Getting ready for a zombie apocalypse, the end of the world, or a major catastrophe doesn’t mean you need an underground bunker. While that could be helpful, food and medicine are two of the most commonly prepared items. Water sanitation and storage is next. Aside from these essentials, there are other things you might want to prep in your stash. Think of these as things you can enjoy, things you can barter or trade with, or things that help make your life a little easier when you can no longer get them at the store.
Chocolate is delicious and comforting. When the end comes, having some chocolate candy on hand can make you feel just a little bit better. Aside from that, chocolate is a great item to trade with. Because people who are left in the world might want to still access some of those little delights, and chocolate is universally loved.
Liquor for Multiple Purposes
Liquor is another valuable item to keep on hand. It can be used to disinfect wounds and clean tools, as well as treat minor burns and even serve as a sedative. As an antiseptic, it helps to have a little training or instructions on hand for how to clean wounds with it. Most people dilute it, but depending on the strength of the alcohol you choose, you’ll need a different ratio of water to liquor. Also, liquor is a good trading item. For those who didn’t bother to prep or who only set aside food and water items, liquor might be a hot commodity when you can’t buy it in the stores anymore.
Some Luxury Items Just Because
Luxury items are important because they can help to make your life more enjoyable during an emergency or survival situation. In addition to the obvious need for food and water, these items will be appreciated by everyone. Whether it’s board games, luxurious and silky underwear, or a bottle of cologne like The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana, these luxury items serve no real purpose other than they are your favorites and you love them. Plus, it would be nice to spray on some cologne to cover up the smell of your body odor because it’s been two weeks since you were last able to bathe. Also, some of these luxury items might be great for bartering as well. The nice thing about getting uncommon items is that most people aren’t going to have the same exact things in their prepper stash, and trading will be a way to gain different items.
In addition to the items mentioned above, you should also consider keeping pet medicines and herbal remedies in your emergency stash. These can be anything from antibiotics to dewormers. Some of these meds even pull double duty in an emergency situation and may be able to be used for humans during the apocalypse as well. If you have a pet that requires medication, it’s important to keep enough for them for the duration of your disaster situation. You may also want to include any other supplies needed for caring for your animal companions such as food bowls, leashes, and collars.
A Good Backpack
Never underestimate the power of a good backpack. Not just the school backpacks you see on shelves in the fall, no you want rugged outdoor adventure backpacks with loops and pockets, that are sturdy and designed to handle heavy loads. A good backpack is essential for carrying all of your survival gear and supplies.
A Lot of Baking Soda
You can use baking soda to wash clothes, brush your teeth, and keep your home clean. Plus, it’s a great deodorant and can help put out fires. Store up pounds and pounds of baking soda in your prepper stash to help you have some on hand when you need it during an emergency.
Nylon rope is strong, light, and durable. It can be used to tie things down, make a clothesline, or even a hammock. You can use it to tie things together to create a structure for a shelter, or you can even use it to get ahold of something that falls down a cliff.
Fishing Pole and Gear
Most of the time people add hunting gear to their list of survival items, but a good fishing pole along with fishing line and hooks can go a long way during a crisis, especially if you already live near water. Just think, you can catch fish for eating, catch it for trading, and enjoy delicious food even if the grocery stores are empty.