Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

Stockpiling is essentially the start and finish of preparation. I mention this because that is usually the first thing we do when we wake up. Even before we decide to become preppers, we frequently begin stockpiling. Simultaneously, most of us continue to add to our stockpiles even after we’ve completed all of our other preparation projects. It appears that the process of stockpiling is never truly completed.

Part of this is due to the high cost of stockpiling, especially if you wish to store enough goods to last a year. While there’s no certainty that any of us would require a year’s worth of supplies or that a year’s worth will be sufficient, it’s become a goal for many of us.

The fact that we continue finding more and more goods that we need keeps us working on our preparation stocks. How many of us understood how many masks we needed in our inventory before COVID struck? Since the pandemic began, how many items have we added?

I’m always on the lookout for new items to add to my stockpile. Some of them may not appear normal to most people, and some may even appear to be survival gear. When a survival emergency arises, however, you’ll wish you’d also stocked up on these items.

Strange Survival Items You Should Stockpile


Salt is another ingredient that is frequently overlooked in most people’s survival kits. I’m not talking about sprinkling your dish with a pound of salt. I’m referring to enormous amounts of salt used to preserve food.

Because salt is a natural preservative, it is commonly used in various methods of food preservation. It’s required for canning, dehydrating, and smoking, as well as variations such jerky and salt fish. You probably don’t have enough salt if you don’t have 100 pounds or more in your stockpile.

Sanitary Napkins

Aside from their obvious utility, sanitary napkins can come in handy in a survival emergency. Those napkins are sterile and made to absorb a lot of blood. This makes them ideal for use as bandages, especially for bigger wounds that may bleed profusely. Most of us don’t have a lot of large bandages in our first-aid kits, so sanitary napkins are a cheap way to get some.


People frequently discuss adding candles to their survival supplies, but not candle or lamp wicking. Granted, none of us are likely to come into a cache of paraffin that can be used to manufacture candles, and few of us have bees. So, why buy candle wicking in bulk? Because it may be used to build an oil lamp, which will provide light when the batteries run out and all of the candles have burned out.

An oil lamp can be made out of a variety of flammable materials, while an improvised light can be made out of a variety of items. The wick is the most important component. Oil lamp wicking is preferred since it is wider than candle wicking; however, wider varieties of candle wicking will still function.

In simple terms, the wider the wick, the greater the flame, and thus the more light produced. However, the faster the lamp burns the oil, the faster the lamp will burn the oil. As a result, there is a tradeoff.

Rat Traps

A spike in the rat population is one of the things that tends to happen in the aftermath of any calamity. This is primarily due to an increase in rat food supply. Rats, on the other hand, can transport disease and get into our food supplies.

So, even if we find ourselves in the position of having to eat those rats, we’d be better off eliminating them. However, getting rid of them necessitates either having a rat-catching cat or having a large number of rat traps. So, if you don’t have a cat, you should get some traps.

Repair Parts

Almost anything that mankind can create can also be broken. That holds true for our survival gear just as much as it does for anything else we utilise. All of that gear is going to receive a lot of usage in a true survival situation, so it only makes sense to be prepared to repair it. If you have an ancient Coleman lantern that burns gasoline, for example, you should have a repair kit for the pump because it’s a key part that can fail with heavy use.

Our homes are another location where we all require repair components. Natural disasters present numerous opportunities for our homes to be destroyed, such as when a tree branch falls on the roof. If you don’t have emergency supplies on hand, the damaged roof will leak, making it impossible to utilize that section of the house and causing more damage to the rest of the property.

Gasoline Extender

Gasoline has a six-month shelf life in most cases. Despite this, it is most likely the most important fuel we have today; not just for our cars, but also for power tools such as chainsaws. There’s a significant chance that some gasoline will always be available, whether it’s stolen from cars, pumped from underground tanks at gas stations, or hoarded in someone’s garage.

However, if the gasoline is old, it will not perform as well. Adding a fuel life extender to such gas will revitalize it, reintroducing some of the more volatile hydrocarbons that have evaporated and making the gasoline viable once again.


At one point or another, I’ve heard a number of folks talk about constructing primitive weaponry. I don’t have anything against that, but if you’re going to construct primitive weapons, you’ll need the correct materials. Rawhide lashings were a crucial component of such primitive weapons and the way they were produced. While we can use paracord, it will not be as effective.

Rawhide has two fundamental qualities that make it an excellent lashing material for anything that must be permanently fastened together. The first is that when wet, it stretches. Then it shrinks as it dries. This strengthens the joint by tightening it. The other feature is that it dries firm, which helps it hold things together even more. Rawhide, unlike twine or paracord, does not slack up over time.


Regardless of how much ammunition you have, I would keep some arrowheads if you plan on creating a bow. There are a few different techniques to make arrowheads, but they aren’t all that simple. It’s very difficult to knap a flint arrowhead.

I’m not talking about broadhead arrowheads, which are typically employed for big game hunting. With your bow, you’re more inclined to go hunting for small game. So, even if you have a few broadheads on hand, I strongly advise you to have field points.

These are not only far less expensive, but they’re also great for small game because they don’t leave as large a wound cavity while still being powerful enough to put down smaller animals.


The spokeshave is one of the most important tools for manufacturing primitive implements including clubs, spears, and bows. It’s a two-handed instrument with a small blade, similar to that of a hand plane.

The spokeshave, which was originally designed to make wood spokes for wheels, is ideal for turning a sapling into a bow because it allows you to selectively cut material from the sapling. While other procedures, such as whittling, can be used to construct a bow, none of them are as effective.


I’m not sure why people believe that a survival fishing kit should just have two fishhooks. I don’t think I’ve ever gone fishing without losing at least two hooks. Yet, when I look at most people’s survival fishing gear, I only see two hooks. For myself, I’d say 100 or so. In fact, I’d up the ante on bobbers and other essential fishing gear.

Fish are the most abundant of all the different types of food that may be gathered from nature. There will be fish in our rivers and lakes long after the big game has vanished. Fish seem to be able to survive and thrive in the most improbable of places.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, whether Ziploc or grocery bags are one of those products that can be used in a million different ways. We’ll find a number of uses for plastic bags in any survival circumstance, from storing seeds to lining a bucket toilet to collect human waste. Stockpile a variety of sizes so you can choose from a variety of possibilities.


When it comes to a bucket toilet, one of the most overlooked products to store is lime. No, I’m not referring to the fruit; rather, I’m referring to a calcium-containing mineral component known as calcium-hydroxide.

Today, lime is commonly utilized as a construction material, such as in concrete mixes. It is, nevertheless, widely utilized for wastewater treatment. In our instance, it’s useful for lowering stink in outhouses and other latrines, as well as eliminating flies.

By Beth

I'm Beth Nunes, the proprietor of preparing in the city. My family is the most important thing in the world to me. I couldn't bear the thought of my three small children going hungry, so I became obsessed with finding simple and practical ways to be prepared for the future by building food storage and gathering other emergency preparedness items.

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