5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency

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One of the very first things I did when I adopted what I like to call the “Prepping Lifestyle” is do a walk around inventory.  Although I had not consciously considered myself a prepper – and at the time I barely knew what that meant anyway – I discovered that I had a lot of stuff, but that it was woefully disorganized and lacking in many key areas.

I had lots of canned goods, supplemental lighting, off-grid cooking devices, tools and more.  But I was sorely lacking in water and first aid items.  Go figure.

Over the past couple of years, I have learned a lot, shared a lot and made a number of prepping mistakes.  Taking them all in stride – well, not quite, but I try – I can now look back with relief that I have come as far as I have.  But as I often say, prepping is a way of life and there is always something new to learn, tasks to do and gear to purchase.

Today I am going to share with you a list of things that you may not have thought of when planning for an emergency, a short term disaster or a SHTF situation where you will be on your own and totally off grid.

5 Things That Will Be Useful if the SHTF

1.  Aluminum Foil

8218255910 a79d0f1d11 o 5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency   Backdoor SurvivalA few rolls of aluminum foil will serve you well in an emergency situation.  You can use foil to fashion cooking utensils or to line your pots and pans before cooking so that you do not have to waste precious water cleaning up. If you do cook on you pans directly, a crumpled up piece of foil can be used as a handy scrubber to remove the crusties. You can even use foil to create an impromptu Faraday cage.

There are a lot more uses for this handy stuff such as wrapping stones in foil, heating them by the campfire, then using them to heat up your blanket or sleeping bag before going to bed.  Once you put a mind to it, you will wonder why you had not thought of including aluminum foil in your survival kit before now.

2.  Disposable Eating Utensils

Unless you live near a lake or stream, chances are that water is going to be precious.  Even a 55 gallon water barrel or two will only go so far and you will want to reserve that water for drinking and cooking.  Paper plates and disposable utensils (forks, knives and spoons) are the answer and will only set you back a few dollars.

3.  Laundry Equipment and Supplies

You are going to need to have tools and supplies for hand washing and drying your clothes.  Sure, you can wear a shirt and pants for a few days without worry but hopefully the undies and other unmentionables will be clean.  And who wants to wear dirty socks?8164860215 3a3cc85b91 m 5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency   Backdoor Survival

You are going to need a tub and plunger (don’t discount using a plumber’s helper if that is what you have) or better yet, an old-fashioned washboard.  You can fashion a clothes line out of paracord or purchase a dryer rack.  But have you thought about clothes pins?

And for washing, how about a bar of Fels Naphtha washing soap?  It is light weight, portable, and does not take up a lot of space.  As good as my DIY laundry soap works in a machine, when you are the machine, nothing beats a bar of soap for rubbing, scrunching and stain removal.

4.  Cooking Grate

Depending on your facilities and the number of mouths to feed, cooking over an open fire may be a real possibility.  Even if you are using a rocket stove – either home made, an Ecozoom, Solo Stove or other type – an open fire may still be needed for grilling freshly caught fish or game or for long term simmering if stews and chili’s made with your stored food items.

5.  Sanitation supplies

Funny how people forget about the basics.  In addition to a supply of TP, how about some old tee-shirts cut up into squares to use “there” when nothing else is available?  In addition, you will need some feminine supplies for ladies and diapers for the little ones.  And, if the sewer or septic system in inoperable, you are going to need a buckets and some large heavy duty plastic bags to use as a liner so you have someplace to do your business.

The Final Word

As you look over this list, it may occur to you that many of these items are already available in your pantry, closet or basement storage area.  And if not, none are overly expensive.  Even the cooking grate can be improvised from an oven rack or you can purchase one at a second hand store.

The moral of today’s article is that when and if the time comes, it will be comforting to have the basics covered so that you can spend time worrying about the important things such as your safety, security and the health of your loved ones.

For the next few days, why not walk around your home or apartment and seek out items that will be useful in an unconventional manner in an emergency.

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5 Comments »

  1. Farm December 1, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Then there are those of us who observe those who run leaving the house and all the goodies. Let me help before they spoil.

  2. Outdoors Dan November 29, 2012 at 4:44 am - Reply

    They told you wrong on the rocks. Best them first, then put them in the foil. The foil will keep them warm longer after they’re out of the fire.

  3. Dan November 29, 2012 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Uh? why wrap rocks in tinfoil? Tinfoil burns.

  4. Ponce November 29, 2012 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Hello amigos, being from Cuba I already know the meaning of WTSHTF, the only thing is that in the US it will be ten times worse that what it is in Cuba where the situation has now lasted for over 50 years…….. buy now what you would like to use later because later there wont be any to be found…… cooking oil, salt, sugar, rice, beans, vitamins pills, dog food……..and yes, I did say dog food…many brands of dog food are good to eat so do a search to find out which one you like the most………………me and my dog will be fighting over this one.

    “No Export = No Recovery”… Ponce …..

  5. jayjay November 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    brooms..don’t forget brooms.

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