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.
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.
You will need a way to track the day and date if the power is out for a long time.
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.
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
- 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.
It’s even more important than your toothbrush. If you’re not flossing now, get started.
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.
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.
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.
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.