101 unusual things to stock for TEOTWAWKI that you won’t see on many other lists

by Victoria S

1. Shoe and boot laces – yes, you could use leather laces but why not stock some?

2. Fence posts – entirely too handy not just for fencing but for gardening

3. Barbed wire and chicken wire fencing

4. Cloth diapers – handy for so many things other than the obvious

5. Manual egg/batter beaters – whisks work, but the old-fashioned egg beater is hard to beat

6. Hoyle’s rule book for card games – lots and lots of entertainment in one simple book

7. Dice and dice games rulebooks – as above

8. Goggles – safety ones

9. A way to figure calendars into the future

10. Solar powered fencing – even if you don’t have livestock now, you may have it later. And it can be used as a “first line of defense” or used for parts for other uses

11. Canes – there will come a time when they are needed. Adjustable ones are better

12. Plant pots for starting seedlings. You’ll want various sizes

13. Metal rulers – because they last much longer. Different sizes

14. Rain gauge – for keeping track of rainfall

15. Barometer and something that tells you how to use it to get an idea of the weather

16. Candle molds and a double boiler for melting wax

17. Diaper pins – handy not only for the obvious but for securing lots of things

18. Kits to fix garden hoses – because you can stock 10 hoses but what happens when they break?

19. Cheesecloth – useful not just for cheese for all sorts of canning needs

20. Pea shellers, corn huskers, apple peelers and corers, etc. – all those “yankee tools” that our grandparents had but we no longer use.

21. Mimeograph machine and supplies – IF you can find one.

22. Chalk and blackboards. Blackboard paint isn’t a bad idea either

23. Goo remover aka Goo Gone

24. Eyeglass repair kits – they make handy little ones

25. Canoe – if you live near water or an inflatable raft if you’re not that close. If you get a canoe/raft, consider getting the big Duluth packs that outfitters use – they are waterproof (sorta) and good for packing

26. Oars/paddles – even if you don’t have one of the above, they can be handy for improvised rafts

27. Tire chains – if you live where it snows…

28. Swim goggles – not so much for recreational swimming, but for any time you might need to go into the water for whatever reason

29. Life preservers – if you need them, you need them

30. Reflectors and reflective tape

31. Pregnancy kits – I never see this on prepping lists, but it seems so basic… you want to know if you are so you can make sure to eat right, etc.

32. Neck and ankle braces

33. Canning funnel and jar lifter – often listed, but cannot have enough of these, in metal

34. Pack saddle for horses/mules

35. Liquid Smoke flavoring – my spouse swears by this stuff for nice flavoring

36. Powdered lemon and lime juice – an excellent way to store Vitamin C

37. Songbooks and simple instruments – for entertainment

38. Powdered buttermilk – useful for cooking

39. ClearJel canning starch – for canning pie fillings

40. Pet veterinary supplies – basic wound care is a must

41. Bottle corks of various sizes – for when you lose that bottle lid

42. Room thermometers

43. Bags/cloth to use to bag flowers for seed pollination

44. Clothesline and wooden clothespins

45. Clothes baskets that are actual baskets – they last longer and can be repaired

46. An inflatable kiddie pool – thousands of uses (okay, maybe I exaggerate, but useful nevertheless)

47. Lighter flints for refillable lighters

48. Fountain pens, inkwells and powdered ink – those Bic pens you stockpiled will run out eventually

49. UV window film – to help keep houses cool

50. Mailboxes – metal for all sorts of caches and other storage uses

51. Small paintbrushes – handy for many many things besides just painting

52. Pet carriers – one for each pet

53. Canvas shopping bags – handy for so many things

54. Posthole digger, manual – but try to get all your fencing done before … these things SUCK to use

55. Stovetop waffle makers

56. Wind vane

57. Spare glass bottles of various sizes

58. Mop wringer

59. Manual juicers – glass or metal will hold up better than the cheap plastic ones

60. Measuring cups – metal with engraved markings. Painted on markings will disappear with time

61. Measuring spoons – metal with engraved markings. The commonly used plastic ones with painted on markings will break and fade

62. Jar openers – the type that lets you get leverage on the lid

63. Stovetop popcorn popper – ‘cuz if the SHTF and the grid goes down, so does the microwave popcorn you have in the pantry

64. Leather punch and knife

65. Disposable ear plugs

66. Mechanical pencils and spare pencil lead – see above about pens. Pencil lead takes up a lot less space than traditional pencils

