When it comes to The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI), you’ll need more than just REM’s Greatest Hits to keep you comfortable during this dire time. The good news is that there are many simple, inexpensive household essentials that you can purchase and have ready at your home in case the worst should occur.
What follows are ten such essential household items in case disaster strikes and you need to be on your own for the foreseeable future. You can stock up on these items and have them ready in case they are needed.
Anti-Diarrhea Medications: Disaster areas often carry with them the threat of cholera, a disease that kills its victims through dehydration. This is why you need anti-diarrhea medication around to prevent it from happening to you and your family.
Arnica: This is a simple, homeopathic remedy that is a topical agent which protects the skin, soothes muscle aches, and reduces inflammation. Along with rubbing alcohol, it can greatly reduce skin infections which otherwise might get out of control.
Citric Acid: A natural cleaning agent, it also helps greatly with preserving food and tenderizing meats. Plus, it’s consumable so you can use it to flavor beverages and its cheap so you can purchase it in bulk.
Books: Boredom is one of the main issues that people face when they lack electricity for long periods. Over the days, weeks, months, and years you will need to find comfort in books and reading materials so that you can keep your mind sharp and active. Digital books are great, until the power runs out. So, buy some good books that will keep you entertained for a long time.
Fabrics: You will need to make your own clothing items, so having sheets of good fabric will help. Having a manually operating sewing machine is nice as well, but they are rather scarce.
Guns & Ammunition: You will need a good, serviceable weapon and enough ammunition to keep you protected. It helps if you know how to make ammo from brass and lead. Of course, there is shotgun reload equipment which are simple and easy to use.
MREs: Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) is a product that has a long shelf life and comes in many different flavors. While you will need to hunt and grow your own food, having MREs around is a great help.
Paracord: Rope is handy to have, but paracord is far stronger and longer lasting when you need to tie up items and such. Paracord can also be pulled apart and used for shoelaces and even dental floss.
Rubbing Alcohol: This is a versatile item that you can keep almost indefinitely in a cool, dry place and cap it so it doesn’t evaporate. You can use it to clean wounds, tools, and general areas, along with starting fires if need be.
Yarn: While the Yarn Barns of today may not be as numerous after disaster strikes, yarn itself comes in quite handy for creating warm clothes and repairing existing clothing. You’ll have to learn to knit, but that is a valuable trait to have if disaster strikes.