7 Last Minute Prepping Items

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chocolate barEvery single one of us has been in a situation where the weather forecasters and civil authorities have warned of an oncoming crisis.  It might be a winter storm, a spring flood or a wildfire.  It might be a hurricane or a minor pandemic.  All you know is that a crisis is brewing and you better be prepared.

For the experienced prepper, there is comfort in knowing that you have plenty of food, water and supplies to get you through for the short term.  You have candles, flashlights, batteries and light sticks.  You have a extra blankets and the means to cook without fuel.  And of course, you have a bug-out bag.

But imagine a scenario where a disaster is brewing and you have a bit of notice.  There is a possibility, however small, that you might be stuck indoors and in your home for two weeks, possibly longer, without access to common services such as power, sanitation systems, and access to the local supermarket.

Put on your thinking cap – what have you forgotten?  What has been overlooked?  And what can you pick up at the last minute to insure your safety and comfort?

While there are lots of lists floating around telling you what you need and what will disappear first, there is not much out there that addresses those items you might want to consider at the last minute – things that will be useful but of no interest to the mad mob of folks who have done diddly-squat to prepare.

Today I present a list of the last minute prepping items I will seek out when I have some advance notice of an oncoming storm, disaster or crisis.

7 LAST MINUTE PREPPING ITEMS

1.  Bleach

The Clorox Company acknowledges that their bleach product has a one year shelf life beginning with the day of manufacture. Allowing a few months for those white jugs to make it to the supermarket, it is best to assume that the jug of bleach you purchase at the supermarket will have a shelf life of about nine months.  Extreme temperatures will reduce this period to about six months.Clorox

Now understand that what I am referring to is the use of bleach as a disinfectant.  It has been my experience that old bleach works just fine for whitening your laundry.  But is simply does not make sense at all to stock up on bleach for survival and preparedness purposes.

With a storm brewing, this is the first thing I would purchase as I top off my last minute, short term emergency preps.

2.  Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Sure, as an experienced prepper I have a good supply of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables.  But once a #10 is opened, it’s 25 year shelf life is reduced to one or two years.  So if a short term disaster is predicted, I will want to pick up fresh vegetables and fruits that require no refrigeration.

Let the frantic mobs go after the canned goods.  I will take the fresh stuff since I am already well stocked with canned and packaged items.

3.  Over the Counter Remedies and Prescription Drugs

With my survival first aid kit nicely packed and tucked into my bug out bag, I will head over to the first aid section of the drug store and pick up some extra over the counter items such as eye drops, throat spray, and bandages.  If I have refills remaining on my prescriptions drugs, I will get those too.

Of course if things get really serious, I still have my well stocked kit but for just a few days or a week or two?  It will not hurt to pick up some extras while I can still get them.

4.  Cooking Oil, Peanut Butter and Other Short Shelf Life Items

These three items have a very short shelf life.  Have you ever opened up a bottle of cooking oil or jar of peanut butter and stepped back due to the overwhelming rancid smell?  If the power is going to be down for awhile, it might be nice to have a fresh supply of these items so that you have no surprises as you try to cook and eat while waiting out the storm.

Skippy Peanut Butter

Another short shelf life item to consider is yeast for baking bread – outdoors if necessary in your cast iron Dutch oven over an open fire.

5.  Wine and Spirits

You may or may not have a long term supply of spirits.  If you do partake of an occasional drink, why not pick up a few extra bottles to see you through?  For years, folks in hurricane-prone areas of the United States have had “hurricane” parties where families and friends wait out the storm.

In an adult environment, it is common to have a cocktail or two at these parties.  There is even a famous drink called the “Hurricane”.  Heck, why not?

Hurricane_cocktail

6.  Aluminum Foil

You can use foil to fashion cooking utensils or to line your pots and pans before cooking so that you do not have to waste precious water cleaning up. If you do cook on you pans directly, a crumpled up piece of foil can be used as a handy scrubber to remove the crustiest. You can even use foil to create an impromptu Faraday cage.

7.  Chocolate

Let’s face it.  You are going to be stressed so accept that.  Get yourself some chocolate – okay a lot of chocolate – and ride things out while indulging in your favorite chocolate treat.  My favorite is the Endangered Species dark chocolate bar with cranberries and almonds.

