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12 Items You Should Stockpile Other Than Food and Water

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We live in very volatile times, times that are marked by increasingly horrific weather events, water scarcity, financial instability and in many cases, civil unrest. What does this mean for us? It means we need to live in a state of preparedness. That doesn’t necessarily translate into being a “hardcore prepper,” but rather just being aware and understanding what it means to be prepared.

Of course, when you hear the word “stockpile,” you will undoubtedly think first of food and water. While having enough food and water is paramount, it is not the only thing that you should consider. Here are 12 other things that you may want to add to your stockpile list.

1. Fire-making materials

In many situations, hypothermia is a greater risk to survival than either dehydration or starvation. Knowing how to make fire with stones, sticks and other found materials is a definite asset, no doubt. But having a stockpile of essential fire-making supplies can make things much easier.

Matches in waterproof packs and some tinder can help you start a fire without much effort. You may be able to find some dry firewood, but don’t count on it. Better have a stash of charcoal and some commercial firewood or manufactured logs. They can keep a fire going for longer — whether it is just to keep you warm or to help you cook food and keep away wild animals and insect pests as well.

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2. Essential medical supplies

first aid kitEven minor illnesses and injuries can complicate things when we are already deprived of basic necessities. We should be prepared for at least the most common medical problems, if not all. Disinfectant to clean cuts and bruises, cotton swabs, gauze and ready-to-use bandages should be part of every survivalist’s first-aid kit.

Since access to drug stores and medical personnel may be limited, all the essential prescription drugs you need for any specific health issue should be stocked. You also need to have drugs to treat fever, pain, inflammation and allergies. Aspirin and acetaminophen can help reduce fever and pain, but you may need to stock ibuprofen to treat inflammatory conditions. An EpiPen can be lifesaving in severe allergic reactions from insect bites, but you can ask your physician for oral anti-allergy drugs, too.

3.Warm clothing

As mentioned before, cold weather can be disastrous if you are not prepared. Warm clothing helps to conserve body heat, and with enough layering you can even survive freezing temperatures. Build up your survival wardrobe with several types of clothing instead of a bulky jacket or two. The air trapped between the layers provides better insulation. More importantly, you should be able to peel off layers when it gets warmer. If you sweat inside the thermal wear, the wetness can conduct heat away from your body, increasing the risk of hypothermia in spite of your bulky outfit.

Stock up on thermal underwear and several woolen-mix shirts that you can wear under a jacket with synthetic fiber lining. A waterproof layer on the outside is a must to prevent your clothing from getting wet in snow or sleet. Have woolen caps to protect your head and ears, sturdy hats with wide brims, warm mittens, socks and waterproof high boots.

4. Sleeping bag

A well-insulated sleeping bag can be a great asset in a survival situation. It can keep you warm through the night even in a poorly insulated makeshift shelter. In fact, it is a good idea to keep a backpack ready with a sleeping bag and the most essential supplies to last a week or two for every person in the family so that they can just grab it and take off in an emergency.

5. Utensils

When you stock up on food and water, don’t forget to get some utensils for food preparation and serving. Disposable wares are ideal when you have to conserve water, but reusable plastic and stainless steel plates have some advantages.

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Large pans or buckets can be handy for washing dishes and clothes. You also can use them to gather water and wild berries if you chance upon them. You need small cooking vessels for food and larger ones for heating water for baths and toilet use.

6. Hygiene products

Disease prevention is a more sensible approach than treatment any time, but when medical facilities and supplies are scarce, it becomes all the more important. Maintaining personal hygiene with the limited resources available should be your priority in a survival situation. Toothpaste and a toothbrush should definitely make the list. But when water is at a premium, mouthwash would have a definite advantage.

Similarly, while stocking up on soap and shampoo, don’t forget alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have a better chance at keeping your hands clean when water is on ration. Bathing could be a luxury in such situations, so deodorants and wet wipes may have more practical value. Stock up on sanitary napkins and tissue paper. Industrial grade tissue papers may prove to be a better investment than finer products.

7. Bug repellents

Bug sprayWhen you live in a makeshift structure, the only thing that can protect you from bugs is bug repellent. While some bug bites cause nothing more than itching and tiny bumps on the skin, others result in severe allergic reactions that can become life threatening.

Many flying insects like mosquitoes, horse flies and sand flies can transmit deadly diseases. Ticks and fleas that live on animals can latch on to people; they could be carriers of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Products containing DEET are quite effective in warding off pesky bugs, but if you prefer using organic products, stock up on lemon eucalyptus oil and citronella oil.

8. Rope

You can never have enough rope – a truly invaluable resource. A simple, yet sturdy shelter that can withstand the elements can be a rope stretched across two trees with a plastic sheet or tarp folded over it. A hammock high up on a tree with a rope ladder can be one of the safest abodes in the wild until a more elaborate structure can be built. More mundane uses include lines for drying anything from the skin and meat of animals to clothes. Stock as much paracord as you can. It is inexpensive, yet entirely invaluable.

9. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly/Vaseline deserves a special mention for its versatility. It can protect skin from dehydration and cracking, a big risk when you have to use your hands for a good amount of manual work in the absence of the little gadgets that make life easy. You can use it in place of moisturizers and lip balm. When used on insect bites and chafed skin, it relieves itching and soreness. When a barrier cream is not available, Vaseline can be used on a diaper area.

