This Is Skilled Survival’s 78 Item Preppers List
A prepper’s supply list that not only tells you what to stock for future emergencies but also why.
We’ll deep dive into all the core prepper essentials.
Stuff everyone needs to survive (like food and water) but also cover some lesser-known items as well.
We’ll also go over a few of the best solutions for each item.
By the end of this preppers list – you’ll have your own stockpiling game plan for a variety of emergencies.
Here at Skilled Survival, we plan for the worst and hope for the best.
That means this preppers list is extensive and is written with a worst-case scenario in mind.
A long-term, widespread, emergency disaster in which life, as we know, becomes changed for a very long time.
Some people call such a major disaster event “TEOTWAWKI” (the end of the world as we know it) others call it “SHTF” (shit hits the fan).
And we could argue endlessly how likely any of these scenarios are, but we’re not interested in that conversation today.
Instead, if you plan for the worst, your plan will cover all emergencies big or small, long or short.
If you plan for the worst, you’ll be ready.
And that’s what’s important.
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WATER AND HYDRATION
“When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin
For a SHTF event, you’ll want a large abundant source of clean, fresh drinking water at your disposal.
Maybe you live near a river, pond, lake, stream or have your own well. These are all great options if they don’t become contaminated or dry up.
But what’s your backup plan should your main water source become compromised?
Or what if you don’t have a reliable source of drinking water should the taps run dry?
Drinking contaminated water will make you sick and can even kill you in some circumstances. But worst yet, having no water will kill you even faster.
We all know the body needs continuous hydration to function properly. It only takes a few days without water to die.
So, you must stock up on water – no exceptions.
You get to decide how much to stock and here are the tools to help you do it right.
1. Plastic Water Storage Containers
The 5 Gallon Legacy Premium Water Storage System is the most convenient and simplest way to store a lot of water without taking up much space.
These containers are strong, stackable, and make hauling water easier with a built-in handle. They also take up very little space.
Each brick holds up to 5 gallons. So, six containers will provide 30 gallons of fresh potable water.
Now, why not just use a 50-gallon food-grade drum? Well, those are a fine option and absolutely better than nothing.
Yet, The 5 Gallon Legacy Premium Water Storage System significant advantages over the 50-gallon drum.
1) Have you ever tried to move a 50-gallon drum?
50 gallons of water weighs 415.8 lbs and the container surely adds a few more pounds.
I don’t know about you, but there’s zero chance that I’m going to successfully move a 415+ pound drum of water if/when I ever had to change locations due to unforeseen circumstances.
Each of these 5-gallon storage containers carries about 41 lbs of water.
So if/when I ever needed to change locations quickly (a.k.a. bugging out), I can grab one in each hand with their convenient handle and move them to my new location.
2) Contamination of your stockpiled water is a very real threat to your survival.
Especially when the water stops running and you’re forced into a situation where personal hygiene and cleanliness of your surrounding is sure to degrade.
This is even more of a risk if you have kids or grandkids since they get their hands on everything!
The last thing any of us would want is a 50-gallon drum of contaminated water.
I’d rather the little ones (or myself by accident) ruin just 5 gallon supply from one plastic container, leaving the other ones intact and ready to drink.
So, invest in some Legacy Premium Water Containers, and you can always add more later as your plans and needs grow.
Plus, if you get the 30-gallon package (6 containers) you will also get the following bonus features:
- A handy cap wrench (to ensure you completely lock and seal these containers)
- 2 spigots (this allows you to tap into two of the jugs at the same time). This is a nice option if you’d prefer to keep sanitation jugs and consumption jugs separate.
- Water Purification Drop Treatment Solution (the perfect amount for 30 gallons).
NOTE: These are the containers I choose for my own emergency water stockpile – click here to read a detailed review and short “How To” for these containers.
2. Rainwater Collection System
We store water to ensure we have what we need in a prolonged emergency to keep ourselves and our families hydrated.
But in a worst-case scenario, we also need to replenish our fresh-water stockpile or eventually, you’ll run out.
If you have a river, lake, stream, or even a backyard pool, then you may be all set and can forgo a rainwater collection system.
But for everyone else, you should collect as much of the free H2O falling from the sky as you can.
At a minimum, you’ll need a large sturdy rain barrel with a spigot at the bottom.
You can install the barrel under a gutter’s downspout to collect rainwater coming off your roof.
However, this is just a quick and easy solution.
These systems can become much larger, more complex to handle longer-term scenarios.
Note: if the emergency is nuclear, rainwater may be contaminated with fall out. For these disasters you need a find a nuclear shelter near your home.
3. Filtration System
You should stockpile fresh, clean drinkable water in water bricks or whatever water storage system you choose.
But you must always filter and purify all new sources of water you collect. Especially after a worst-case disaster.
