The following is a list of ten non-food items that are currently inexpensive and easy to get, but will be in demand after TEOTWAWKI.
Matches – You cannot have enough of these. They are cheap and easy to get. Stock all you can they will be a good trade item and a real convenience. You can start a fire without them but it takes more effort.
Cloth diapers – Today it seems like everybody use splastic throwaways. When these run out you will need cloth diapers.
Water filters – Most families do not own a good quality water filter. If you have extras they will be very valuable. Bad water will kill large numbers of people.
Nails and screws – After TEOTWAWKI you will have to keep your property repaired and you won’t be able to run to the store. Stock up on nails and screws now. Make sure you have enough lying around while you still can.
Batteries – These will disappear fast, I recommend that you have good quality rechargeable batteries like the Enloop’s and the equipment to recharge them. A review of the Eneloop NiMH Batteries
Tape – All kinds of tape including duct, masking, electric. These have many uses. Duct tape is great for repairing equipment and even for medical uses like making splints.
Books – Both fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction for educating your children and to use for reference. Fiction books will provide some entertainment, even if you just sit down as a family and read a chapter or two in the evening. If you are religious don’t forget the scriptures.
Sewing supplies – Your clothes won’t last forever. They will need to be repaired or replaced.
Canning supplies – A good stock of canning supplies will help you preserve food that you are able to grow or hunt. Especially stock up on canning lids.
Blankets – Over my years in law enforcement I got to serve many search warrants and I was always amazed at how few blankets were in many homes. Often there was only an electric blanket. Blankets may be a good trade item.
These are just a few items that came to mind today. As you know there are many more and we all have different priorities on what is most important. But for me and my family these are important ones.