Guest post by Todd, editor of PrepperWebsite.
After a few years into the prepping mindset, I now see “preparedness” topics/situations in almost everything. Frankly, I don’t know if that is a good thing or not. On one hand it can be good because it shows that I have a desire to be prepared and to prepare those around me. On the other, it’s not always good because my mind never seems to take a rest. You know what I mean, walking into a store to pick up a few items for the week and passing all the things that you think you should add to your food storage, first aid supplies or just fun tools. I recently had one of those good experiences as I accompanied a bunch of Kindergarten students on a field trip.
As a school administrator, I don’t necessarily tag along on field trips unless they are far away from the school or will be an all day trip. This one was both. It was also necessary that I go because the grade level had a bunch of ice coolers that wouldn’t have fit on the packed buses. They needed the back of my truck!
After getting everyone into the ranch that we were visiting, I took it upon myself to move the coolers to the pavilion where the students would be eating lunch. The facility had some older Red Flyer type wagons that were available for carrying bulky items back and forth since they wouldn’t allow vehicles inside. The only problem with the wagons were that the wheels were flat or busted. I finally found one that was smaller, but had decent wheels. I would have to make multiple trips.
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On my first trip, I stacked the coolers and attempted to make the trek to the pavilion. The ground was not level, so I looked like an idiot every few feet when the coolers would fall off the wagon and crash on the ground.
On my second trip, I chose not to look like an idiot and only load two coolers. Doing a little math in my head, I realized that I would be doing this way more times than I would like…where were those volunteers? On my way back, I started humming the Macgyver tune in my head. I don’t know, just something about that tune gets my juices flowing.
When I arrived back to the truck, I remembered the bungee cords that my brother had given me one Christmas, pre-prepper era. It was a huge pack and had multiple length bungee cords. I was full blown singing out the Macgyver theme song now! I tied down the coolers, two up and hauled those coolers up to the pavilion with no thought of them falling to the ground…and looking like an idiot. Oh yeah, people were jealous and wanted to use my bungee cords!
Anyway, it got me thinking to how easy things are when you have the right tools or equipment with you. We can’t have every tool available, but it sure helps. As we add preps to our storage and use, tools are things that we should really take some time to think about and even plan to purchase. Of course, it would be good to focus on hand tools that don’t require electricity, but I plan on also adding to my battery powered tools since I have a set of solar panels that I can tie directly to an inverter and thus charge the batteries, no battery bank required (depending on who you talk to).
One other invaluable tool that I think might be necessary in a long-term survival or preparedness situation would be a nice sized pushcart. If supply lines go down and fuel isn’t available, it might be necessary to have a good pushcart to get bigger bulky items from one location to the other. There is only so much you can carry on your own. A pushcart will allow you to travel further with more.
Here are some whatif’s: taking fruit and vegetables to a barter location, bringing back firewood or game from your big hunt back to camp, moving dirt or good soil to your beds, carrying an injured person to someone who has medical experience, or having to bug out after you have bugged out.
Having a pushcart with some good oversized tires would be a great tool to have to move heavier items around. Even if you are only using it for firewood in the meantime, it is a back saver! Pushcarts can be purchased or even made very easily. You might even be able to find free materials on Craigslist. If you don’t get a pushcart, at least get a wheelbarrel.
Having the right tools makes life a little easier. There is no way that we can have every tool for every situation, but taking some time to think through which tools might be most valuable to you would be worthwhile.
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