When we begin to think about what to stockpile for SHTF, it is easy to get caught up in cool things like knives and gadgets, and forget about the smaller, more simple things. I am talking about items we use everyday, soap, bin bags, toilet paper and so on. Right now, these are not expensive, but after SHTF, they will have great value, and high demand.
When the grid goes down, and no-one has any idea how long it will be before it is back up again, a simple roll of toilet paper will be far more valuable than your iPad, flat screen TV and Xbox…. it’s the simple things that count.
Everything will be upside down, what was once expensive, will be cheap, and what was once cheap, will be very expensive. That is reason enough to start stocking up on the items on this list as soon as you can! If SHTF never does happen in our lifetime, then you will be able to use these items anyway.
So, without further ado, lets checkout the list of items that you should stock up on while the price is right!
1. Toilet Paper
An essential item in todays society, yet taken for granted. If the grid where to go down, the TP would soon run out! It is advisable to stock up on this now, even the cheap stuff, as anything will do in a total collapse.
Related: 15 Ways to Wipe Your Butt After SHTF
2. Duct Tape
Duct tape is so useful. Even the cheapest of stuff will make short work of minor repair jobs, such as patching up a tarp, tent, even sealing off doors and windows in the event of a flu outbreak!
3. Baking Soda
A multipurpose tool you will want to have plenty of. It can be used for teeth cleaning, unblocking drains, deodorising, and or course, to bake with.
4. Feminine Hygiene Products
These will be in very high demand, stock up now while you have the chance.
Dental hygiene is going to be a big issue if the grid goes down, it is advisable to stock up on a few toothbrushes now. A dental repair kit would also be a great idea!
Wiping your nose may not sound like an issue, but tissues can be used for wiping up spills, stopping bleeding, among other things, so it’s a good idea to have them stocked up.
Critical for comfort and warmth. A good pair of socks will prevent blisters, and keep your feet in good shape. Buy a few extra pairs, and keep them in your bug out bag, or stock room.
8. Trousers and Jumpers/Jackets
We wear them everyday, and most of us frequently update our wardrobe, but what happens if you can’t buy new clothes anymore? Do you have enough to last a long term grid down? Having some spare hard wearing jeans, and heavy jackets and jumpers is well worth thinking about. Remember, going out to the shop to buy a new jacket may not be an option.
Normal plates break easily, and if there is a SHTF grid down situation, and you are out searching for food, having some plastic plates with you will be better than ceramic, as they will not break when in your hunting bag. They will also be useful around the house, and ceramic tends to break after time.
Great for keeping your mouth wet on a warm day, or just to keep the kids quite. Having some hard candy sweets in your supply cupboard is a great idea.
You may find yourself outside more than usual in a grid down situation, and with that, comes chapped lips. Having a few tubes of chapstick around to help with this will be ideal. They could also be used as a bartering item.
Any form of soap will become scarce in a grid down situation. You can buy soap in bulk on Amazon, I usually buy 5 litres, as it is cheaper for daily use, but also great for my preps.
13. Sandwich Bags
These are great for keeping things dry, storing meat, left over food and what have you. They are not expensive to buy, so it’s worth getting a few in your preps.
14. Hand Sanitiser
Great for keeping your hands germ free. You never know when the next flu pandemic will be, and if you have hand sanitiser, it may be a life saver. Have plenty of it around the house.
15. Bin Bags
Great for making shelters, ground sheets, disposing of rubbish, and they are not expensive! After a disaster, you will be going through them like crazy, so keep some around. Oh, they will be great for going to the toilet when SHTF also.
These are going to be critical when your diet may be lacking in vital vitamins and minerals. You can buy these at the pound shop pretty cheap, or online. It is important to have a variety of vitamins, A, C, D and E.
Manual labor will lead to dried skin and chapped hands. Moisturising them can help combat this problem. Dry skin can be painful, and can even lead to infection if not cared for.
Cheap universal razors can be used for shaving, among other tasks. It’s advisable to have some in your preps.
19. Cable Ties
Cable ties are great for nearly everything, and along with duct tape, you can botch up most thing. A supply of cable ties is a great investment for SHTF.
Great for keeping your home germ free when you may be battling a higher rate of germs than normal. Bleach expires in about 6 months, lysol keeps for around 2 years!
21. Matches, Lighters and Fire Steels
Having a way to start a fire is one of the most important things during a survival situation, along with food and water. You should make sure you have at least 3 ways to start a fire, be it a fire steel, lighter and waterproof matches.
You can also buy a bulk pack of 50 lighters pretty cheap on Amazon.
Painkillers will be a great item to have. You never know when you may need them! Remember, they loose their potency after a year or 2, so keep them rotated.
Another big one is ammo. Unless you have a stack of gun powder and lead, you will run out eventually. Stock up on ammo, and maybe even gun powder and a reloading kit to save some money. Ammo will be sold out FAST in a grid down!
A must for when working out in the sun. It’s not expensive, and it has a good shelf life. It’s best to buy it on clearance at the end of the summer months.
Essential for life. Make sure you have plenty of food stocked up, and keep your supply rotated! Buy food you and your family like, and will eat!
26. Hand Tools
Knives, saws, hammers, axes, all those kind of tools will become very hard to get your hands on. Remember, you may have to resort back to splitting your own wood for a fire and cooking, so have these tools on hand. Spare handles wouldn’t go a miss either.
27. Water Storage
It is vital you have somewhere to store water, and even collect rain water. You can buy food grade 25L drums pretty cheap online, and these will be prefect for storing water.
Depending on how long the grid is down, you may have to resort to growing you own food, so now is the time to get that garden going! Buy some seeds, and store them away. Check out this guide on how to store seeds long term.