You should never consume untreated water unless your 100 percent certain it’s free of harmful contaminants.
After a major disaster, you may not be able to trust those rivers, lakes, streams, or ponds the way we do today.
The AlexaPure Pro Water Filteration System is the ULTIMATE easy gravity feed water filtration solution for families.
No, it’s not extremely small so it’s not very portable.
But we’re talking about stocking up and staying put, not bugging out, so this is the survival water filter system you want.
4. Bottles of Bleach
Many people already know this, but for those who don’t, it’s true that a small amount of bleach added to water will purify and kill most of the harmful bacteria or viruses.
The best way to combat this is by replacing your bleach at least every year to be on the safe side.
Now you might be wondering, why bother stockpiling bleach if you have to replace it?
Because it’s so cheap and readily available and, you only need a very small amount of bleach in comparison to the total volume of water.
It can also be used as a cleaning agent as well. So, it’s one of those “multi-use – multi-purpose” items we all cherish and embrace.
Note: Bleach cannot remove water contaminated with chemicals, oils, poisonous substances, sewage, or any physical item contamination.
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Like water, you must replace the calories you burn to remain a healthy, (happy) human being. The process of NOT replacing the calories you burn is called starvation.
I won’t go into the gruesome details today, but trust me, starvation is a horrible way to die.
So, while severe dehydration kills much faster, the agony period is also much shorter.
Even in a situation of zero-calorie intake, you’re still looking at nearly a month (or sometimes longer) for the body to perish due to starvation.
So, it’s a slow, painful way to go.
That’s why you want to stock up and avoid this fate at all costs.
5. Freeze Dried Meals / Canned Meats
Buying a large amount of pre-packaged freeze-dried food from a reputable vendor is the ultimate food stockpile shortcut.
These are nutritious meals in a pouch; just mix with boiling water, stir, and you have a complete meal.
And the meal options are impressive. Way more variety than those old-school MRE meals.
The most important aspect is the meals are usually guaranteed for up to 25 years due to the food being freeze-dried and packaged in Mylar bags with nitrogen.
This means you don’t have to worry about the major headaches of food stockpile rotations and spoilage.
Also, these pre-packaged meals are nutritious and delicious, so you can avoid the issues of stocking different spices and additives to make your “bags of rice and beans” tasty.
It’s the ultimate “set it and forget it” “done for you,” food stockpile solution. If you have the money, then this is the best way to go.
I personally use and recommend Valley Food Storage’s freeze-dried foods.
I also recommend you stock up on some canned meats. In a dire long-term emergency, meat is hard to come by. Why? Because refrigeration is a poor emergency plan.
When the power goes out for an extended period, all those frozen steaks and ground beef are doing to spoil.
So instead, you need meats that are both shelf-stable for a LONG time AND require no refrigeration.
That’s why I’m recommending Survival Cave Meats.
First off, these canned meats are delicious.
The bottom line is: This ain’t your father’s can of Spam!
Not only does it taste great but Survival Cave meats have an ultra-long shelf-life of 25 years! This gives you the confidence to buy in bulk and store them away in your survival pantry.
But how does Survival Cave Canned Meat last so much longer than any you’d pick up at the grocery store?
The Survival Cave Meat is first sealed uncooked into the cans, then it’s sealed and slow pressure cooked. This provides a much longer shelf life.
Grocery store cans of meat are lucky to have an 18-month expiration date. And they’re often loaded with fillers, preservatives, and growth hormones.
Only with Survival Cave Meats can you enjoy all-natural healthy protein with the shelf life of 25 years.
This may even end up being the best investment you ever make because if you end up needing it; it’ll prevent starvation! That’s an excellent return on your dollars if you ask me.
Your other option for food stockpiling is the Do It Yourself route…
6. DIY Food Stockpile
So, your other main option for stockpiling a large amount of food is to do it yourself.
Lots of people prefer this option, but it does take more time, effort, and planning to do it right.
First, you’ll need a list of the best long-shelf life foods. Some of the core stables on this list are rice, beans, wheat, dried pasta, etc.
Then you’ll need to start acquiring those foods online or at your local grocery store. You’ll want to price shop and look for the best deal based upon calorie per dollar.
Once you bring these long-shelf life foods home, you want to store them in a cool, dry, vermin-free location.
Cool and dry locations help to prevent premature spoilage, and vermin-free keeps the critters from snacking on your hard-earned stockpile.
You should also consider putting these foods into large Mylar bags and then place them into food-grade plastic buckets with lids to seal.
You’ll also need to buy some oxygen absorbers to remove any remaining oxygen from the storage bags to help prolong the shelf life of your stockpile.
As you can see, there’s a lot more to this process than most people realize. You need to educate yourself on this process to avoid any mistakes.
Mistakes can jeopardize your hard work and precious calories.
