Preppers Survival List 101 Things For Preppers To Consider.
This Preppers survival list is just some of the things I though a new Prepper might consider as they get a survival plan together. Its will cover Preppers that are prepping for small emergencies all the way up to the Doomsday Prepper. It is not everything but it will get you well on your way to being ready for what may come. Pick the items from the survival list that fit your situation the best, make a plan and get started on your path to survival. The list is not from most important to least, its just a list.
1. Water Filters (Purifiers) and large stockpile of water. I keep a 400 gallons of potable water stock up in my home. You could find yourself in a situation that staying indoors might be the smart thing to do. Remember to get food grade containers.
2. Food for survival: Canned, de-hydrated, freeze dried, get things you like it will be stress-full enough. No need to make it worse. Stress can lead to bad decisions, bad decisions can kill. I like to use these items and rotate them out, that way they never get close to the expiration date.
3. Generator. They can get very pricey but not as bad as they were a few years ago. I have two, one large and one small for backup. Mechanical things break and in a emergency a backup can be a life saver. Don’t forget gas, oil and spare spark plugs. Yes they are noisy and may not work in your plan. That’s up to you to figure out.
4. Eating utensils: Forks, spoons, knives, Hand-can openers, whisk, and a hand egg beaters. You might think of a few more but you get the idea. If you are planning a short term plan some of these may not be needed.
5.Portable Toilets: This could be as simple as a 5 gal. bucket with a few trash bags and toilet paper, lots of it. I have toilet paper and baby wipes in mine.
6. Self-defense: Guns, Ammunition, Bow and Arrows, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats. & Slingshots. I have them all and can find reason for all of them. I know some of you don’t think you need or just don’t won’t weapons but think it over. Evil people do exist and when someone has nothing some will stop at nothing.
7. Bulk Rice, Beans, Corn and Wheat. These items store well are cheap in bulk and will extend your Prepper food supplies without killing your bank account. I use 5 gal. buckets and mylar bags to store them. 5 gal. buckets are cheap and are lite, if you need to bug out you won’t need help picking them up. They also stack well so take less space than some alternatives.
8. Grain Grinder: Your wheat and corn stores will need this to grind into flour and corn meal. Make sure it is not electric and will grind to the consistency for your needs. Some will not grind to the constancy you are used to and some of the cheap one’s are just that cheap and not worth purchasing.
9. Firewood: Seasoned firewood preferable but if you go out and cut your own it will take 6 to 8 months to season. If you have no other reason to have firewood but for prepping it will need to be checked for rot every few years.
10. Washboards, Mop Bucket with wringer this is for laundry. If the emergency last long enough you will want this. Don’t forget soap. You might get none scented. It could come in handy.
11. Lamp Oil, Lamps, Wicks get more than you think you will need they are a good barter item and I have found it goes faster than you think. Get the clear if you can but colored is ok. Candles are great but just don’t fill the bill compared to oil lamps.
12. Coleman Fuel: Here is another one to stockpile and lots of it. It is another item for barter as well. I am lucky enough to have a shop out back of the house. I never keep flammables in the garage. Some of you may have problems with storing these items so just do what you can. This one goes on the barter list as well.
13. Charcoal and Lighter Fluid: These will go fast in a emergency so have some stocked. Even if you don’t use it someone will want it and be willing to trade for it.
14. Vegetable Oil: Some thing are just best cooked in oil. You can find other uses for it but I just can’t think of them right now. I will get back to you on this. Some people prefer lard.
15.Survival Guide Book: Even with all the years I have been a Prepper I still find the need for a good guide. I don’t now anyone that remembers or knows it all. Although I do know a few know it all’s. Well at least they think they do.
16. Male and Feminine Hygiene, Haircare, Skin products. you know what you need so I won’t try to list them.
17. Vitamins and mineral supplement: Stress can deplete your body of such thinks and would be smart to have them on hand.
