the ONE thing EVERYONE forgets is SKILLS
having supplies to trade is one thing but to be able to MAKE THINGS makes one's self a valuable commodity. supplies WILL run out expetise in one or
more areas won't. the ability to DO is the ONE thing that will be needed. how many people can replace a worn out knife? make arrows and bows? guns
are good, but can you MAKE gunpowder? can you produce clothing from plant or animal material? can you HEAL people? can you stitch up that bad wound
before someone bleeds out, or adversely do you know how to cauterize a wound? are you able to help keep a group from being torn apart by infighting?
can you build shelter? can you grow food or hunt? many will pay the ultimate price for lack of KNOWLEDGE. supplies WILL run out, knowledge and skills
will ONLY CONTINUE TO GROW. being able to think OUTSIDE the box will also be rather handy, there is typically more then one way to achieve a goal.
the ability to CREATE needed things from scratch will be what keeps groups of people alive.
BOOKS can be important. jungle first aid, plant identification, how to this and that can also be very important to have to cover things you might not
seeds and stuff esp for medical and food/spices type plants is good flour, salt, sugar and water, are probably the top staples needed. (ps anyone know
where in a city you can find WHEAT seeds? they seem to be rather hard to find). sugar can get from bees (honey) and can also get from some plants.
salt will be a critical issue for many since you need a source for it. can make it chemically as well but then again you need the right chemicals
tp-(toilet paper)VERY GOOD TRADE item
there is always leaves or even rags (just be sure to wash), but do you KNOW what poison ivy looks like? it
sounds stupid but i know a couple girls, who had supposedly passed things like plant identification that made an oopsi and wiped with poison ivy. this
in the middle of nowhere and they used precious medical supplies, that could NOT BE REPLACED.
tobacco is good IF you don't smoke, i'd have to be REALLY DESPERATE to part with tobacco KNOWING that i can't resupply.
safety glasses not really in my book, they have NEVER stopped ANYTHING really from going into MY eyes. battery acid,and hot slag, among other things.
matches and lighters while very nice to have AREN'T necessary if you can make a fire without.
gas again will become pretty useless after awhile. once you get where you are going cars will not be needed just a luxury. power generators will be
nice only so long as the have gas and don't break down. want electricity for lights and radios? why not take the alternator out of your vehicle or
generator and use water or wind power, even muscle power to create electricity, yeah they will break after awhile but i bet it will be rather easy to
find replacements, and parts.