So far all we’ve talked about is bulk foods like rice and beans, but nobody wants to eat plain rice and beans for very long.
Sure, that works for short-term emergencies, but if we’re talking worst case, unseasoned rice and beans will get old fast.
So, you should also plan on adding seasonings and spices to your stockpile.
You’ll also want to add other tasty items that have a shorter shelf life – for example, peanut butter.
And this is where food rotation comes into play.
If you buy five large jars of peanut butter over the next few months, you’ll need to consume them in order from oldest to newest.
When your family finishes a jar of peanut butter, you’ll start consuming the oldest remaining peanut butter next (before it spoils) and then buy a new peanut butter to add to the back of the peanut butter inventory.
The same idea goes for grocery store canned goods or anything under a decade of shelf life.
It’s a process. You must stick to it, but it’s essential.
If you don’t properly rotate and stay organized, your large stockpile of food will expire and could spoil.
Not only is spoilage a big waste of energy, time, and money, but if you happen to consume it out of desperation in an emergency, you could get ill – which is the last thing you want in a widespread, worst-case emergency.
DIY is without a doubt the most affordable way to stockpile a bunch of calories for an emergency.
No argument here but you need to learn how to do it right to avoid disastrous mistakes.
I do some of both.
I’ve purchased some food from my recommended vendor (Valley Food Storage) and DIY stockpile lots of food as well.
I bought these heirloom seeds in a survival seed vault so that they last a very long time.
I choose heirloom seeds so I can save the seeds at the end of each harvest year and replant those later.
I’d also advise you spend some time learning about how to effectively grow a survival garden.
7. Daily Multivitamins
I highly recommend stocking up on a good daily multivitamin.
Getting all the essential vitamins and minerals in your diet won’t be easy after SHTF.
And while you should plan to have lots of variety in your survival diet through your food stockpiling efforts, it’s good to have a daily dose of everything you need in a gummy.
Plus, you can use these to barter with your less-prepared neighbors.
There will no doubt be those who are severely nutrition deficient. They may trade quite a lot of their valuable stuff for a bottle of vitamins.
8. Cooking Fuel Source
In a worst-case survival scenario, we have to assume we won’t have access to standard cooking methods – such as natural gas or electricity.
And to cook the food you’ve stockpiled, you’ll need to boil water at a minimum (for freeze-dried meals) or an oven for baking.
There are several survival cooking methods you can consider.
Or you could buy a small heater stove with fuel canisters (the setup used by backpackers).
But honestly, these items are typically difficult to store in bulk quantities, and bulk storage can create safety hazards as well.
So, we think the best solution to stockpiling fuel for cooking is firewood.
Lots and lots of firewood.
Of course, you need a lot of space to store a lot of firewood (so there are tradeoffs).
But with firewood, you can use it to build natural fires for cooking.
And if you just need to boil water, to go with your freeze-dried meals, then you can get yourself a bio stove and easily boil water that way.
Plus, with a bio stove, you can generate electricity from the waste heat to charge batteries for a radio or charge a set of walkie-talkies.
But my favorite way to cook food in an oven is to use the sun’s free rays.
The Sun Oven
Using the power of the sun to cook is an ancient practice and nowadays it’s easier than ever with a solar oven.
The sun oven is an incredible invention and a must-own for everyone who’s preparing for a disaster.
It’s not the cheapest piece of gear you’ll buy, but it’s one of the best.
Of course, you need to live somewhere that gets a fair amount of sun throughout the year. But the sun oven does work on partly cloudy days.
Plus, if you’re not in a hurry, you can even get water up to a boil using it.
So, this device helps ensure you can cook your meals and eat your stockpiled food, without having to load up on a massive amount of liquid or gas fuels!
Plus, in a worst-case scenario, the smell and the sight of fire and cooking food might bring unfriendly starving folks around to relieve you of your meal.
With the sun oven, you can cook your food much more discretely.
It’s truly one of the best “worst-case scenario” cooking solutions.
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CLOTHING AND WARM ITEMS
Too many folks nowadays have way more clothes than they know what to do with. A lineup of unworn garments just hanging in the back of the closet, unloved and forgotten about.
But having a few extra shirts, coats, socks and underwear is not a terrible idea when planning for a worst-case event.
In a true long-term disaster, you will lose the option of purchasing new clothes at the closest mall or online. You’ll need to live with what you have for a while after the emergency event.
But not all clothes are created equal. You need to focus on sturdy and warm (especially if you live in cooler regions).
9. Spare Clothes
I won’t bore you with extreme detail here. Just make sure you have some extra warm clothes (especially if you live in cooler climates).
The items I recommend are things like warm flannel shirts, sturdy blue jeans, thick long johns, long wool socks, bib or full-length overalls, etc.
