Do you want to thrive after the apocalypse? By stocking up on these 5 post-apocalyptic items you are guaranteed to be sitting pretty after doomsday. After being in the survival and preparedness community for over ten years I am continuously disappointed by websites claiming to be authorities in the field, while providing generic and useless information that is devoid of reality. The worse part of it is you have to sift through fifty ads, popups, and questionnaires just to get to it. That’s the problem with a lot of these sites, they write from fantastical imaginations, and not reality. All too often you will be told to stock up material goods like precious metals, guns, tactical gear, and etc. that will end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. I love gold, guns and tactical shit as much as the next guy, but in a post-apocalyptic world the return on those investments will not be as much as you’d expect.
Don’t worry, you can still buy all the gold and guns you can afford but only after you stock up on the items in this list. Not only do the items in this article have a long shelf life, but they will drastically improve your quality of life after doomsday. These items will have many uses on your homestead, and will be worth as much as gold when bartering, which will be the economic system in America for quite some time after the world ends.
SALT (See Pricing)
Yes, Salt! Salt is one of the most versatile goods you can stock up on before doomsday, and after a true doomsday event it will be more sought after than gold. Why? The primary reason is once the power goes out, everyone will need to start hunting and fishing for their food, and that meat will need to be preserved or else all that meat will go to waste. If you want to learn how to cure your meat with salt you can read Survivopedia’s Guide on Salt Curing. This single use of salt makes it an indispensable part of your survival cache, but did you know salt can also be used to;
- Disinfect wounds (salt diluted with water)
- Treat gout, sprains, and athlete’s foot (Epsom**)
- Aid in soil fertilization
- Aid in nutrition (1500mg of sodium required daily)
- Melt icy roads
- Extinguish grease fires
- Clean cast iron pans
- Use as an ant deterrent
- Prevent cheese from molding
- Extend the life of your milk
- And much more…
IODINE (See Pricing)
In my opinion iodine is the most underrated and undervalued sterilizing agents, and until a few years back it was the go to sterilizing solution in ORs and ERs until they switched to chlorhexidine in alcohol solution. Not to mention, if a nuclear disaster is the shit that hit the fan, you will have liquid gold in your hands because nascent iodine can reduce the harmful accumulation of radioactive substances in your thyroid. Just like salt, iodine has its own uses that include;
- Preventing goiter
- Boosting your metabolism
- Treating vaginal irritation (vaginitis)
- Antioxidant properties
- Disinfect water for consumption (tastes horrible)
- Promoting skin health
SULFUR (See Pricing)
Sulfur is a key element in gun powder, and a year after the apocalypse you won’t be able to just go to the store and get a box of ammo. You’re going to have to buy it from the very few people that know how to make it, or make it yourself. Either way this makes sulfur a very valuable commodity after doomsday. Sulfur can also be used;
- As a fungicide
- To treat waste water
- To preserve fruits
- As a dietary supplement
If I could only have two of the post-apocalyptic items listed in this article I would pick salt and charcoal. Charcoal is one of the most diverse materials with its uses exclusively catered to survivalists and preppers. Seriously, it’s like charcoal was made by God specifically for survivalists. Charcoal is one of the ingredients in some gun powders, and has a massive amount of survival properties including;
- A long lasting fire and heat source
- Excellent water filtration
- Masks odors
- Absorbs toxins in the body
- Treats infected wounds
- Used as a cure all supplement in activated form
After doomsday our medical supplies are going to be depleted within two weeks. Pharmacies and Hospitals will be looted leaving people nowhere to turn when they get an infection. It’s kind of ironic, in the 21st Century we have become hyper spastic germophobes, with antibiotics being over-prescribed, and autoimmune diseases springing up like crabgrass, and when we actually need antibiotics to survive they will be nowhere in sight… Now you can’t just go to Wal-Mart and buy antibiotics without a prescription, but luckily you can order antibiotics online without a prescription through certain vendors. When purchasing look for these antibiotics;
- Amoxicillin — used to treat common bacteria borne infections caused by tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and infections of the ear, nose, throat, skin, or urinary tract.
- Clindamycin — used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria, streptococcal infections in penicillin-allergic patients, also anaerobic infections, and as an alternative to penicillin based antibiotics.
Antibiotics will be near priceless after doomsday, giving you an extremely valuable bargaining chip that you can trade for ammunition, food, or anything you are lacking. That is the world we will be living in folks.
Do not mistake this guide as me saying ‘Don’t buy gold and guns’, my point is not to focus all your efforts on generic items. Yes, you should have a healthy supply of ammunition, and a few reliable guns, and precious metals in your cache. Just don’t focus on those because that’s not what people will need after doomsday. We will desperately need the simpler things in life that we take for granted. If you have any advice to offer our readers, feel free to comment below!
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