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03-16-2019 01:53 AM
Old fart
Originally Posted by grandma View Post
Feminine hygiene products, birth control aids...for young women in your MAG.
Menstrual cups last for years, take up far less room, and pay for themselves over time, even if you get 3 per female.

Chap stick/similar
Hasps to go with those padlocks
Spray deicer
Graphite lubricant
Zip Locs (various sizes--the regular ones, not the zip ones)
Extra canning implements, especially the magnet thingee for the lids
Prenatal/fertility thermometer and extra batteries
Squeeze travel bidets
Itty bitty Bibles
Steel snow shovel
File to sharpen snow shovel
No-power sweeper for rugs
03-14-2019 03:58 PM
WilliamAshley anyone say seeds on here yet. Maybe an obvious prep for people but maybe not for others.

this can go in with foods that can be used as seeds.

I also try to insure a supply of melatonin --- on the flip side I like to have stimulants like coffee/adrafinil etc.. having that extra energy when you need to keep going can be useful. Being able to sleep when you are wired can be useful too.

and earplugs.. having extra pairs is great. not only useful for construction and shooting but also general sleep in active areas.

wire/string/shoelaces if it isn't already in your kit

Padlock.. and chain / wire can be useful.

bolt cutters or some steel cutting tool. /sledge -- tools in general.
03-14-2019 02:45 PM
bunkerbuster Small Pro quality emery boards. Handy for all sorts of things.

03-14-2019 09:05 AM
grandma Feminine hygiene products, birth control aids...for young women in your MAG.
03-12-2019 12:26 PM
LtGreg There are some good suggestions in here. I am seeing my preparedness in two forms - consumables that may be hard/impossible to get when the SHTF and tools and equipment that I'll want to have, ideally things you can buy once and repair.

Insect screen for windows
Journal books, for record keeping and for writing
Pens and pencils
Washers and gaskets for plumbing devices, for as long as they last
Spare pumps, motors & parts
Candlewick, in the largest quantities you can buy it
Paraffin wax - 10 pound blocks are available for around $20, from which can make about 20 8oz candles (unless you have lots of bees and lots of flowering area for them to feed, you’ll need a supplemental source of candle wax)
Sterile bandages and first aid items
Vegetable & herb seeds
Axe & knife blades, arrow points (you’ll make the shafts/handles yourself)
Canning jars w/ corrosion-resistant stainless lids (you can’t have enough of these, in my opinion)
Compressed sphagnum peat (for your root cellar)
Imported foods that you won’t be able to buy in the future, like coffee, some kinds of tea and spices
Glass “hurricane lamp” shades (because they break)
Plate glass
Shovel blades - they don't last forever
Bicycle tires and extra parts like tires, brake cables/pads, & chains
Fishing hooks
Eye glasses
Hurricane lamp shades for candles
Nails tacks and brads
Rodent traps
Bath towels

Tools you hopefully only have to buy once:
Grinding/sharpening stones (you’ll probably only need 2-3 flat stones and 2 grinding wheels for a lifetime)
Tooth extraction pliers
Dental picks (for teeth cleanings)
Sawblades (that can be sharpened)
Metal files
Hand tools such as sockets, wrenches, hammers, etc.
Drill and auger bits and a tool to sharpen them
Hand tools for wood and metal working
Files, rasps planes, and other shaping devices
2-3 scythes for shearing your grains, and straw
A good hybrid bicycle (on/off road) for each family member
1 high quality electric washing machine, or a hand-powered laundry washer (tumble type)
1 heavy duty steam kettle
1 food dehydrator - a commercially available on or one you build yourself
An industrial sewing machine - ideally one with an external motor
Several hand saws for manually felling and limbing trees, including a 1 man crosscut and a 2-man crosscut, an arborists trimming saw, a bow saw, and a tree pruner with a long handle - at least 10’, 16’ is better
Ice harvesting tools - ice auger, ice harvesting saw or ice plow, ice chisels and a large hardwood mallet
A plow meant to be drawn by your horse or mule
Many buckets and pails
If you plan to sew your own clothes, a flat iron that can heat up on the wood stove is a worthy investment. This is such ancient technology that I can’t find a manufacturer for them them anymore, so it might take a visit to online auctions, antique stores, flea markets, or rummage sales to find a good one.
A fish scaler
Leatherworking tools
03-12-2019 11:24 AM
Florida Jean window screen repair tape/stuff. Maybe a few rolls extra for replacements.
03-12-2019 06:58 AM
catfeet Mesh onion bags - I use them to store my root crops in the basement; keeps the air flowing and helps to prevent rot.

Fungicide - foot, jock, yeast etc. No use being super uncomfortable.

A long ways back, I got scabies from a hotel stay. They gave me a 5% permethrin cream to use daily for a week. The experience was so...creepy, awful, terrible, that I went and made my own so that it would never occur again. (Our local farm store rocks...)

This same hotel also had bedbugs. Ugh. Got the diatomaceous earth for that too. Left the suitcases zipped up for a week after liberally dosing with the stuff.

These things that are so small make you so uncomfortable that it's only prudent to store the cure.
03-10-2019 05:34 PM
LindaLou FWIW I keep duplicates of my veggie garden hand tools.

Also, I keep extra containers with screw on lids for storing seeds I collect from my plants at the end of the season.

