So you think you have this prepping thing pretty much down pat by now? Or are you new to this world of prepping? You have your water filters, generators, fuel, guns, ammo, food stores, medical supplies, a bug out vehicle, and heating elements. You have researched, taken courses, practiced drills and you have completed a mock bug out. If you said “yes” to any of this small list, you are already off to a good start. But sometimes we overlook the simple things we need in order to get by day to day.
List of Essential Things
One of the things I have done in my own life is to do a daily, weekly, and monthly list of all the essential things I use on a regular basis. I was surprised with the results, and it made me switch gears on some of my preparations. I would like to highlight a few of these for all of you. It might make the gears in your head turn as well. I have made this list based on a total collapse long-term scenario.
The first thing I do every morning when I wake up besides cursing my alarm clock is to put on my glasses. I wear contacts when I am in public, due to the ability to wear sunglasses  with them. However, when I am at home I wear my glasses. This got me thinking that obviously I would run out of contact lenses at some point in a catastrophic scenario, but my glasses are absolutely essential. Where would I get new glasses in a collapse scenario? Are the ones I am wearing durable enough to handle the daily rigors of living like a pioneer. Without my glasses I would be quite useless. I immediately put at least two extra pairs of durable, updated prescription glasses on my list of essential purchases.
Things for Shave and Shower
The next thing I do is shave and shower. This led to a whole slew of things I might need daily or weekly. Do I have enough soap  and shampoo ? Is my solar shower  sufficient? I have used it outdoors while deer hunting in Wisconsin in November, and I will tell you it was better than freezing water but nowhere near what I was used to. (I would leave it to warm up in the sun all day on top of my truck and by end of day, given that the outside temperatures were in the twenties and thirties, it ended up being just a touch above lukewarm.)
Do I have enough razors  and shaving cream  to keep my face looking halfway decent? Does my girlfriend have enough razors and cream to not end up looking like Sasquatch? Does she have a sufficient supply of feminine products ? A shortage of any of these items would definitely be catastrophic scenarios within themselves!
My next step in my morning is brushing my teeth and gargling Listerine. Add toothbrushes  and toothpaste  to the list. I would add maybe a small dentist cleaning kit  along with some basic dental literature.
The important thing I have already stocked up on though is Listerine – the gold colored one that doesn’t taste so great. Listerine is a miracle substance in my opinion. I have used this for so many different ailments successfully that I now openly recommend it to people on a regular basis. A brief history of Listerine is that it was originally developed as a pre-surgery antiseptic. They found that it had excellent dental health qualities and marketed it into the product you see at stores today. Not to get too personal, but the ailments I have used Listerine to cure is just short of amazing!! Growing up I had acne on my legs. It was very painful, hard, itchy acne.
I tried everything from antibiotics (which worked for a short period of time) to topical creams, which almost never worked. It was in my early twenties (I am in my 30s currently) when I had had enough. I sat down and scoured the depths of hell on the Internet to maybe find one person who had suffered like I had. After hours of searching, I came across a post that said a guy had gotten rid of his acne by swabbing the affected areas twice a day with Listerine (flavor doesn’t matter.
He said it was gone in a week and hadn’t returned for years. I tried this and it worked! Since then I have gone on to use this for athletes’ foot and jock itch. I have used it to clean wounds. The uses could be endless. I am sorry for getting too personal, but it really is an amazing substance!
The next part of my day is getting dressed. This should be a no-brainer when it comes to your preparations. However, I can imagine it is quite overlooked. I know for myself that socks  and underwear  do not have a very long life. These are things we definitely would have a hard time tracking down, and I definitely don’t want any hand me downs in this department. I am sure your significant other, if applicable, wouldn’t want hand me downs either. Add these to the list. Do I have enough extra jeans , shirts, sweatshirts, et cetera? Footwear should be very high on your list of things that would be hard to find in a total collapse scenario. Consider the proper footwear for your activities, weather, and geography that would be essential to survival. Do you have extra?
Prepare Beyond the Normal Items
I think you get the point of this article. It will send you down a rabbit hole and hopefully help you to prepare beyond the normal items most people prep for. Creating a daily list of things that make your world go round and then fine tuning it into your preparations could be an invaluable tool to living just a bit more comfortably in a total collapse scenario. Thanks for reading and carry on.
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
This has been another entry for Round 76 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest . The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:
- A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator  from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
- A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
- A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses , excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
- DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper . These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
- Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees  in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
- A $250 gift certificate good for any product  from Sunflower Ammo,
- Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value), and
- American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses .
- A Model 175 Series Solar Generator  provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
- A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4  Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
- A gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
- A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
- A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit  from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
- A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
- RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site.
- A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of  Directive 21 (a $275 value),
- A large handmade clothes drying rack , a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
- Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners , donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
- Two Super Survival Pack seed collections , a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
- Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances , and
- Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord  (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
Round 76 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail  us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.