101 Strange Things to Stock Up On Before TSHTF

As you’re prepping for a long-term survival situation, you probably already know to stock up on the basics.
Batteries? Check.
Water? You’ve got enough to last your entire family for years.
Food? You’ve got a bigger stockpile of canned food than your local grocery store does.
Shelter? You’ve got several plans in mind.

However, these basics aren’t going to be enough to get you through in the long term. To stay ahead of the game, you’ve got to think about things that others haven’t thought of yet. Thinking outside of the box can help you stock up on unexpected supplies that your family will need.

Plus, imagine the bartering power that you’ll have when TSHTF. You’ll have things that no one else thought about stocking up on.

People will be lining up and begging you for these unexpected survival items.

I actually came across a pretty cool article on thesurvivalistblog.net, and I was shocked by the unexpected items that it listed. The list gave me a lot to think about, and I’ve seen items that I have never seen on any survival-related list, ever. Give it a peek to get a new perspective and some new ideas that will put you ahead of the curve.

  1. Diaper pins – Good not only for the obvious but for securing lots of things
  2. Pack saddle for horses and mules
  3. An autoclave or similar
  4. Walkers, bed pans and toilet risers for older people
  5. Veterinary wrap – Not only for animals, but for you family too!
  6. Spare glass jars of various sizes
  7. Manual glass or metal juicers – no plastic wanted here!
  8. Goo Gone or similar goo remover
  9. Dentist or glamour mirror
  10. Paint brushes – not just painting
  11. Pet veterinary and medical supplies
  12. Liquid Smoke flavoring – Make lots of foods taste better
  13. Typewriter
  14. Microscope
  15. Mechanical pencils and spare pencil lead
  16. A Barometer to get an idea of the weather
  17. Kits to fix garden hoses – because you can stock 10 hoses but what happens when they break?
  18. Cheesecloth – useful not just for cheese for all sorts of canning needs
  19. Nicorette chewing gum or “The Patch” to curb smoking
  20. UV window film – to help keep houses cool
  21. Barbed wire and chicken wire fencing
  22. Songbooks and simple instruments – for entertainment
  23. Bags/cloth to use to bag flowers for seed pollination
  24. Winter scarves, gloves, mittens – its easy to forget these when it’s not winter
  25. Moth balls, cedar balls, and smelling salts
  26. Citric acid, pectin, alum and Pickle Crisp for canning
  27. Metal rulers – because they last much longer. Different sizes
  28. Mop wringer
  29. Safety vests
  30. Steam juicers – stovetop variety
  31. Solar powered fencing – even if you don’t have livestock now, you may have it later. And it can be used as a “first line of defense” or used for parts for other uses
  32. Disposable ear plugs
  33. Pregnancy kits – I never see this on prepping lists, but it seems so basic… you want to know if you are so you can make sure to eat right, etc.
  34. Sewing measuring tapes
  35. Measuring spoons – metal with engraved markings. The commonly used plastic ones with painted on markings will break and fade
  36. Canvas shopping bags – handy for so many things
  37. Rain gauge – for keeping track of rainfall
  38. Lighter flints for refillable lighters
  39. Hard hats
  40. Posthole digger, manual – but try to get all your fencing done before … these things SUCK to use
  41. Canoe – if you live near water or an inflatable raft if you’re not that close. If you get a canoe/raft, consider getting the big Duluth packs that outfitters use – they are waterproof (sorta) and good for packing
  42. ClearJel canning starch – for canning pie fillings
  43. Wind up clocks – how else are you going to keep time if the grid goes down?
  44. Candle molds and a double boiler for melting wax
  45. Pet carriers – one for each pet
  46. Measuring cups – metal with engraved markings. Painted on markings will disappear with time
  47. Jar openers – the type that lets you get leverage on the lid
  48. Tomato powder – another good way to store Vitamin C
  49. A way to figure calendars into the future
  50. Neck and ankle braces
  51. Mailboxes – metal for all sorts of caches and other storage uses
  52. Fly paper – stores decently and is really handy. Researching a way to make this stuff is also probably a good idea
  53. Stovetop waffle makers
  54. Life preservers – if you need them, you need them
  55. Manual egg/batter beaters – whisks work, but the old-fashioned egg beater is hard to beat
  56. Sewing patterns – better to have them now … especially easy to sew shirts/pants/coats/outerwear
  57. Foam camping pads for under sleeping bags
  58. Rennet tablets for cheese-making
  59. Canning funnel and jar lifter – often listed, but cannot have enough of these, in metal
  60. Eyeglass repair kits – they make handy little ones
  61. Shoe and boot laces – yes, you could use leather laces but why not stock some?
  62. Bottle corks of various sizes – for when you lose that bottle lid
  63. Oars/paddles – even if you don’t have one of the above, they can be handy for improvised rafts
  64. Window insulation foam – for keeping warm
  65. Powdered buttermilk – useful for cooking
  66. Velcro
  67. Powdered lemon and lime juice – an excellent way to store Vitamin C
  68. Fence posts – entirely too handy not just for fencing but for gardening
  69. Clothesline and wooden clothespins
  70. Straight or safety razor for male shaving
  71. Swim goggles – not so much for recreational swimming, but for any time you might need to go into the water for whatever reason
  72. Room thermometers
  73. Mimeograph machine and supplies – IF you can find one.
  74. Black and brown paint – useful for camouflage, hiding things, and making makeshift showers plus a myriad of other uses.
  75. Reflectors and reflective tape
  76. Wind vane
  77. Chalk and blackboards. Blackboard paint isn’t a bad idea either
  78. Fountain pens, inkwells and powdered ink – those Bic pens you stockpiled will run out eventually
  79. Paper cutter
  80. Plant pots for starting seedlings. You’ll want various sizes
  81. Tow straps for vehicles
  82. Leather punch and knife
  83. CLR cleaner – or other lime/deposit/etc remover
  84. Manual hair clippers – human and animal
  85. Tire chains – if you live where it snows…
  86. Locks – combination, keyed, and other types as needed
  87. Disguised safes – the “fake book” kinds
  88. Folding cloth camping chairs – entirely too useful and easy to store
  89. Goggles – safety ones
  90. Canes – there will come a time when they are needed. Adjustable ones are better
  91. Old time photographic equipment – could be a new business!
  92. China markers/grease pencils – these are great for marking containers with what is in them
  93. Carry yokes – the old fashioned water carrying yokes
  94. Stovetop popcorn popper
  95. Clothes baskets that are actual baskets – they last longer and can be repaired
  96. An inflatable kiddie pool – thousands of uses (okay, maybe I exaggerate, but useful nevertheless)
  97. Dice and dice games rulebooks – as above
  98. Pea shellers, corn huskers, apple peelers and corers, etc.
  99. Cloth diapers
  100. Slingshot and ammo
  101. Hoyle’s rule book for card games – Just to pass the time.

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