8 Things That Are Worth More than Anything in a Disaster
If you’re looking to stockpile, you’ve probably taken into account several factors in order to decide what should be on your survival shopping list. By looking at recent events across the globe or even the ones in the US (remember Katrina), it’s easy to notice which items people would have given all their money and possessions for in exchange for hydrating themselves, feeding their children or…
Now, we need to make a small distinction, here. Some of these items will be crucial immediately after it hits, while others will be more important in a post-collapse world. Up to you how you prioritize them, what matters is that you start getting them as soon as possible and, if you have the room, to get extra items for bartering purposes.
You can live up to 3 days without water, but your body will start to fail us before that happens. You may think to yourself: well, I don’t really drink that much water, I think I can last more than that.
Two reasons that may get you to reconsider:
#1. The foods you eat and the beverages you drink all have various amounts of water.
#2. You’re not in a survival situation right now. Your body doesn’t need that much water to produce energy for you to read this article, check your e-mail and even to do your job… but when disaster is on your tail, when you’re stressed out because your kid is not answering his phone and you don’t know whether he’s safe or not, you will dehydrate quicker.
If you don’t have at least a few gallons of water for emergency situations, I strongly encourage you to go to the store after you finish reading this. And if you can’t do that, you can at least store tap water in plastic bottles, which you should rotate regularly. Then keep adding more and more. Everyone should also have a Water Filtration System.
Furthermore, keep in mind you might need more water than you think. You might have to clean a wound, cook, wash your clothes, take a shower or even spare some to your friends and neighbors. The more the better.
#2. Self-Defense Weapons
Security isn’t just about home invasion and bugging in scenarios. It’s also for when you’ve run out of food and water and need to go out there and risk your life to get some. Now, I don’t know if you like guns or if you’re allowed to have them where you live, but one thing you should do is check the laws and regulations in your region before you get anything. Otherwise, you might end up fined, like that Danish 17 year-old girl who used pepper spray to get away from her rapist.
Consider these: handguns, rifles, shotguns, Survival Knife, Machete, Slingshot, Bow or Crossbow , Pepper Spray,Wasp Spray, Baseball Bat, Folding Knife , Tactical Pen , Stun Gun and so on. Ideally, everyone should learn and have at least one Self Defense item when they leave the house. (above items have links to some products to better help you associate and find the items)
#3. Comfort Foods and Drinks
As you’re looking out the window or on T.V. and see the magnitude of the disaster, you’ll need a morale booster to stop yourself from swearing or crying. Even if you consider yourself mentally strong, you still need ways to make everything more bearable and appear stronger in front of the family.
Consider stockpiling whiskey, vodka, coffee beans, sugar, honey, hard candy and peanut butter. Depending on how you store them, you can squeeze out years of shelf life. Besides, you’ll probably begin to consume them after a while, a good excuse to hoard more. Just watch the weight, you need to be in shape if you’re going to survive.
I’m not going to talk too much about food, it’s a vast subject and has been debated to death in articles, books and ebooks. In short, focus on storing long-shelf life foods in Mylar Bags with oxygen absorbers, which you should place in cool, dry, dark places in 5-gallon plastic buckets.
Start with beans, rice, whole grains and canned food but feel free to add some variety (honey, peanut butter, powdered milk, jams, jellies etc.
#5. Means to Light Your Way
Flashlight,Lantern,Emergency Candles, Strike Anywhere Matches – if the power grid goes down for weeks or even months, you’ll need something to light your way after dark. You’ll also need to see any burglars that may try to break their way into your home, barn or survival garden.
There’s no shortage of flashlights on the market today. Quite the opposite, the flashlights market has exploded and today you’ve got so many choices, it’s hard to ignore them.
#6. Toilet Paper
Wiping one’s behind is going to be a serious issue. You could use newspaper provided that you buy them because, in today’s digitized world, we read the news online and books on Kindle devices. Make sure you have some TP in your bug out bag and in your car, you never know when you might need it for emergencies.
Tip: store it in your attic because that’s one place inside your home where you shouldn’t keep food, water or medicine (due to high temperatures and temperature variations).
You’ll need fuel for your car, you’ll need fuel for your propane stove. I’m also including wood here in case you’re using a wood-burning stove, but keep in mind where you get it from. Getting dead branches from private property can get you in trouble depending on where you live.
One thing I should advise you is that you always store fuel in proper containers and never inside your home. There are safety precautions as well as federal and state laws depending on which type of fuel you’re thinking of hoarding.
#8. Your Loved Ones
You may not like them today, maybe you’re not even speaking to them… but when the S will hit the F, you’ll have to overcome this and work together to stay safe. Maybe you can do this alone, but it’ll be much easier with people you trust.
If you can’t get them to join you in your prepping endeavors, at least get them to think about self-defense. People are attacked and raped every single day, it doesn’t take a disaster to trigger the worst behavior in our fellow humans.
Dan F. Sullivan