As humans, we don’t have fur or blubber to protect us from the elements; we have clothes. So, don’t take them for granted.
Take an inventory, make sure you’re comfortable with the number of spares items you have.
Warmth and longevity are more important than fashion. That’s why I trust brands such as Carhartt for my working and warmth needs.
10. Sewing / Supplies
Home economics 101 – sewing.
It’s not quite a lost art (yet), but the trend is definitely on the way out. But you don’t have to fall into today’s modern throw-away society.
Mend is your friend.
Don’t just toss out those blue jeans with a hole in the knees, get a sewing kit and some supplies and learn how to patch ‘em up.
I recommend you do all your sewing by hand. You shouldn’t rely on a sewing machine because they rely on electricity.
The one exception for this is if you currently produce lots of off-grid power already for your home. If this is you, then you can rely on a sewing machine because you’re not affected should the grid go down for good.
For everyone else, get one of these sewing kits and learn how to use it.
11. Survival Gloves
Gloves are crucial for protecting your hands from all sorts of dangers – cold, splinters, cuts, scraps, pinches, etc.
One scrape of the knuckle could turn into a deadly infection in a worst-case situation. One where you can’t be certain, there will be medical help or antibiotics readily available.
Also, when it gets cold out, you’ll need a set of warm gloves.
With the right set of gloves on your hands, you’ll have enough dexterity to use your survival knife or a firearm without taking them off.
Stock up on a few sets, because again, you might not be able to get more later.
Again, footwear deserves its own category. If you don’t take care of your feet, you’ll become a major liability to your and your family’s survival.
Don’t go cheap on footwear. A good set of tactical boots can last a very long time even if worn daily – while a cheap pair will wear out in no time.
Also, while flip-flops are technically considered footwear and are nice for a relaxing day on the beach, you’ll want rugged boots for survival.
And strong, healthy feet are a critical resource in a survival essential. Blisters, bruises, rolled ankles will slow you down which you can ill afford in a legit disaster.
You’ll need to be active, alert, and be able to move fast for all sorts of reasons. You’re at a significant disadvantage if you have sore feet due to bad boots.
There’s a reason why soldiers often stole the boots off a dead comrade in WWI. If the boots were the same size and in better shape than what a soldier currently had on, they upgraded on the spot.
13. Stocking Cap / Face Shield
In a worst-case scenario, you’ll likely have to occasionally venture out into the cold and might not have a heated car or truck to warm up in.
So, bundling up will be your best option, and keeping your head and face warm even in blizzard conditions is smart today and for a horrible future emergency.
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This cloth face shield provides:
- Ultimate UV Protection
- Protection From Wind & Snow
- Lightweight & Breathable
- Perfect For Hunting, Fishing, Biking & Bugging Out
- Protection From Insects
- One Size Fits All
- Moisture Wicking Material
14. Hand and Toe Warmers
Keep a few body warming packets stashed away in your stockpile – just in case.
Save them for serious emergencies only, like just before the onset of frostbite.
You can’t afford to lose your fingers or toes to frostbite in survival. That would be a “game over” type situation.
15. Rain Poncho with Hood
It’s a miserable experience, and it’s very dangerous in the cold.
“Generally conductive heat loss accounts for only about 2% of the overall loss. However, with wet clothes, the loss is increased 5x.”
So pack a poncho. Even durable ponchos are lightweight and take up very little space.
Get one with a hood to keep the rain off your head.
Also, get one that’s durable and won’t tear easily in the rugged wilderness.
It may cost a few dollars more, but it’s worth it. Because if you’re cold and wet for long, hypothermia is coming.
HEAT AND WARMTH
If you live in a region with cold seasons, do you have a plan for providing heat that’s not tied to grid power or propane truck deliveries?
Again, in short-term scenarios, you can plan to stock up on kerosene or propane. Both are viable, and the choice comes down to personal preference.
But in the worst case, it will be difficult to stockpile enough fuel to last you through an entire winter (or multiple winters).
So, what’s a well-prepared survivalist to do?
Wood stoves are an incredible invention. The newer more efficient models can heat an entire home or cabin using very little firewood.
Having a wood stove and a massive pile of seasoned firewood is a dream setup for preppers.
The only thing that makes this situation better is having access to a bunch of downed trees on your property. These trees equate to an abundance of “free” heat to keep you and your family warm for the long haul.
You could also get a tent stove instead- which you can use for winter camping.
17. Alternative Energy and Traditional Heater
Another option to heating your home without grid power is to have an alternative energy source to run your home’s heater.
I won’t go into detail about each alternative energy source – since we have an entire survival guide dedicated to the topic. So instead I’ll just list the most popular ones you may want to look into further.
