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What an annoyance!Mislaid my only nail file this morning & had to go to a family lunch.OK no big deal..just had to go & buy another file.

But I suddenly realised that it maybe the loss of small everyday items that could be the straw that breaks the camel's back next year.With more dirty jobs being done & perhaps more broken nails an extra pair of nail sissors & nail file would be a good idea.

Any other easily overlooked items spring to mind ????

-- Chris (, September 25, 1999


Shoestrings. Tweezers. Safety pins.

-- Carol (, September 25, 1999.

Different types of glue, nails, screws, staples, sewing needles, thread, disposable lighters, haircutting scizzors, first aid supplies.

-- Leslie (***@***.net), September 25, 1999.

If you were a country boy you knew how to blow your nose the easy way which included the sleeve of your shirt for the finishing touch.....and everyone plans to have lots of TP....but rarely do we mention facial tissue.

Tinfoil...for cooking, making a solar oven and to put inside our hats.

-- red (, September 25, 1999.

Sob --- sniff. I'm really going to miss - sob - my washer!

-- mom (, September 25, 1999.

VEHICLES!!!!!! We can't get gas for our vehicles without an ELECTRIC gas pump.

-- courtnee reagan (, September 25, 1999.

Now realize that I embody all of the genetic packrat/squirrel tendencies for the broad sweep of a generation in my family. They've been openly sneering at me for years, yet even I've been caught without --water,gas,eggs, milk, flour, bread, garlic, potatoes,TP & lightbulbs. Now, I'm a squirrel first class, but stuff happens...

Yes, I admit to a nail file binge earlier this year { you can use them for all sorts of things}. Don't forget polish remover, it's been many days since disco - but I still find lots of applications for mine!

-- flora (***@__._), September 25, 1999.

I found some tiny sample tubes of fixident denture stuff and grabbed a few for caps on teeth that might come loose.

It occurred to me that sample sizes are a great thing to "hoard" as it gives a lot of variety cheaply or free.

-- Mabel Dodge (, September 25, 1999.

I just bought clear packing tape to add to the tape collection. Also found a tire repair kit by "Victor" at Walmart - had a T-handle tool = rasp for poking/reaming the puncture and then another T-handle needle type with an "eye" for threading a gooey rubber strip, plunging it through the puncture and then withdrawing the tool - leaving the rubber plug (the eye of the needle is actually not fully closed). Also a few cans of Gunk tire inflator/sealant - they have $3 rebates (2 per household) so at Walmart the end cost will be under $1 per can.

Extra scissors, pot scrubbers, wooden clothes dryer for indoor use this winter, rubber Playtex gloves, super glue (just used it to close up a sliced chicken's foot tonight - worked great! - also use it on myself when needed), zip lock bags, vanilla.

Oh yeah, a few bottles of vino! Even cheap stuff like Strawberry Hill! It is good for giggles.

-- Kristi (, September 26, 1999.

Open fire popcorn popper, waffle maker. Free standing grill (for over open fires). Herbal teas, nail clippers, manual hair clipper.

This is fun!

Just keepin' on, keepin' on

-- Sammie Davis (, September 26, 1999.

Dental floss, tooth brushes, paper, paper and more paper, pens, pencils, latex gloves (the kind that come 100 to a box), pot holders and mits, dog flea repellant, nail clippers, hand lotion, staples, gum, duct tape, straight pins, paper clips, magic markers, string...

-- Sally Strackbein (, September 26, 1999.

Watch batteries - or buy kinetic or self winder watch. Check out yard sales for clothing and shoes for the kids as they grow Did anyone mention tampons and pads? How about disposable diapers, or better yet the cloth kind (which are probably almost extinct by now - been awhile since I changed a baby) Which brings to mind . . . Stock up on condoms. I have been buying loose tobacco to roll your own. Not that we smoke but for trade. Fishing line Amo and reloading gear

-- Penda Zone (, September 26, 1999.

If you are dependent upon glasses to see, get a 2nd pair. Also, at Family Dollar they have glasses repair kits up by the check out stand. They come in a small tube and have bow tighteners, several bow screws of various sizes, pads for the nose pieces and a screw driver. I bought half a doz for $1 each and had to get one out the other night when one lense fell out.

Taz..who is blind as a bat and twice as nuts!!

-- Taz (, September 26, 1999.

Someone mentioned cloth diapers--don't forget the pins and preferablY rubber pants over them. I have two little ones, so WIPES are at the top of my list, and come in handy for lots of adult uses too-- Cheapest at Sam's. Toothbrushes. Jeepers, I've been doing this all year, but didn't keep track...just added things (like your nail file) to my list each time I noticed it. Glad I've had the year to do it. Manual pencil sharpener. Buttons. Cheesecloth. Disposable razors.

-- Angela (, September 26, 1999.

I just remembered something I have not even bought! Lightbulbs! yes, lightbulbs. Power could be on once in a while or if there is surges, it will cause the bulbs to blow out. Bulbs might not be available or very pricy. I am stocking up on them.

-- Carol (, September 27, 1999.

GLOVES GLOVES AND MORE GLOVES. I have 8 horses and do feeding, cleaning etc and go thru more gloves. You need them to keep your hands healthy and unscratched, and where would you be if you messed your hands up. I go thru at least one pair of leather ones a month. Also for a good trick in the winter get a small pair of thermolite lined gloves and a larger pair to wear over them. Works GREAT in COLD weather when you're working outside (one pair never could keep my hands warm). Get the heavy duty grey work pairs along with lighter pairs and only the heavy duty ones hold up at all.

-- Stacia (, September 27, 1999.

Great thread! You've already mentioned many of the things I would have listed. As for nailfiles, they get used up so fast that I've started buying very small metalworking files from fleamarket tool vendors. They work just fine on fingernails, and will last a long time.

-- Pearlie Sweetcake (, September 27, 1999.

Got a great tip from another prep site many months ago.

Go into each room in the house & really look at what it contains (apart from stored preps that is).Make a list of all the consumable items & use that as a checklist.

Just had a thought about light bulbs.Christmas Tree light bulbs.You always have to buy those in advance !!

-- Chris (, September 27, 1999.

chapstick,room freshener. fly swatter, toothpicks My lips will be nice and moist and protected from the wind and sun while I sit on my front porch enjoying the air around me with my favorite can of floral room freshener at my side as I swat flies and pick popcorn out of my teeth!

-- Katie Landrum (, September 27, 1999.

chapstick,room freshener. fly swatter, toothpicks My lips will be nice and moist and protected from the wind and sun while I sit on my front porch enjoying the air around me with my favorite can of floral room freshener at my side as I swat flies and pick popcorn out of my teeth!

-- Katie Landrum (, September 27, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr near Monterey, California

Here are some of the items (not already mentioned), marked "frequently underestimated," in my own superlist: vitamins, seeds, matches, fire extinguishers, oral rehydration, KI, vormifuge, rat poison, smaller underwear, fountain pens

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), September 28, 1999.

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