The coronavirus proved that the world can be shut down rather quickly, and basic necessities can disappear from shelves faster than most are prepared for. But COVID-19 isn’t the only threat out there, there are more dangerous viruses lurking in the shadows. The dangers of economic collapse, natural and man-made disasters, and even all-out war are ever-present.
So, you need to ask yourself: Are you prepared for a crisis? If the answer is no, it’s never too late to start.
If you wait until after disaster has struck, you’re going to find yourself in trouble. During or after a crisis, people panic buy because they weren’t prepared for the event. You’ll go to the store to find that the only items left are anything but useful. As preppers, it’s our job to avoid inserting ourselves in these scenarios by stocking up on supplies while they’re readily available.
What Items Should You Stock Up On?
Aside from the obvious food and water that you need to stock up on, there are several items that won’t be around for long after SHTF. Some of these items are essential, while others are more for leisure activities. Items like clothespins and clothesline have little to do with survival but are still useful, especially if there’s no power.
Speaking of no power, be sure to stock up on plenty of flashlights, batteries, solar lights, and even think about buying a solar charger or generator. Of course, you could always go the old-fashioned route and invest in candles, oil lamps and oil; don’t forget any lighters or matches you may also need.
If you go the generator route, you’ll need to think about fuel and the containers to store said fuel, likely gasoline. While storing gasoline may seem easy, it does come with a number of safety hazards that need addressing before you stock up.
Think About the Baby
Obviously, if you have an infant or a toddler running around, you’re not going to simply forget they have needs as well. Stock up on baby supplies. While you’re at it, you might as well stock up on items for your personal needs as well, namely hygiene products. After all, being able to stay in good hygiene is actually pretty important in a survival situation.
Some Miscellaneous Items to Buy
Again, miscellaneous items may not be of extreme importance; however, they still have their place among our preps. For example, aluminum foil has several uses aside from wrapping food, and duct tape has proven itself as a valuable resource. You should also consider buying entertainment items such as board games or a deck of cards; you still need to be able to have fun and pass the time, even after SHTF. Plus, it could be a good morale booster.
The reality is that these items and hundreds of others aren’t going to last very long in the stores in the aftermath of a disaster. You need to get anything you think you may need while you still can. There’s nothing worse than going to store after store in search of items you need and not being able to find them, especially if it’s food or water.
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