People spend thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest preparedness equipment in their preparations for when the SHTF. Too often the most common sense and inexpensive items are overlooked.
Here are the Top 5 Preparedness Items you MUST own NOW—and cost less than $20.00 each.
#1. Matches—Fire provides heat. Fire provides the ability to cook. Fire can boil water. Fire can sanitize medical instruments and provide protection. A lifetime supply of matches to start a lifetime of fires can be bought for less than $20.00.
Vacuum pack or throw in zip-lock bags to provide some protection from moisture.
#2. Candles—No batteries and no solar panels are required to obtain light from a candle. For less than $20.00, hundreds of hours of light can be bought via inexpensive jar and pillar candles. Best sources include dollar stores and your local “Wally-World”.
Candles can be stored for decades and have a variety of uses besides illumination.
Don’t spend extra money for more expensive name brands and special scents. A $4.00 jar candle will burn much the same as a $28.00 jar candle.
#3. Tarps—Tarps, as well as painters plastic drop cloth’s, have a multitude of uses. Foremost is their ability to be turned into expedient shelters. Another is they can be used to temporarily patch roof leaks from fallen trees and bad storms.
#4. Water Filter—It is well known that the human being can only survive 3 days without water. Even after 24-36 hours the ability to “perform” becomes difficult without proper hydration. Having a water filter which can render found water safe to drink is a critical component to any preparedness system.
The LifeStraw is highly recommended as it is portable, effective, and is less than $20.00. Do not rely on home water filter systems.
#5. Trash Bags—Trash bags can be used as emergency poncho’s as well as shelter. They also can be used to collect and transport water. Disposal of waste and other hazardous material can be made much easier with trash bags. Lacking a backpack to carry supplies? Throw a couple of trash bags inside each other and get going!
The 5 items mentioned here are not miraculous, top secret things. They are but a few of many things that can make surviving a disastrous situation just a little bit easier.
Good luck all!