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When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?

 
Jetpack42
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When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Tv? Internet? Hot Water? Deodorant? Grocery Stores? House? Cars? Electricity? Running Water?

I'm curious...what 1 item would you just not realize you have...until you don't?
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Tampons lol

Seriously though...tampons
It is what it is...deal with it.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Tampons lol

Seriously though...tampons
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
I will miss you guys the most.
there will be no GLP when the doom comes..

verysad
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
I would have to say, toilet paper!

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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
I will miss you guys the most.
there will be no GLP when the doom comes..

verysad
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There will be GLP. We will sit around a fire at night and tell stories. And talk about all the latest conspiracies and news.



I will miss air conditioning, tv and interwebz.

And fresh, clean water.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Air conditioning!
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
A soft warm bed
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
OK I thought about it a little more. Air conditioning always comes to mind, but damn, not having tampons gives me heart palpatations. Im not being a smartass either. Im serious.
It is what it is...deal with it.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
I WILL MISS the internet, for sure!!! Not knowing whats going on around the world will make me bug-out and go into withdrawals!!
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
OK I thought about it a little more. Air conditioning always comes to mind, but damn, not having tampons gives me heart palpatations. Im not being a smartass either. Im serious.
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Can't you just use like a sock or something?
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Biolage shampoo.... there was NO WAY I was stockpiling it... generic baby shampoo I have tons of. (Both a shampoo and body soap)

But Honestly I make just chop my hair off it everything gets too bad.
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OK I thought about it a little more. Air conditioning always comes to mind, but damn, not having tampons gives me heart palpatations. Im not being a smartass either. Im serious.
 Quoting: Rock Star Mommy


Can't you just use like a sock or something?
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Ewwwww and no
It is what it is...deal with it.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
OK I thought about it a little more. Air conditioning always comes to mind, but damn, not having tampons gives me heart palpatations. Im not being a smartass either. Im serious.
 Quoting: Rock Star Mommy


Can't you just use like a sock or something?
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yeah really, just jam a pine cone up there or something..
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
I would have to say, toilet paper!

Peace
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Correct answer.

Washable rags just won't be the same.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Tampons for sure. I was actually thinking of buying one of those cups as back up. Especially when I have a young daughter who will need to learn to use something when she starts down that path!

Another missed thing will be the convenience of listening to the radio when ever I want.

Not having the pleasure of using all of my kitchen gadgets and appliances to make yummy meals.
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I would have to say, toilet paper!

Peace
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Correct answer.

Washable rags just won't be the same.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17344595


If you know what Mullein looks like, you can use the leaves as TP. Just brush off the little fuzzy hairs off it. The leaves are very soft!
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Tv? Internet? Hot Water? Deodorant? Grocery Stores? House? Cars? Electricity? Running Water?

I'm curious...what 1 item would you just not realize you have...until you don't?
 Quoting: Jetpack42


Nothing. It's material.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
A fucking rope.

For hanging myself.

All the other items I don't really need.

Because humans and their genetic make-up are designed for the species to live on their own without all those items, which are in itself just luxuries.

I will struggle to stay alive until the last moment and just before there is nothing I cannot try but die, I will go hang myself just not to let the environment kill me and give them the final win.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
A fucking rope.

For hanging myself.

All the other items I don't really need.

Because humans and their genetic make-up are designed for the species to live on their own without all those items, which are in itself just luxuries.

I will struggle to stay alive until the last moment and just before there is nothing I cannot try but die, I will go hang myself just not to let the environment kill me and give them the final win.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Tampons, Yankee Candles, Bubble baths, Air Conditioning.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
A soft warm bed
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^^ This.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
A fucking rope.

For hanging myself.

All the other items I don't really need.

Because humans and their genetic make-up are designed for the species to live on their own without all those items, which are in itself just luxuries.

I will struggle to stay alive until the last moment and just before there is nothing I cannot try but die, I will go hang myself just not to let the environment kill me and give them the final win.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15721172


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That's dying with dignity.

