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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).

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- 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Small Pro quality emery boards. Handy for all sorts of things.

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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.

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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
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