18. Cookstoves: Propane, Coleman and or Kerosene. You need something to cook with and these are cheap and easy to use. I find used ones that are in good shape at garage sales from time to time. I have several of them so now when I find then I use them to trade or sell.
17. Propane Cylinder: This includes large and small. I have two Coleman camping stoves that use the 1 pound canisters and a gas grill that uses the bigger tanks. I keep a lot of propane cylinder for both. When the price is high I just use what I have. When the price goes down I take them to be refilled. The one pounders can be refill from the 20 pounders with a small adapter. Most people have the Coleman type lanterns that use to 1 pounders as well.
!8.Mantles for your lanterns don’t forget them. If you have used lanterns before you probably know it would be best to keep a lot of them. Some other replacement part for your lanterns and stoves would be a good idea as well. On some of the very isolated beaches of Texas while on fishing trips I have traded them so lots of beer.
19, Mini Heater: Small heaters that go on top of the one pound propane bottles. If you have to Bug Out they will come in handy. Small and lite, they will heat a good size room better than you might think. Some times the larger propane heaters are just too much. Be aware you need to have the heated area ventilated. Carbon Monoxide will build up in a closed area.
20. Socks, Underwear and T-shirts lots of extras if you are planning long term just a few for shorter term plans. These items are more important than you might think. Ever tried wearing boots ect. with now socks. I would not suggest it. Blisters become open wounds and you need to avoid injuries as much as possible.
21.Cold weather gear: Winter coats, boots, Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens or winter gloves. Choose these items well. Don’t go cheap, buy with your areas winter weather in mind.
22. Survival Kit In A Can: I was introduced to this a short while back. It is a minimal kit but has a lot of things that a well studied Prepper can put to use. The Sardine can it comes in will store for many years. This might be a good one for the Bug Out Bag.
23. Pretzels, Graham Crackers and Crackers. Trail mix, Jerky. Nuts, Popcorn, and Peanut Butter. I think the Peanut Butter is the best on this list and I’m not just talking about taste. Some of this is just fell good food but mentally that is important.
24. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s and tent. I like the Tent Cots that are on the market but they may not fit your plan. They are just what the name say’s, a cot inside a tent all in one. I have seen them in one person and two person configuration. Some of you big guys like me might prefer the 2 person its more comfortable when used as a one person.
25. Gloves: Working gloves good heavy ones and if you are a long term Prepper get stocked up. Gloves protect from injury, injuries can kill even small ones. Cold weather and maybe gloves for gardening.
26. Lantern Hangers: Lets not forget these handy items. They come in handy for more than just hanging your lanterns.
27. Booze: Wine and Liquors for the alcohol it is a must but I suggest if you are committed to prepping and survival you might want to gets some. For the rest of use it can take the edge off the stress if used wisely and it works well as a medicine. It is a great barter item and commands top returns.
28. Teas, Coffee and Cigarette: These items are not just for you they make great barter items. People will trade big for them especially the Coffee and Cigs. Even if you don’t smoke tobacco can be stored long term, a few years so think it over before investing if you are a non smoker. If you smoke it would be a good idea to have back-up, going through withdraws in the early days of a emergency can and has caused many people to do stupid things. Same goes with Coffee but maybe not to the degree of smoking. Tea I don’t know it could be as bad as Coffee, I guess.
29. Reading glasses: Lets not forget them, for those of use that need them it is a important item to have. You might pick up a couple of extras even if its just the cheap ones from Walmart, Walgreens ect.
30. Hand pumps and Siphons: Make no mistake they are important. Maybe not so much for the short term Prepper but for the long term planner its a must. They come in hand for water and fuel, lets just say acquisition.
31. Thermal Underwear: Tops and bottoms as well as several pair of each.
32. Baby Stuff: If you have a baby you need Baby Supplies: Formula and Diapers. If you have a baby you know what you need but keep it to what you need.
33. Gasoline Containers: Plastic or metal is ok. Once again if planning for long term 20, 30 and even 50 gal. drums but keep in mind the larger the container the heavier it will be and harder to take with you if you have to leave. You will need some good fuel saver as well.
