Of course, we recommend that everyone have a Sun Oven® in their cache of emergency supplies. In addition, and not related to food there are over a hundred other items that every family should have. GoodStufffromLynda.com recommends these four easy to carry items that should be with you every day:
- High Quality Knife – useful for more than just cutting, some versions have additional tools as well.
- Paracord – with over 100 uses itself, don’t leave home without it! Using it you can secure a tent, make a tourniquet, tie up bad guys, and floss your teeth, just to name a few.
- Small Flashlight – night without electricity is really dark. Remember to stock up on the batteries, too. Solar lights and luminous packs are also helpful.
- Fire starter – featherweight fire starters consisting of flint and magnesium will spark a fire in the worst situations.
- Cell Phone – has multiple uses including sending messages via voice or text if phone lines are down, signal mirror, night light, GPS locator beacon. Look for a solar charger to add to your supplies, too.
The Survival Mom also recommends:
- Deodorant/antiperspirant – will be an instant morale booster when you’ve been hunkered down in a stressful situation for a few days or weeks.
- Feminine products – menstrual cycles don’t stop for crises. A six month’s supply of tampons or pads will greatly improve your quality of life. Plus, they can be used as sterile pads to reduce blood flow from wounds.
- Bar soap – always welcome to wash everything from laundry to hair.
- Zip-Locs of all sizes – seal everything from food to waste products.
- A pack of new underwear for each family member.
- A battery-powered CD player & CDs with music to calm all the savage beasts.
- Medicine – any prescriptions you must take should be stocked. Pain meds will always be welcome.
- Toilet paper – obviously.
Angela from Food Storage and Survival suggests we include:
- First-aid kit, bandages and hydrogen peroxide
- Vinegar, hand sanitizer and an emergency toilet
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Insect repellent
- Assorted paper products from plates and napkins to paper towels and tissues
- Clothesline, clothes pins and a large bucket for washing
- Tent, sleeping bags and plastic sheeting or foam pad
- Alternative season clothing like gloves and hats
- Sewing supplies for mending
- Battery powered radio or two-way radios
- Hand tools like hammer, saw, wrenches and screwdrivers
The list goes on and on. We also need to think about multiple uses for everyday items. What’s on your list?
Billie Nicholson, editor