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15 Items You Can Never Have Enough…

It’s time for a “You Can Never Have Enough of…” list. These posts are always fun to contemplate! Here’s my top 15 (in no particular order):

1. Gauze pads (of all shapes and sizes) – Any serious skin wound is going to need more than just bandages and must be changed often. You’re going to want both sterile (for direct skin contact) and non-sterile gauze. Sure, you can improvise but when it comes to someone’s health, buy the gear that’s meant for the job.
2. Fasteners – Assorted sundries such as nails, screws, nuts and bolts, washers, etc. Get a few boxes of quality exterior nails and screws for unexpected repairs or perhaps a necessary project, such as a solar oven or solar heater.
3. Duct tape – I need to get this one out of the way early! If it’s all that MacGyver needed, I’m sure I can make use of a few rolls myself. Use it for minor repairs to making a duct tape cannon (as seen on Mythbusters) and even for putting up plastic sheeting for chemical/biological events.
4. Ammunition (and weapons?) – Do I really need to elaborate? For self-defense, hunting, barter, etc.
5. Cordage (in assorted sizes and lengths) – most of the time I rarely use the cordage I have but it’s one of those items that when you need it, you NEED it. Visit your local hardware store for ideas but paracord, twine and some thick twisted-nylon rope would be a good start.
6. Firewood – Assuming firewood is your main heating and cooking fuel, it’s hard to have too much. At least have the ability to procure and harvest it, including chainsaw, axe, maul, and everything used to keep aforementioned equipment functioning.
7. Lubrication – It’s about stocking lubricants for squeaky door hinges and stuck bolts to preserving metal tools and firearms. Buy WD-40 (or something similar), 3-in-1 lubricating oil, and your favorite firearm lube.
8. Water Treatment (many options to choose from) – It will be a sad day if/when the faucet stops working permanently. 🙁 As such, every drop of water procured (well, usually) should be considered suspect and MUST be treated before consumed. The last thing you want is to die of dehydration from some diarrheal disease because you consumed bad water.
9. Bar soap (really any soap is useful, including hand sanitizers) – Although it is possible to make your own soap, who wants to fool with lye or even go through the effort? Bar soap will last a long time if kept from drying out so just store it like you would your food preps. A few dozen bars will go a long way.
10. Fuel (gasoline, diesel, propane) – You will eventually run out no matter how much you store or how well you ration it. That said, it will be an sad day if/when the last drop of petroleum flows. And be sure to stock the oil and other fluids that keep your equipment running (e.g., 2-cycle engine oil).
11. Bic lighters – The ability to create fire is huge and the ubiquitous bic lighters are the easiest, most reliable way to do just that. Granted, matches are useful too but think about how many fires could be lit with 50 bic lighters? And they can be stored in bug out bags, vehicle kits, or a jacket pocket without thought.
12. Antibiotics – So many diseases, so few antibiotics! Whether you agree with storing fish antibiotics or not, I prefer to have the option rather than not. I guess I could throw in any ingested medication here as well, including Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and plenty more.
13. Buckets – So many uses, especially the 5-gallon homer buckets. Used for storing food and gear, transporting water, gardening, etc. Be sure to include the lids (should have a rubber gasket too) and funnels would be very helpful here too.
14. Books and Reference Files – One person (or a group of people) can only know so much. Considering the wealth of knowledge that civilizations have created, it’s only prudent to have some of it on-hand in multiple forms (electronic and hard-copy). I wrote about resiliency in your survival library here.
15. Multi-Use Substances – I’m thinking of stuff like baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and apple cider vinegar, in particular. These can be used for making everything from household cleaners to toothpaste. Search the “How To” Knowledge base for more info on how to use these products.

What about you? What would you have added that I did not?

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23 replies on “15 Items You Can Never Have Enough…”

One thing I never see on prepping lists is whatever info you think you’ll need off the internet or your phone you better type or write it up and put it in a binder. I have a big 3″ 3 ring binder with instructions, contact information, addresses, maps etc. The likelihood of the internet being available when the SHTF are slim to none. I store this in a waterproof container along with my radio, batteries, candles, matches, hiking boots and a few other essentials.

A couple more uses for baking soda; if you have milk that’s getting too warm and starts to curdle add some and mix it up. if that doesn’t do the trick then do it again. Also we add a pinch of baking soda to our milk when making homemade tomato soup, it will prevent the milk from curdling if it starts to boil.

So, I keep about a years worth of TP in my house at any given time…we rotate it just like our food stores. (That way we don’t have to worry about rot) Its stored in the master bathroom, and amazingly we found the room to do so when we first started to live simply and declutter. With the recent lose of all income that store has been amazing to have. I know we all prep for a large scale emergency, however, I am thankful we started down this road and were ready even for our small family one of job lose.

My in-laws had a similar situation many years ago when my father-in-law lost his job unexpectedly. They were grateful to have their stored foods but quickly realized that it didn’t last nearly as long as they expected… I’d imagine the same is true with TP and any other “essentials.”

I store match books. You can buy them at Walmart for little or nothing. Store them in sandwich plastic bags in a 5 gal bucket. They last forever, are not bulky. I have some I stored for Y2K….they are still good! It beats trying to start a fire the Boy Scout way.

It’s certainly possible to store matches for a long time and I do myself but they do have a tendency to fail when you need them the most. Be sure to have alternate means to start a fire, especially lighters.

Soap lasts longer if it is dry. Just unwrap a bar to dry while you use the bar you just opened. Then, when it is time for a new bar, use the dried bar and open another to dry. Actually, you could open all the bars. Dry soap lasts longer than freshly opened soap. Bars of soap can dry in clothes drawers and serve as a sachet at the same time. If a bar is opened for even a year, it won’t hurt it.

Coffee, socks, small bottles of alcohol for barter, 2 cycle oil actually any lubricants, seeds, fertilizer,

Whiskey, mouse traps, bleach, batteries, socks, heirloom seeds, sand bags, gun clips, Kotex, potassium perchlorate, rebar, fishmox, reloader22, magnum rifle primers, salt, lye, copper tubing, barb wire, propane, gasoline, diesel, 2 stroke oil, neats foot oil, bailing twine, sutures, gloves, multi vitamins…….
15 is too low

Haha. Toilet paper was the first thing I thought of. But, I also remembered a story of a guy who’s mother passed away. They found boxes of it in the attic — in shreds. It does deteriorate eventually, so I really think you can have too much in a way. I have no idea how long hers was in storage or what the conditions were, but it doesn’t sound bug our weather related. Just plain, old fashioned rot.

I was thinking about salt. I know it isn’t the easiest thing to store, but I use it to cure little skin ulcers and throat pain, not to mention seasoning food and a tiny bit goes a long way in water to replace electrolytes.

Also, colloidal silver and/or a silver generator. We use it continuously for all sorts of illnesses and infections. Case studies of lyme disease and other nasty viruses being kept in check — myself a victim of both. I strongly recommend learning about this invaluable resource.


HOW could you forget toilet paper?

Oh -and water – lots and lots of water – either in water storage or with water filters…

When I need a new size of nails, screws, etc., I go for the one pound contractors box. I LOVE the hardware store!

I will never have to worry about tp storage. Wash cloths and then any cloth will work and can be tossed or washed. Really folks, washing pee is easy and the sun will sterilize the cloth. Actually, pee is sterile. So, you have heard me say this before? I just normally have lots of fabric and then there is completely worn out clothing that can be cut up.

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