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.