This will be the first of a couple themed posts around having a “Preparedness Christmas”. With world and U.S. conditions being what they are, if you’re like me the last thing you can stomach right now is the idea of spending a bunch of money on silly toys and other frivolous items that will be either lost or destroyed (and somewhat unappreciated) within a week or so of Christmas. Christmas gift giving is a great time to think about sharing the security and comfort of being prepared with the rest of your family.
We Americans have this bizarre tradition of filling a once a year used sock with candy, junk, and usually one valuable gift as if “Santa” left it all there. For this first installment of a Preparedness Christmas, we talk about filling those stockings with prep related items. I’m sure everyone could easily sit down and make a list of things, but it’s the kind of thing that it helps to have a brain jolt to get started. So, here’s a quick list of preparedness related things that you could use as stocking stuffers.
- Backpack (If you don’t have 72 hour kits yet, you could fill the sock with tons of stuff needed for it, the backpack would be to hold it all)
- Flashlight (those $12 16 LED Tactical lights they have at the gas station would be great for this)
- Manual Can Opener – If you have a grocery store’s worth of cans in your storage room, manual can openers are critical!)
- Multi-Purpose Tool – These can be picked up at Wal-Mart for as little as $14.00
- Pocket Knife – a cheap one for kids can be as cheap as $5.00 – adults should always have a good $50.00 or so knife in their kit
- Compass – a functional cheap one will run about $8.00 and up
- Small First Aid Kit – can be found for $15 – $30 bucks
- Small Sewing Kit – A simple one can be bought or put together for around $10.00
- Fishing Gear
- Mylar Blanket
- Toilet Paper – the small pack size ones
- Small toys for small kids – got to keep them entertained for 72 hours!
- pens/pencils/small notebook
- Metal cup (I recommend a Sierra Cup)
- Sturdy plastic ware – there is a great product that has a fork on one end and a spoon on the other that you can get for about $2.00
- Extra light bulbs and batteries for the flashlight
- Hiking Socks
- Stocking Hat
- Mittens or Gloves
- Nail Clippers
- Strike Anywhere matches with a waterproof holder
- Light Sticks
- Hard Candy
- Miniature set of scriptures
- Water Filtration set
There are lots of other things you could put in there, hopefully this quick list will get you thinking! One of the great advantages of having a Preparedness Christmas is that you won’t be fighting all the lines at the “regular people” stores.