ’em it just flat out sucks. Sure – some cordage can work in a bind depending on the application but nothing is as fast securing as good ‘ole wire ties.

 

  • Gloves – Man, hands can get torn up quick when they are not used to handling rough things like wood and rocks. Beyond some discomfort, cuts and scratches can become infected and without proper medical care can lead to a serious health situation. Mechanix gloves are inexpensive and there are tons of versions to choose from.

 

  • Gun Cleaning Supplies – I know people with guns and they hardly have what you would call a gun cleaning kit. Rods, brushes, patches, solvent, oil – all parts of maintaining a firearm. If something happens there should be enough put back to last several years. The truth is it is not very expensive to store up several years of cleaning supplies.

 

  • Sunscreen – Not much worse than a bad sunburn. A truly bad sunburn can take someone out and really limit the ability to do anything. Another inexpensive item that won’t go to waste as it can be used any summer.

 

  • Spare Glasses/Contacts – Without my glasses I can’t see squat. I recently had a sparring session with a buddy and I did OK without my glasses. All I could see were blurry objects coming at me and blurry objects for me to hit. Spare glasses and contacts – a must. I have used Zinni Optical on several occasions with good luck.

 

  • Extra Fuel – A couple of 5 gallon gas can stuck out in the shed would be very welcome if normal fuel sources are interrupted. Ten gallons could mean a couple hundred miles of transportation in a vehicle, or hundreds of miles in a motorcycle. I remember the panic after Katrina when fuel supplies dried up. Feels good to have extra fuel put back.

 

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  • Fire Extinguishers – Often overlooked I have several all over my house. You just never know and throwing glasses of water at a fire is not very effective. Fire extinguishers work much better and store for a very long time. 

 

  • Batteries – Yeah – this is a given I know. Still, you cannot have too many. Extra batteries for flashlights, radio’s, walki-talkies, etc. 

 

  • Trash Bags – Multiple uses and hard to replace in an expedient fashion. Even the inexpensive ones will be better than nothing at all. Trash bags do great at…well…..disposing of trash but also can be made into a rain poncho, tarp, and also can be used to carry things from Point A to Point B.

 

  • Seeds – Sure, seeds are a long term survival supply. Regardless – they are super cheap and as of this writing are showing up in the stores. By lots and store them in a cool, dry place.

 

  • Insect Repellant – I once saw a mosquito so big it could carry off a small cat. Alright, I may be exaggerating just a bit. Insects swarming around your head can be extremely distracting. Put away a couple cans of OFF! to keep them at bay.

 

Any other suggestions folks?

Rourke

 

 


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18 Comments

  1. More of a category than an item, but meat preservation supplies. Salt (and sodium nitrate/nitrite), sugar, bags, wrapping material, canning jars/lids, knives/saws, drying racks and trays, fuel, and seasonings.

    • Thanks A.C. –

      I have little experience canning and and none preserving using salt and dehydrating. Good skills to have.

      Rourke

  2. How about just some common sense and a wake up call? I am always surprised at how many people just blindly believe that “everything is going to be alright” and that the government will take care of us.

    As for gear I would add some form of communications (HAM, GMRS, CB, something to keep in touch with family and friends). A solar charger for powering their electrical goodies would be helpful as well.

  3. I carry a cigarette charger and an inexpensive inverter in my truck for recharging my devices or for operating small power tools.

    I especially like your idea of carrying zip/wire ties.

    Thanks John,

  4. plastic sheets come in handy to as well as say a guitar case to that way you can care something as big as a shotgun in it but the rest of world thinks it nothing but a guitar

  5. Don’t forget medical supplies! For those folks who take daily medications, ask your doctor and insurance company if you can have a 90 day supply. My insurance, Tricare (active duty military and retirees), has been pushing me to use their mail order pharmacy for years. Somehow, they save money by giving you 3 months at a time?

  6. Irish-7. My son used the mail order pharmacy and it DOES save you money and they DO give you 3 months at a time. It’s a good service – also, if your meds are cheap you can private pay a 90 day supply at the a walk in pharmacy as long as the doctor is willing to write it that way. (The pharmacy can put a call into the doc as well and request it – they usually say yes).

  7. Thanks Rourke and comment makers – helps to keep us thinking! Wire ties are obvious but don’t have a good supply

  8. 5 gal buckets. Not just for food storage, but makes great dedicated grab and go kits with the essentials needed for different situations. Water collecting/hauling, quick caches, tool storage, container gardening, fire fighting, vehicle/travel supplies…

    They’re sturdy and cheap from the big box stores, so keep a few stored around for quick grab and go situations. I have dozens, and try to use different color buckets to identify what’s in them.

  9. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but next time your at the hardware store get one of those “4-way” faucet wrenches and carry it in you vehicle kit when traveling. It’s just a few bucks and can get you quick access to water from those outside water faucets you see along commercial buildings. Even in a “grid down” situation there will be some residual water in the lines that can be collected for emergency use.

  10. I have a question the plastic bottles that CAT LITTER comes in once they are rinsed out would they be ok for storing water in??

  11. Two good knives. One a small to mid sized folder, the other a 4″ to 7″ fixed blade. situations arise when a large blade is too much, and a good strong fixed blade can’t be outdone. also a small belt axe is a must.

  12. About the fuel, you should go out of your way to find non ethanol fuel and put stabilizer in it. With lifestraws at ~20 dollars water filtration isn’t that hard. Last x-mass I gave mylar space blankets and coast guard survival rations for people to store in their cars as an extra gift.

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