most overlooked preps

Overlooked Prep #24: Vitamin A.
Vitamin A isn't included in many multi-vitamins and yet is a
powerful supplement to have in the
prepper's medicine cabinet.
Did you know Vitamin A in large doses will help you prepare for
the Measles?

Overlooked Prep #25: Flat Tire Repair in a Can.
Quick Spair is like magic in a can to quickly inflate a tire so you
can get to safety. Essential for emergency flat tire repair, Quick
Spair both repairs punctures and inflates tires in seconds to get
you to safety. It's emergency flat tire repair in a can.


BONUS: Medical preps you may have
overlooked

Want more? There are so many medical preps, you could own.
Here is a list of just a few:

  • Ammonia Inhalants. Use ammonia inhalants to revive
    someone in an emergency, the way smelling salts revived
    people of the past. Don't overlook this important addition to
    your prepper's first aid and medic bag.


  • Lidocaine. Lidocane Plus, pictured right, which contains
    Lidocaine, is a pain management treatment that's available
    with or without a prescription. Lidocane Plus, numbs the pain
    without use of alcohol, petroleum jelly or menthol. It
    soothes with aloe vera gel! What's more, Lidocane Plus®
    contains the maximum amount of Lidocaine Hydrochloride
    (4%) permitted by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration
    (FDA). Lidocane Plus, goes on cool absorbing into damaged
    tissue, providing safe, effective relief almost instantly. The
    amount of Aloe Vera in Lidocane Plus® along with the
    Lidocaine Hydrochloride 4% will sooth and heal burns faster
    than any ointment found today.

  • Stethoscope. A Stethoscope can cost as little as $11! If you
    don't own one as part of your preps, then now's a good time
    to get one (see the best selling stethoscope, pictured left).
    Why would you want to have a stethoscope if you don't
    already know how to use one? Because you may run into
    someone who has the skills, but who has no equipment! A
    first responder, paramedic, nurse, or doctor may be in your
    vicinity and you can barter this person's skills for the food or
    equipment he or she may not have.

    Incidentally, here's how to use your stethoscope to
    auscultate. The YouTube video is intended for nursing
    students, but certainly it gives a good idea of how you can
    use it.

  • Sterile Splinter removal. Individually wrapped, use
    Medicpoint Splinter-Out sterile splinter removal kit which has
    a sterile point to gently loosen the skin around a splinter
    until it can be lifted out. It's pictured the top of the page.

Now that you have your beans, bullets and bandages, start
stocking up on these overlooked preps.

Happy endings...
You'll never be able to get everything on your list, so rest
assured you can use your prepping skills for bartering,
improvising and making do without!

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Now's your chance to run to safety as bears are curious and will likely want
to look back to see what happened.

Overlooked prep #22: Spare Sump Pump.
An extra sump pump is especially important for preppers who
live in a snow region, have a basement or who live next to
rivers or creeks, or anywhere water could flow and be stagnant,
such as a low lying property. Remember, everyone lives in a
flood zone! All it takes is a major snow melt or rapid downpour
to cause trouble.

Why an extra sump pump? You won't want to discover your
sump pump is dead at the next major storm because that's
when they tend to sell out.

If you don't already own a sump pump, you may as well buy
two. In this way you'll know how to operate them and you won't
need to bother with the different fittings. Right, is the top
selling sump pump. The Superior Sump Pump pictured right,
comes equipped with a powerful 1/4-horsepower motor that can
pump 30 gallons per minute. It has an excellent track record
with nearly 1200 satisfied customers and a near perfect 4.5-star
review.

Overlooked Prep #23: Dryer Vent Cleaning Brush.
Here's an easy way to prevent fires: get yourself a dryer vent
cleaning brush! You can clean your dryer vent tube for around
$15 to remove lint easily to reduce fire hazards.

