Forgotten Doomsday Items

Dec 14, 2013 by

While doomsday prepping or preparing a survival package in the event of an emergency, most people pack the essentials or doomsday items. Logically, that makes perfect sense. The first thing that will run out during a state of emergency is food.

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Whether the modern world gets taken to its knees because of a virus, zombie outbreak, or nuclear fallout it doesn’t matter. The main supplies that survivors are going to need are food and water. Naturally, you need to make sure you have plenty of perishables stocked up.

You always hear about those things though when people talk about creating a survival kit. The problem with that is that there are a lot of obscure items that will play a huge role in a post-apocalyptic environment too.

At the end of the day, while you’re busy stocking your survival kit with all the necessities it’s easy to forget these lesser known items which are just as crucial to your survival. One of the most important elements of a survival kit is what you will include for your bathroom.

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste- You definitely need a pretty extensive supply of these. You’re supposed to change out your toothbrush every so often, and you can bet in a post-apocalyptic world your teeth will need some cleaning. Unless you want those pearly whites to rot out of your head, you need a good supply of toothpaste and toothbrushes for everyone you’re bunking with.

Paper (paper towels, toilet paper)- I know this one is not quite as obscure as some of the other items on this list, but there are some unmentioned reasons for keeping paper around. If someone in your party gets wounded, paper towels would not only serve as a good patch, they’re disposable too. Just think, what if you end up with a clogged toilet?

What are you going to use to clean your bug out shelter in the event of a sewage spill? You certainly don’t want to live in a place that smells like poo for months on end. Better yet, paper towels can also be used to clean up a bit when you’re dirty. Long story short, there are so many uses for it that it could end up being essential to your survival.

Lice and Flea Shampoo (the latter if you have pets)- A post-apocalyptic environment or post-crisis world is going to be very, very dirty. If you don’t plan on keeping some hair clippers or scissors handy, then you definitely need to keep some lice shampoo available. If you have pets with you, you will also need flea shampoo (lemon scented dish soap is a suitable alternative).

Vodka- Not only will alcohol help take the edge off in the event of a very stressful situation, it can also serve as an antiseptic during a makeshift surgery. We don’t even need to explore the idea of using it as a weapon (hint: rag and matches).

You should always have a plentiful stock of alcohol, and arguably the best for a crisis situation is vodka. Plus, vodka can be mixed with almost anything, and I doubt there will be a lot of choice in mixers after modern society has crumbled.

Hard Candy- Hard candy can be used for a great deal of things, namely it offers a quick energy boost when you’re tired. If anyone in your party suffers from diabetes then sugar is an absolute must, although I’m sure you already know that.

Sunscreen and Aloe- After everything goes down, many survivalists recommend staying on the move. Most bug-out shelters are designed to be temporary. If you’re going to be doing a lot of traveling, you’ll want to carry some sunscreen or aloe for sunburns.

A bad sunburn can debilitate even the strongest of individuals. I’ve seen many reduced to pure misery after being seared like a lobster in the sun, and I’m sure you have too. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.

Bleach- Do I even need to explain what bleach would be for? Make sure you have plenty of bleach stocked as you’ll need to keep your bug-out shelter clean and germ free. Extremely confined spaces housing lots of folks are the perfect breeding ground for bad diseases and illnesses.

Deodorant- This is an absolute must, especially if you’re going to have a decent sized group packed into a minimal bug-out shelter. You don’t want to stink up the entire place with your personal filth. It’s going to be bad enough that you’ll have to forego daily showers and conserve water, don’t make it any worse than it needs to be.

Seriously, have you ever been to a public convention or comic-con event? The sad truth is that people stink and they need something to mask those horrendous smells their body gives off.

Courtney Gordner is a blogger/journalist who loves sharing advice for prepping from experiences she learned from commercial septic services Syracuse

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  1. DrewB

    The bleach is also great for disinfecting dirty water. If it’s really nasty you still should boil it to be safe. After adding to water wait 30 minutes before consuming. Here is a chart for correct amounts.

    Gallons of water to disinfect
    (equivalent shown in brackets)

    Amount of household bleach (5%)
    to add *
    1 gal. (4.5 litres) 2 drops (0.18 mL)
    2 1/5 gal. (10 litres) 5 drops (0.4 mL)
    5 gal. (23 litres) 11 drops (0.9 mL)
    10 gal. (45 litres) 22 drops (1.8 mL)
    22 gal. (100 litres) 3/4 teaspoon (4 mL)
    45 gal. (205 litres) 1 1/2 teaspoons (8 mL)
    50 gal. (230 litres) 1 3/4 teaspoons (9 mL)
    100 gal. (450 litres) 3 1/2 teaspoons (18 mL)
    220 gal. (1000 litres) 8 teaspoons (40 mL)
    500 gal. (2200 litres) 6 tablespoons (90 mL)
    1000 gal. (4550 litres) 6 1/2 ounces or 12 tablespoons (180 mL)

  2. Semper Paratus

    The issue I have with your bleach suggestion is that bleach has a very short shelf life. Any longer than 6 months and you just end up with salt water.

    • Semper – very good point – it is a relatively short term solution. Thanks for the comment and helping add to the conversation.

  3. Erin

    Good tips! One thing often overlooked as well (which became part of my hurricane supplies then to doom prep) is diaper wipes. They have a lot of uses besides a baby’s bum. If you don’t have running water, it’s a good way to freshen up. If your out hunting, you can clean muck off your hands. And dirt easily sticks to it to clean surfaces. My prep always has a box of these.

  4. Howard Bannister

    I think its going to be worse than most of us think, so double up on everything.


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