I’m a firm believer in having more than you need of everything. Having extra has several advantages and is well worth considering as a strategy.
First of all, and importantly,
- You have what you need.
- You have some contingency in case your primary store is damaged, stolen or you made some miscalculations on stocking levels. You can top up your supplies.
- You have some spares for barter.
- You have some spares for distribution to your community
One other area well worth thinking about is with extra items you can set up a shop or industry which utilises the items. An example could be that with spare water filters you could treat water and sell it. This could suppliment your income and enable you to gain items that you do not have or now recognise you need.
Another area that is worth considering is that although you may not have a use for so many a community may have that need. For example you have have a very good stash of medical supplies and medical equipment that you may not even be able to use but your community may then come across a doctor who can make the most of the items. You could even set up your own surgery and hire the services of a doctor. Win, win. You earn some extra whilst the doctor who has no tools is employed in a key role.
Bearing this in mind I have several medical items I can’t even spell. Advanced medical books that use words I can’t pronounce and I keep adding to my medical items as I find items I like, including some obscure ones.
It isn’t just medical items though. Tools are always a good purchase especially if you can buy cheap items that do not need electricity. Just keep your eye out at garage sales.
Word of warning though. Only do this when you have your basics sorted out. Food and water, medical supplies, clothing and sundries for yourself must come first. You can’t eat a room full of medical equipment or a wood turning wheel.
Once you have your core supplies sorted out you should really look at what other items you can use and consider planning ahead for a rosier future.