Also, several sharpening stones for the bladed garden tools to make the work easier. Example: hoes, shovels, cutters of all sorts, etc.
03-10-2019 05:03 PM
The Heretic
Originally Posted by lildrestl3 View Post
Sunscreen, bug spray, duct-tape,
Gaffers tape
Construction seam tape
Electrical tape
Packing tape

Plastic sheeting in rolls - preferably as thick as you can find - for roof/window repairs, closing off windows/doors in case of NBC, dust storms, volcanoes, etc. - both black and clear. Use the clear for making a green house, black for your windows if you don't have blackout curtains. Cover your vehicles, food plants, possibly your house incase of any kind of fallout - makes it easier to decon - also, the volcanic ash can be acidic.
03-09-2019 09:20 AM
Morning - Glory Band aids. Small cuts can be very annoying and get infected easily.
03-06-2019 08:16 PM
Jim in Illinois
Originally Posted by Tammon View Post
Floss for when it gets really annoying and you can't remove that little critter between your teeth.
Floss also works great for emergency repairs. I have sewed damaged tents and clothing with it one of the strongest threads you can find. I always have a little pouch of Heavy Duty Household Needles for emergency Repairs.
03-06-2019 07:55 PM
Originally Posted by robH View Post
- Nail clippers and Nail file...knives and scissors are fine but its so much easier with the right tools.

- Bagbalm or something similar... Imagine yourself doing some manual labor and working up a sweat... your thighs rub together and cause a rash in the nether regions... wouldnt it be nice to have a bit of relief from that... especially knowing how much pain it could cause if you had to make a hasty retreat with a said rash...

- Eyedrops... again, working outside and you get something caught in your eye, would be nice to be able to clear your eyes with something sanitary versus using up your water stores...

Take it a step farther and you could add in a set up protective glasses. A splinter in the eye from chopping wood is a bad thing...could be prevented. (Speaking from experience on this one)

- Gloves, eveyone talks about a good set of boots, but having some work gloves can do wonders for keeping your hands healthy.

Thoughts?... additions?
Good post and very true! All this stuff is made in China or some place and after SHTF there won't be any of it for probably a long time.

I am reading this thinking about my goats. I keep an extra hoof trimmer around, they wear out. Bag balm for milking ( that IS what it is supposed to be for.... ) eyewash we use all the time, I get pieces parts of hay and straw in my eyes all the time. Gloves is an obvious. I buy 3-4 boxes of 100 each disposable gloves all the time. Plus regular work gloves, plus cold weather gloves.
Plus alcohol ( for cleaning and disinfecting), and a whole bunch of other chemicals we use on our farm regularly.
03-06-2019 07:25 PM Lice Treatment
Zip Ties (all the way up to 36"; 48"; & 60" sizes).
Tape (including Scotch tape refills).
Sharpies (Fine & Extra Fine)
Lip Balm (Prefer Burt's Bees). Expensive, but worth it.
Pill Cutters. Have 1 in each medical bag.
03-06-2019 07:03 PM
Grummanflyer Nails, deck screws, rechargeable battery's, two cycle motor oil, chain saw files, solar panels, building supplies
04-26-2012 12:40 AM
macnsheila How about a solar or camp shower? They're cheap. If the power and or water goes out (or both). A good shower goes a long way for morale. A gardener's watering bucket will do the same (with the nozzle that has a hundred holes).
04-25-2012 11:02 PM
Zosimos Yeah, I have been thinking mostly of food preps. Still have a ways to go.
04-25-2012 10:53 PM
greenhorn Medical MJ seeds, rolling papers, Alcohol, to trade or drink, enjoy etc.,
04-25-2012 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by Odhinn View Post
Antibiotics that the doctor just prescribed to you without really knowing what was wrong and just assumed that you needed them when you didn't.


I heard laser treatments can go horribly wrong, and almost always mess up your night vision.
Laser treatment worked for me. better than 20/20 and awesome night vision
04-25-2012 10:57 AM
MaxMaxine From Maxine -

Max is a real handy guy to have around (Seriously, he's a master carpenter) but I still subscribe to the Duct Tape/WD-40 rule. If it moves and it's not supposed to - Duct Tape. If it's supposed to move and doesn't - WD-40.
A lot of talk about glasses/contact lens solution/etc. Max and I both wear glasses so extra sets of glasses would be a must. Thankfully, I think both of us could get by with using the over-the-counter reading glasses in a pinch. Would love it if we could both do the surgical route but finances won't allow for it.
Pins, needles, sewing thread. Extra fabric (bolts of it in some cases) for sheets, towels, etc. Someone commented about wash clothes for when the toilet paper runs out. I think more than one wash cloth would be a great idea and cutting them out of a bolt of terry cloth fabric would be even better.
Cord, rope, string, chain, etc. for everything from a clothesline to a pet run.
04-25-2012 02:07 AM
ro2935 Brushes - Soft bruses for Lino & hardwood floors, Stiff brissel brushes for rugs and carpets, Chimney sweeping rods and brushes,
Fire extinguisers & fire blankets.
Razor strop and straight razors.
Hair care kits -scissors, razors, brushes, combs, fine tooth combs for removing lice.
Eye glass repair kits
Sewing needles -straight, curved & machine needles.
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