- Hydro-Electric (water wheel)
- Bio Gas Generator
- Solar Panels
- Solar Powered Generators
- Wind Turbines
- Bicycle Generator
Each of these DIY energy sources has its pros and cons. Some can be scaled up to large systems others cannot.
For some, it may make sense to invest in one of these systems while others may prefer to set up a couple of smaller systems to run dedicated uses.
The bottom line is getting off the grid for your heating and electricity needs is a real game-changer – not only for heat but for all the other things we use electricity for in our daily lives.
18. Tact Bivvy
Finally, if you live in an apartment, trailer home, or none of the above setups are possible for you, then this is your last best option.
Because if you’re not prepared at all, eventually you’ll run out of furniture to burn in a barrel.
So instead, get an emergency bivvy sleeping bag for each member of your family.
We all know the coldest hours of most days occur in the middle of the night when we’re sleeping and not active.
These bitter cold night temps and lack of activity are the times you’re most in danger of freezing to death.
So, this emergency sleeping bag is a survival tool that will help prevent this horrible outcome. It works by trapping the heat your body naturally releases inside your sleeping bag.
Traditional sleeping bags are made from cotton or synthetic polymers, and while the really good ones will keep you warm even in extremely cold temperatures they don’t hold in your body heat as well as an emergency Tact Bivvy.
A Tact Bivvy is made with a space-age material that traps up to 90% of your body heat.
So even in the coldest of nights, it’ll trap heat your body naturally generates to help keep you above freezing to death temperatures.
Pair this TACT Bivvy with a high-quality, low-temperature sleeping bag and you’ll improve your chances of cold weather survival significantly.
I’d even suggest those with a woodstove or alternative energy heat to invest in a few TACT Bivvy’s as a “last resort” solution.
Because they are a very smart item to store in your vehicle’s glove box for regular winter emergencies as well.
It could save your life today and save your life tomorrow so get one for each family member and every vehicle you own.
SMALLER ENERGY TOOLS
We touched on some larger alternative energy solutions, but I wanted to show you a few smaller setups.
Some everyday tools you can use to generate some electricity on a smaller scale.
19. BioLite Stove
Some technologies make our society more complacent and less self-reliant, but that doesn’t mean all technologies are bad.
Some technologies do the opposite; they make us more self-reliant.
The Bio Stove is one of these amazing technologies that are worth investing in – here’s why.
Everyone knows you can burn sticks and leaves to create fire. And you can use that fire to cook food.
But did you know you can also generate power from that same fire? You can, if you own this new Bio Stove.
Cook your food and charge your smartphone at the same time.
To me, this is a highly useful portable stove that kills two birds with one stone. It’s an efficient way to cook a meal, and you can get power from that same heat energy.
This is a dream scenario for prepared survivalists.
20. Light-Weight Rugged Solar Charger
From flashlights to GPS units to cell phones, there’s going to be a decent amount of technology in your car emergency kit. All worthless devices without electricity!
So be sure to add a solar charger and battery pack if you depend on any of those items. Make sure to include the cords for each device!
Skilled Survival highly recommends the Anytime Charge Solar Power Bank.
Why? Because it’s one of the most durable, compact, and cost-effective portable solar chargers on the market today. But don’t let its compact size fool you, it’s also got a massive 10,000 mAh battery capacity!
The massive battery storage is enough to charge any of your devices multiple times. Plus, with dual charging outputs, you can power multiple devices at the same time!
Simply plug in your devices via the supplied USB cable (you can use any USB cable) and press the power button. Your device will begin to take power from the Anytime Charge right away.
Recharging the Anytime Solar Bank couldn’t be easier – just leave it in the sun and it will automatically fill the large battery bank back up ANYWHERE.
Plus, it’s splash resistant and comes with an emergency flashlight with a strobe function.
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FIRE STARTING TOOLS AND GEAR
Fire is your lifeblood in a survival emergency. You need it to purify water, cook food, for nighttime warmth, safety, and it’s a huge morale booster.
But what if you only have a lighter and a few matches in your home right now? Well, then in just a few weeks you might be out of luck.
That is unless you stock up on key fire-starting tools or learn how to start a fire with sticks.
So, everyone should have three independent ways to start a fire, and you should stock up on those methods to ensure fire-starting never becomes an issue.
21. Stormproof Matches
These Storm Proof Matches are the real deal.
Regular matches are not good enough. If regular matches get wet, you can forget about having a fire. But with these, you can get them wet and stomp on them, and they’ll still stay lite.
22. Ferro Rod Striker
Ferro Rods work great if you know what you’re doing.
It helps to understand the fire starting basics – including the use of very fine, very dry tinder to help get the sparks to ignite.
This fire striker is fantastic and is designed with 3,000 strikes, but practice with it a lot before relying on it for emergencies.
The key here is this Ferro Rod costs very little and has the potential of thousands of fires within.
This is an excellent tool to have in your home disaster stock.
