Uncommon Items to Hoard for an Emergency

By this time, we should all be pretty well versed in the most important items to stockpile for an emergency.

This likely includes non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, paracord, survival knife, first-aid kit, etc.

But there are plenty of other items we should have ready to quickly grab in a crisis situation, just in case. Because they’re not as common or obvious, some folks might forget them.

Here’s the List

Let’s take a quick look at a bunch of these items. You probably don’t need all of them, but you should be in good shape if you stockpile a majority of them.

  • Over-the-counter meds. Especially useful will be aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, in addition to anti-diarrhea medications or pepto.
  • BIC lighters. Reliable when matches aren’t. Beats rubbing two sticks together for 20 minutes.
  • Baking soda. Multiple uses, including stain removal, traction and teeth brushing.
  • Unscented bleach. For cleaning, mold and mildew removal, and as a disinfectant.
  • Buckets and lids. For all sorts of items you can transport from one place to another, including away from your campsite.
  • Manual can openers and bottle openers. Nothing worse than needing the contents of a can and not being able to open it.
  • Seasoned wood and tinder. This type of wood will burn much faster and more consistently than others. Other forms of tinder will come in handy as well.
  • Cotton balls and ear swabs. Great for cleaning guns, as a pest deterrent and much more.
  • Rubber bands and rubber gloves. Among many other uses, the former can bind rolled-up maps and make a handle grip on your walking stick, while the latter can insulate your hands in the cold and help with jar lid removal.
  • Garbage bags. Useful for improvised rain gear, collecting water or just bagging items you need to carry.
  • Lip balm. In addition to healing chapped lips, this stuff is great for preventing rust on knife blades, protecting from sun exposure, cleaning your glasses and much more.
  • Solid cups, plates and silverware. Plastic versions of these items are fine, but they will wear out pretty quickly.
  • Plastic bottles. Many uses here, including water purification, a drip irrigator, storing dried goods and a makeshift shovel.
  • Toiletries. Don’t forget toilet paper!
  • Sewing materials. Needles, thread, etc., will be useful when clothes or a tent needs mending.
  • Pencils, pens, stationery. You may have to leave a note for whoever comes along next, especially if you’re lost.
  • Cigarettes and alcohol. Even if you don’t smoke or drink, these will make exceptional bartering items for whatever you forgot to hoard.

 

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