67. Folding cloth camping chairs – entirely too useful and easy to store

68. Microscope and slides

69. Old time photographic equipment – could be a new business!

70. Manual typewriter

71. Paper cutter

72. Manual hair clippers – human and animal

73. Steam juicers – stovetop variety

74. Slingshot and ammo

75. Hard hats

76. Sewing measuring tapes

77. Velcro

78. Sewing patterns – better to have them now … especially easy to sew shirts/pants/coats/outerwear

79. Window insulation foam – for keeping warm

80. Disguised safes – the “fake book” kinds

81. Nicorette gum and quit smoking supplies

82. Tomato powder – another good way to store Vitamin C

83. Citric acid, pectin, alum and Pickle Crisp for canning

84. Straight or safety razor for male shaving

85. Rennet tablets for cheese-making

86. Veterinary wrap – useful for not just animals, but people too

87. Autoclave or something that functions like one

88. Dental mirror

89. Walkers and toilet risers for the elderly and don’t forget bedpans

90. Carry yokes – the old fashioned water carrying yokes

91. CLR cleaner – or other lime/deposit/etc remover

92. Locks – combination, keyed, and other types as needed

93. Moth balls, cedar balls, and smelling salts

94. China markers/grease pencils – these are great for marking containers with what is in them

95. Safety vests

96. Fly paper – stores decently and is really handy. Researching a way to make this stuff is also probably a good idea

97. Foam camping pads for under sleeping bags

98. Winter scarves, gloves, mittens – its easy to forget these when it’s not winter

99. Wind up clocks – how else are you going to keep time if the grid goes down?

100. Tow strap for vehicles

101. Black and brown paint – useful for camoflage, hiding things, and making makeshift showers plus a myriad of other uses.

101 things that you probably already own but will not want to overlook in a SHTF situation. Some of these things you may own, but may not be “longlasting” varieties – perhaps you want to invest in ones that will last when you next purchase them?

1. Hot pads – Replace any worn out or not very thick ones. Mitts are probably best

2. Matches –

3. Playing cards

4. Scissors – heavy duty ones that can be re-sharpened would be best

5. Sewing needles, thread, thimbles, and pins – never ever have too many of these

6. Pet leashes – get good quality leather leashes and collars – easier to repair

7. Pet bowls – metal ones will last longer

8. Shoe laces

9. Garden hoses – good quality ones are best

10. Garden trowels and hand shovels – again – high quality metal ones are best

11. Hand axe

12. Ratchet set

13. Allen wrench

14. Spools of twine

15. Cargo straps

16. Duct tape – obviously you can’t have too much of this!

17. Hammer – is yours in good shape?

18. Screwdrivers – did you buy a cheap set or good quality drop forged steel ones?

19. Flyswatters

20. Bottle openers – thick metal is best

21. Manual can openers – don’t go cheap with this

22. Dish clothes – heavy cloth that will last is best

23. Corkscrew

24. Brooms – are yours good quality straw or cheap plastic? Are they in good shape?

25. Straws – they make glass reusable straws, these would not be bad to have on hand

26. Ice chests

27. Kitchen timers

28. Rubber bands

29. Safety pins

30. Magnifying glasses

31. Mortar and pestle

32. Staples and stapler

33. Life preservers

34. Garden hose nozzles – brass will last longest

35. Fingernail brushes – sanitation will be important

36. Key chains

37. Hair rubber bands and barrettes

38. Erasers

39. Garden sprayer

40. Outdoor thermometers

41. Folding chairs

42. Hangers – wire will last a lot longer than plastic. Wood is also good

43. Ice scrapers

44. Wall hooks

45. Windshield wiper blades

46. Aluminum foil

47. Safety pins – heavy duty

48. Eyedroppers of various sizes

49. Bobby pins

50. Rulers – metal will last longest

51. Three-in-one oil

52. Cargo straps

53. Nails, screws, bolts – making these by hand is a royal pain in the posterior.

54. Wheelbarrow – get a good quality metal or heavy duty plastic one

55. Twist ties – those bread/package ties will be useful – store them, don’t throw them away

56. Plastic bags – bread, ziplock, etc.

57. Maps – road atlases, road maps, etc.

58. Cotton balls – make excellent tinder as well as a thousand and one uses around the house

59. Note pads

60. Indelible markers (i.e. Sharpies)

61. Mechanical pencils

62. Dental floss

63. Pitchers – metal preferred

64. Goo remover (Goo-be-gone)

65. Scouring pads

66. Flower pots – various sizes

67. Vegetable peeler

68. Newspaper, old – keeping at least a couple of weeks old ones won’t ever hurt

69. Insect repellant

70. Sunscreen and aloe gel for when the sunscreen doesn’t work

71. Spare buttons

72. Nail clippers – both human and pet

73. Candle holders – metal or glass ones will last longer than plastic

74. Baby supplies – bottles, blankets, clothes, etc. If you’re like me, you still have baby stuff tucked away in your storerooms – even if you don’t have a baby after SHTF, you can always trade the stuff…..

