Why Should You Stockpile Supplies?
Stockpiling items for a potential emergency in the future has now become a major public concern. Recurring instances of natural disasters and pandemics have prompted people to plan and stock supplies for the upcoming months. While food and drink are on everyone’s priority list, there are other things that should be stored to weather a crisis period. In this article, we shall look at some such useful survival items:
1.Toilet Paper: Accumulating toilet paper in large quantities is especially useful if you have a large family and live together. Although you can collect toilet paper in small amounts from a local convenience store, you purchase them in bulk from warehouse stores.
2. Soap: A bar soap is inexpensive to procure and can be helpful in many ways. You can purchase ivory soaps since they do not contain dyes or perfumes.
3. Feminine Hygiene Products: Gathering feminine hygiene care products that would last atleast four weeks should be a priority for all women. Local stores will have these products at usual prices before a crisis. However, if prices are high and supply is limited, you can look online or at a warehouse store for buying products in bulk for all female members in your family.
4. Cooking Oil: Oil is a necessary ingredient for nutrition and overall health. Stacking enough cooking oil for a long term should be considered if you anticipate not being able to go to your grocery store for a while in the future. You can store olive oil and use it for cooking, preparing any remedy, in candles, or for emergency lighting needs.
5. Disinfectants: These can come handy at any point during an emergency. Alcohol wipes and hand sanitizers should be stocked so you can ensure that your surfaces remain clean. Liquid bleach can help with disinfecting contaminated water and is also affordable. Chlorine bleach may also be useful- however, since they have a shorter shelf life, ensure that you are not relaying on just one container.
6. Tarps: Tarps can be used in many ways during an emergency. In case of natural disasters, tarps can be used to cover a broken surface like a window or to protect your windshield. You can use a plastic tarp to collect rainwater or as a shelter. Tarps are lightweight, easy to carry, and can be reused.
7. Batteries: After any calamity, AA and AAA batteries are highly sought after for use in flashlights, clocks, or radios. Like most products, they become expensive and difficult to procure after a disaster happens. Plan and stock batteries such as AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, and CR2332. Rechargeable batteries are also affordable and can be fully used upon charging.
8. Lighters and matches: BIC lighters can run of out fuel or break under force. Have dozens of these items in your stockpile since you may need them especially if there is no power. You should also keep matches handy in case lighters are not available. Matchboxes are cheap and easily stackable.
9. Zip Ties: Zip ties or cable ties serve a variety of purposes in the home. They help with gear repair, luggage restraint and temporarily fixing broken things like taps. Because of the diverse ways in which they can be used, buy plenty of zip ties and in different sizes.
10. Vinyl gloves: In addition to gloves used for performing heavy tasks, disposable vinyl gloves are also useful for stockpiling. Nylon or latex gloves can be used to clean debris, treat injuries, and carry out other light tasks.
11. Duct tape: Duct tapes are one of the most versatile items to have in your home. You can use a duct tape to build a shelter, fix broken surfaces, make repairs on bottles or tarps, and create bandages. You could also use them to make sticky notes for a message or a signal to attract help. Check out this link to learn more about the different ways you can use duct tape: https://urbansurvivalsite.com/20-uses-for-duct-tape/
12. Face Masks: Masks can help you in case you need to visit a clinic or admit a family member to a hospital. They also help during an epidemic by preventing the transmission of an infection. Standard hospital face masks made with two pieces of fabric provide good protection, are affordable, and can be stacked easily.
13. Personal medication: If you take a certain medicine daily, ensure that you have enough in stock for a long time. Have aspirin, ibuprofen, and painkillers to help with aches. In addition, stack over-the-counter medicines like cough syrups, ointments, digestive pain relievers, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol.
14. Bandages: Always have a first-aid supply kit ready before a disaster happens. Elastic support bandages can be obtained from your nearest convenience store. Adhesive bandages and gauze bandages are inexpensive and can help especially in case there is no power.
15. Aluminium Foil: Aluminium foil can be used not just for keeping food safe and warm. You can use the reflective qualities of aluminium to make solar ovens. Aluminium foil can also be used as food containers to store water.
16. Dental Hygiene Products: Remember to stockpile oral hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouth fresheners. An item like dental floss can be used for doing repairs on backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags since it is hardy and waterproof.
17. Candles: Candles can be found in almost any market and can be stacked easily in a shoe box or a small cabinet.
18. Chap Stick: Chap Sticks are often ignored while stockpiling essential items for disaster preparedness. If your lips are cracked and start to bleed, they might cause an infection when you are in a survival situation. Since Chap Sticks are made of petroleum jelly, they can be used along with cotton balls to light a fire. Apply it on metal to prevent rust, or on minor wounds to stop bleeding.
19. Garbage bags: You can improvise various uses for a garbage bag. Collect water in it, make a shelter with it or even a rain gear.
20. Sewing items: Sewing supplies are useful for bartering in survival situations. Make sure to buy needles, thread rolls, and safety pins. A sturdy scissor would be a helpful addition to your stockpile.
21. Socks: Clean and dry socks can protect and keep your feet warm in survival situations. You can get socks in large quantities for an affordable price online or at hosiery stores.
22. Regular and emergency blankets: In case of changes in weather conditions, blankets are necessary for comfort and warmth. An emergency blanket is made from BoPET which reflects body heat back on itself thereby reducing heat lost due to convection. Emergency blankets can be reused, are expensive and last longer than other blankets.
23. Ponchos: Ponchos are affordable, lightweight, and versatile gears. They can be used for making a stretcher, providing shelter, and collecting water. Hardware stores supply them at inexpensive prices.
24. Coffee Filters: Keep a stack of coffee filters so that you can use them as funnels, filters, or as fire starters.
25. Cotton Balls: Cotton balls are a useful stockpiling item since they can treat wounds, start fires, help with your hygiene needs, and can be used as candle wicks.
26. Snacks: Although you cannot stack meat and vegetables for a very long time, you can store dry food items for quite some time. Nuts, cookies, chips, energy bars, and cakes could satisfy your hunger during crisis situations.
27. Safety Pins: Buy safety pins in large amounts so you can perform small and temporary repairs.
28. Baby Wipes: If you have a toddler, you might need a big collection of these. If water is scarce, then baby wipes can also be used for household cleaning chores. If your wipes are drying out in long-term storage, you can add some water to make them moist and functional for your purpose.
29. Supplies for your pets: If you have pets, procure pet supplies atleast a month in advance. Items like food, pet leash and collar, and litter boxes may be difficult to find at the eleventh hour and could be relatively more expensive to buy.
30. GI medicines: GI problems occur most commonly after disasters. Examples include illnesses caused by drinking contaminated water or due to unhygienic environmental conditions. Keep a separate stack of GI medication in addition to your first-aid kit and personal medicines.
31. Water Purifying Tablets: Water purifying tablets are small and should be added to purify drinking water in case your water gets contaminated. You can also purchase sodium ascorbate crystals as a water purifying substance.
32. Insect repellant: Stocks of insect repellant creams and bug sprays can help if you are stuck in a wooded area and are unable to leave for some time.
33. Chain and rope: Objects such as chains, ropes, bungee cords, and clotheslines are inexpensive and can be used for bartering during an emergency scenario. In addition to drying clothes, you could use ropes and chain for temporarily tying together broken objects.
You can see that stocking up on survival gear doesn’t have to break the bank. Make a strategy and a budget, add some goals for where you want to be at the end of each month, and make it happen. If you’re looking for another list with more gear to stock up on check out our 30 under $30 survival gear list.