The new year is a time to reevaluate provisions and ensure that supplies are appropriate and updated for future concerns or possibilities. As a survivalist or prepper, you are undoubtedly taking inventory and planning a supply run for 2021. This blog post’s information targets some of the specific categories and items you should concern yourself with for the next twelve months.
1. Bathroom Essentials
If there is anything 2020 taught disaster specialists, it’s that panic does not lead to rational decisions. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, anxious people were panic-buying bathroom staples, like toilet paper, despite the virus not directly affecting the digestive tract. Therefore, to prepare for emergencies in 2021, make sure to stock up on bathroom essentials, like deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, and soap.
2. Kitchen and Laundry Items
Supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant, dish soap, and laundry detergent were also in short supply throughout 2020. A wise prepper will make sure they do not run out of these household staples in 2021. Most of these items have a long shelf life, so stocking up for the long haul is OK.
3. Food and Water Supplies
Every new year, you should stock up on food and fresh water supplies. Food should be shelf-stable items. It would be best if you also took this time to go through your pantry and clean out any expired items or donate food nearing its expiration.
You can also stock up on chemicals for sterilizing or making clean water from unclean sources. For example, some disaster preppers will use chlorine.
4. Self–Defense Items
Emergencies can call for self-defense. Every survivalist should have weapons on hand, and they will also need any items or products necessary for the maintenance and use of those weapons. For example, a gun requires gun oil and ammunition. If you are new to firearms, make sure you take the appropriate training, ensuring you can safely defend yourself, your family, and your homestead.
5. Hardware and Garage Essentials
A disaster can come in many varieties, so it helps to prepare for anything. Your garage should have a supply of nuts, bolts, screws, etc. It is also wise to have excess battery storage and flashlights. Keeping these items in one place means you do not have to panic-search on the eve of an emergency.
6. Entertainment and Hobby Materials
Everyone needs to have time to relax, even in an emergency. What are your hobbies? If you love to read, stock up on books and magazines. If knitting or sewing is more your thing, pick up yarn and needles. Whatever can make you happy and calm while you pass the time is essential.
7. Outdoor Essentials
You never know where you will be when disaster strikes. Always have outdoor supplies, like sunblock and first aid kits, in accessible locations. Keeping first aid kits in your house, car, and the garage is a good idea, and you might also want to keep a kit in your go-bag.
8. Personal Items
People often neglect their personal items, but having spares is smart. For example, if you wear glasses, buy at least two pairs: one for daily use and one stocked away for an emergency.
There you have it, the eight things to stock up on in 2021. Do you have any other suggestions or survival insights? Leave a comment below.