34. First aid kits: Very important but don’t go overboard. If you are not a surgeon don’t get one only a surgeon would know how to use.
35. Salt, Flour and Yeast: Salt is important and is one of the beat barter items in a emergency. You might have the wheat and grinder as mentioned earlier but have some flour on hand you might not have the time to spend grinding flour in the early stages of extended event. Making flour from wheat is not a quick task. Yeast if you want bread!
37. Batteries: As you fill your Preppers survival list you will have items that use batteries. Keep a supply of them on hand. They don’t store all that well so you will have to replace them from time to time. I keep the need for batteries down to a minimum, just for short lived emergencies.
38. Milk: Powdered and Condensed milk. I heard you should shake the Condensed every few months. I did not know that until recently.
37. Sugar brown and white. Honey and Syrup are nice to have. Some may say they are a bit of a luxury but I am big on having a few feel good items around. They are barter items as well.
38. Hatchet, Bow saws and Axes, maybe a wedge or two would be a good idea. Sharpeners and some honing oil. God I hope I never need any of these items I don’t like any of them. It means a lot of hard work. I don’t mind work but these things will wear you out.
39. Garbage Bags: Its hard to have to many garbage bags, they have a whole butt load of uses.
40. Duct Tape and Bailing Wire: We would be here for weeks if I listed all the things you can do with these 2 items.
41. Candles: Lots of candles. It can get pricey but you can make them yourself and save some money. If you are like me you have more time than money. Any place you can save some cash means you can get more survival supplies.
42. Backpack: If your Prepper survival plan includes a bug out plan the Bug Out Bag is a must. You can find out more about this here at Politics and Preppers.
43. Mosquito coils and or repellent, sprays, creams whatever you like. It can take some of the misery out of being outside and for those that are more allergic than others it is a must have.
44. Flashlights and Light Sticks come in handy but are for the most part short term items. I’m not sure how long the Light sticks store but I do keep some for emergencies.
45. Matches: Strike Anywhere are my first pick. The large wooden type. I like to keep mine in Mason Jars with a peace of sand paper in the top. I also cut the sides of the box, the strikers off and place them in the jar.
46. Work cloths: Blue Jeans, work boots, belts, and durable work shirts. If you are not used to hard work, you will if SHTF. Things might be worse than you can imagine.
47. Plastic and Metal garbage cans. Great for storage and the metal ones make very good EMP protection for small electronic devises. I like the square plastic ones with wheels for storing things in. They take up less room in the garage and shop, at the same time the wheels make them easy to move.
48. Cast Iron pots and pans. I’ve had some for years. I checked up on prices the other day and was surprised that they are still very affordable. Efficient, affordable and sturdy. What else can you ask for.
49. Clothes pins, and line, if you want clean cloths this should help. I have two post just for this in the back yard. I don’t have the line on them but at least I don’t have to do anything but attach the line. Even if you have a generator it would not be a wise use of fuel.
50. Bleach for a disinfectant cleaning and water. You may need to collect water from sources you can’t be sure of. Just grab a few from the super market and put them away. The shelf life is good but not that good. It would be wise to rotate them out from time to time..
51. Sleeping Bags, pillows, blankets and mates. This might be a better choice than a cot and tent depending on your situation. Even with a sleeping bag and tent you would want a pillow.
52. A deck of cards a board game or two something to pass the time and take your mind off of things for a while. If you have kids think about games they can play as well. Their will be times you just have nothing to do. Boredom can drive you nuts.
53. Rain gear you will no doubt need them unless you like being wet, miserable and perhaps hypodermic. Rubber boots or water proof boot. You get the idea keep dry.
54. Tang powdered Punch packs, a few different flavor. Water can get boring, some flavor can help your state of mind. Chocolate and or Cocoa can help the powdered and condensed milk go down a little easier. I keep those two for cooking only.
55. Paper plates, cups and utensils. I like plastic plates, you can wash them and if you have to bug out you don’t need things that break. Metal is OK but lite is better in my mind.
