Hypothetical scenario: It is three weeks since “The Event.” Society has collapsed and it isn’t coming back any time soon. While you are all set on food and water for quite some time to come, you’ve decided to head into what remains of town to see what might still be salvageable. Obviously, food, water, and basic first aid supplies will probably be long gone. Would you recognize the value in some of the items folks will probably have left behind?
Aluminum foil: Hundreds of uses, from cooking to building a Kearny Fallout Meter.
Crayons: Not too bad to use for making candles.
Dental floss: Like the foil, tons of uses in addition to keeping your gums healthy.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste: If your local police department isn’t taking calls anymore, you really think your dentist is lining up appointments?
Tarps: Expedient tents as well as other uses.
Plastic sheeting: Great for making hoop houses and small greenhouses.
Zip ties: Great for everything from securing wrists to fencing.
Shoes: How many pair do you have for each person at home right now?
Potting soil and soil amendments: In most parts of the country, these are of course seasonal items. But, should you need to expand your gardens, these may come in handy.
Pool shock: For water purification.
Charcoal briquettes: Sure, you can cook without them but nice to have, just in case.