Tips from Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

I got this list from one of my online buddies. I thought it was so good, especially as our nation faces uncertain times, that I thought I would post it to share with all of you. It would be good to print this list out for yourself and see what items you already do have, which items you would need to get and which items you don't have at all - and then to evaluate your current situation and see what your position allows you to add.
Happy Emergency Preparedness Hunting!!!

Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

  1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves, invites marauders; maintenance etc.)

  2. Water Filters/Purifiers

  3. Portable Toilets

  4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.

  5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)

  6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.

  7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.

  8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.

  9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar

  10. Rice - Beans - Wheat

  11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.)

  12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)

  13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.

  14. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.

  15. Survival Guide Book.

  16. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, ect. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)

  17. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.

  18. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)

  19. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)

  20. Vitamins

  21. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)

  22. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.

  23. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)

  24. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)

  25. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)

  26. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)

  27. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many)

  28. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels

  29. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)

  30. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)

  31. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)

  32. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit

  33. Tuna Fish (in oil)

  34. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)

  35. First aid kits

  36. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)

  37. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies

  38. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)

  39. Flour, yeast & salt

  40. Matches. (“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first

  41. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators

  42. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)

  43. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts

  44. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns

  45. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)

  46. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)

  47. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc

  48. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)

  49. Fishing supplies/tools

  50. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams

  51. Duct Tape

  52. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes

  53. Candles

  54. Laundry Detergent (liquid)

  55. Backpacks, Duffle Bags

  56. Garden tools & supplies

  57. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies

  58. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

  59. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)

  60. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)

  61. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

  62. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc

  63. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats

  64. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)

  65. Board Games, Cards, Dice

  66. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer

  67. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets

  68. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)

  69. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)

  70. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc

  71. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)

  72. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

  73. Soysauce, vinegar, boullions/gravy/soupbase

  74. Reading glasses

  75. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

  76. “Survival-in-a-Can”

  77. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

  78. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog

  79. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)

  80. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky

  81. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

  82. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)

  83. Lumber (all types)

  84. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)

  85. Cots & Inflatable mattresses

  86. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

  87. Lantern Hangers

  88. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts

  89. Teas

  90. Coffee

  91. Cigarettes

  92. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal etc)

  93. Paraffin wax

  94. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

  95. Chewing gum/candies

  96. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)

  97. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs

  98. Goats/chickens

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
  1. Stockpiling helps, but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.

  2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

  3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.

  4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

  5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.

  6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.

  7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

  8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches.

  9. More matches


disillusioned said…
I probably just missed this one on the list--but after watching the TV last year during the earthquake in China and the F5 tornado--I realized how vital a tent is. Thus, for my birthday got one. Those who had real tents kept dry and warmer--those who didn't did not seem to last as long/needed more help. Tarps seemed to be immensely important too--but I was amazed by the desire the earthquake survivors had for a basic tent.

Mary P.
Tents aren't on there at all. So excellent point Mary!
disillusioned said…
Have to say, though--great list. I think I need more matches :)

Mary P.

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