How many of us stock up on things like nail clippers and have them in our gear? How about chapstick? Tweezers and extra key chains? I hear so much about the bullets, beans and bandaids, but I rarely hear of the small stuff that makes life better. If you really think about it, what would life be like without the comforts of a little nail clipper? Not only do I use them to keep my nails trimmed, I also dig out shallow slivvers with them, especially when there is no end sticking out. I couldn’t last one winter without good chapstick. I find it super cheap at salvage food stores.
How about cigarette lighters? I don’t smoke, but I always carry one and I have them in my gear. They are super cheap to buy and will light fires faster than a magnesium firestarter. Besides, by the time you run out of lighters, you hopefully will have practiced your magnesium firestarter and have gotten good at it. I plan on buying a few Zippos and a lot of fuel.
Pens, markers and paper. Notebooks (no, not the computers). Extra washclothes because your toilette paper stash won’t last forever. Look around, what do you use a lot that you overlook in your preps? How about a few extra pairs of kitchen scissors? Shoe strings, clear nail polish (stuff has a lot of uses, like waterproofing watches temporarily), a good stack of metal clothes hangers (a bunch of uses, too many to list), and much, much more.
I hope this helps. May God grant you all peace.