by Erica N.
One of the most overlooked parts of most people’s preparations is spare parts for the equipment they plan to use in an emergency or a crisis. We all like to think we are covered when we have the actual items in our possession, but what if they break? What if the power source runs out? When you know you could have fixed the problem with a simple spare part, you will get pretty frustrated pretty fast.
Extra fuel cans are a must to have on hand. Some may not consider them a spare part, but you will regret not having enough fuel on hand when a situation happens. I would keep your fuel cans full and rotate the fuel every 3-6 months. I would also keep a fuel stabilizer either in the fuel or have it on hand to keep the fuel from going stale. I would also keep extra propane cylinders on hand and full in one-pound and twenty-pound cylinders. Propane does not go bad. If you have kerosene heaters or cookers, keep some kerosene on hand too. Likewise, if you have a propane or butane torch, you will need extra cylinders on hand.
Other items to keep on hand:
- Extra screws of all sizes
- Scrap Lumber to fix broken doors, frames, and windows
- Hitch pins, cotter pins, clevis pins, and lynchpins
- O-rings and rubber gaskets of all sizes
- Snap rings
- Wiring Kit (for autos) and/or an Electrical Repair Kit
- Light Bulbs for your flashlights and regular lights
- Sewing and Mending Kit
Like I said before, you might consider other spare parts essential for your preps. You might want to keep spare parts for:
- Your vehicle (bug-out or daily driver)
- Camper, ATVs, and boats
- Tractor or Semi (if you have one or more)
- Guns, Bows, and other weapons
- Water filtering systems
- Tillers, Snowblowers, Lawn Mowers, and other such equipment
- Log Splitters, Wood Chippers, Chainsaws, and Trimmers
- Wood stoves, Cookstoves, Grills, and other cookers
- Any other equipment you have that is not listed
What else would you add to this list?
About the Author
Erica writes about preparedness, homesteading, frugality, parenting, and life in general at her blog, Living Life in Rural Iowa. A mom of four who has survived divorce, poverty, kids going to college, and teenagers! Always keen to learn more about what she writes about. Someday will write a book!