We’ve all seen the articles. “10 prepping supplies that will save your life!” or “Not having these prepping supplies will get you killed!” We read these articles because it’s only human nature to NOT want to die. The problem is that we read these only to find out we already have everything on that list.
Because of this, Lisa and I wanted to take a different approach. We decided to do a podcast about prepping supplies that won’t save your life… but will make it a lot easier. One example that we listed below is a battery charge checker. By no means would this “save your life” but it would be helpful when you are trying to find out which batteries have charge, and which don’t.
SPP176 Prepping Supplies That Won’t Save Your Life
Here are some of the prepping supplies we talked about in the show. With Christmas right around the corner, some of these would also make pretty good gifts for that prepper who has everything. At the end of this post, Lisa also added her list of 10 prepping priority’s.
Gravity Shower: These can be made at home if you have a little diy skill, but these are fairly cheap if you want to go the easy route.
NON Power Tools: We all love our cordless power tools, but without electricity they will be useless. Manual tools like screwdrivers, hammers, files and wrenches can be found at thrift stores and garage sales.
Cleaners & Disinfectants: These could be store bought cleaners and hygiene items, or even stuff you make yourself. The great thing about these is they are low cost, and have a long shelf life.
Power Inverter: One of the easiest ways to get short term energy is to turn your car into a generator. A power inverter is easy to use, and I think everyone should have 1…or 2.
Bartering Supplies: Items like lighters, p38 can openers and batteries will be great bartering supplies. While just about anything could be used for bartering, these smaller, low cost items are great.
Battery Checker: For just a few bucks you can save yourself a lot of headaches by having a battery charge checker. As preppers we have batteries everywhere, and knowing which are charged could save a lot of time.
Manual Appliances: It’s not going to matter how fancy your coffee maker is when the grid goes down. Having appliances like a percolator, manual can opener and even a washboard will go a long way if there is no electricity.
Dutch Oven: These are great because anywhere you can build a fire, you can use a dutch oven. There are also quite a few recipe books out there which would be great because eating dehydrated food will probably get old fast.
Sun Oven: These are a little more expensive than most of the supplies on this list, but they are WELL worth it. You can literally cook anything in an All American Sun oven. We have a special discount code here if your interested.
Solar Chargers: These come in various sizes and price range, and remember you get what you pay for. I have tried a few of the lower cost solar chargers, and they don’t last long. The Goal Zero solar chargers are well worth the few extra dollars in the long run.
Headlamps (Not Flashlight): Anyone who knows us, knows how much we love these headlamps. There are countless situations where we need light, as wells as need both hands to complete a project.
Entertainment: Just because it’s the end of the world, doesn’t mean it needs to be the end of the world. Having some music, books, games could be valuable because there might be a lot of down time. Anyone who has children know how important this is.
5 Gallon Bucket Toilet Seat: This is another one that we could probably figure out a DIY solution, but like I said in the podcast “this might not save your life, but it could save your ass.” These 5 gallon bucket toilet seats run about $15.
This is just a short list of prepping items that won’t save your life, and there are probably 50 more that might make your life a lot easier if you have them. If you have any ideas, let us know in the comments below.
10 Prepping Priority’s
In the beginning of this week’s show Lisa talked about 10 prepping priorities we should have, regardless of the situation. These apply to small scale power outages, and large scale disasters as well. Here are the bullet points, and listen to the beginning of the show for more details about each of these.
- Having a well-stocked pantry.
- Growing medicinal herbs.
- A preppers library (physical books)
- Learn to garden.
- Learn to preserve food.
- Learn about solar power.
- Get your spouse on board (as much as possible)
- A well-stocked armory.
- Having a get home bag.
- Building community.
Your Thoughts and Ideas…
This is just a short list of prepping supplies that you might want, but don’t really “need.” If you have any ideas let us know in the comments below, I’ll add it to my Christmas list. 🙂