75. Bicycles – are yours all set for hard use?

76. Metal garbage cans

77. Binoculars

78. Cloth napkins

79. Paper clips – not only useful for their normal function, but handy for other uses

80. Cold and hot packs – those lovely rubber bags

81. Lip balm

82. Utility knives – the kind that take the disposable blades or razor blades

83. Extension cords – indoor and outdoor

84. Air mattresses or cots – chances are good you’re going to have guests – where are they going to sleep?

85. Bay leaves – not just a spice, but useful to repel insects

86. Cellophane tape dispenser and tape – get a heavy duty one

87. Paper bags and manila envelopes – handy for storing things

88. Rubber boots

89. Knitting needles – learn to knit! It’s a great survival skill

90. Toothpicks

91. Kitchen utensils – you want metal ones or wooden, not plastic.

92. Barometer

93. Duffle bags – waterproof and with shoulder straps are best

94. Spare pill bottles – keep old prescription bottles

95. Tabasco sauce – along with other such condiments

96. All those takeout condiment packets – make great barter items as well as being generally handy

97. Bag clips –

98. Solar calculators

99. Board games

100. Dust pans – metal will last longer

101. Carmex (or other medicated lip balm)

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  1. Schatzie Ohio says:

    I love lists. All ready have most everything on these lists but maybe less than a dozen items. For those, I now need to add them to my “items to get list”. Thanks for your posting.

  2. I already thought of some of these or a similar substitute, such as bandanas for cloth diapers. Still, there’s a lot more here than I’d thought about. I’d probably add surgical tubing too as it could be useful when siphoning gas, distilling water, etc.

    • Encourager says:

      I bought flannel material to make diapers. I also bought PUL, a waterproof lightweight cover material for the diapers and snaps to fasten them closed. Don’t use velcro…toddlers love to rip it open! You can make an overnight diaper by folding one of those microfiber auto cloths in thirds and layering in the diaper. Have no need for diapers around here but you never know!! Sons could find wives, right?

  3. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Victoria S.,
    Very good lists. I would like to add mousetraps, ant traps and spray, wasp spray and Home defense spray or malathion for around foundations. Bugs and rodents need to stay outside. WD-40 and greaseless lube or graphite and wheel lube for packing barings. A hand pump to air up innertubes. If you can get the solid wheels for wheel barrows and carts they are better. Just to name a few. Whet stone and lube ranks high too.

  4. Wonderful, well thought out lists. About the only thing I could think off right offhand that I would add is several one pound spools of all three sizes of aircraft safety wire, .020,.032,.041 along with a couple of coils of regular mechanics wire and a quality pair of wire twisters. You would not believe just how useful these items are to quickly rig or attach anything and the safety wire being stainless is indestructible.

  5. farmmomwannabe says:

    Thank you Victoria S, it was great to see we have most of these things stocked, but I hadn’t thought of a few. Nail clippers seem to disappear, can’t have too many. Shoe laces, again, can’t have too many.
    Carabiner clips–the cheap ones, we have found dozens of uses for them, I’m adding flints, hose repair kits, solar powered fencing, and diaper pins.
    Thank you!

  6. Thanks for the lists. YOu are right, there are ;many things I hadn’t considered.

  7. bwright1553 says:

    You mentioned having a cane handy which is a great idea. I would also suggest a a well crafted walking stick. Well crafted being the key phrase.
    It can be a make shift cane, a yoke for carrying water containers, a self defense weapon etc.

  8. Re #101 – Black & Brown Paint – add grey stain to the list. It will make the wood look weathered. Also if you can get silignum – its a creosote based paint often used on railway ties and telephone pole to prevent rot (now illegal to sell in Canada.. all those nasty cancer potentials that take the fun out of every useful chemical). Silignum is ideal for wood siding and wood shake roofs – our cedar shake roof is over 90 years old and will last a lot longer with a regular bi-annual application.

