100 Things to Disappear First (with commentary) — Part 2

As promised earlier, here is the second part of this infamous list along with my comments.

51. Fishing supplies/tools

I suppose there might eventually be a run on this stuff but really, I think it would take a while before folks think of it.

52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams

Depends on the time of year. Middle of January, I doubt it.

53. Duct Tape

Absolutely essential for all preppers. This item will indeed go quickly.

54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes

Depends on the time of disaster, I suppose. But pretty much anything weather-related will cause a run on this stuff.

55. Candles

Remember what I said earlier about lanterns. You can never have enough candles. Stock up any time you see them on clearance.

56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)

Maybe. But if there are lengthy power outages, I doubt most folks are going to be buying tons of laundry detergent. The thought of using it to wash clothes by hand just won’t occur to them.

57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags

Why? Most folks probably won’t be going anywhere and those who do decide to take off aren’t going to stop at Walmart to pick up backpacks. They’ll toss what they can into whatever bags they have at home and take off.

58. Garden tools & supplies

Really? After a disaster folks are going to hit lawn and garden stores for new hoes?

59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies

Sure, of course, since right after a disaster all sorts of people are going to start darning socks and sewing new clothes, since as we saw in the previous installment everyone already bought all the Levis.

60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

This is one of the few things on this list I do agree with 100%. All canned goods are going to be wiped out almost instantly. Stock up now!

61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)

Yeah, this will go quick as well. Remember, bleach only holds full effectiveness for about six months, then it starts to degrade. Rotate your storage accordingly.

62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)

Outside of fellow preppers, do you personally know a lot of people who own a pressure canner? Yeah, didn’t think so.

63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

Maybe. But I think most folks will try to get by with what they have in their kitchens. Won’t be the best option, of course, but most folks aren’t all that bright.

64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc

Again, why? Tell you what, with a lot of the people who decide to buy a bike and head for the hills, you’ll be able to find that bike a couple miles down the road, with the dude laying next to it dead of a heart attack.

65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats

How many blankets do you have in your home right now? You really gonna need to go out and buy a bunch of new ones after a disaster?

66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)

Somehow, I don’t think people are going to be rushing to the stores to buy a CO detector. They’ll be much more concerned with filling bellies.

67. Board Games, Cards, Dice

Again, this won’t be real high on anyone’s To Buy list after a disaster. But they are good to have when you’re cooped up so I’d suggest haunting rummage sales to find them cheap.

68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets

I’m lumping those two categories together. First, this is another example of the list writer wanting to stretch things out to hit that magic 100. Second, while vermin is a concern both now and after a disaster, unless the disaster is giant mutated cockroaches swarming the countryside, I don’t know that these items are going to be on many people’s shopping lists.

70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)

Absolutely. You want as much of these things on hand as you can. Saves water as you won’t be washing dishes.

71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)

Baby wipes are incredibly useful for quick sponge bath type of cleaning. Stock up when you find it on sale.

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

Sure, I can see this being sold out quickly. Then again, most folks probably already have some form of rain gear.

73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)

Because, y’know, it is important to be clean shaven when FEMA comes around taking pictures of the devastation.

74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

Sounds like a no brainer but never cross-use pumps and siphons. If you’re using one for water, ONLY use it for water!

75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase

Kind of an odd mix here but we’ll run with it. Vinegar is very versatile and you should have plenty on hand. I don’t use soy sauce for anything, personally, so y’all can have my share. Gravy mixes and bouillon are both great to help make more diverse meals from your food storage so stock up on those.

76. Reading glasses

If you need reading glasses, make sure you have extras set aside, just in case. But I doubt these are going to be a hot selling item after a disaster.

77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

I’m not a big water drinker myself so this sort of stuff ranks higher on my own list than it might rank on someone else’s.

78. “Survival-in-a-Can”

You know a lot of stores selling this? I guess they’d disappear quick if there’s only one store and they have three of them on the shelf. Other than that, I’m not overly concerned.

79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

Weather dependent, of course. But I’ll agree that too many people lack proper cold weather gear.

80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog

See, it is things like this that really make me wonder about the person who originally wrote this list. I realize Boy Scout manuals are filled with great information on wilderness skills. I totally get that. But, after a disaster are people really going to be running around looking for information on how to build a lean to? If they’re in a position to need to build an expedient shelter, they’re probably not within an easy walking distance of a store selling scout manuals. And I’m not even sure what exactly a Leaders Catalog is, to be honest with you.

81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)

Yes, these will go quickly as folks try to keep the elements outside their homes.

82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

See my comment earlier about canned goods.

84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)

Unless it is a situation where folks have lost all of their belongings in the disaster, they probably already have enough socks and underwear.

85. Lumber (all types)

Yep, folks will need it for repairs.

86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)

I like how it specifies why one would need wagons and carts. Because y’know there are so many other uses for them aside from transportation. I can see these selling out, sure.

87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s

Again, depends on if the disaster results in a lot of folks suddenly becoming homeless and shacking up with neighbors, family, or friends.

88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

I suppose I could see these selling out quickly.

89. Lantern Hangers

How many folks have lanterns but no hangers? Those who don’t have hangers, is this really an issue?

90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts

All hardware type items will go quickly, I’m guessing.

91. Teas
92. Coffee

Yep, the caffeine addicts will buy these up in a heartbeat.

93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)

Both of these items should really be at the top of the list. They’ll be gone quicker than you can say emphysema and liver failure.

95. Paraffin wax

Why is this on the list? I’m kinda baffled, really. I mean, I know it is used in canning sometimes but again, not too many folks can and don’t have this already on hand.

96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

See number 90 above. Plus, another example of the list writer striving to hit 100 items.

97. Chewing gum/candies

All kinds of sweets and junk food will go quick. And if it does, is this really a problem?

98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)

If it is the middle of summer, I can see folks thinking to buy these. Otherwise, not so much.

99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs

Definite musts if you’ll be working outside in hot weather.

100. Goats/chickens

These are going to disappear quick? Really? Because most folks I know who aren’t preppers are going to be more worried about canned goods than food they’ll need to butcher themselves. In fact, I’m willing to bet that during a prolonged emergency, there are going to be large numbers of folks who are suddenly vegetarians when confronted with field dressing their own dinners.