So the crap has hit the fan and you have enough food and supplies to last for a while. Good for you.
After sitting down to another tasty feast of canned chilli beans you get up and walk to the bathroom to brush your teeth before you go hit the sack.
You make it to the bathroom and open the cabinet to find (much to your horror!) that your toothbrush has worn out.
Then it hits you like a ton of bricks “Holy crap!! I forgot to buy extra toothbrushes!!!!!”
Yes I know there are alternatives to toothbrushes but hey, I’d prefer a toothbrush for post-apocalyptic dental care instead of a twig.
So if you want to avoid getting splinters in your gums if the crap goes down, pack a good supply of toothbrushes away for a rainy day (or Nuclear Winter).
2. Toilet Paper
So the chilli beans are working their way through your system and you find yourself running for the crapper at 3am.
Flashlight in hand you burst through the door and plant your ass firmly on the throne.
You go about your business and then reach for some good ol’ Double Ply only to find the roll empty!!
After a while you manage to duck walk to your supply closet to confirm your worst fears “Your out of Crapper papper!!”
TP takes up more room that a few extra toothbrushes but believe me, if you put a good supply away then you won’t regret it!!
You need clean rear-end while you fight off the hordes of Zombies!!
No point having high power flashlights, walkie talkies, etc if you run of batteries to power them in the first week.
You can buy batteries in bulk and they are definately worth their weight in gold during a crisis.
For long term storage you can seal them in an airtight bag and chuck em at the back of your fridge.
I mean it’s bad enough dealing with them now when the world is functioning normally but what about AFTER a TEOTWAWKI event???
Trust me, whether it be a disease pandemic or a nuclear blast, rats will survive and if they are unchecked then their numbers can swell dramatically in a matter of weeks (one pair of rats can produce as much as 880 offspring a year!!!)
For example, during Word War 1 rats became a massive problem in the trenches.
The rats actually gorged themselves on human remains, and grew to massive sizes: some reported rats as big as domestic cats.
The rats would also sometimes eat the fresh rations of the soldiers, and nibble at the soldiers themselves as they slept or if they were wounded.
The rodents would attack a corpse’s eyes, and then burrow themselves into the bodies. They were a terrible problem and because they breed so fast the trenches were soon crawling with millions of them!!!
Not a pretty thought!!!
Imagine walking out your back door in the morning to find a shitload of rats rocking on up your garden path!!!
Two words guys, LOCK and LOAD!!
So this brings me back to my main point, after a major SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event, what plans do you have in place to keep rats and mouse numbers down???
Having a good stock of traps is a must and if you are starting to get overrun then there is this method:
Mix equal parts of flour and cement
Put into shallow dish for rats to eat
Don’t forget to leave them a dish of water
This mixture should turn to cement in their stomachs and kill them.
I personally have a good collection of big ass, wire spring rat and mouse traps that should be able to deal with most of the furry little fellas around my place.
But then again, if I ever come across a rat like this one:
then I might skip the traps and grab the .22(or the 12 gauge!!)!!!
Alot of the scenarios that would require you to Bug Out involve airborne particulates such as dust, smoke, etc.
Without some way to protect your respiratory system, you aren’t likely to get very far and even if you do make it out, you’ll be recovering for days from after effects of all that dust and other crap on your lungs.
And in a SHTF enviroment a hacking cough is not conducive to trying to be quiet and remain hidden!
Just buying a simple dust mask for each member of your family can help you avoid all that drama!
The major benefits of dust masks are:
. They weight nothing
. They nest in each other
. They are very cheap and the M95 standard will handle most dust and other normal airborne particulates.
The simple fact is, chucking some dust masks in your Bug Out Bag is cheap insurance for when TSHTF.
I was just cruising through Youtube and found this trailer for “Contagion”.
Looks like it’s going to be a dam good TSHTF-style movie.
Pretty realistic by the looks of it too.
Check out the trailer.