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1.A small solar-powered flashlight so you don't constantly go through batteries illuminating your after-dark dog walks. Charge it up by a window for an hour, and enjoy two full hours of bright light — that's like, four dog walks worth!
2.An easy-to-use knife sharpener to keep your kitchen blades in tip-top shape while taking up verrry little storage space. Plus it's super easy to pack for camping or fishing.
3.A miniature personal water filter so when the water fountain at that highway rest stop (or at the airport, or in a foreign country) tastes a little "off", you can still stay plenty hydrated while skipping single-use water bottles. It says it removes 99.99% of bacteria, 99.99% of protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium), and 100% of microplastics.
4.A collapsible one- or two-gallon bucket because it takes up very little storage space, then expands to be a quick dog bowl on-the-go, or a convenient place to chill your champagne, hand wash delicates, collect sea shells, or wash dishes after camping.
5.A thick, washable wool blanket to store in your car for spontaneous picnics, extra cushion for your bum on the bleachers, and of course, in case of winter time emergencies.
6.A palm-sized first aid kit that stashes easily in your glove compartment, large pants pocket, purse, fanny pack, or backpack and comes with everything you need to initially treat minor cuts, scrapes, and stings.
7.A hair clip multi-tool with seven different functions so whether you're camping, working, or just enjoying beers with friends, you'll have a little gadget you can rely on to tackle all kinds of small challenges you run into in your life.
8.Or a credit card sized multitool because it can perform all kinds of different little tasks (three screwdrivers, box cutter, can opener, nail puller, ruler with inches and centimeters...) and slide discreetly into your wallet. Meaning you don't have to trek out to the garage or dig your toolkit out of your closet just to tighten one annoyingly loose screw.
9.A reusable poncho in a pouch for staying dry no matter what the weather throws at you, especially on those occasions where you don't want to be carrying an umbrella — a spontaneous hike or sudden tire-change, or when you have to unbuckle your little one from their car seat. Or those times where it's so windy that any umbrella's gonna flip inside-out and be completely useless!
10.A rain barrel, which would help provide you with fresh drinking water if your current water system were to fail, but for now is perfect for saving money on your water bill while your lawn, flower beds, and vegetable garden all thrive.
11.A box of freeze-dried food that's good for up to 30 years — or for the next time you get home after working (or drinking) way too late without eating, realize there's no food in your fridge or freezer, and absolutely do NOT feel like doing anything but plopping down on your couch. Just add boiling water, wait for a few minutes, and enjoy.
12.A pack of two small watertight aluminum containers perfect for fitting a USB drive that has saved backup copies of all your important documents. Whether you store 'em in your bug out bag or the back corner of your junk drawer, you'll always be able to find the info you need in those random moments you need it, no hassle or digging through six boxes of disorganized papers required.
13.And a fire-resistant safe that'll protect the originals of all those documents, so you can get them all organized and safely tucked in the back of a closet somewhere, instead of continuing to let them pile up in your home office.
14.A solar panel charger so you pretty much always have wall-outlet-levels of power even when you're on a hike, spending a long day at the beach, or are just tired of competing for charger space with the rest of your family. Just plug in any USB cable (that means it works with iPhones, Androids, backup battery packs, and more), and go.
15.A pair of walkie talkies because even though the cell phone towers may still be active (with no signs of collapse), these will let you distract your kids from whining about boredom by running them through a few zombie apocalypse scenarios. Or just let y'all talk from the other end of the house without yelling. Think about it: these could put an end to "HEY, MOM? MOOOM??" forever.
And hey, whatever you decide to do, it never hurts to follow Ron Swanson's advice:
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