Categories of Items to Stockpile
They say we don’t like to be sold to, but we love to buy. And preparedness is one of those aspects of daily life that makes us buy a ton of items for survival and fill the pockets of certain survival companies. In this article, I want to shed some light on some of the things you should or shouldn’t buy, to avoid spending thousands on gear that you’ll either won’t use or that it will fail you when you need it most.
To put things into perspective, I decided to talk about the categories of items that you should consider buying. Based on your unique situation, you’ll be able to better figure out which ones should be a priority, as opposed to randomly buying things.
EDC stands for everyday carry and refers to the survival items that you carry on your person every day, as you do your chores. Things like a folding knife, a mini-flashlight, a lighter, a mini-first aid kit etc. You can find a few more good suggestions here. You should also look into getting credit-card shaped items such as knives or multi-tools.
Bug Out Bag Items
The internet is flooded with bug out bag items and various BOB configurations. There are hundreds of items to consider but the key is to take your time and do your research before buying anything. I’m not going to go into too much detail, this PDF checklist is a good start.
One thing newbies don’t realize is that assembling a bug out bag isn’t a one-time thing. You end up packing and repacking, removing things, replacing them and, yes, you’ll be sorry for buying certain items. Not to worry, though, because I’m about to give you some pointers:
- Avoid buying things out of fear. If you’re a newbie, you should refrain from spending your hard-earned dollars and spend a few days reading reviews. There’re many product out there to choose from so avoid knock-offs and items that are cheap and of poor quality.
- Only get the items that will help you in the disasters that are most likely to affect you. For example, iodine tablets shouldn’t be high up on your shopping list because there are other emergencies that are more likely to affect you besides a nuclear meltdown.
- Stay away from cheap knives, cheap fire starters and cheap multi-tools. You’ll get what you pay for and they will fail you.
Your post-collapse survival plan needs to include these. Whether we like it or not, we’re all going to become homesteaders post-collapse, but the thing that worries me the most is that we might not be able to get new tools. Just like anything else, they too need to be produced and shipped, and if that’s not an option, we might even end up in a worst-case scenario making our own.
Basic gardening tools include: shovels, rakes, buckets, work gloves, watering cans, raised bed cultivators, border spades and so on. It all depends on where you want to start your survival garden (in containers, in raised beds, in your back yard etc.),
There are plenty of bushcraft tools and items that you’ll find useful during a bug out or while hunting near your bug out location. Some of the things to consider include:
- a large bushcraft knife
- a hatchet
- a saw
- a machete
- and more (you can find them here)
In addition to these, we should also include the items that you would pack in an INCH bag. INCH bags are, in short, oversized bug out bags designed to keep you alive in the wilderness for months on end. Consider adding:
- a cooking kit
- a cast iron skillet
- a two-person tent
- a printed bushcraft guide
- …and so on.
First Aid Items
I decided to put first aid supplies separately because they need to be everywhere: inside your BOB, your get home bag, your home, your bug out location, your car and so on. Some of the things to consider:
- Band-Aids (lots of)
- antibiotic ointment
- baby whipes
- nitrile gloves
- trauma dressings
Bug Out Vehicle Maintenance Supplies
I don’t know whether you’ll use a bike or a tank to bug out, you’ll need the tools and supplies to take care of it. Lots of things can go wrong as you’re fleeing so it’s pretty obvious you should not only have what it takes to fix them but also to know how.
The big takeaway form this article is not that you should buy more things. Quite the opposite. I hope that looking at them from a different angle will get you to spend your money more wisely. What’s the last prep you did for yourself?