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In a survival situation, petroleum jelly is useful as a fire starter. When mixed with cotton balls, it becomes excellent tinder that readily catches fire and burns for several minutes, giving you time to build up the fire.

10. Bleach

In a survival situation, bleach is not used for its bleaching (whitening) power, but for disinfecting surfaces, utensils, tools and almost anything. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties are commonly used in swimming pools and hospitals. A tablespoon of household bleach in a gallon of water can give you a disinfectant solution that can help reduce the risk of infectious diseases. If you have to depend on groundwater from natural sources, disinfect it with bleach before use. Simply add six drops per gallon, but only use unscented bleach that has no colors added.

11. Tools

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A tool box is as important as a first-aid box for survival preparedness. It should contain a flashlight, compass, whistle, signaling mirror, spark maker, pocket knife, can opener, fishing kit, and sewing kit, among other things. A Swiss army knife is a good investment. You can assemble your own tool kit or choose a suitable one from the ready-made survival tool kits available.

12. Weapons

A few handy weapons and the skill to use them can be a big asset in any survival situation. Weapons are mainly for hunting animals for food and for protecting yourself from them. But that’s not all. At a time when anarchy reigns, you may even have to use them for self-defense. If you are not into heavier guns, a .22 caliber rifle or pistol can offer some security. A sturdy knife and a sharp axe should round off your weapon inventory.

While you may be not be thinking that a disaster will strike, being prepared is always better than not! Keep your eye out for good deals and make a little room in your stockpile closet for some non-food essentials.

What other items would you stockpile? Share your suggestions in the section below:

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  1. Household Bleach does not store very well and loses about 20% of its strength each year.

    You would be better off using swimming pool chlorine (Calcium Hypochlorite) tablets that have a much longer shelf life.

  2. Thanks, Clarry. That is something I did not know and gives us something to think about. Maybe having some of both might be a good idea.

  3. In my weapons stash, besides the requisite firearms & ammo, I have a wrist-rocket type slingshot and bags of glass and steel marbles. I also have some short darts that work with it (Practice, Practice, Practice!). My next purchase for the weapon stash is a crossbow gun. Then more practice, practice, practice.

    My son-in-law is part of the SCA and has a couple of fake spears that I am looking at making into the real thing. The only problem with edged weapons is the same as with firearms. Keeping them secure from tiny hands and at the same time accessible.

    • Bladed weapons are easy to keep away from little ones and at the same time easily accessible to adults, just turn them into “wall art”. Crossed swords over a mantle look great too.

  4. Old chain link fencing. I had an old prepper tell me about this… if things go to he** you want to put the old fencing over the inside of your windows. Someone may break your windows but they won’t be able to get in. They can push and pull but the only way they’d get in is if they get through the window and begin cutting and by that time you’re aware and able to deal with them. I bought some small pipe brackets that I’ll use to hold the fencing in place.

  5. Especially if sheltering at home, good old toilet paper should be a must have, both for sanitation and convenience .

    • Iv been buying the 4 ok of Kleenex at dollar tree store for toliet tissue, because of storage space. It packs in very little space & 2 ought to do the job .

  6. I would replace petroleum jelly with bag balm because it has the same properties but added antibiotic OR A&D ointment for having added aloe etc. for the same reason. Also some Kotex in you medical supplies because they make great wraps for more serious cuts etc.
    I did not see any mention of water storage which is a must.

  7. Speaking of toilet paper, just place a roll in a #2 can, tight fit, and fill with kerosine. It will burn over 4 hours, enough to cook a pot of beans.

  8. You can buy several thousand feet of poly hay twine at a farm store for under 50 dollars. It will come in a small role designed for a baler. It is not as strong as paracord but good luck breaking it with your bare hands.
    Electric fence wire would also be a fine addition and could be used for several things.
    I would also store as much firewood as possible now since it is a lot easier to cut with a chainsaw now than with a handsaw later. Also have extra plywood or boards on hand.
    I could see fishing line also being a good thing to have since it could be used a much tougher thread replacement besides the obvious use. Floss would also make a strong thread.
    Along with hand tools, I would have plenty of nails, screws, nuts, bolts, duct tape, super glue, epoxy, hose clamps, zip ties, etc. as possible.
    If you have a solar generator and battery charger, then rechargeable batteries especially ones for your tools.
    As far as tools, make sure to have good post hole diggers and a tamping rod to build fences and shelters with.
    Card and board games, puzzles, books etc. for the little ones to help with the boredom.
    Outdoor solar lights can be used instead of candles at night and much safer.
    If you need salt, you can buy 50lb bags of salt at a farm store for under 10 dollars.
    Just a thought or two.

  9. One of the things I like most about Off Grid newsletter, is the responses given by the members. I always learn more even when I think I know it all. Henard, great comments, some we have known but more learning is always appreciated. And Von, the idea with chainlink fence is a great idea also. My wife and I have a tremendous stock of supplies, some we bought and some we salvaged from people wanting to get rid of it. Craigslist is a great place to find free stuff. Stay prepared my friends!

  10. 50% of heat is not lost through the head. That is a myth.

  11. Vinegar, toilet paper, and women’s items (tampons, pads, etc.) are things people forget and can be useful as well as bartered.

  12. Thanks for the tips

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