  • Bonus idea (metal braided washing machine hose): If
    you own your washing machine and dryer set, you'll want
    to get a dryer vent cleaning brush to avoid a house fire,
    plus consider metal braided washing machine hoses fr your
    washing machine. The rubber ones crack easily and leak, so
    you'll help prevent your home from flooding.
Overlooked Prep #20:  Extra Water Bob.

Why do you need an extra Water Bob? Many preppers own
the WaterBob, pictured left, because it is ideal for last minute
water storage; however, preppers often overlook that they could
have one in every bathroom. Every prepper should own one of
those for every tub in the house.

Every prepper should own a Waterbob, not just those who live
in threat of hurricane season. As a prepper, you may already
own WaterBob for hurricane season if you live in hurricane alley,
but even if you do, you may want two (or three) depending on
the size of your home! You would be wise to fill all the
bathtubs of your home immediately following an EMP.
Overlooked prep.

Overlooked Prep #21: Bear Spray.
If you have plans to bugging out in bear country, then a 'must
have' is bear spray. Thankfully you can use bear spray against
bears, mountain lions, moose, wolves,  and attack dogs too.
Even if you don't live in Bear spray is a multi-use prepper item
use it also like
mace for humans!
Most Overlooked Preps
Think beyond bullets, beans and bandages

"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." John F. Kennedy.

Bullets, beans, bandages and bidet!
Yes, we said bidet. You see, beans, bullets and bandages are
among the many preps routinely stocked by preppers for when
the stuff hits the fan. Certainly they are a priority, but for many
who have accumulated a
nice pantry of food storage, ample
arms, ammunition, and
medical supplies, there's always
something more to stock.

If you're an advanced prepper, looking to increase the survival
odds, then consider these overlooked preps...

25 of the Most Overlooked Preps
How prepared are you? This list will have you thinking about
what you overlooked...

Overlooked Prep #1: Siphon Tubes.
A manual siphon liquid transfer tube pump is an often
overlooked prep for your vehicles, and you should have at least
one in your garage. A siphon tube can help you in two ways:

  1. Getting more gas. The obvious reason to get a siphon
    tube is that you may be caught on the road without a gas
    station, and be able to siphon off gas from another car.
    The ah-ha use for a siphon tube is for your shelter. You
    may need to siphon gas for heating or cooking!
  2. Getting more water. The overlooked use for a siphon tube
    is to get water. You may have barrels of life-sustaining
    water with no access to get to it.

Bottom line: Get two siphon tubes! Get one for water, one for
gas, then mark them. Where you store them is up to you, but in
a bugout scenario by car, be sure to pack them along for the
ride.

Overlooked prep 2#: CO Detector.
Most preppers don't realize that the cause of death during an
ordinary blackout is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

If it burns, it is emitting carbon monoxide! With an increasing
number of state and local governments passing legislation
requiring CO detectors in homes, it’s never been a better time
to safeguard your family against carbon monoxide exposure
than now. Right, the Kidde CO Detector has a carbon monoxide
alarm with digital display to help provide your home with
extensive protection against the dangerous threat posed by this
odorless and colorless gas.

When the power goes down, deadly CO emits from:

* Remember to keep generators at least ten feet from your
house to avoid carbon monoxide

  • While you're at it, check your smoke detector because they
    don't last forever. Maybe instead of changing the batteries
    this time around, you just need to get a new one. Change
    your detectors every ten years or so.

Overlooked Prep #3: Wall mounted can opener.
The dependability of a wall-mounted can opener is something
not to overlook. Since 1938 the swing-a-way can opener,
pictured left, have proven to be the highest quality, most
dependable can openers on the market.  This can opener
mounts to the wall of your kitchen or pantry, and features a
magnetic cling for safe removal of the lid. It boasts a five-year
warranty.

While you're at it, get a
bucket opener for your food storage,
and military style can openers for your bugout bag.