If chocolate is not your thing, then perhaps some cookies or graham crackers or just this once, some seriously unhealthy packaged caramel corn.

THE FINAL WORD

This list of seven last minute prepping items represents my list and more than anything, is shared so that you can start thinking about your own list of last minute preps.  Personally, the first and the last items – bleach and chocolate – should be on everyone’s list.

I leave it up to you to think about the other things that you may need.  Perhaps there are some tools or utensils that you were waiting to purchase.  Or a heavy duty sleeping bag or hiking boots.  How about some FRS radios?

You might also want to read 5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency for some other ideas.

The challenge today is to think about the prepping supplies and gear that either have a short term shelf life or that are still on your to do list.  Keep this list handy and located somewhere accessible so that if you have the luxury of some advance notice, you can pick up some uncommon last minute preps.

Plus some chocolate, of course.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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Bargain Bin: Here are some items to consider as part of bug-in preps. Off course the rule of thumb is always this: first purchase what you need to get by and later, as budget allows, add the extra items that will enhance and add dimension and depth to your existing survival gear.

Midland 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: These are the handheld radios that I own. There are lots of good uses for the these radios. Handy while hiking, traveling, or simply keeping in touch with your partner while out shopping. Just be aware that getting a 36 mile range out of any handheld FRS radio is a myth.

Solo Stove_21Solo Stove: Emergency Survival Stove: The Solo Stove is perfect for cooking beans and rice using just a pot, some water and biomass as fuel. A step up is the EcoZoom Versa. Remember when I spoke of redundancy? I have both plus a Volcano II collapsible stove. I suppose you could say that going hungry is not high on my to do list.

Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness panty.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.  Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant.  I can not recommend these enough.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.


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7 Last Minute Prepping Items — 11 Comments

  1. I would recommend feminine products like maxi-pads as well. It has a great shelf life and the blood clotting chemicals will make it a perfect trauma bandage.

  2. I pretty much have all of this stuff already. For me, last minute preps would include as much fresh foods as I can use before it turns. Once the SHTF we will all be living on our canned, dried as well as using up frozen unless you have a means to keep it frozen. However it could be a long time before we see fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, butter, etc. Hopefully I can purchase enough fresh to last 2 to 3 weeks before I have to turn to canned. Our small garden will help, but there are things that we just can’t grow in this area, bananas and oranges are just two that come to mind.

  3. Since alum foil does not spoil; it seems weird on this list. Easy to stock up now.
    I freeze a lot of cooking oil. lengthen the shelf life and takes up space – in lieu of water bottles.
    Oils that do not rancid: sunflower, hazel nut, lavender and true citrus – not lemom oi finish.
    Add: Dry dog food – short shelf life.
    Add: If you expect to be without power, stock up on ice or dry ice to fill freezer or ice chests to prolong the food in the frige.
    Add: heart guard and advantix II for pets
    Add: fish antibiotics They are equivilent of human. Most are good after the official expiration date. However, FISH-CYCLINE [and other tetracycline antibiotics of various names] can become toxic after its expiration date.

    Question: how long will a jar of PB last if never opened? TIA

    • I rotate my peanut butter every 2 years.
      freezer for year one, shelf for year two, then consume, check the dates, because some peanut butter has a two year shelf life, so you could freeze it for 2 years, then shelf it for two more….if needs.

      mist if my peanut butter is frozen.

  4. I did not know you could freeze peanut butter or cooking oil! Thanks very much for that tip – I have read that fat is the one thing that most preps are short of, and that we would very much need it if we are having to do a lot of physical work post-shtf. Also, good for the nerves, and relief for food fatigue.

  5. The basic first aid course I took a couple of
    years ago suggested disposable diapers for
    serious injury (trauma bandage) because
    the plastic outer lining along with duct tape
    and pressure works very well, especially on
    major injury/ blood loss where you ‘re in a
    situation that there is heavy bleeding.
    Staunch the flow with pressure; not changing
    dressing, until a knowledgable person takes over…

  6. One of the last minute items I would recommend is fuel for a fondue pot. It is good for cooking quit a few things and a good back up, when the power is out. Fondue pot can be found around the Holidays or in second hand store and they are usually cheap!

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