  9. I thought of clothes pins the other day but made sure to buy the plain ones without the metal spring to store since the metal can rust and fail, although I do have both kinds. An autoclave is nothing more than a fancy pressure canner, you just have to have some kind of rack to keep whatever you want to sterilize out of the water, it just basically steams the item. I read somewhere that metal surgical tools do not get 100% sterilized even if soaked in alchohol , and to truly sterilize you must atutoclave them. I have been hitting the yard sales, flea markets etc for all the manual kind of tools, kithcen gadgets etc that I can find at a decent price.

    • BamaBecca says:

      George, while you are out yardsaleing (sp), don’t forget to look for cammo of any type or size. It can be taken apart and remade into something that fits. Camo bought brand new is EXPENSIVE, but you can usually get it at yard sales for a little of nothing.

  10. Also as a heads up for anyone looking for some cast iron stuff they have some on http://1saleaday.com/ with free shipping, they have a couple of dutch camp ovens (the ones with the legs ) at a decent price.

    • Encourager says:

      Pay attention to where that cast iron is made, George! We buy old Wagner, Griswold and PA made cast iron as it was all made in USA.

  11. I’d suggest that for anything metal you plan to buy for kitchen use, don’t get aluminum, get stainless steel. It might cost a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run. I have a lot of things on the list already without even thinking about using them for prepping. My parents were alive during the depression and they passed on a lot of traits that taught me to keep things that are useful. I also prefer kitchen gadgets that don’t use electricity, so I have many of those already. If you do buy glass (Pyrex) measuring cups, the writing may come off eventually but the less they go into the dishwasher, the longer they will last. I have one that is more than 20 years old – the writing has faded but I can still see enough to know where the lines are supposed to be. Nail polish might help me restore the lines for a time too.

    • Schatzie Ohio says:

      I guess the pyrex measuring cup that I have was made better as it is over 50 years old and I put it in the dishwasher all the time. The lines are faded somewhat but still very visible.

  12. Excellent!! It’s the little things that can be so easily overlooked – and so missed when needed.

  13. The one I don’t ever see and I can guarantee many will wish they had, is the Morning After Pill. No matter how you feel about the subject, I suspect you will find an unwanted/ unplanned pregnancy or rape may happen. NO ONE needs to deal with this without help. Any woman of child bearing age can get this from a pharmacist. no questions asked. You don’t have to use it but it might be wise to keep the option open!

    • nobodyssister says:

      You will probably get disagreement from many, but not from me. I would absolutely do it if it happened to me. I figured that if the kid was aborted before it got a chance to sin, it would go straight to Heaven do not pass GO do not collect $200. If it gets born it’ll sin, and maybe it’ll find Jesus, maybe it won’t. Why take the chance?

  14. I love lists and found some things you listed here not on my current one. Thanks for the reminder.

    I would add: knee braces, along with air mattresses, hammocks, and along with canes perhaps adjustable crutches and a walker. Had to use both this summer, and although it may seem unappealing, it certainly saved the day.

    As someone who had both a B&W and color darkroom in days past, I thick the photo equipment might be hard. The chemicals can be acquired or created; however, the film and paper with emulsions are hard to find even now, and unless you’re going back to tin type, might be a bit of an issue.

  15. BamaBecca says:

    Great lists! I have 43/101 of the first list and 86/101 on the second list, so I’m not doing too bad over all…AND some of the stuff on those lists are already on MY lists of things to get 😉 So, I’m feeling pretty good about that!

    Some of the things I wouldn’t bother with unless you already have them are the things that require electricity. More than likely there won’t be any power except what you generate yourself and I will only try to generate power for things that just can’t be done any other way. The basic goal of all my preps,is to be able to DIM (do it myself) preferrably out of materials that are readily available in my area.

    Instead of stocking hundreds of lbs of sugar, I have sugarcane.
    Instead of storing hundreds of lbs of wheat, I have seeds for corn, barley, oats and some wheat.
    Instead of storing gallons of vinegar, I have learned to make it myself.
    …you get the picture.
    My goal is to learn to live with what we have…not try to keep my standard of living as it is now with readily available electricity, etc.

    I DO have the ready made stuff stored and available, but I want to be as self-sufficient as possible…and be prepared to make my own when my storage runs out…and it WILL run out! I still have a LOT to learn, but I am working on it!

