It is discussed all the time what we need and must have for survival. Between stock piling life or death type items, however, it is a good idea to incorporate something you want once in a while. When the SHTF you are going to need to have a level of comfort. Giving up some of the things you enjoy will surely be necessary, but not everything has to be discarded as you prep for an uncertain tomorrow. Here are a few things you might want to consider incorporating or that might inspire you to come up with a list all your own:
1. A favorite pillow is one of the simplest things that can make the most difference in your life. Have you ever slept on a hotel pillow and woke up with horrible neck pain the following day? If sleeping without a pillow or using one that is not your norm cause you pain, then have a backup ready. Pillows are light and can be strapped to your BOB or tossed in with the rest of your supplies so they will be there when you need it.
2. Coffee is one of the true survival necessities for some of us. It gets us up and moving, gifting us with motivation the moment it crosses our lips. I have yet to meet a day that a cup of coffee could not improve upon.
3. Most of us enjoy a good drink once in a while, but if you feel bad about stocking alcoholic provisions, remember the first aid benefits they offer and that might make you feel better about adding a bottle or two to your stash.
4. Personal hygiene items, such as soap, deodorant, and oral care supplies, can make you feel human again after a few days spent hunkered down. You may not be able to draw a bath and hop in, but you can improvise with water from a nearby creek or pond should you have access to one.
5. Candy and/or chocolate is a guilty pleasure for a lot of us. If you have a sweet tooth, stock a few items that will keep it in check. If your guilty pleasure is another type of food item, do you best to have some of that on hand. Tasty foods are a simple pleasure that gives us comfort, so allow yourself that.
6. If you like to read or play cards, keep some items that will allow you to do this. Escaping into a book might give your mind a break from the perils around you, letting you rejuvenate and relax.
7. If children are going to be present, have some boredom busters on hand for them. Toys, crossword puzzles, coloring books, or whatever they like to stay entertained will occupy their young minds and keep fear at bay. Also having a source of familiarity and comfort, such as a teddy bear, will go a long way.
8. Since you might not have the power to run a computer or tablet, keep some paper and a few pens. This will enable you to take notes or jot down your feelings about the changing world around you. When all is said and done, you could even have a memoir of sorts.
9. Comfortable footwear for your down time might make you feel better at the end of a long day. If you would normally relax in a pair of comfortable socks or slippers, pack a spare set. You may not be comfortable and you may not even be home, but the comforts of home are nice to have.
10. Keep a few things around that smell good. Calming smells such as lavender are beneficial, and so are familiar smells. If your home is accented with the smell of vanilla, keep some vanilla around to remind you of a place of peace.
Emergency preparedness should of course be your first order of business, but you cannot completely neglect the comforts you know and love. We all need that extra encouragement sometimes, and having something familiar close to you will help abate some of the uncertainty you might be facing. Although there is much seriousness involved in prepping, sometimes you have to cut yourself a break and allow room for a little indulgence. If the new world still offers some of the things you enjoyed in the old one it will be that much easier to trudge on through the tough times that occur.