You have stocked up on enough food, water and prepper items to last your family a month. You have several flashlights and lots of batteries. You have a well-stocked first aid kit, a bugout bag and plenty of medications. You have everything you need to survive a natural disaster, civil unrest or the end of the world as you know it.
Or do you?
Whether youâ€™ve been at the prepping game for a while or you are just getting started, you have probably done a pretty good job of stocking up on all of the most important emergency supplies. There could still, however, be some incredibly useful things that youâ€™ve forgotten. While they may not all be absolutely essential, the items on this list could prove to be very useful in the event of an emergency. Keep reading to discover some of the most common items that preppers forget.
Notebooks and Pencils
When texting is no longer an option, youâ€™ll need a pencil and paper to leave messages. Having a notebook also gives you a place to keep track of your supplies, create task lists or write down whatâ€™s happening. Go with pencils as opposed to pens as they are more reliable. Just make sure you have a small pencil sharpener, too.
Clothes for Your Kids as They Grow
Youâ€™ve probably been wearing roughly the same size clothes for years. Your kids on the other handâ€¦not so much. Kids outgrow their clothes quickly, but this is something that many parents fail to take into consideration when prepping. When making sure you have extra clothing for an emergency, be sure to invest in some garments that will fit your kids as they grow. The t-shirts that fit them perfectly today wonâ€™t do them much good if they have a growth spurt before disaster strikes!
Shop for wholesale basic apparel for kids and stock up on things like t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts in a few different sizes. Even if disaster strikes and the emergency gear is a bit too big, it can be worn in layers. Trust usâ€“in an emergency situation, itâ€™s way better for clothes to be too big than to be too small.
Socks and Underwear
While we are on the subject of clothing, donâ€™t underestimate the importance of socks and underwear. They may not seem like a big deal, but if the grid goes down and you are unable to do laundry, you will be extremely happy to have clean undergarments and dry socks to change into.
When you canâ€™t just go to the store and buy new clothes, you need to have a means of repairing the ones you currently have. One of the small sewing kits is better than nothing, but if you want to be fully prepared, make your own kit with a few spools of all-purpose thread, a couple of packs of needles, buttons, zippers and patches.
They arenâ€™t essential by any means, but paper plates are extremely helpful in emergencies. They are inexpensive and take up very little storage space. They also eliminate the need to waste valuable water on washing dishes. Itâ€™s a good idea to have disposable plastic utensils on hand, too, for the same reasons.
Glasses Repair Kit
If you wear glasses, itâ€™s always a good idea to have a spare pair. Itâ€™s also smart, however, to invest in a glasses repair kit. After all, your eye doctorâ€™s office probably wonâ€™t be open during a major emergency.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Menstruation doesnâ€™t stop just because the world is in shambles. Unfortunately, many women take for granted that feminine hygiene products will always be available and fail to stock up on them for emergencies. If there are any women of childbearing age in your family, keep at least six monthsâ€™ worth of tampons or pads on hand. Or, even better, invest in a menstrual cup, such as the Diva Cup. These products can be used, sanitized and reused for several years.
Toilet paper is another one of those products that we tend to take for granted. If you run out during an emergency situation, though, youâ€™ll definitely be wishing that you had thought to stock up. Itâ€™s virtually impossible to gather enough to last a lifetime, but you can collect enough to supply your family for a year or so. Just keep track of how much your family goes through in a month and multiply by 12.
Aluminum foil is extremely versatile. In emergency situations, you can use it to make a pot for boiling water or to wrap food before cooking it in the embers of a fire. It can also be used as a reflective material or for tweaking antennas.
If you currently use body wash, you might underestimate the importance of a humble bar of soap. In emergencies, though, it can be used to clean your body, wash your hair or even do your laundry. If you need to evacuate your home, itâ€™s much easier to carry a few bars of soap than to bring an entire shower caddy filled with body wash, shampoo, face wash, etc. Bar soap may not be glamorous, but it will get the job done when you need it to.
Small Items for Entertainment
When you are without power for an extended period of time, the hours can seem to drag on. This is especially true when you have kids. Make sure you have things like playing cards, Play-Dough and board games available to keep everyone occupied during stressful times. Check out dollar stores, thrift stores and yard sales to get great deals.
When disaster strikes, having things like food and water is vital. It is also important, though, to make sure you are stocked up on the things listed above. While they are often forgotten, these items can make surviving an emergency much easier.
Brenda Kimble is a freelance writer and also a mother of three kids and a cocker spaniel named Duke! She loves blogging, traveling, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys going for hikes and exploring the great outdoors!