Add a couple of Ferro rods and you’ll never have to worry about running out of sparks ever again.
23. Electric Lighter
Can your cheap BIC lighter work after dropping it in a river? Nope. Will a cheap BIC lighter’s flame stay lite in 80 MPH winds? Nope.
So, I recommend spending a couple of extra dollars on a new badass fire-starting technology: A Rechargeable Coil Lighter.
This lighter doesn’t use fuel; it uses electricity to create an electric arc that is both windproof and waterproof.
It charges via a USB port, so you’ll need a solar charger, a hand crank radio to recharge, or a bio stove to generate free electricity (all items discussed in more detail in other sections of this prepper’s checklist).
So by pairing the tools to create some free energy and having a Tesla lighter, you just solved your long-term fire-starting dilemma.
As an experienced survivalist, you can normally find natural tinder in the wilderness. However, how do most of us start a fire? We use old crumpled-up newspapers or similar resources, right?
But have you considered what you’ll use as tinder if the daily newspapers and junk mail stop showing up?
This is one area of stocking up that many people overlook because they forget how hard it is to start a fire without a good tinder source.
Cotton balls work well as tinder and you can buy them in bulk. They are also light and take up very little space. They also work even better if you add a small dab of Vaseline to them. So, Vaseline is another great item to stock up on.
25. Small Magnifying Glass / Fresnel Lens
With the sun you can use magnification to focus light energy. This focused energy can be harnessed to make a fire.
A Fresnel Lens will work if you run out of butane or matches.
Super lightweight solar fire starter? Sign me up!
FIRST AID AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES
In a worst-case, prolonged emergency, we can’t rely on timely professional medical attention.
We may have to become our own physicians, and so you need the basic tools to take care of your family’s medical needs.
26. Personal Medications
If you have prescribed medications, then stock up as much as you can now. Hopefully, the meds you take are helpful but not life-dependent.
If that’s your situation, then you need to figure out how to stock up as much of it or ration it as long as possible.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to get more of your meds in a worst-case emergency.
Before the invention of antibiotics, even a small scratch or cut could turn deadly. Infections are hard to beat, especially once they enter the bloodstream.
In a worst-case disaster, you won’t be able to see your doctor and get an antibiotics prescription. You’ll instead get to survive on what you stockpiled.
That’s why antibiotics are on this list.
However, there’s no easy way to load up on a bunch of prescription antibiotics. Doctors control the amount each patient can purchase.
So, the next best thing for stockpiling is to get a variety of antibiotics for fish and bird antibiotics. You’ll need to do some more research on which varieties to buy.
The bottom line is I’d rather have something to take to fight an infection than to be a helpless soul.
28. Wound Gauze Roll
Gauze is the ideal dressing for bad cuts or severe burns. It’s light and takes up very little pack space.
29. Surgical Tape
This stuff is made to keep gauze, pads, and bandages in place even when you’re on the move.
30. Band-Aids / Mole Skin Pads
Band-Aids are the best solution for small cuts and lacerations. They help keep open wounds clean and protected, which helps prevent an infection from developing.
You should also add a few moleskin pads for blisters. Band-Aids won’t stay in place on your feet while walking, but moleskin will.
31. Neosporin (or similar salve)
32. Pain Killers
For minor aches and pains, these can help keep you going. For serious injuries, pain killers will take the edge off until you can get more help.
You should also look into harvesting and processing wild lettuce, the natural pain remedy.
We mentioned Vaseline earlier since it works so well as a fire accelerant.
However, this stuff is great for chapped lips, dry skin, and rashes. It’s an item you should add to your medical kit.
34. Blood Clotting Sponge
You have to apply intense pressure to the wound site for a long time to get the blood to stop, congeal, and begin the healing process.
These Quick Clot Sponges will help with this life or death effort.
35. Super Glue
36. Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads
Clean all wounds early and often with these alcohol wipes. The alcohol will clean the wound, killing infection-causing bacteria.
37. Hydrogen Peroxide
Use hydrogen peroxide to keep wounds clean and bacteria-free.
You won’t need a medical tourniquet unless it’s a very serious life-threatening injury. But if you end up needing one, you’ll be thankful you stock it.
Stopping blood loss in a severed leg or artery saves lies. Belts can work in a pinch, but you’d rather have the real deal.
39. Cotton Swabs
Use Q-tips to clean your ears. Allowing excess wax to build up in your ears can lead to infection.
And, the wax buildup will also muffle your hearing. And clear hearing is a major advantage in survival.
They are also ideal for applying small amounts of medical salves and liquids.
Lastly, you can tear off the cotton ends and use them as tinder to start a fire.
They are extremely light and useful, so feel free to pack a couple hundred of them.
