You’ve got the guns, the ammo, the first aid equipment, the food, gardening supplies, library of how to books, various tools and a lifted 4×4 with steel bumpers. All great things to have but what about some of the often overlooked preps that could be a serious problem if you don’t have them (or something similar). When I think of what those items might be a few come to mind, read this list and let me know your suggestions (or additions) in the comment section.
1- Crutches. Think about the injuries which might be sustained after SHTF, with no medical help readily available how bad would it be to have to hobble around on a stick or home made crutch? At least with a set of crutches you’d be able to move around in relative comfort and with more speed than a hand carved stick.
2- Old School Grass Cutting Device: What happens when you can’t mow at least a few feet out in front of your home after 2 to 3 months? Critters and pests will abound, not to mention you won’t be in the running for best yard of the neighborhood! I guess you could go out there and hack away with the zombie machete you got for Christmas (I got one) but a dedicated tool is probably a better option.
3- Binoculars: I realize you probably have a long gun with a powerful scope on it but there is value to be had in plain old binos. You’ll be able to scan a few hundred yards or more around your property with relative ease and if anyone spots you it won’t raise that much of an alarm. Of course if you have eyes that allow you to see humans in detail at 500 yards feel free to pass on this suggestion.
4- Wheelbarrow: Most who work in the yard will have one of these but if you don’t how do you propose to move large amounts of dirt, rock, or those sandbags once filled? Even pre-SHTF I can’t imagine moving all of the rock, mulch, dirt or wood I’ve had to handle without a stout wheelbarrow.
5- Sharpening Tools: Ok I’ll be a bit more clear with this one as I’m quite sure you already have a few ways to sharpen your small knives, but what about larger blades or tools? What’s the plan for that axe which you bought from Lowes 6 months ago which is collecting dust in your garage?
6- Board Games / Cards: No more internet, no more TV, no more going out to shows or movies. Personally I prefer chess and Monopoly but I’m sure there are plenty of other games which can be used to pass the time.
7- Dog Food: So you have 1 year of food for your family and a spare 20 lb bag of dog food? Hmmm….something isn’t right. Granted if push comes to shove your fido can eat people food but that’s not a best case scenario now is it. Fido needs good nutrition to stay strong, especially if he/she is supposed to perform some sort of task after T-SHTF. Bear in mind dog food expires rather quickly so you’ll need to rotate your stash.
Any more ideas? Post them up!