With preparedness we are constantly thinking about things that will help us survive, or help us get through a terrible situation. It’s also important to remember that maintaining our sanity in these situations is just as important.
While a percolator will not “save your life”, it will give you a sense of normalcy, and possibly save your family from “the wrath of you” haha. Having some of the supplies listed below will also help keep everyone occupied, and in turn, keeping you sane.
As preppers we are blessed with the foresight to prepare for unforeseen events. This shouldn’t stop with the important prepping supplies. The goal in any disaster scenario is to not only survive, but thrive.
SPP224 The Necessary Conveniences
Some of the items listed below are pure convenience items, and some will make your life much easier. Just because It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) doesn’t mean it has to be “the end of the world” all together.
Almost every SHTF scenario we can think of as preppers involves some sort of power outage. When this happens we need our manual backups in place. In the show we talked about a few of the following.
Cast Iron (For Cooking Outside)
Take a look at anything electric in your home that you use on a regular basis, and try to figure out alternatives. Also pay attention to the tasks you do like making bread, or making coffee, and think about how you would do it without electricity.
More Than Just Water
While water is vital to our survival, having something other than water to drink is important as well. Keeping the family happy will help you maintain your sanity, and having something other than water can only help your cause.
Cool Aid (Requires Lots of Sugar)
Soda & Beer
As the saying goes, we all have our vices. Even if some of these aren’t all that healthy, they will give us a little normalcy in a tough situation. This could mean a beer at the end of a long day, a cigarette when your stressed, or a cup of coffee in the morning. Here are some of the vices we talked about in the show, and I’m sure there are many more.
Booze & Beer
Depending on the situation, there could be a lot of downtime. While there will be some important stuff to get done, we all need to unwind every once in a while. For those of you that have children, you know exactly how important this is.
Board Games (I Mentioned Axis & Allies in the Show)
Books (Fiction and Skills)
Having breakfast is not only good for starting the day off right, some are almost like desert. While some people don’t like oatmeal or eggs, just about everyone loves pancakes and syrup. This is probably a little obvious, but here are some breakfast ideas.
Boxed Cereal (With Powdered Milk)
Pancakes & Syrup
Eggs (Fresh or Powdered)
Potatoes (Diced or Hash Browns)
Toast (Or Just Bread)
Having food and cooking food in a SHTF scenario are 2 different things. Without electricity baking anything is going to be a challenge. The good news is, there are a number of options depending on what you want to cook.
Sun Oven (Get One Here)
While some hygiene items are a necessity, some will help give us a sense of normalcy. Sometimes I disagree with Lisa about makeup and hair care stuff, but if that makes her happy, it means I stay happy. Having deodorant may not save your life, but it might save your marriage. On second though…It might save your life lol.
Toothpaste (And Brushes)
Hair Care Products (Other Than Shampoo)
I love my power tools because they make everything so much easier, but I still have the “old school” backups for them. Cordless drills and table saws are great, but you need options for grid down scenarios. A lot of tools rarely get used, but you’ll be glad you have them when you need them.
Yard Tools (Shovels & Axe’s)
Hammer (And Nails)
When it comes to bartering, there are 2 schools of thought, “not a chance!” and “It could help my situation”. I personally think we need to have our situation covered before we start storing supplies for bartering, but there are some low cost items we could store a few extra of for bartering. Here are a few that come to mind.
Expired Cans of Food (Lisa Does This)
More Necessary Conveniences…
In the past Lisa and I talked about some other prepping supplies that WONT save your life, and prepping priorities. If you have any idea I didn’t mention here, let us know in the comments below?