Don’t Forget, Part 3

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?


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3 Responses to Don’t Forget, Part 3

  1. Diatomaceous earth. Dryer sheets. Pinesol. Baking Soda. Mineral oil. Peppermint oil. These are my go to for killing and repelling infestations of fleas, ticks, ants, mites, lice, roaches, scorpions, bedbugs etc. Being on the move and mixing with others when out of reach of the sanitation and environmental controls afforded us by civilization, then vermin will become a serious issue. And don’t forget to stock up on heartworm, flea and tick treatments for your dog.

    • Tea says:

      Good points, but don’t forget to check the expiration dates on pet medications or talk to your vet about how long they really keep for. Some become worthless, or even dangerous, if you try to store them for too long.

  2. Tea says:

    This has, for the most part, been a good basic list of things you should have on hand. I’m a bit amused at the fact that they titled it “50 Survival Items You Forgot to Buy” because most of them seem quite obvious. If someone forgot all of these I would wonder what, exactly, had they remembered?

    My jaw particularly dropped at “a” saw, because I have dozens of saws (and tools to sharpen them, and spare blades where appropriate) of which only three are specifically for the coming Apocalypse. All the other saws are tools I use on a regular basis. Who would forget to have saws, of at least some variety? The statement that “Axes are good for firewood, but you’ll need a saw for everything else.” made me wonder whether the author has ever handled either. Axes are good for splitting firewood that has already been cut with a saw (though even here it should be noted that a splitting maul is easier for most people, and you’ll also want a wedge.) For cutting firewood into short pieces ready for splitting, an axe would be terribly inefficient – wasting energy, wasting wood, and resulting in a piece that won’t stand upright for splitting.

    On the topic of sewing kits, one really lazy way to go is to take a little tab of duct tape and tape a needle to the outside of a container of dental floss. I have used this method on camping trips more than once, when I was packing ultra light and decided to ditch the separate sewing kit. The color might not match, but dental floss makes good sturdy thread for minor repairs. You can always take it out with a seam-ripper and do a prettier repair job once you get home.

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