56. Survival Knives and Sharpening tools. A couple of good survival knives can come in very handy. Keep them sharp.
57. Rat / mouse poison / bait, Roach Killer and Ant killer. Stock up if you are planning long term. You won’t be picking up a phone for pest control. You don’t want these pests joining your troop, they are pests and can contaminate your stores and spread diseases.
58. Vinegar, soup base, Soysauce, bullions and gravy packs. I started just having them for back up but found I like using them to make some tasty dishes, so I rotate them out. They take up very little room and if you take some wild game they can help your prepper food store last even longer.
59. Aluminum Foil regular and heavy duty. Cooking comes to mind first but you will find a lot of other uses for it.
60. Toilet Paper, Kleenex and paper towels. I know I already listed toilet paper but you really don’t want to go with out it. The other two I have but they just don’t seem that important.
61. Spices and other baking supplies. Base them on your cooking needs, again try to stay with foods you know you like. Things might get bad enough to have to resort to the freeze dried survival food but by them hopefully you will have adapted to your new situation some what and stress levels will have diminished some.
62. Dogs can be a good thing but they can also be bad. I know you love your pets but they can be a big hindrance. I will let you research that I’m not ready to offend you. Some people will not be open to the truth on this topic.
63. Ice chests are a good way to keep things from freezing during the winter months. You can keep some items stored in them until they or the chest is needed.
64. Fire Extinguishers and or a large box of Baking Soda in each room. Never know and the firemen might be at home taking care of their families. I would!
64. Fishing gear can be a great way to supply extra food but keep it simple.
65. Tarps, stakes, para-cord, twine, rope, nails and spikes all useful items in a emergency.
66. Laundry Detergent many say the liquid soap. Keeping your cloths clean is important.
67. Canning supplies jars lids ect. All the items you need for canning. This is for long term planning and you should learn how to do this before SHTF. You can waste food you dearly need in hard time. So learn this technique before you really need it.
68. Hats and Neckerchiefs, I like big hats and big neckerchiefs these have multiple uses. Big hats protect you from the sun. Sunburns are bad enough in good time. Never make things worse if you can help it.
69. Candy and Chewing Gum maybe not high on the priority list but well worth having.
70. Nails, nuts, bolts, screws and glue all these are great to have. Never know when you will need to repair things. I would not pack them out but at your home or bug out location would be prudent.
71. Paraffin wax or Soy wax. Can be used for canning and candle making. Soy wax is cheaper.
72. Wagons and Carts great for hauling stuff around.
73. Lumber whatever you can beg borrow or well lets not steel but get what you can. Scrap is cheaper but we can not always get good scrap.
74. Plywood: I know I just said wood but this is important. Plywood is great for windows and doors not only will it protect them from wind but from intruders. If someone wants in bad enough it won’t stop them but it with slow them down. How would you like to go into a house when someone is ready for you. They might be smart enough to find a easier target. I have no doubt you can find other uses and benefits for plywood. Try to get it when a hurricane is coming. If you can find it you will probably get price gouged.
75. Boy Scout Handbook and the Leaders Catalog. My best friend suggested this so I will include it. I know nothing of the Boy Scouts, I was into other things. I think my survival books cover it.
76.Baby wipes, oils, Water-less and Antibacterial soap, baby wipes, oils ( my wife has dry skin) the rest will save on your water consumption.
77. Carbon Monoxide detector get the battery powered type. If you are very careful you might be OK without but I don’t want to take that chance.
78. Electric chainsaw: I like the electric ones, much more quiet. You might say, what about the generator it makes a lot of noise. I have my generator in a shed that it insulated well and if that is not enough solar panel, batteries and inverter’s. No noise but the saw.
79. Bicycles, tires, tubes, chains and pumps. If you can think of something else add it to the list.
80. Garden tools and gardening supplies. I hate gardening but I have it all in the shed and I know how to use them. I hate it so much I’m not going into it any more here. But don’t think I don’t know about it just because I don’t like it. I could right a book on the topic but that will never happen. I might in the future write a few articles on Prepper Gardens.
