100 Items in greatest demand during the siege of Sarajevo

  1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves, invites marauders; maintenance etc.)
  2. Water Filters/Purifiers
  3. Portable Toilets
  4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
  5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
  6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
  7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
  8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
  9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
  10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
  11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.)
  12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
  13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
  14. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
  15. Survival Guide Book.
  16. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, ect. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
  17. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
  18. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
  19. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
  20. Vitamins
  21. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
  22. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
  23. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
  24. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
  25. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
  26. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
  27. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many)
  28. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
  29. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
  30. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
  31. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
  32. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
  33. Tuna Fish (in oil)
  34. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
  35. First aid kits
  36. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
  37. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
  38. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
  39. Flour, yeast & salt
  40. Matches. (“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
  41. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
  42. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
  43. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
  44. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
  45. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
  46. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
  47. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
  48. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
  49. Fishing supplies/tools
  50. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
  51. Duct Tape
  52. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
  53. Candles
  54. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
  55. Backpacks, Duffle Bags
  56. Garden tools & supplies
  57. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
  58. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
  59. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
  60. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
  61. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  62. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
  63. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
  64. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
  65. Board Games, Cards, Dice
  66. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
  67. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
  68. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
  69. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
  70. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc
  71. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
  72. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
  73. Soysauce, vinegar, boullions/gravy/soupbase
  74. Reading glasses
  75. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
  76. “Survival-in-a-Can”
  77. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
  78. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
  79. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  80. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
  81. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  82. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
  83. Lumber (all types)
  84. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
  85. Cots & Inflatable mattresses
  86. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
  87. Lantern Hangers
  88. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
  89. Teas
  90. Coffee
  91. Cigarettes
  92. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal etc)
  93. Paraffin wax
  94. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
  95. Chewing gum/candies
  96. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
  97. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
  98. Goats/chickens

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
  1. Stockpiling helps, but you never know how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
  2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
  3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.
  4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
  5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
  6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.
  7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
  8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches.
  9. More matches


0 #1 Harry Carter 2012-09-08 06:12
i better start on my list .asap :o

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