I’m constantly seeing articles with titles like“ things that gonna disappear when SHTF“ or“ things that you need to stock up when SHTF“, better still, “Top 10/50/100(!) Items to stock before SHTF” or something in that way.
And then, in the article, author goes with huge number of items that will be gone when SHTF.
These articles, like many, are not ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’, but it can be used more as an reminder what amount and number of things we are dependable on in everyday life, other then a list what to buy for SHTF. Unless of course you just happen to have a spare $20,000 to immediately to buy everything on the list.
It is so obvious that when SHTF, electricity will be most probably gone, but does that really mean that you need to run today and buy a generator and huge amount of fuel?
Maybe there are smarter, cheaper things to store, more usable and more „desirable“ (for trade) when SHTF….
And again you need to think about difference between what you really need and what would be really nice to have. Necessity vs. Comfort.
I am not saying it is wrong to buy a special bug out vehicle, only for when SHTF, I am saying that I want to give advice about what to store and that items anyone of you can store.
I had always opinion that millionaires do not read my blog (if you do, please feel free to click on my ‘donate’ button, over there on the right hand side of this page ;), so my advice is aimed at the people who need to take care about every dollar, and who need to invest in a smart way for future SHTF.
Here I will write about two items only that you can and if possible need to store, and reasons why.
Antibiotics (In inject-able format)
Of course, antibiotics are like „must have“ items for the time when SHTF.
It is not unknown item for preppers storage, but still there is maybe slight misunderstanding about antibiotics.
I know there are thousands of pages about „fish antibiotics“ out there, and I can only say that if you can not buy antibiotic in better forms then buy that one and have it.
But you need to know that sometimes, actually when SHTF very often only real antibiotic is Penicillin in a form of injections.
There are numbers of reason for that, like severity (prolonged time) of infection, needed levels of antibiotic in blood…etc
You really really need to know that very often „attacking“ infection with „fish-mox“ for example or even real Amoxicillin will be like you are pissing on the forest fire in order to put it out.
It is useless.
I just took this photo, it is „one round“ or one dosage of PNC for a fully grown adult, it covers huge spectrum of infections, (of course you would need several shots), it is small, easy to store and easy to carry.
One „full treatment“ of several vials + water for dilution can fit into your jacket pockets and in your pants pocket you can fit needed syringes and needles.
When SHTF, in those pockets you have the means to save somebody’s life, yours, or your own kid, or simply you can trade it for really cool items.
Now imagine that you have big stash of these.
It is hard to get it there where you live probably, I understand that, but simply I do not believe that it is impossible.
You are preparing for end of the world, for chaos, for violence… I just can not believe you can not try to look for the info. where you can get these without prescription and cheap.
You can store it only for trade, but you can learn how to administer it too.
Procedure for administering PNC (and other injections) can be taught too, and actually it is pretty simple ( I will be teaching this as a module in our new, soon to be released, course).
There are possible complications, possible mistakes of course, and I am aware it is illegal for non medical personnel to administer injections of PNC, but again, you need to think outside the box – it is better to have something and to learn some technique and then never use it, than to not know it and be in dire need of use of it.
Invest in reading about antibiotics; types, allergies and substitution, and ways of applications. Buy a Nursing drug reference book, and find some nurse or medic who is willing to show you how to do it, you do not need to fly to me in Croatia only to learn that particular technique. That said, this and the other things I will be teaching in that course will be worth it…
Yes, other item are condoms.
I watched a video about a week ago, about what condoms can be used for in survival situations, and actually I liked the video.
I did not know lot of those uses mentioned.
But here I am talking about best survival use for condoms, and it is what they are meant for actually.
Maybe you think that sex will stop to exsist when SHTF, but actually it is not true.
Sex was there in my SHTF, actually it will be there always, it is natural, and it is in human nature to be there.
Now one more thing will be there when SHTF, and it will be much bigger problem then in normal times – sexually transmitted diseases or STD’s, especially in prolonged period of collapse, it is simply again thing of human nature, lack of hygiene and medical care etc.
So after some time condoms will be valuable.
And again, they are small, easy to carry and store, and cheap as of right now, today. It is not a huge investment to buy 1000 condoms and store them somewhere.
So as a conclusion, it is not about what things will be gone when SHTF, it is about what of those things make sense for you to have, what you can afford to stock today, what will „pay off“ the most when SHTF…
But most importantly – again it is about thinking out of the box.
Out of interest, what items have you been stockpiling for ‘trade’ and such? Let me know in the comments below. More importantly let me know WHY you are stockpiling these things…?