The strangest must-haves from doomsday preppers during a pandemic
While the majority of the world battles to come to terms with the coronavirus pandemic, there are some people who have been preparing for years.
Doomsday preppers have always planned for the worst and now that the pandemic has swept across the globe, they are well and truly prepared.
Here are some of the more unusual must-haves from doomsday preppers around the world.
Get your gear
According to most doomsday preppers, you have to have the right gear to survive a pandemic and there's more than you might think.
Masks and protective clothing of all kinds are essential and for doomsday preppers, your average face mask isn't going to cut it.
Among some of the recommended items were respirator masks, face shields, disposable coverable suits, vomit bags and air filters.
Chemical-resistant gloves were also a popular item alongside less intimidating gear such as baby wipes and elderberry gummies for good Vitamin C.
Pandemic survival kit
According to Modern Survival, and a number of other doomsday preppers, a pandemic survival kit is a must-have.
The survival kit includes everything you could possibly need in a disaster situation and more.
Among some of the more unusual or unexpected items were puzzles, nasal spray and a portable toilet.
An isolation room
Social distancing has been a key part of public health advice in slowing the spread of coronavirus but doomsday preppers have gone a step further recommending an isolation room.
The room is designed to isolate someone who gets sick in your household and should be equipped with all the necessary equipment including its own air filter, plenty of hygiene products, gloves and protective gear for those entering and exiting the room.
Modern Survivor recommends a toilet for inside the room and even suggests a "professional isolation tent" for those "very serious" about isolation measures.
The coronavirus shopping list
Shopping for a pandemic may include a number of items we may not normally think to put in our shopping trolleys.
The Organic Prepper recommended canned meat, jerky, dehydrated soups, powdered milk, dried fruit, quinoa and refried beans as some items you may want to buy in preparation.
Modern Survivor recommends having a solid food supply and water that can last you and family up to at least three months – think meal-prep pushed to the extremes.
Among the recommendations was ready-made "food buckets" that help to stockpile food.
Don't forget the BBQ
Australians love their barbecues and thankfully, some preppers think this is an essential.
According to Cliff, who runs The Urban Prepper, people should make sure their grill Is ready "like it's the start of summer" – which includes ensuring you have at least three standard propane tanks – as it is a useful method of cooking.