If you have just began prepping for SHTF, or maybe you are a seasoned prepper, you will know a good stockpile of essential items is pretty high up on the list of priorities. For new preppers, it will become clear quite quickly, how many different items you will need to collect for a SHTF situation. At first, you list may be short and sweet, but as time goes on, you will start adding more items, and eventually you will have a giant list!
Every once in a while, it is good to go back to the essentials, and make sure you still have the basics stocked up. This list I have come up with is a list of 10 items you will really wish you had more of if SHTF, or there is a long term grid down situation, for example, the aftermath of a flu pandemic.
10 Things You Will Need More of When SHTF
How much soap do you have in your house right now? Probably not enough. A while back, I actually run out of soap in the house, and that woke me up. I went out and stocked up on hand soap, now I have enough to last around 6 months. In a SHTF situation, hygiene will be very important, so it’s vital to make sure you have a way to disinfect your hands. Another good option is looking into ways to make natural soap.
What happens if you need to disinfect surfaces, but have no bleach? Or if you need to kill flu viruses on clothes? Bleach is a cheap and easy way to accomplish those tasks, but remember, liquid bleach doesn’t have a very long shelf life, so you are better off buying bleach powder. Another great use for bleach is purifying water to make it safe for drinking!
There is a good reason why toilet paper makes it onto nearly every list like this. It’s a simple thing, but of course, living without it can be a hassle. Do yourself a favour, and make sure you have at least 2 months of toilet paper stocked up, that way you should be able to weather the majority of SHTF situations. You can buy toilet paper pretty cheap on Amazon. Stock up now, while you still can!
You cannot have enough of these around the house. Yes, you can get a fire going without them, but that takes practise, and it’s not easy to do without the right materials. A lighter, or matches makes starting a fire so much easier. They are so cheap, you might as well buy a packet of them. Add a bottle of spare gas, and you are set to be making fire for the foreseeable future.
In a grid down situation, you will be without power, even during a short term blackout, candles will prove very useful. You can pick up 4 hour burn time candles online for very little money. It’s worth having 20 or 30 candles around the house. Yes, a torch will do the same job, but you either need batteries or a way to recharge it. Candles will provide a nice ambient light, whilst a torch can be used for more precise jobs, or outside work.
An obvious one for a lot of people. You may have the big guns, but do you have the ammo for those weapons? You will need more than you think, so buy double.
Along the same lines, it’s also useful to have some other form of weapon around, such as a crossbow. Stock up on arrows and bow strings, and you will be set for some time!
Hardware materials, post collapse might be hard to find, so stocking up while you have the chance could make all the difference. Nails, screws and tools are essential hardware materials. Make sure you have enough around.
This is a tricky one. Some people like to stock up years worth of food, others, maybe a few months. I like to have around 6 months to 1 years worth of food on hand. After that, plans will be put in place to grow my own produce.
You need to come up with a plan of how you are going to acquire food once you run out.
Another point to note is, never store all your food in one location. If it gets stolen, you are buggered!
You might be able to brave a bit of pain, but what happens if that tooth starts to get sore again? You may not be able to sleep, or even focus on what you are doing!
Gather up some over the counter pain meds, and other medication you think you will need.
Pain killers have an expiration date, but, they don’t really expire as such, they just get weaker with time, so doubling the dose can help with this. Pain killers like codeine and ibuprofen will disappear from the shelves pretty fast, so stock up on what you can, while you can! Oh, I am not a qualified doctor, so do your own research about doubling a dose before you try it.
Clothes Washing Powder
This might be the last thing on your mind, but having clean and fresh clothes will make you feel that bit better, and more comfortable. Try and stock up on washing powder and fabric softener.