According to Christians "God" committed suicide, they can't possibly put it down.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
I would have to say, toilet paper!

Peace
 Quoting: Earth420


Correct answer.

Washable rags just won't be the same.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17344595


If you know what Mullein looks like, you can use the leaves as TP. Just brush off the little fuzzy hairs off it. The leaves are very soft!
 Quoting: CrazyMama73


Good tip!

We have a similar species Down Under, Dendrocnide excelsa, also known as the "soft, fluffy and soothing toilet paper tree".

Certainly pays to know your local nature resources

hf
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Hot water... Nothing like a hot shower. Also, AC in the summer.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Antibiotics really. While one can stock up on "fish" antibiotics, and some will be available in rural feed supply stores, antibiotics will be impossible to reproduce anymore in a collapse where it's a SHTF scenario.

Coffee doesn't grow in the USA except for Hawaii. That means when the supply of green coffee runs out, the kind that you can roast yourself, and grind as needed, then there won't be any coffee for almost all of us. If trade networks get reestablished, then some coffee is grown in Latin America (Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, etc) and Mexico and some could end up in the USA again.

Black tea will grow in some regions of the USA, but there likely will not be much of it and none for trade. It's really the only safe form of caffeine. Other than that I only know of one rare plant that produces caffeine, and I have researched it for years, so practically everyone will be going through the worst caffeine deprivation headaches at the same time. The one plant to produce caffeine other than coffee or tea also induces vomiting (if carelessly ingesting it) so I doubt anyone bothers trying to cultivate/harvest it.

I'd guess that sugar would be the next most food item. While corn syrup can be extracted from corn stalks, and maple syrup seasonally extracted with the winter thaw, not too many people grow sugar beets. This means a real shortage of sweetener. There probably will not be any more jellies or jams. This means only dehydrating fruits. Forget about pies.

I know a lot of people are thinking bees and honey, but then they probably haven't considered the death of so many bee hives. It's a very dire situation. As the hives collapse more and more, it will be dangerous to harvest any wild bee honey and few apiaries will be willing to part with their honey.

While it's certainly possible to gather wheat or rye or barley, some will still have grains which will rise with leavening. That's likely going to be natural yeasts from grapes or sourdough. Often ashcakes made from the leavening of wood ash.

The main issue is grinding the wheat into flour. While it's possible, in a SHTF scenario, the amount of effort to grind grain into flour creates a situation of using up more calories than gained by hand-milling. Few people have a working quern or even know what one is. Preppers have hand mills, but they will break down under heavy use.

When the pool shock runs out, then there won't be anymore chlorine. While water can be purified with a biosand filter, it's only 95% effective. The only absolutely certain way to prevent illness from pathogens will be to use chlorination.

It's possible to make iodine from black walnuts, something I've discussed in the link below (you'll have to search for black walnut and iodine). Most people won't know how to do it so they won't know how to produce iodine to purify their water (only a minute amount is needed).
Thread: Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF (Page 39)

That means a lot of goiters will begin appearing again other than folks who can safely consume seafood or seaweeds. Given the poisoning of the Pacific Coast from Fukushima, or the Gulf of Mexico around to Florida from Corexit, then a lot of the seafood will not be fit for consumption.

Salt will be a major problem.. While there used to be lots of natural "licks" where something like salt could be gathered (it wasn't necessarily sodium chloride), or salt mines used to be prevalent, nowadays there are only a small number of working salt mines. With a collapse, the only mining will be by hand and that will be extremely difficult and dangerous. No salt means terrible issues with meat preservation. I've discussed that at the link too.

Practically everything else will seem like impossible luxuries.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Hot water probably.
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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Don't watch too much TV since I cut the cord years back so that won't be missed. Prolly Internet because that's the main way I keep in touch with family/relatives/friends. Also coffee and a warm bed...damned.

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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
We should return to simpler times anyway.

There will be more peace and we will all be busy doing things, making things.


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Re: When SHTF what material item will you miss the most?
Water, food, toilet paper. Likely toilet paper since water and food are locally obtainable.

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