We’ve spoken in the past about the essential items you need when SHTF and we’re assuming that you have your bug out bag packed and ready to grab during a fast exit. We even told you how to bug out your car and make sure you, not only have transport, but can use it as shelter. These things are all well and god, but even the most dedicated survivalists spend more time planning the essentials than thinking about the “other” stuff that comes in handy too. Thanks why we’ve made this list of 47 survival items that you SHOULD have made space for.
47 Survival Items That You Never Thought You’d Need
Aluminum Foil – Can be used for cooking, boiling water, improving antenna signal, keeping sunlight out…
Axes – Not just a weapon but also for chopping firewood?
Baby Wipes – Not only to keep you clean, but also surfaces and utensils
Balls – Simple but important for keeping morale up during hard times.
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A bike (and repair kit) – With no gas, you need transport and a bike is perfect to get you around. Just don’t forget the puncture repair kit and pump!
Book lights – It’s difficult to read by candlelight and you don’t want to waste your flashlight’s batteries. Book lights are cheap and last a long time.
Books – You’re going to have A LOT of free time waiting out the storm (so to speak). Books help pass that time.
Bug Spray – With no proper sanitation or trash collecting after a disaster, there will be more bugs. Don’t forget to stock up on bug spray.
Calendars – Remember, your phone will not work with no power. You will need a way to track the day and date so buy a diary or calendar
Candy – Great for rewarding children if they help around your camp and essential for keeping sugar levels up
Cast Iron Cookware – If you’re cooking over a fire, your regular pots and skillets are useless
Cloth Diapers – Reusable and also good for other clean ups
Clothes Lines and Pins/Pegs – When you have to wash clothes without a washing machine, you still need to dry them too
Sachets of Condiments – Mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauce, etc will make your meals a little more exciting
Condoms – People still have needs. Use protection. You don’t want to have to deal with unplanned pregnancies in a SHTF fall out
Cotton Balls – Great for first aid, cleaning, tinder, and many other things.
Duct Tape – A must have for any prepper.
Ear Plugs – It’s important to use these when hunting with firearms
Floss – It’s even more important than your tooth brush. If you’re not flossing now, get started.
Games – Board games, cards, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and any other type of game that doesn’t require power. This is especially important if you have children.
Spectacles and Repair Kits – If you wear glasses, make sure you have a backup pair and a means to fix them if they break
Glow Sticks – A great way to find your way around in the dark
Hand Sanitizer – VERY important to help stay germ-free.
Maps (paper) – No power means no phone which means no Google Maps and GPS. Paper maps never stop working.
Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils – So you won’t have to waste water cleaning dishes. Paper plates are good for target practice too
Pencil and Paper – Ink drys and/or runs out.
Pet Supplies – Don’t forget about your pets! We talk more about this here
Plant pots – Plants are often easier to grow in pots than in the ground.
Plastic Sheeting – Perfect for repairing leaks, collecting water, keeping out contaminants.
Powdered Butter and Eggs – It’s amazing how many recipes require butter and/or eggs. These are hard to store long-term, so try some of the powdered variety.
Powdered Juice Mix – Because you’re going to get sick of drinking room-temperature water.
Saw – We reminded you about the axe to chop wood, but saws are for everything else.
Sewing Kit – Learn how to sew. I promise you’ll not regret it
Shoe Laces – Shoe laces have several uses, not just for keeping your shoes on your feet
Wrench – Very important if you have gas power. Gas leaks can be dangerous.
Slingshots – Another way to kill small animals for food.
Snow Shoes – You’ll be trapped in a snowstorm without them.
Survival Books – I’d love to say that you can check Common Sense Survival for how to survive…but it’s that no power problem again
Tarps – Use them to keep stuff dry, provide shade, carry things, and so forth.
Umbrellas – Underrated. Rain makes you wet, getting wet SUCKS!
Whistles – Will save lives if someone is under attack or lost somewhere
Watches/Clocks – Time is important. So is telling it.
Trash Bags – Heavy duty bags will be useful for all the trash and debris that accumulates.
Ziploc Bags – Great for keeping things dry and organized.