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8 ‘Weird-But-Essential’ Things You Aren’t Stockpiling (But Should Be)

7 Weird-But-Essential Things You Should Be Stockpiling (But Aren’t)

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You probably have seen at least a dozen lists pertaining to what you should be stockpiling just in case disaster strikes.

It is a little hard to fathom that reality, but imagine going to Walmart or a similar store and finding aisles and aisles of empty shelves. You won’t be able to shop at Home Depot or Lowe’s either, and all of those Internet stores will be out of stock, too.

This means you need a stockpile of food, water and other essentials in your home. But there are a few more things you will want to add to the shelves.

The list below may seem a little weird — like, “Why would I need to stockpile that?” kind of strange. Well, you don’t know what you need until it’s gone, and these are some of those things you just really don’t want to have to try and do without. They are so cheap, they may even appear inconsequential. They’re not.

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Here’s seven things you should be stockpiling:

1. Shoestrings are probably not on your radar, but you need them. Survival is going to be a lot of walking and outdoor work. Tying and retying your shoes weakens the strings. A broken shoestring is actually a big deal when you are trying to get around and your shoe is falling off. They are cheap, so load up on them in varying sizes.

2. Duct tape is something that appears on most survival/prepper lists, but a single roll is just not going to do it. You will discover you will need duct tape for just about everything. You could easily go through a roll in the first week if you are using plastic to cover the windows, fix broken glass and so on. Duct tape to waterproof shoes is a common trend in, but what they don’t tell you is you can burn through almost an entire roll on one pair of shoes.

3. Nails and screws. These are not always cheap, but if you visit some yard sales or thrift stores, you can get them for fairly cheap. Big buckets and cans of screws and nails, even if they are used and a little rusty, will prove invaluable when you are starting over from scratch. They can be used to build new shelters, repair existing structures or fix fences.

7 Weird-But-Essential Things You Should Be Stockpiling (But Aren’t)

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4. Reading glasses. You can pick them up for a buck at the dollar store. Buy a lot. If you have a slight vision impairment, you will want to be able to see to read, do any kind of detailed work or to see in general. When there are no more eye doctors or the like, you will want to have the extra glasses on hand.

5. Ziploc sandwich bags. Generic ones are fine. These bags will make life a little easier and cleaner. Packing food for a scouting trip, keeping medical supplies dry, storing dried herbs and so on is easier when you have sandwich bags. If first-aid supplies are in short supply, wrapping a sandwich bag around a bandage will help keep the injury and bandage dry if you are going to be in the rain or snow.

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6. Paper plates and plastic utensils. They are a bit of a luxury, but imagine when you have no water. You won’t be able to wash dishes very often. You don’t want to eat off dirty dishes (it could make you sick) and you don’t want to leave a sink full of dirty dishes that will invite unwanted guests. Paper plates can be used and then burned for fuel.

7. Safety pins. They also are so versatile! Using them to hold up your pants, replace a broken zipper or as a makeshift hem are just some of the uses. You also can use them as a fishing hook or to hold a tent door closed. In a worst-case scenario, they can even be used as a self-defense weapon.

8. Gloves of all kinds. Exam, rubber and work gloves are going to be a huge help. Putting on a pair of exam gloves when you are butchering an animal is a nice luxury, especially if water is in short supply. Rubber gloves can be worn when you are cleaning up nasty business, including the bucket toilet. Work gloves will protect your hands from blisters when you are taking care of outside chores.

These are just a few things we tend to forget we have until we need them. Each of these items is fairly inexpensive and worth putting on the shelf. Do a little home inventory, like checking the junk drawer or that one shelf in the hall closet. You will likely discover more items that should be added to your stockpile list.

What would you add to our list? Share your tips in the section below:

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12 comments

  1. I’d extend that “shoelaces” to include boot/shoe repair and upkeep supplies …. kits for replacing the eyelet and hook metals are cheap – Shoe Goo for re-applying soles is indispensable – leather oil keeps the life in boots – 50 feet of paracord will DIY bootlaces for a lifetime ….

  2. I have all of these..and yes, even shoogoo from Walmart.

  3. needles and thread. lots of underwear. fishing hooks

  4. Socks. Dollar Stores have them. Back to school sales have them cheap. Along with underware, they are one of the hardest things to find a substitute for. (and you can go commando, but sockless? You are asking for blister that can become infected)

    Something that doesn’t cost a cent….extra clothing. Save those things you don’t want to wear anymore/are slightly worn for future use. Jeans with holes can become patches for jeans in better shape, men’s dress shirts can be cut down for clothing for smaller sizes folks (children, esp). Sure we all have “extras” around…but what if folks show up we didn’t count on? Or ” it” lasts longer than our clothing does? Find a tote and save those clothing items you were going to donate to charity. Roll them and you will be amazed how much you can fit in an 18 gallon tote.

    (if the jeans are really worn out on the top part just save the legs for patches to save space in your tote)

  5. When I go to Dollar Tree I always grab wet ones (generic ones) they come is small packages easy to carry around and at dollar tree you get 3 small packets together in a pack for 1.00. You will be able to clean yourself and sanitize as well… I have a huge can I just throw them in unopened they will keep for years.
    I also send for free sample items ranging from laundry soap to shampoo, toothpaste, lotions, hand sanitizer, band aids just about anything and they are free, small and are just the right size to put in bug out bags or use to barter with.
    it’s not a question if we will have to use these items but rather When..

  6. I would add to the list dental floss (which is much stronger than thread) and tie wraps or zip ties.

  7. How about just buying a little extra paracord. Just cut to the right length and burn the ends. If you have to , you could cut the ends and use the inside strings for other things.

    • I am using paracord for shoe laces right now. The cord itself is rather slick and doesn’t like to stay tied, so I pull the insides out and it works better. I also get ‘marine’ heat shrink tubing and put some on both ends of the lace and shrink it down. The glue inside the ‘marine’ tubing helps keep the end on the lace and allows you to push it threw the hole in the shoe. I get the ‘marine’ tubing at Harbor Freight. Works great.

  8. If you have access to one (or more) of those hoses that expand to 25-50 ft but shrink when empty, that have developed a leak and been discarded, that outside covering, when the inside tubing is removed, is *fantastic* strapping. Get a dollar belt from Goodwill that is made of fabric and has two D-rings for a clasp, and you can make a belt or any kind of strong, durable strapping from that hose covering.

  9. Desert Rock Walker

    Mole skin. Nothing stops and controls blisters like moleskin.

  10. Paper, pencil and perhaps a sharpie.

  11. Mechanics wire flexible strong and reusable you get a lot for a few bucks

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