    What many people don’t grasp is that in pioneer days, they DID have the option of driving miles to the nearest store for some items. If you are a Christian, you WON’T have that option. God’s Word teaches that in the last days, no man will be able to buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast….and I truly believe that we ARE in the last days….or very near. I don’t know about you, but I will starve, die, or whatever it takes to NOT take that mark.

    I finally found someone local who knows all about edible local plants and plants used for medicine and he and his wife are teaching me. You can read all you want in a book, but to me, hands on is much more important because I sure don’t want to accidentally poison myself or the ones I love. I want to be able to POSITIVELY identify these plants and herbs, instead of just guessing.

    Marilyn, I do see where you are coming from, and I don’t want to start a debate…but I don’t believe in abortion for ANY reason. If God allowed that life to be formed, then He has plans for that little person. It is not up to us to decide.

    Thank you Victoria S for this post….it has helped me see some of the holes in my preps and has also been a reminder for some things that I need to go ahead and get.

    Blessing to all of the PACK

    • village idiot says:

      Hi, BB, can I come live with you? LOL. I have a lot of things on that list as well, and lots of things that aren’t on it.

  16. I wonder how many people will be kicking themselves in the ass because of a lot of small or everyday items they forgot to plan for ………I would guess most of us , including myself .

  17. Jack Lambert says:

    Excellent list. It is so important to see and feel those things which we use every day. And to identify the temporary and the permanent tools we can make use of when other things fail. Important thing is to feel what those we are with (old and young) might want or need to get past the first stages of loss. Main idea: have with a smile what our group needs before they have to get used to doing without. Surviving means helping our family assets to become adjustable and creative discoverers of other ways to get what we all need.

  18. I should point out that this is distilled down from my “master list” (actually a database) that tracks everything we’re storing/prepping. And it doesn’t include my seed storage or the library we’re assembling.

    If folks are interested, I could clean up the master list and get it into shape for other folks to use themselves… it’s currently around 1150 items or so. It tracks total calories in our stash, short/medium/long term purchasing goals, etc. I’m very … organized at times, and work best from lists. (Hubby would call it anal and obsessed with lists, but what does he know?)

  19. Great list!

    Use paracord, (550 cord ) for shoe and boot laces. It works great.

    If you’re gonna get manual posthole digger get one with metal handles. Wooden handles break at the most inopportune moments. Or when your teenage digger doesn’t want to dig any more in the 104 degree heat of a Texas summer. (Don’t ask cause I’m not admittin’ nothin). Another lesson learned from digging post holes in Texas, better have a pinch bar for bustin’ up rocks. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Q7CHYY/ref=asc_df_B005Q7CHYY2254618

    Canes, yes. Got a new cane for this past Halloween, (costume thing, I’m big on Halloween….lol) figured it would be a piece of junk since it came from Kennesaw (aka BudK). It’s based around their United (another BudK company) M48 hatchet with a 37″ handle. Turns out it’s comfortable in the hand while walking which makes it a decent walking companion out in the woods. While I wouldn’t fell a tree with it, it does trim limbs and what not handily to keep from being poked in the eye on my favorite trails. Sharp out of the package too. Has a rubber/plastic blade guard you can remove with the flick of a thumb and quick shake. Probably get arrested using it out in public though. Might have to keep it in the trunk while on road trips, could be useful getting home if need be but no big deal if I had to abandon it.

    Liquid smoke: I dehydrate tomatoes and then smoke and grind them to add smoke flavoring to things, it’s a thickener also. Smoking salt, sugar, garlic, even chili powders works too.

    Stovetop popcorn popper is great for roasting green coffee beans also. And it works with any heat source, like over a fire.

    Manual Typewriter: stock up on ribbons also

    Straight razors: I have several and you also need a good set of stones for sharpening and a strop to finish the edge and keep it for as long as possible. I shave mostly with my safety razor (an old Gillette with wilkinson sword blades, which run under 2 bucks for 10 blades) and that’s an adventure in and of itself. I’m still learning to use the straight razors on the curved spots without bleeding myself out…lol. That’s where the alum block or styptic pencils come in. I also use a brush and shaving soap in a mug. And good old bay rum to finish. Recipes abound on the internet for bay rum.

    Flypaper: Good stuff and you can make a substitute out of duck tape. Or even out of pine pitch and cloth.

    Mothballs: Here’s an herbal replacement for those that one could grow, harvest and replace at will.

