You would think that a guy with all kinds of time on his hands would love to watch pod-casts. In my case, you would be wrong. I crave information density. I like the thrill of the hunt. I love searching for and finding dense nuggets of information.
So when I heard about a Doug Casey pod-cast where he was going to reveal "The 27 things to buy now" I went hunting for the list (in text form) on the internet.
I did not find it but I did find a list of "27 Things To Buy..." compiled by somebody who wants to tell you how we can all grow rich by selling glass-beads back-and-forth to each other. That is, retail arbitrage.
His list has value as thought-starters and for entertainment purposes.
His list is presented with blue highlighting. My comments (his suggestions after being bent by the prism in my head) follow in standard font.
Joe's comments: Avoid gem stones. A function of money is infinite divisibility. Gem stones' value falls off a cliff if they are cut into smaller stones. Very thin market for jewelry. You might get ten cents on the dollar if you are a distressed seller. One ounce silver rounds or wearable Southwestern style silver are better choices.
Wrap-around, tinted Z-87 rated safety glasses (that is, ballistic eye-wear). Buy dozens of pairs. You only have two eyes.
Shoes and socks
Boots, trail-running shoes, sandals and calf-length athletic socks with high percentage of synthetic fiber for toughness and quick drying.
Sleepwear and underwear
Basic laundry products
Lingerie and shapewear
Compression shorts. Chafing is debilitating.
Activewear, women's leggings, sports bras
Is there any other kind of wear? Good point on leggings, gaiters and wind-pants.
Add fanny-packs, pocketed aprons and other ways to free up hands while carrying around necessities. Double your productivity by never moving from one place to another without also carrying something that needs moving.
I recently talked with a woman who gave all of her elementary aged kids smartwatches because they can communicate during chaotic events like school shootings. This was before the mess in Texas. The smartwatches can also transmit GPS location in case the designated rally-point is out-of-reach.
My conversation with this lady was one of the high-points of my day. A very sharp lady (and her husband, too).
Load games on your smart-phone. Game systems are not portable nor as multi-use as a phone.
Power-packs, phone chargers including solar ones, headphones.
USB charging dock
Surge protectors. Uninterupted Power Supply for critical equipment.
Security cameras and monitors. Can be inexpensive "back up cameras" like the ones that can be retrofit on vehicles.
Unmanned Flying Vehicles, aka Drones
Retailers love UFVs because they crash and break which ensures more sales. I want to say this is a good idea BUT I have reservations that these systems will be operative when you really need them.
Lots of traditional, education toys/games like Scrabble, chess board and Legos.
Kid's formal wear
(Sound of ERJ puking) Camo for Kids.
Pet clothes and toys
Many working breeds of dogs have strong "ball drive" and are rewarded by letting them mouth a ball or their "Kong". Pet clothes (which can be as simple as a tube-sock with the toe cut off) are useful for small, short-haired dogs in cold climates. Coyotes need fiber in their diet, too.
Pet care supplies
Brushes, collars-and-harnesses, worming meds, powdered sulfur to make ointments...
Moisturizers or facial creams with SPF. Chap-stick. Toothbrushes.
Grooming and skin-care products (mens)
Nail clippers. Work gloves to protect against blisters. Bars of soap.
Candles and essential oils
Lavender, chamomile, orange, sandalwood, clary sage, lemon and jasmine might help with stress and help you sleep. It is a try-it-and-see proposition.
Bathroom scales or a leather punch to add more holes to your belt.
Indoor fitness equipment
Shaker bottles and personal blender
Dishes, bowls and cups that are easy to hand-wash and resistant to breaking.
If not you, then somebody in your "family" with extra room to store a wheelchair, walker. Throw in an oxi-pulsometer, a couple of good thermometers and an array of bandages and disinfectants. Sippy-cups, urinals, a bed-pan, slippery-sheets, gait-belts can also be handy.
Vaporizers and E-cigarettes
Bulk tobacco and smoke emitting munitions for tactical maneuver