Hundreds of Items To Stock Before TSHTF

When you make your preps for a long term survival situation, you want to make sure you cover the basics:

Water – check

Food – check

Shelter – check

Batteries – check

This list can go on for quite a while, but what about thinking outside the box? A little forward thinking can really put you ahead of the curve. If you have things that no one else has, just how powerful would that make you in any post-SHTF barter situation? I’ve gotta say there are some pretty interesting and “oddball” items on these lists that I never would have thought of without the help of our members, and admins over at most I have never seen on ANY other long term survival checklist.

Check it out:

  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.
  14. Candle molds and a double boiler for melting wax
  15. Diaper pins – handy not only for the obvious but for securing lots of things
  16. Kits to fix garden hoses – because you can stock 10 hoses but what happens when they break?
  17. Cheesecloth – useful not just for cheese for all sorts of canning needs
  18. Pea shellers, corn huskers, apple peelers and corers, etc. – all those “yankee tools” that our grandparents had but we no longer use.
  19. Chalk and blackboards. Blackboard paint isn’t a bad idea either
  20. Goo Gone
  21. Eyeglass repair kits – they make handy little ones
  22. 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
  23. Oars/paddles – even if you don’t have one of the above, they can be handy for improvised rafts
  24. Tire chains – if you live where it snows…
  25. Swim goggles – not so much for recreational swimming, but for any time you might need to go into the water for whatever reason
  26. Life preservers – if you need them, you need them
  27. Reflectors and reflective tape
  28. Neck and ankle braces
  29. Canning funnel and jar lifter – often listed, but cannot have enough of these, in metal
  30. Pack saddle for horses/mules
  31. Liquid Smoke flavoring – my spouse swears by this stuff for nice flavoring
  32. Powdered lemon and lime juice – an excellent way to store Vitamin C
  33. Powdered buttermilk – useful for cooking
  34. Pet veterinary supplies – basic wound care is a must
  35. Bottle corks of various sizes – for when you lose that bottle lid
  36. Room thermometers
  37. Bags/cloth to use to bag flowers for seed pollination
  38. Clothesline and wooden clothespins
  39. Clothes baskets that are actual baskets – they last longer and can be repaired
  40. Lighter flints for refillable lighters
  41. Fountain pens, inkwells and powdered ink – those Bic pens you stockpiled will run out eventually
  42. UV window film – to help keep houses cool
  43. Mailboxes – metal for all sorts of caches and other storage uses
  44. Small paintbrushes – handy for many many things besides just painting
  45. Pet carriers – one for each pet
  46. Canvas shopping bags – handy for so many things
  47. Posthole digger, manual – but try to get all your fencing done before.
  48. Stovetop waffle makers
  49. pare glass bottles of various sizes
  50. Mop wringer
  51. Manual juicers – glass or metal will hold up better than the cheap plastic ones
  52. Measuring cups – metal with engraved markings. Painted on markings will disappear with time
  53. Measuring spoons – metal with engraved markings. The commonly used plastic ones with painted on markings will break and fade
  54. Jar openers – the type that lets you get leverage on the lid
  55. Stovetop popcorn popper – when the SHTF and the grid goes down, so does the microwave popcorn you have in the pantry
  56. Leather punch and knife
  57. Disposable ear plugs, or a few pairs of noise canceling Ear Covering
  58. Mechanical pencils and spare pencil lead. Pencil lead takes up a lot less space than traditional pencils
  59. Folding cloth camping chairs – entirely too useful and easy to store
  60. Microscope and slides
  61. Manual typewriter
  62. Paper cutter
  63. Manual hair clippers – human and animal
  64. Steam juicers – stovetop variety
  65. Slingshot and ammo
  66. Sewing measuring tapes
  67. Velcro
  68. Sewing patterns – better to have them now … especially easy to sew shirts/pants/coats/outerwear (or knowledge, skill to make your own.)
  69. Window insulation foam – for keeping warm
  70. Disguised safes – the “fake book” kinds
  71. Tomato powder – another good way to store Vitamin C
  72. Citric acid, pectin, alum and Pickle Crisp for canning
  73. Straight or safety razor for male shaving
  74. Rennet tablets for cheese-making
  75. Veterinary wrap – useful for not just animals, but people too
  76. Dental mirror
  77. Carry yokes – the old fashioned water carrying yokes
  78. CLR cleaner – or other lime/deposit/etc remover
  79. Locks – combination, keyed, and other types as needed
  80. Moth balls, cedar balls, and smelling salts
  81. China markers/grease pencils – these are great for marking containers with what is in them
  82. Safety vests
  83. Fly paper – stores decently and is really handy. Researching a way to make this stuff is also probably a good idea
  84. Foam camping pads for under sleeping bags
  85. Winter scarves, gloves, mittens – its easy to forget these when it’s not winter
  86. Wind up clocks – how else are you going to keep time if the grid goes down?
  87. Tow straps for vehicles
  88. Black and brown paint – useful for camouflage, hiding things, and a myriad of other uses