    Wormwood & Sage Moth Repellent Sachets

    2 tbsp dried rosemary leaves
    2 tbsp dried wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) leaves
    2 tbsp dried sage leaves
    Dash of vodka

    1. Strip the leaves from the plants, and crush them finely. Mix together in an open shallow bowl, and sprinkle on a dash of vodka.

    2. Put a little of the dried herb mixture into the centre of a small muslin square. Tie with raffia. Repeat until you have used up all the herbs.

    USE: Pop the herbal sachets into cupboards and drawers to deter moths. When they first stop smelling, give them a squeeze and a bash to release more volatile oils. Next time, they will need replacing.

  20. Great lists — thank you.

    One item I rarely see on prepping lists is a floor sweeper. When electricity is unavailable your carpets will get unbearable pretty quickly.

    • When we built this house (prior to our becoming preppers) we built with all hardwoods/laminates. Mainly because of allergies and ease of cleaning – so we don’t need a floor sweeper. I do have an old fashioned rug beater for the couple of small rugs we have (not many – 9 cats are destructive to rugs!)

  21. Great list, I have much of the stuff on there already but it’s always good to get a fresh perspective. I think people overlook the importance of bicycles, which is already on this list (#75). Many uses for bicycles, ranging from bugout transportation to pack mules. You should have 1 bike for each family member, and I’m not talking about the Mongoose trickster with pegs on it.


    I also like the idea of having maps, especially topographical ones. Most people couldn’t navigate 10 miles through town without a GPS. Sad indeed. Thanks for the list.



  22. Thank you so much for these lists! I, too, love lists, expecially ones that get me thinking in new directions.

  23. ConnecticutYankeeinGeorgia says:

    Also might want to consider clothespins and a clothesline incase you can no longer use a dryer.

    • Encourager says:

      You can also buy or make a wooden clothes dryer. It is made of dowels and you hang your clothing over each dowel to dry. You can also use it for drying flowers and herbs.

  24. Nice lists Victoria! I already have an assortment of walking sticks, canes & crutches (due to my hyperactive teenage son), but you had quite a few things I had not thought of…yet! Thank you.

  25. In 1932 my grandmother was 12. They were suffering from the Great Depression and their house caught on fire. The first thing they pulled from the burning house was their 1918 Singer treadle sewing machine. That was the only thing they were able to save. But, that just goes to show how important it was to them. I’m afraid items that were so important during the Great Depression will be equally as important to us before too long. This sewing machine now sits in my living room. I have seen these sell on e-bay for $100.00. My children out-grow their clothes atleast twice a year. I think my sewing machine is priceless!

  26. Thanks for the lists. One thing I have added is a replacement handle for each of my tools with wooden handles. Don’t think I’ll be able to run to Ace Hardware if TSHTF.
    Keep the Faith

  27. How about a drop spindle (hand spindle) for making thread and yarn to make cloth with.

    Which of course leads to some kind of loom for weaving.

    • Both of those are on my “big” list … but not everyone is going to want to get that esoteric right off the bat, or at least I won’t. Still hunting for a good loom that I can learn on..

  28. I truly do not want to sound critical, but you’ve got more stuff on your prepper lists than I could store in my three bedroom house including the basement. I need to have all of this on hand to be prepared for an emergency? Obviously this is a long-term bug-in scenario you’re thinking of. But I can’t help but wonder what your bug-out bag must look like. Wow. 🙂

  29. MountainSurvivor says:

    What a great list you have compiled, Victoria S. Very, very good. One thing I would add to it is a heavy duty dolly with solid hard wheels so that they do not need to be aired up at any time. And some bricks, a one-inch piece of plywood cutout for expansion for larger objects and thick black bungee cords of varying lengths for strapping things on.

  30. A few years back I reroofed my house. I bought a bundle of plywood and a truck and small forklift placed it in the backyard for me. It could have put that stack anywhere I wanted it, very manuverable. My suggestion is buy a stack of plywood and put it on a couple of 4x4s to keep it off the ground then tarp it. Could be a better investment then gold if TSHTF. Ditto with a stack of 2x4s. A couple boxes of 16d nails and a assortment of boxes of screws.

    Tires, oil filters and oil, spark plugs.


  31. Hancock Fabrics is having a half off sale thru Monday on Velcro, and thread, and other notions. I just bought a lot of Velcro and heavy duty / outdoor thread. Anyone who wants to make their own gear, get over there and get the webbing and Velcro and thread now, and then get the fabric on Tuesday with the coupon they’ll give you for $5 off $25. I think even needles might be on sale.