Overlooked prep #4:
If you are preparing for a nuclear fallout, then you likely have
IOSAT nukepills in your preps, but do you have radiation
towlettes?
Radiacwash towelettes, pictured right, are a
chelating solution and can help wipe away radioactive
contamination. They are not only convenient, but necessary!

Radiacwash works better than plain soap and water on metal
isotopes and isotopes bound to metals. These towelettes are U.
S. Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) approved and can be used
safely for radiation decontamination of unbroken skin and
surfaces. Use in conjunction with showering. Remember also
that after use, these towelettes will have been contaminated,
as will the towels you use in the shower. Discard all!

Overlooked prep #5: Instant Cold Pack.
While many preppers pack hand warmers in their bugout bags,
an Instant Cold Pack, as pictured immediate right, has become
a much overlooked prep in the first aid kit. Designed to last
about 20 minutes, the goal of an instant cold pack is to help
reduce swelling from an injury when an ice pack is not
convenient or available.

Already have one in your first aid kit? Get another! Even if you
already have a cold pack in your first aid kit, likely it's time to
get another. Yours may have expired. They last 18-24 months if
kept in a cool, dry place.

So pack an instant cold pack in addition to the instant hand
warmers, and you will be able to ease your pain and suffering
from injuries while enjoying the great outdoors. This cold
compress offers fast for relief of pain and swelling caused by
sprains, strains, contusions minor burns, toothaches and insect
bites.

Overlooked prep #6: Power Inverter.
Can't afford a generator? Here's another way to get some
power! Turn the DC current from your vehicle into AC current for
your survival and communications gadgets with a power
inverter. It's the next best thing, if you don't have a generator.
It works great for your communication devices, laptops, (though
it's not for high power electric devices such as hair dryers,
electric heaters, curling irons,).

Pictured right in red you'll find the highest review rating of any
power inverter brand. It's a 300W power inverter with 2 USB
ports and 2 AC outlets. This is a road trip "must-have" with a
wide range of applications for preppers. Full protection features
and auto-shutdown keep your appliance and car from damage.


Overlooked Prep #7: Surge Protector.
The peace of mind a surge protector brings is immeasurable,
especially for those who are
prepping for an ElectroMagnetic
Pulse. During the Solar Storm of 1889, telegraph operators
suffered electric shock because of the sudden flow of electricity
to their equipment. It not only fried the equipment, but sadly it
fried some operators! The same could happen today if you are
using electrical equipment that's not plugged into a surge
protector.


Overlooked Prep #8: Cable ties / zip ties.
With duct tape, WD-40 and SuperGlue a prepper can fix just
about anything. Now add cable ties to the list and a prepper is
almost invincible! With cable ties, you can lash furniture and
even make snow tires for a bicycle to survive a
"snowpocalypse." Cable ties are indispensable!


Overlooked Prep #9: Copper.
Copper is an incredibly overlooked prep for the long term
scenario! Not only does copper have a monetary value, and
practical use for preppers to forge tools, but copper also has an
array of healthful benefits! It's also a beautiful metal.

Think of amassing copper as a long-term prepping goal. It's not
going to save your life in a smaller-impact crisis.


Overlooked Prep #10: Pencil Sharpener.
A pencil sharpener is an inexpensive and much overlooked prep.
It will help you make tinder from small twigs. It's so easy to
stash a pencil sharpener into your bugout bag or include one in
your
Altoids tin survival kit. Keep one in the glove compartment
of your vehicles in addition to your bugout or get home bags.

Want something a little more sophisticated than a pencil
sharpener? Right, pictured in orange, is a Gerber Bear Grylls
tinder box. It has a unique tinder cutter with cover
to house the shavings, and in true survival style it also includes
a magnifying glass and emergency signaling mirror. A prepper
always needs multi-functional items and this one delivers! Go
ahead and use it for your pencils too.

Overlooked Prep #11: Bidet.
When the toilet paper runs out you'll always have a method of
cleansing your backside if you have a portable bidet and access
to clean water! With a bidet you can take the refreshing cleanse
of the genital and anal area. Think of it as a personal shower
for your privates.