40. Tweezers and Nail Clippers
Also, use the nail clippers to help avoid hand nails. I used to bite my nails and would occasionally get an infected hangnail.
My finger got so infected once I had to take pain pills, use Neosporin, and lost my entire fingernail a few weeks later.
Don’t make the same mistake, take care of your finger and toenails the proper way.
41. Insect Repellent
Mosquitos are a nuisance and can transmit diseases, so if they are abundant in your region, you’ll want to pack a repellent spray with high amounts of DEET.
42. Sun Screen
You should stock up on a fair amount of this stuff. Save it for the worst days and instead, keep your skin covered up with long sleeves and hats (even on warm days).
Get one with an SPF30, like this one, to protect you for longer periods of time. Higher SPF’s than this are mainly just a marketing ploy.
PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
This is survival we are talking about, so if you enjoy daily hot showers get ready for an abrupt change.
Not only will mass amounts of water be harder to come by post-disaster but heating water up to levels that make showers enjoyable will be an extreme luxury. Why? Because it takes a lot of energy to heat water.
And these challenges don’t even consider how you’re going to create the pressure needed to run water through a showerhead.
So the more likely scenario (if you are prepared) would be to have baths (no showers), they would be less frequent, and you would heat the water using a cast-iron Dutch oven over a wood stove.
The point here is that unless you invest a lot of time and energy into your preps today, your hygiene is not going to be nearly as good or convenient as it is today.
Improved hygiene and sanitation are both highly dependent upon our modern society’s wonders – grid power and water distribution systems. If these modern wonders go away, so will widespread hygiene and sanitation.
Stock up on soap.
That way you can maintain some level of cleanliness from time to time. Nothing fancy here. Don’t pay extra for skin moisturizing or scented, just a cheap and effective bar of soap like this one.
Buy in bulk. Also, consider learning how to make your own homemade soap. It’s surprisingly easier than you think.
44. Razor Blades
There’s a lot of uses for razor blades, one of which is to shave. Now, I don’t plan on shaving much (or at all) in an emergency. I’ll go full ZZ top.
But if that’s not your thing, then you’ll want to have plenty of razors (or you could use a sharp survival knife) to keep your smooth baby face intact.
Plus, most American women shave their legs, so blades of some sort will allow them to avoid having hairy legs.
But in a real worst-case survival situation, the last thing you be worrying about is facial and leg hair.
So that’s not the primary reason to have these on hand, they are useful survival tools beyond personal hygiene as well.
45. Oral Hygiene
I’m not sure there’s anything more painful or annoying than having tooth decay issues. Cavities, gingivitis, abscess, etc.
Without access to dental procedures, you’ll get to live with these issues. So the best way to avoid them is to prevent them. That means you should invest heavily in good oral hygiene.
Dental work will be rare after TEOTWAWKI so taking the extra effort to prevent tooth problems will pay off in the long run.
46. Female Hygiene
You could stock up on a bunch of tampons, or you can invest in a menstrual cup.
Ultimately, the choice is yours but unless you’re stocking up on a lot of tampons, you might also want a backup plan should you ever run out.
47. Hand Sanitizer
Use a small hand sanitizer to clean your hands before eating. Try to avoid ingesting bacteria from your hands and creating stomach issues or illnesses.
Diarrhea can become deadly if you don’t have access to medical attention or the right medical supplies. Again, prevention is best.
48. Toilet Paper
For shorter-term emergencies, it’s a good idea to have some toilet paper stockpiled. However, you should put a plan together for dealing with a longer-term emergency.
As gross as it sounds you might want to dedicate some small towels for this purpose, where you clean them and reuse them. Better than leaves and corn cobs though.
ESSENTIAL HAND TOOLS
You can have all the power tools in the world, but without fuel or electricity to run them, you’ll be SOL. So, it’s imperative to stock up on all the basic hand tools.
Old school, yes, but guaranteed to still work in an emergency.
Any head of household worth their salt has at least one standard claw hammer.
A good one will last you a lifetime, and for most, that’s all you’ll ever need.
However, there are a few specialty hammers you should acquire as well such as a ball-peen hammer, a rubber mallet, sledgehammer, etc.
This is another hand tool standard. Digging in an emergency will be required. Not to plant a tree but to dig a latrine trench or an outhouse pit.
Make sure it’s a sturdy shovel and get a backup or 2 as well. The part that’s most prone to breaking on a full-length shovel is the handle.
But if your truly handy, you’ll be able to make yourself a new shovel handle should your break. But to do that you’ll likely need a good survival knife.
You might also want a few specialty shovels as well such as a good snow shovel, a small hand trowel, or a survival shovel.
51. Survival Knife
I can’t stress how important it is to invest in a high-quality survival knife.
Then once you’ve settled on “the one,” make sure you learn how to use it to make lots of items from scratch with it.
