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Low Key Items That Even The Most Prepared Survivalist Could Have Forgotten To Pack



Everyone knows the basic gear for survival – but even the best planning and forward thinking people can overlook the simplest items.  In this post, we thought we would share a list of low key items that even the most prepared survivalist could have forgotten to pack.  They might be simple – but these are items that can be used for various tasks and activities and are simply worth their weight in gold!


  • Aluminum Foil

This is a super little gem – great for all sorts of things like cooking food, boiling water, boosting antennas, keeping sunlight out, signaling and so much more.

  • Baby Wipes

A really easy way to keep clean.

  • Tennis Ball

Playing ball is a great way to stave off boredom and keep morale up during hard times also use the faithful old tennis ball to offer relief from stress in back necks, shoulders, and feet by rolling it on pressure points.

  • Booklights

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.

  • Bug Spray

There is usually a major lack of proper sanitation after a disaster, especially if there is no running water which means there will be more cockroaches and other critters and with no running water, there could be a lot more mosquitoes.

  • Calendars

You will need a way to track the day and date if the power is out for a long time.

  • Candy

Huge morale booster during difficult times.

  • Cast Iron Cookware

If you’re cooking over a fire, your regular pots and skillets won’t cut it you will need a real tough guy to see you through!

  • Cloth Diapers

Other than the obvious usage, these are also great for cleanups because they’re so absorbent.

  • Clothes Lines and Pegs

Clotheslines and pegs will assist with ensuring clothes will be hung out to dry and air but more importantly can be used pinch and line up a variety of items.

  • Condiments

Imagine eating a typical meal without mustard, T Sauce, soy sauce or even hot sauce.  All food will start to taste the same and your taste buds will get really bored

  • Door Stop Alarm

Make sure unwanted visitors such as looters and burglars won’t take advantage of the mayhem and make it a little harder to get into your house without you being alerted.

  • Duct Tape

1001 uses!

  • Ear Plugs

Chronic sleep deprivation can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss. It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function. Earplugs help drown out the noise and let you get a good sleep.  Just make sure someone is standing guard while you sleep.

  • Floss

It’s even more important than your toothbrush. If you’re not flossing now, get started.

  • Games

Playing cards, board games, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and any other type of game that doesn’t require power. This is especially important if you have children.

  • Glasses and Repair Kits

If you wear glasses, make sure you have a backup pair and a way to fix them.

  • Glow Sticks

A great way to find your way around in a dark house.

  • Goggles

This includes safety goggles and swim goggles. You never know.

  • Hand Sanitizer

As I mentioned above, there might be a lack of proper sanitation after a major disaster. Stay germ-free.

  • Map of Your Town

Most of us have gotten used to relying on Google Maps and GPS, but those could become things of the past. Paper maps never stop working.

  • Paper Plates

So you won’t have to waste water cleaning dishes.

  • Pencil and Paper

These are historic times so keep a journal. Also important for games and making lists.

  • Plant Pots

Plants are often easier to grow in pots than in the ground.

  • Plastic Sheeting

For repairing leaks, collecting water, keeping out contaminants, and much more.

  • Powdered Juice Mix

Because you’re going to get sick of drinking room-temperature water.

  • Shoe Laces

Again, you might not be able to get new ones. Plus, shoelaces have several uses.

  • Slingshots

Another way to kill small animals for food.

  • Solar Air Lantern

Set these in the sun for a few hours and they will light up your home or camp all night.

  • Whistles

These can be a lifesaver if someone is under attack or lost.

  • Wind-up Clocks

So you don’t have to waste batteries.

  • Yard Bags

Heavy duty bags will be useful for all the trash and debris that accumulates.

  • Ziploc Bags

Great for keeping things dry and organized.



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13 Veggies that you can re-plant and grow yourself

When the situation arises would you be able to grow your own veggies from the ones you have and maintain a continuous supply of sustainable fresh produce?

Here is our list of 13 veggies that can be easily grown from scraps or seeds you would throw out!


Instead of throwing out those leftover leaves of Lettuce, Bok Choy, and cabbage.  Simply keep the scraps and place them in a bowl with just a bit of water in the bottom. Position the bowl somewhere that gets good sunlight and gentle mist the leaves with water a couple of times each week. After 3 to 4 days, you will notice roots beginning to appear along with new leaves. When this happens, you can transplant your lettuce or cabbage in soil.

2.  Celery

is one of the easiest vegetables to grow from discarded scraps. Just cut off the bottom or base of your celery and lay it in a bowl with just a bit of warm water in the bottom. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight as long as possible each day and after about a week, you will begin to see the leaves thickening and growing along the base. When this happens, you can transplant your celery in soil and wait for it to grow to full length.

3.  Bean Sprouts

soak a tablespoon or so of the beans that you want to grow in a jar. Leave this overnight and in the morning, drain the water off and put the beans back in the container. Cover the container with a towel overnight and rinse them the next morning. Keep doing this until you notice the sprouts begin to appear and then until they reach the size that you want.

4. Potatoes

Cut those peelings into two inches (5cm )pieces, making sure that there are at least two or three eyes on each piece. Allow them to dry out overnight and then simply plant them about four inches (10cm) deep in your soil. Make sure that the eyes are facing up when planting. It will take a few weeks before you see the potato plant begin to grow.

5.  Sweet Potatoes

Cut sweet potato in half and suspend it using toothpicks above a container of shallow water. Roots will begin to appear in just a few days and sprouts will be seen on top of the potato around that same time. Once those sprouts reach about four inches (9cm) or so in length, just twist them off and place them in a container of water. When the roots from this container reach about an inch (2cm) in length, you can plant them in soil.

6.  Ginger

Ginger root is very easy to grow you can keep your supply of ginger constantly going! Plant a piece of your ginger root in potting soil, making sure that the buds are facing up. You will notice new shoots and new roots in about a week or so and once this happens you can pull it up and use it again. Remember to save a piece of the rhizome so that you can replant it and grow more for the next time you need it.

7.  Garlic

Garlic is really easy to grow and can be done from just one clove. When you buy garlic, you get several cloves so just pull one off and plant it with the roots facing down in potting soil. Garlic loves plenty of direct sunlight so in warmer weather, keep it outdoors in the sun during the day. Once you notice that new shoots have started to grow nicely, cut the shoots back and your plant will produce a bulb. You can take part of this new bulb and plant again.

8.  Onions

Are very easy to grow indoors or out. You just have to cut the root of the onion off and make sure that you leave about a half an inch (1cm) of onion when you do. Cover lightly with potting soil and keep in a sunny area. For green onions, simply put the white base with the roots intact in a jar of water and place in direct sunlight. Change the water out every few days and the green will continue to grow. Just snip what you need and allow it to grow as long as you like.

9.  Pumpkins

Just spread the seeds out in a sunny area outdoors and cover with soil. You can also plant an entire pumpkin.

10.  Tomatoes

Tomatoes can be grown just by saving those seeds that you probably throw out anyway or even leftover tomatoes you never finished! Just rinse the seeds and allow them to dry. Plant in a good, rich potting soil until you notice growth coming in. Allow the seeds to get a few inches (5cm) high before transplanting them outdoors. During cold weather, you can grow your tomatoes indoors. Just remember to keep them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight and water a few times each week

11 – 13.  Turnips/Beetroot/Parsnips
Nearly all root plants, like turnips/Beetroot/Parsnips, grow well from clippings or leftover scraps. You just need to salvage the tops of the turnip and place in a container of water. You should notice new green tops growing in just a few days after you begin. Allow the root to continue growing until it’s ready to be transplanted in the ground.