  32. I love this list! I’ve pinned it to my Survivalist board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/143200463123130265/. I appreciate this blog SO much! I am sharing it with my readers on Monday! 🙂

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  33. Learn to store your rubber bands properly. Many of mine dry rotted and then became useless. One way would be to buy a fresh bag/box of rubber bands every month or two instead of buying alot all at once.

    Buckets would be a good idea also – not just the ones we use for food storage but the ones we use for picking fruit/berries and the ones we use for cleaning.

    The straw brooms are fine but there is a trick to using them – never mastered that trick – so having an extra broom and or mop is a very good idea.

    • Encourager says:

      I have learned the hard way that you should drill a hole in the handle of the broom and hang it off of the floor. Leaving a good broom with the bristles on the floor will bend the bristles to the point where it is hard to use. I am wondering it you dip the bristles in hot water then gently push them in the opposite direction then hang from the handle if it would straighten them out??? My hubby took a half hour class at a fair and learned how to make brooms. Handy!

  34. I didn’t see work gloves on either list, or I overlooked it. They are cheap from Harbor Freight.

    • Also, I went to Ace Hardware today to do a little reconnoiter for using my 50% off coupons on 11/24. They have two items that might interest the wolf pack. First they are stocking Ball Canning Jars in the Half-gallon size, wide-mouth, 6 to a case for $10.94 here in FL. I could easily add the Ball’s plastic storage lid and have some great glass storage jars. But, my question for canners, will these large jars fit in the All-American canner?

      The second item is a 100 Fluid oz. bottle of Lamplight Oil for $15.99. At half-price wouldn’t that be a good price?

      • It isn’t safe to can in 1/2 gallon jars with the exception of a couple of items (one is grape juice). Better to use the 1/2 gallon jars for dry storage – flour/sugar/maybe dry pet foods, etc.

      • Marebear,

        I have the All American that holds 7 quarts. The 1/2 gallon jars will not fit into my canner. I use the 1/2 gallon jars for dried goods.

        • I use the half gallon jars to store rice, etc and seal the lids on with my tilia food saver device. It sucks the air out of the jar. You can get an attachment that will fit over regular or wide mouth canning jars; it attaches to the little hose that comes out the front of the food saver.

  35. Might as well just put everything one own’s or could own on the list. Seriously, this is an exercise in just listing everything one can think of….

    • Hi Junior,
      I think it was more an exercise in getting people to think of different scenarios and what items may be useful. IMHO right now it’s looking like financial collapse and / or 1984 big O socialism. This situation would call for an extended period of bugging in. So finding some spare space for items now may pay huge dividends tomorrow. For example a good sewing kit may be no bigger than a small paperback, but if the seat rips out of your last pair of pants while working in the garden, and new pants are $500 a pair you’ll be glad you had that kit. As for a sewing machine, well, if it’s not in your skill set maybe best to prep something that is and then trade to someone who has a machine and can use it. No need to fill the house with things you have no idea how to use.

    • It’s brainstorming and it can be really helpful. The first list of 100 things that disappear was a result of the long siege and war in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Those people went through a very real SHTF event. What they learned the hard way is valuable. Keep in mind that no one suggests you must buy every item on the list. It’s suggestions, ideas, something to tweak your awareness. It’s not too different from when you go on a long vacation and as you drive away you say to your spouse “did you lock the back door or turn down the thermostat, etc. It’s a chance to think of things you need to do before the stores are empty.

  36. 101ST Airborne says:

    I like the list. Camping Survival.com is a good place to get paracord. I have found that this item has about 100 uses! I even use it to tie bricks around my fruit tree limps to weight them down so they grow downward – not into climbling 20 ft in the air to harvest apples/pears/peaches/cherries etc…I use it all throughout my garden. Tarpping things down, shoelaces, attaching items to load bearing gear…just love the stuff.

