Just about anybody with some degree of common sense will realize that one should store food and water if preparing for a survival situation. While that is well and good, there are several other items that are very important too.
We're so used to these items that it's easy to overlook them and you'll only realize their importance when you need them but don't have them. This article will give you a list of items that you absolutely MUST hoard so that you have comfort during tough times.
During a crisis, your mental game needs to be on point. You'll be amazed at how the little things start to matter so much.
Could you imagine how stressful and inconvenient it would be if you ran out of toilet paper? What about dishwashing liquid? It's these things that make a world of difference, and they're so easy to overlook when prepping for an emergency.
Let's look at the items. While this is not an exhaustive list, it contains items that are almost as important as food and water. You are always free to hoard more items. If you're a smoker, even cigarettes might be an essential item that you need. You really don't want to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms during an already stressful time.
Mouthwash, toothpaste, sanitary pads, deodorant, diapers, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc. Keep an eye on the toiletries that you use daily or very often. You'll still need these during a crisis. Store enough of them for your family and you.
* First Aid Items
Aspirins, band aids, iodine, baking soda, creams for insect bites, bandages, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, medications that you depend on, etc. During a crisis, infections can spread more easily. You may also be more susceptible to problems like indigestion, headaches, etc. The stress will wreak havoc on your immune system and open you up to more viruses. So, have a first aid kit that is well-stocked and ready to go.
* Utensils, detergent, fuel and steel wool
While some preppers may hoard paper plates and plastic cups, generally it's best to put aside some solid melamine plates and cups that can be reused. Anything that is disposable can and will run out with time. You may put aside some disposable utensils, but do have reusable ones that you can rely on since nobody can predict just how long a crisis may last.
Dishwashing liquid and detergent for your clothes are great to have too. In difficult situations, having clean clothes and clean dishes to eat from will give you some degree of comfort. These basic creature comforts will lift your spirits and give you the mental strength to keep going.
Steel wool is great to have. You can use it to wash dishes or start a fire. Speaking of fire, make sure you have fuel for your lamps because the electricity may be out. You may even wish to have a supply of candles and batteries for your battery operated lights and other equipment.
* Other Items
Besides the items mentioned above, there are several other items such as Vaseline, lip balm, insect repellant, sewing materials, tools, cable ties, paper towels, facial wipes, writing instruments, duct tape, super glue and many other items that will be very handy during a crisis.
It all depends on how much storage space you have, how important these items are to you and also your budget. You may need to slowly buy all these items over time. Do keep a record and see when to use these items by so that you can rotate your supplies.
It's also worth noting that in a time of crisis, your supplies can also be used to barter with other people for items that you may need. So, it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Start storing your supplies from today and you'll not be caught off-guard when an emergency strikes.