When it comes to prepping, it's not about simply surviving. If a disaster occurs, it's about surviving, and then living on after the dust settles.
It's easy to only think about short-term survival, especially if you're a new Prepped Survivalist. But it's important to think long-term. Because eventually, supplies will run out.
It's critical to plan for long-term survival. It's also important to think about other items that aren't merely about continuing to live.
Should you survive, congratulations. Now what?
Now it's time to get on with life. Once your basic survival is established, you might consider your quality of life.
In a disaster, some of the most everyday things feel like extravagant luxuries. When you think about it, it's amazing what we take for granted.
Thanks to our friends at Off the Grid News. Here's 11 ‘must-haves' almost everybody forgets to stock up on:
Food is where we all start, but have you thought of these?
Your meals are going to get awfully bland if you don’t have spices to flavor them. What you have in your kitchen might last a few months, but that’s about it.
Everyone has salt in their stockpile, but do you have enough? Salt isn’t just necessary for flavoring our food; it’s also for preserving meat. If you’re going to hunt at all, you need a couple hundred pounds of salt on hand for meat preservation.
Most of us are planning on producing at least some of our own food, if not all of it, in the wake of a disaster. But do you have everything you need to expand your garden to that size? A 20-foot garden plot isn’t going to be enough; you’re going to need to turn your entire backyard into a garden.
Few people bother stockpiling fertilizer, but if you’re going to have to expand your garden rapidly, you’re going to need a mountain of it.
Those chickens, rabbits or goats you have are going to need to eat — or you won’t be able to eat them.
We all know we need a first-aid kit, although most don’t go far enough in stockpiling replacement supplies for theirs. But there are a few other key items you might want to consider.
For those who wear prescription glasses, this will be a necessity if they are going to do anything to help keep their families alive.
Even if you don’t need them now, don’t assume you never will. Reading glasses are great for any close-up work or working with small things.
If your diet isn’t going to be as well-balanced as it should be, a good quality multivitamin might go a long way towards keeping your health up.
Few people think about stockpiling clothing — which means that there will be a lot of people wondering what to do when the time comes. A few specific things you need to think of are:
Kids grow a lot, and you need to have larger sizes on hand than what they are using now.
I guarantee you, you’ll need them. But they tend to wear out, so have some spares.
Most of us don’t wear very rugged clothing. If you don’t, stock up.
Work or hiking boots
Especially important if you have to bug out.
You can read more at Off the Grid News.
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