  37. This is very good share:)

  38. Besides mentioning Diaper (Safety Pins) 3 times the lists are good. There are a few other things however…
    53. Canvas shopping bags – Research in Canada indicates an increased risk of salmonilla cross contamination with the use of those eco friendly totes.
    63. Stovetop popcorn popper – ‘cuz if the SHTF and the grid goes down, so does the microwave popcorn you have in the pantry. – All dry corn is popcorn unless the moisture content has been removed totally. It’s the moisture inside the corn kernel that when heated expands and causes the “pop.”
    69. Old time photographic equipment – Requires chemicals that expire, already hard to get.
    70. Manual typewriter – Requires ribbons, which are hard to find today.
    100. Tow strap for vehicles – There are Tow straps and there are Recovery straps. Be sure you know which is which because they look the same.
    57. Maps – road atlases, road maps, etc. – Going on vacation?
    68. Newspaper, old – keeping at least a couple of weeks old ones won’t ever hurt – If they are not old the S had not HTF.
    83. Extension cords – If you are expecting the grid to be on I guess these might be useful.
    96. All those takeout condiment packets – make great barter items as well as being generally handy – Be VERY Careful. These items have a Best By Date. Some will and some will not store long on the shelf. The Best By Date is found on the box they came in.

  39. I’d suggest a can or two of contact cement. You can use it to fasten soles and heels on shoes or boots. Put a quick patch on heavy fabrics, like tent canvas. It has many other uses, including one heck of a fire-starter.

  40. May I also suggest LEATHER NEEDLE and FISHING LINE for sewing up bad cuts. It worked on my dog when he was attacked and ripped open by a pack of stray dogs. The 3 sided leather needle is also good for sewing leather, shoe repair, and tough material. I also use artifical sinew for sewing leather, tying, and dental floss-it can be split into thinner sizes if needed. It is made of nylon and bees wax.

    LATEX PAINT is great if watered down to milk consistency as a water proofing on canvas, cotton, tennis shoes, etc.

    And my favorite is NEOSPORIN to clear up every infection I had on my skin.

  41. I love these lists and I appreciate the time it takes to post and help each other out. One poster said he didn’t have room in his 3 bedroom house for all the suggestions. Well here is my take on that. I’m a widow, live alone,
    but have son’s that will take care of me when SHTF and be glad that Mom has a lot to add to our survival supplies. I will be an asset rather than an liability.

  42. Superglue works great for cuts when sewing is not an option. They make a “medical” version now that can be bought cheaply. However, if you cannot find it OR simply forget…remember this tip. Superglue (not the actual brand name but just similar “super” glue is usually non-toxic though most do not realize this. NOTE: Check labels as I dont know ALL brands) It was originally invented for war-time injuries. Has been used since WWI. You can use it to “sew” a cut closed or close over small knicks that might become infected. (actually…its way less painful than sewing yourself up and wayyyy more practical.) I was trained to have this as an option in the Marines from 92-96 and many of us carried the tiny, almost-no-weight little life savers in our bags.

  43. Xtexanwannabe says:

    I don’t see where we’ll need clocks…it’s not like we gotta be at work any more.

    • Encourager says:

      We have three old fashioned wall clocks, and a kitchen clock with a very loud alarm. They all wind up. Most last 7 days except the kitchen clock. We just bought a lovely wall clock with three different chimes at a garage sale for $25. It needed a bit of work, and a part replaced but the total cost was under $20.

      My uncle was a clock master. His house had hundreds of clocks. He got us hooked on them. I love to hear the tick tock tick tock.

  44. Encourager says:

    About the sewing patterns, JoAnn Fabrics has Simplicity patterns on sale this week, 5 for $5 (actually $1 each as I had 7 patterns). If you sew, you know the cost of the patterns is horrendous! This is a great deal!

  45. We always have baby wipes on hand. A big box is approx $10…consider it your bath in a box and they smell pretty good! Very handy if you need a quick clean up and water is scarce. Also some sort of individually wrapped anti bacterial wipe. I always carry 6 or so in my purse.

  46. K. Sweedyk says:

    Love the lists, but would add a couple things. First would be pantyhose! The obvious use would be for wearing. They’re warm, lightweight and even come in men’s sizes (make sure to add extra room for their egos :). I put descciant in the toes (triple layer if using for food storage) and when they need to be re-dried, just cut open and toss then start with clean ones. They are a good subsistute for ace bandages or slings. You can stretch them over a jar or can, topped with a coffee filter in the water purification process. The panty portion can be cut into strips for makeshift rope, just ensure your knots are well tied. The uses are endless, the product is cheap and and requires little storage space. And speaking of knots, you can download free guides to knot-tying from the internet, which is my second recommendation. It may be a matter of life or death. Remember that a rope is only as good as the knot you use to connect it. If you are lifting a heavy load and your knot lets loose, well you get the picture. Practice ahead of time, using 2 different colored ropes. Get proficient in at least 4 or 5, but try out at least 10. Think about their applications and how you might use them before TSHTF.

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