Among forest fires, a global pandemic, social unrest and a slew of other global crises, many Americans are preparing for the apocalypse.
Within the last 12 months alone, 20% of the United States population has invested in survival materials.
Meanwhile, another 35% of Americans haven’t bought survival items because they stocked up before the chaos erupted.
Even as the essentials fly off grocery store shelves, many are missing necessary — albeit underrated — survival products.
Here are just a few products you should add to your bomb shelter or apocalypse survival kit before they’re no longer available.
In a survival situation, rope is one of the most useful items you could possibly have. Ropes have any number of uses and can quite literally become a lifeline in an emergency or dire circumstance.
For example, in a torrential downpour or snowstorm, you can tie a rope between two trees, hang a tarp and create shelter.
You might also use this handy item to trap animals, rappel down steep hills, tourniquet a wound or even build a wooden raft. Some robust nylon cord will also do the trick.
Of course, with great power comes great responsibility. In this case, you must know how to tie various knots in order to effectively use this survival product.
Commit yourself to learn a few basic knots — like the figure-eight and slip knot — to ensure you always know how to tie the best knot in every situation.
If you’ve prepped well, odds are you have a few hundred cans of beans, vegetables and fruit in your basement or, better yet, your bomb shelter.
However, in case you manage to get your hands on some fresh produce before going into hiding, it’s wise to have some plastic containers at your disposal.
Doing so may just prolong your food’s shelf life — and keep you alive longer.
Store any produce that releases ethylene in one of these containers. Apples, celery, tomatoes and bananas all emit this gas compound that naturally ripens fruits and vegetables.
By storing them in airtight containers away from other items, you can preserve your food and ensure it stays fresh for as long as possible.
3. Climbing Backpack
Whether you’re fighting zombies or finding more food, eventually you’re going to have to relocate.
When you do decide to leave your shelter and trek into the unknown, you’ll want to carry some supplies and resources along with you.
In this case, it’s best to strap on a backpack, keeping your hands free for self-defence and foraging.
Invest in a quality climbing backpack that fits your torso well and can withstand direct sunlight, rain and freezing temperatures.
Choose one that can carry enough supplies, too. Typically, a 70-liter bag will hold enough provisions for about a week. However, many outdoor brands sell 30 to 80-liter packs as well.
4. Meals Ready to Eat
Before you head out on your quest for shelter or more food, you may also want to pack some Meals Ready to Eat.
This emergency food is satisfying, nutritious and has a shelf life of 10 years, so you always have a backup to your backup food supply.
One case contains 12 complete meals, each one featuring an entree, dessert, heater, crackers, condiments and a spoon. Just add water to activate the heater before eating.
You might also stock up on dehydrated foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and sprouted grains.
By reducing your food’s moisture content, you can extend its lifespan and ensure you have enough food to last a long while — even if all the supermarkets are gone.
Enjoy these dehydrated foods dry or add water when you’re ready to dig in and enjoy. These are some of the best survival products to add to your kit.
Chlorine bleach is an incredibly powerful cleaner that kills germs and eliminates bacteria.
In a post-apocalyptic world, this chemical is incredibly essential to keeping you healthy and safe — especially if antibiotics become unavailable.
Use bleach to clean up blood and other bodily fluids and sterilize kitchen utensils and medical supplies. You can even add a few drops to your water to ensure it’s safe to drink.
Just be sure to avoid mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. Doing so could produce toxic fumes that can severely damage your respiratory system and overall health.
Moreover, remember to rotate your bleach every six months, as the chemical does tend to lose its potency over time.
Survival Products for Anything
Doomsday preppers know to expect the absolute worst, even if they aren’t sure how the world will end or what kind of pandemonium will rock the earth next.
Regardless, they know to stock up on essentials like toilet paper and food. This foresight demonstrates basic preparedness.
In addition to basic preparedness, it’s important you don’t overlook items that could come in handy in a survival situation. When disaster strikes, that rope or jug of bleach may just save your life.
So stock up now and rest easy knowing you’re doing everything you can to prepare yourself and stay safe, no matter what happens.
What are some key survival products you like to stock up on? Why? Let us know in the comments section below!