81. Garden Seeds non GMO no Hybrid. You can find a bucket load of info. about how bad GMO’s are for you and besides you need seeds that will produce viable seed for the next years crop. Heirloom seeds are the answer.
82. Scissors, fabrics and other sewing supplies. You will not be making runs to the store.
83. Writing paper, pencils pads, Journals, scrapbook and your Diary if you keep one. I hesitated to put some of this in but my wife insisted. Maybe some crayons and coloring book while we are at it. Its for the grand kids really and I’m sticking to that story!
84. Rabbits, Goats and Chickens. If you have room get them all. Not only for food but barter items as well. Eggs, Cheese, Milk and Meat, Lets not forget fertilizer for the garden, you get it all with these guy’s. Pigeon are good as well. Ever had Squab? Yummy!
85. Important Documents: These you may need when thing settle down.
86. Ample cash, gold, silver. Whatever you can put aside.
87. Off-the-Grid Power: This is a big one, it cost a lot even if you do it yourself. But it is a must for the serious long term Prepper. I will get into this more in future article.
88. Alternate evacuation routes and transportation. Back ups for your back ups its that important. This is a big one you need to plan this out well.
89. Alternate methods of communications, land lines, cell phones, and internet could go down, these might include Walki-Talkies and or shortwave radio. I went for both to cover short range and long range communication.
90. Extra Sunglasses, Prescription Glasses, Contact Lenses and Supplies.
91. Up to Date Local Map to include Topographical and a compass a good one and learn how to use one. If you think you know how its not good enough. You need to know you know how.
92. Signaling Devices: You might not want to be found but if you do this is important.
93. Books: You will find that books not only can be educational but they can settle the mind and pass the time. I rarely get rid of books. Get books to teach you what you need to know and don’t. Get books just for the fun of it reading. Bad weather along with other situations can keep you inside for day’s on end. How many of you know what its like for the weather to be so bad you can’t go out and for the TV and Internet to go out? Just for a few hours, now multiple that by day’s. Book, books and more books.
94. Gas mask: Hey you never know it might come in handy.
95. Prepper Bunkers. A bunker is a huge step, they are for many Preppers the ultimate survival goal. I would love to have one but just can’t see putting that much money into it. Its a controversial topic in the Prepper community and its a topic all to it own.
96. Security Systems are a great tool if you have power. A battery back is a must or when you need it most it will do you no good. Just a expensive peace of junk.
97. Binoculars can be used to hunt, keep any eye on whats going on at a distance and can be used to start a fire. I even saw one guy take one apart to read with. I would not suggest taking one apart unless it was a emergency.
98. Shovel’s can be used for many things but the one that come to mind is waste disposal. Lime / Lye should be added to the hole if you will be located in the same area for a long period. Decomposition is your friend.
99. Solar Oven and Solar Dehydrator: Power could be in short supplies these can help you save a great deal of power with these two items. No gas, no charcoal and no wood. They will save your resources.
100. Solar Shower or Solar water heater more resource savers. You don’t have to have hot water, but for cooking it sure is nice to have. After going with out it for a while you will feel like you in heaven when it is available.
101. Speaking of Heaven a Bible. Not only is it a spiritual uplift it is full of great stories.
Here’s a bonus: The Burn Barrel you won’t produce as much trash as usual but you will produce it and you need to get rid of it. Since the trash won’t be picked up you will have to dispose of it. Digging a hole for it would be the safest way but when things calm down burning it is easier.
It may look overwhelming but it’s not. Just take it a step at a time, get that step done and go to the next. If you bite off too big a bite you will throw your hands up and walk away. Know one can get it all done now. Push yourself but be realistic in your goals and plans. I’d picked some of the easier steps and mixed then with some of the harder ones. That way in the process you will see some accomplishments while working on ones that take some time.
Plan well and be a survivor!