Today, it’s all about 25 things everyone should hoard for an emergency. When disaster strikes, it’s typically too late to start planning, making a list, and then heading to the grocery store to pick up your needs. By the time you get there, people will already be out of control, ransacking foods and supplies that you should have already stockpiled.
This doesn’t have to be you in this type of situation. Be prepared. Take a look at these 25 things that everyone should hoard in case of an emergency. Do you know things everyone should hoard for an emergency?
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1. Pain Relievers
Having aspirin on hand can be useful for relieving headaches and reducing fevers. Applying it directly to burns, scrapes, and cuts can reduce pain directly to your skin. It even works well on a bug bite or bee sting.
Catching a fever with flu-like symptoms during a crisis is not only bad but can be deadly. Stocking up on electrolytes, such as Gatorade or Pedialyte can help replenish your electrolytes and keep you from dehydrating.
3. Hand Crank Radio
Not being informed during an emergency can be even scarier without any information from the outside world. Purchase a hand-crank radio to help with this problem. No batteries required.
Having a multi-tool on hand during a crisis is much more effective than carrying around a toolbox full of heavy tools everywhere you go. Most of them have knives, scissors, screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener, and pliers.
Unfortunately, bad times usually bring out the bad in people. Having firearms stashed away for protecting your family is important, even if you aren’t fond of them. If you are totally against guns, find some other solution or form of protection for keeping your family safe.
6. Extra Blankets
Heaven forbid if an emergency were to strike in winter. But if it did, make sure that you are ready. Electricity and keeping your home heated might not even be an option. Make sure to have plenty of extra blankets stored away, just in case.
7. Duct Tape
Duct tape has so many uses. You could patch a tent, patch a hose, better insulate your shoes, and so on. Mythbusters (television show) even made a kayak with duct tape and a few pieces of wood.
Paracord, like the duct tape, has many uses. It’s much stronger and lighter than typical rope. You can use it to tie sticks together to make a shelter. Paracord can also be used for climbing, a fishing line, sling, and countless other survival uses.
You are going to go through a bunch of batteries. Make sure you stockpile batteries of all kinds while preparing for an emergency. If someone in your family uses a breathing machine or respirator, be sure to stock up on the appropriate batteries. Please look into a solar-powered backup system like a Goal Zero Solar Unit.
Having extra flashlights hoarded away will keep your family out of dark situations at night. In my opinion, you can never have too many flashlights.
11. Can Openers
Canned food (besides your dehydrated and freeze-dried food) is about the only source of food you will find that hasn’t spoiled. So when hard times hit, make sure to have a handy can opener with you.
12. Charcoal/Lighter Fluid/Campfire fuel
Charcoal is a great way of cooking your food. Be sure to have plenty of lighter fluid or campfire fuel to help speed up the process.
13. Camp Stove
Camp stoves are not only great for camping but having in case of an emergency too. They don’t give off smoke like a campfire does, keeping you from giving away your location if you don’t want to be found.
14. Water Filters
Not having clean water to drink will get you sick in a hurry. Have several survival water filters to keep your drinking water fresh.
15. Hand Sanitizer
Stock up on hand sanitizer ahead of time to keep germs away. You may not have access to fresh water and this is the next best thing.
16. Freezer Bags
Freezer bags will not only store your food and keep it fresh longer, but they work great for storing other things as well. You can even use them like a mixing bowl or for marinating your meat.
17. Garbage Bags
Garbage bags serve many purposes, not just for taking out the trash. They can be worn as rain ponchos, shelter covering and human waste sanitation. And in the event we need a body bag these will have to work.
18. Paper Cups/Plates/Towels
Don’t eat like an animal just because the end of the world has taken place. Eat and drink like a king on paper plates, cups and paper towels to clean your mug. Please stock up on paper plates, cups, bowl, and plastic silverware.
19. Toilet Paper
Just imagine not having toilet paper during a crisis. Now that’s talking about “the end of the world” scenario. Stockpile toilet paper for a much softer, more sanitary way of cleaning yourself.
20. Laundry Detergent
Another great item to hoard for an emergency is laundry detergent. You might not have a working washing machine, but you can still clean your clothes the old fashioned way, with laundry detergent and your two hands.
Taking a shower every day after a catastrophic event has taken place might not be an option. Yet when someone in your party begins looking at you funny or is avoiding you, at least you collected plenty of shampoo and soap to get the job done. Please stock up on some baby wipes, even if they dry out you can add water to them!
22.Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)
If you’re already in a miserable situation, getting an injury sure doesn’t help. Vaseline works great on soothing cuts, burns, and scrapes.
Gather several toothbrushes and toothpaste to keep your teeth pearly white on the grayest of days that you can remember.
Lysol helps to kill germs and lice, keeping you safer from sickness. Consider Lysol your new best friend during an emergency.
Having ways to prepare your meals or keeping an automobile running might be tricky without gasoline or propane. When an emergency strikes, you can count on them not being available.
Gasoline should be good for up to 3-6 months or longer if you add appropriate additives. Be cautious where you store it. Never store these in your home. Please note, I personally don’t store gasoline on my property because of fire danger near our home.
Other Items to Hoard for an Emergency
- Stored water
- Apple cider vinegar
- Pet food
- Purify your water with a filter
- Don’t forget to check expiration dates
- Baking soda
- Rice, beans, pasta
- Bottles of water
- Bleach (good for 6-12 months-use for sewage issues)
These are 25+ things that everyone should hoard in case of an emergency. If you’ve taken measures to prep for the unexpected, what other items would be crucial for survival?
It’s a good idea to be prepared for natural disasters in any way you can! While you’re at it, make sure you have good bartering items on hand and check the shelf life of items you’re hoarding and storing. These are things we should hoard for an emergency, I promise. May God bless this world, Linda