Overlooked Prep #12: Water Purification Tablets.
Preppers love redundancy to ensure survival. If one survival gear
fails, you have another option! Preppers usually have
multiple
fire starters, but when it comes to their water supply, they fall
short of redundancy. For example, many preppers stock a
water
filter, such as AquaMira, Katadyn, LifeStraw or Sawyer for their
bugout bag, but they will neglect an easy and lightweight
solution for filtering their water, namely water purification
tablets! They are inexpensive, so lightweight and practical, that
no prepper should be without them.

Many of the mini survival kits on the market will include a fire
starter, tinder and accelerate even a razor blade or a bag of tea,
but often the commercially available kits, and the home made
ones, exclude water purification tablets. You can't boil much
water in that little
Altoids survival tin. Be sure to include some
water purification tablets. Humans are 60% water!


Overlooked Prep #13:  Kleenex (Facial Tissues).
Preppers seem to have the toilet paper situation handled nicely,
but they often forget about the facial tissue. Rubbing your nose
raw with toilet paper adds to the stress of a
pandemic
situation. While a bandanna or cloth will suffice in an
emergency, having the wherewithal to add comfort of soft
tissues for your sensitive skin is a survival luxury you'll want to
indulge!

Overlooked Prep #14: Survival Gil Net.
If you watched the survival television series Alone, you will
notice that every contestant brings a survival gil net. Ideal for
your
bugout bag, a survival gil net may be illegal to use under
peaceful times, but a necessary survival item in crisis. A net
could provide usefulness in catching rabbits, birds and other
small game. Remember that if it isn't with you, it can't save you!
Aviators should have a survival gil net as part of everyday carry.

Overlooked Prep #15: Emergency Ladder.
Preppers who live in two or three story homes overlook having a
fire escape ladder, but they need the
Kidde Emergency ladder,
pictured right. Apartment dwellers will have this feature
because for large dwellings a method of escape is required by
law. Read more about
how to prepare for fires.

Overlooked Prep #16: Fire escape mask.
If you work or live in a high-rise, you need a fire escape mask.
Most people who die from a fire do so because of the smoke
(burning gases). Fire escape masks are fire resistant and are
not intended for other kinds of gases

Preppers have
NBC gas masks capable of nuclear, biological and
chemical protection but they are not very portable or practical to
carry with you in your bag and it's too bulky for your desk.

A fire escape mask is flat and less bulky than your
gas mask. If
you travel the subways, then stuff one in your briefcase,
messenger bag, purse or backpack. It's a portable mask for fire,
biological, some kind of chemical and dust, not a replacement
for an NBC gas mask.

Overlooked Prep #17: Oil lamps.
In addition to your solar lighting options, take a second look at
oil lamps. Preppers always have several options for lighting,
including survival candles, solar and hand-crank lighting as well
as oil lamps.


Overlooked Prep #18. Paper log maker.
You want a cozy fire, but don't have money to burn! You can
turn your bills and unwanted paperwork and mailers into a
useful prep: logs for the fire made of compressed paper. The
paper log maker pictured right, is made of steel.  

The
paper log maker produces a fire-ready brick shaped log that
is a cost-effective solution to buying firewood (not cheap these
days), chopping down someone else's tree (anti-social, possibly
illegal and not recommended) or planting a tree and waiting 20
years. You get everything you need to make clean burning, low-
smoke logs out of newspapers, junk mail, cardboard, wood
chips, wrapping paper and more. It is easy to use,
environmentally friendly and built to last. Way to recycle!

Overlooked Prep #19: Firesafe.
All your important documents could go up in flames if you don't
have them housed in a safe deposit box or home
firesafe.
Documents to keep include passports, birth certificates,
marriage licenses, legal papers and social security numbers.
Photos of family members are also incredibly useful for a
catastrophic situation where you might be looking for a lost
family member.
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