Survival Survey: In defense of ‘frivolous’ items
Guest post by Liz Long.
There have been more than a couple of times that people have posted here about stocking up on 5 Hour Energy drinks, chocolate, coffee and other similar “luxury” items only to have one or more people give a rather withering reply about how foolish they are to even think about anything beyond water, wheat, and bullets. I’m going to guess those folks don’t have young children at home.
If you’re a single guy who isn’t looking out for anyone but yourself, that approach might work. You would still probably end up with taste bud fatigue, but that’s your business. However, a lot of those “frivolous” items have very real value in a SHTF situation, and not just for barter. If you are forced to stay up all night driving to get to a safe place or doing guard duty, wouldn’t a 5 Hour Energy drink come in handy? Chocolate has been proven to be calming in stress-filled situations, among other things, and that can be invaluable. (Besides, it really does rock as a barter item.) If I have to get my kids to drink powdered milk, I really don’t want to try it without adding some Hershey’s Chocolate (or Strawberry) Syrup. Besides, my stockpile of Teriyaki sauce buys me some time in the event that my sons favorite brand should ever (please NOOOOO!!!!) change the recipe.
So, what “frivolous” items do you have, and what is your defense of them?
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