I sincerely apologize, readers–I’ve been completely overtaken by events at work and at home over the last couple of weeks. Nothing bad, but more than enough to keep me busy. I had wanted to talk politics, after finishing out this list of 50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy, but I simply don’t have time. So, I’ll finish out the list, and we can talk current events next time–God only knows what the administration will be up to in two more weeks… Here we go:
36. A Saw. As with a number of things on this list so far, I consider a saw to be a basic part of any toolbox–ideally a number of them, but minimally a crosscut saw and a hacksaw. “Axes are good for firewood, but you’ll need a saw for everything else.”
37. Sewing kit. Again, part of a normal “prep list.” I even have a small one in my BoB. A basic sewing kit will keep buttons on shirts, and repair small holes; with more advanced equipment (my wife is an accomplished seamstress, so I’ve got access to quite a bit), you can even make full suits “from scratch”.
38. Shoe laces. Dozens of uses, beyond just replacing the ones in your shoes. Think of them as small bits of cord.
39. Gas shut-off wrench. Vital, if your home is served by a gas line.
40. Slingshots. A good, simple, small-game hunting tool.
41. Snowshoes. Not a bad idea, if you’re in a place prone to blizzards.
42. Songbooks. Along with the previously-mentioned acoustic instruments, these will help with morale-boosting. Or at least settle arguments about the lyrics.
43. Survival Books. Reference materials.
44. Tampons. The women in your group will thank you.
45. Tarps. Tarps are good for improvised shelter, for keeping things dry, for collecting water, and dozens of other uses.
46. Umbrellas. One for everybody in the family, ideally. I’m not certain these are “survival items,” but they’re certainly handy.
47. Whistles. Great signaling tools. Again, I’ve got one in my BoB.
48. Wind-up Clocks. No batteries, no power needed in a grid-down situation. We’ve got a couple of pendulum/Grandfather clocks, as well as wind-up watches and even a couple of pocket watches.
49. Yard bags. Heavy-duty cleanup bags. We’re renovating parts of the house, and these are great for demolition debris. If possible, get heavier ones, like these 6-mil bags. Thinner ones seem to fall apart when least convenient.
50. Ziploc bags. Wonderful for keeping things dry–and a standard part of my kit.
There you have it! Anything we missed?