The following are things that shouldnt be overlooked in a SHTF situation. Some of these things you may own, but may not be “long-lasting” 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. Garden trowels and hand shovels – again – high quality metal ones are best
  9. Hand Axe
  10. Ratchet Set
  11. Allen wrench
  12. Spools of twine
  13. Cargo straps
  14. Duct tape – obviously you can’t have too much of this!
  15. Hammer – is yours in good shape?
  16. Screwdrivers
  17. Flyswatters
  18. Bottle openers – thick metal is best
  19. Manual can openers – don’t go cheap with this
  20. Dish clothes – heavy cloth that will last is best
  21. Corkscrew
  22. Brooms – are yours good quality straw or cheap plastic? Are they in good shape?
  23. Straws – they make glass/plastic/metal reusable straws, these would not be bad to have on hand.
  24. Ice chests
  25. Kitchen timers
  26. Rubber bands
  27. Safety pins
  28. Magnifying glasses
  29. Mortar and pestle
  30. Staples and stapler
  31. Life preservers
  32. Garden hose nozzles – brass will last longest.
  33. Fingernail brushes – sanitation will be important.
  34. Key chains
  35. Hair rubber bands and barrettes
  36. Erasers
  37. Garden sprayer
  38. Outdoor thermometers
  39. Folding chairs
  40. Hangers – wire will last a lot longer than plastic. Wood is also good.
  41. Ice scrapers
  42. Wall hooks
  43. Windshield wiper blades
  44. Aluminum foil
  45. Safety pins – heavy duty
  46. Eyedroppers of various sizes
  47. Bobby pins
  48. Rulers – metal will last longest
  49. Three-in-one oil
  50. Cargo straps
  51. Nails, screws, bolts – making these by hand is a royal pain in the posterior.
  52. Wheelbarrow – get a good quality metal or heavy duty plastic one
  53. Twist ties – those bread/package ties will be useful – store them, don’t throw them away
  54. Plastic bags – bread, ziplock, etc.
  55. Maps – road atlases, road maps, etc.
  56. Cotton balls – make excellent tinder as well as a thousand and one uses around the house
  57. Note pads
  58. Indelible markers (i.e. Sharpies)
  59. Dental floss
  60. Pitchers – metal preferred
  61. Scouring pads
  62. Vegetable peeler
  63. Newspaper, old – keeping at least a couple of weeks old ones won’t ever hurt
  64. Insect repellant
  65. Sunscreen and aloe gel for when the sunscreen doesn’t work
  66. Spare buttons
  67. Nail clippers – both human and pet
  68. Candle holders – metal or glass ones will last longer than plastic
  69. 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.
  70. Bicycles – are yours all set for hard use?
  71. Metal garbage cans
  72. Binoculars
  73. Cloth napkins
  74. Paper clips – not only useful for their normal function, but handy for other uses
  75. Cold and hot packs – those lovely rubber bags
  76. Extension cords – indoor and outdoor
  77. Air mattresses or cots – chances are good you’re going to have guests – where are they going to sleep?
  78. Bay leaves – not just a spice, but useful to repel insects
  79. Cellophane tape dispenser and tape – get a heavy duty one
  80. Paper bags and manila envelopes – handy for storing things
  81. Rubber boots
  82. Knitting needles – learn to knit! It’s a great survival skill
  83. Toothpicks
  84. Kitchen utensils – you want metal ones or wooden, not plastic.
  85. Duffle bags – waterproof and with shoulder straps are best
  86. Spare pill bottles – keep old prescription bottles
  87. Tabasco sauce – along with other such condiments
  88. All those takeout condiment packets – make great barter items as well as being generally handy
  89. Bag clips
  90. Solar calculators
  91. Board games
  92. Dust pans – metal will last longer
  93. Carmex (or other medicated lip balm)

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