You should also invest in a quality knife sharpener to keep your knife sharp. It would be a shame to allow your high-quality survival knife to become dull and useless. So don’t do it.
Have you ever worked on a serious project without the right pliers? Most DIY projects require this essential hand tool.
And there is a vast variety of them you’ll want to own. There are standard pliers, needle nose pliers, vice grips, monkey wrenches just to name a few.
I’m also going to add a bench vise to the category as well. While this is not technically a plier it performs a similar function, but it’s static and not mobile.
It holds items firmly place so you can work on stuff with both your hands.
Pliers do things human hands cannot. These are another essential hand tool that is necessary for successful long-term survival.
Let’s name a few: folding handsaw, hacksaw, two men saw, coping saw, etc.
Carpentry work will be highly desired if the world is ever thrown into survival mode.
Having these tools (and knowing how to use them) will be a craft not only to create tools and fix things. But can be used to help others in a barter economy.
54. Hatchets and Axes
As we discussed already, wood is an essential resource to create heat for cooking and warmth. But we also use wood to build things.
Before you can begin building things out of wood, you need to turn a tree into useful lumber.
One way to down trees for wood or split trees into useful chunks is by using a sturdy axe.
But even if you use a two-man saw to down a tree, the fastest way to split wood is by ax or hatchet.
The bottom line is you should own at least one of each at the bare minimum.
55. Hand Mill
Many people forget that the best way to turn wheat into flour without electricity is a good, high-quality hand grinder.
If you don’t have a hand grinder, your only other option to create flours based on raw grain is by using a stone and pestle.
But trust me, you want to invest in a hand mill today to avoid this slow and tedious process.
56. Hand Pump
For example, the bicycle might become the standard form of local travel for everyone. Especially if the fuel industry stops and the fuel available dries up.
So, having the ability to pump air into tires will be necessary.
Illumination is necessary for all emergencies – short or long-term. You’ll need good light to work under the darkness of night. And if forced to move or work in the middle of the night you’ll need it to see where you’re going.
I can’t imagine dealing with an emergency without illumination devices. Attempting to do so would put you at an extreme disadvantage.
57. Super Bright LED Headlamp
I recommend getting one with lots of modes; as well as rechargeable batteries.
And with the rechargeable batteries, you’ll need a way to recharge them.
58. Super Bright LED Tactical Flashlight
While a headlamp is important, you should also stock up a few LED Tactical Flashlights.
You have more control with a handheld LED flashlight and can shine it in multiple directions without having to turn your head.
I prefer using a Tactical flashlight instead of a headlamp if I’m not using my hands to accomplish a task.
Get one that’s super bright but only needs a single AA battery. That way you can use rechargeable AAs and don’t have to stock up on thousands of large or unique battery sizes.
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59. LED Lantern
This is why you need a few quality LED lanterns.
Get one that uses standard-sized batteries so you can use your rechargeable batteries to keep the thing running for years to come.
You can charge the batteries using the bio stove or solar panel setups we talked about earlier.
60. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks work great to light up an entire area and not just a particular spot, which can be helpful for lots of situations.
However, they can give away your position to potential threats so only use these if you know there’s no one hostile around.
Communication and Intel are crucial to successful survival. Gathering information and sharing information with a survival coalition improves your chances of survival success.
Whether it’s a severe weather forecast or knowing the location of potential threats. The more you know, the more you can plan and adapt. It’s going to be one of your main defense tactics.
Now, most people think they are good to go with their cell phones. But that’s a mistake. Cell phone signals vary in our everyday life, so while you can get a cell phone booster, it’s a terrible solution for a major widespread disaster.
You need tools that make your survival communications reliable and foolproof. If you’re a part of a small group, you’ll want to communicate with each other over short distances.
And very useful if you get separated or are planning an ambush.
61. Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio
You’ll want regular updates on how the “situation” is progressing. This helps to decide your next move – providing the confidence you’re heading away from danger and not into it.
The big advantage of a hand-cranked radio is that you won’t need to worry about batteries and recharging.
Plus, this hand-crank radio has ports so you can use the hand crank function to charge other small electronic devices you’ve brought with you.
You need a surefire way to get all available intel over emergency broadcasts.
Here’s Jason (Skilled Survival’s gear expert) reviewing a similar hand crank radio:
62. Two-Way Radio Walkie Talkies
Owning a set of Walkie Talkies is a smart idea for any survival group.
If your team gets separated or split up for strategic reasons, you’ll still be able to keep in touch at short distances.
63. Ham Radio Setup
Ham radio is hands down the best option to communicate with others at long distances in an emergency situation.
While walkie-talkies or Hand crank radios can tap into your local communications ham radio setups have been known to communicate around the world.
SELF DEFENSE ITEMS
In the worst survival conditions, you’re going to be the hunter or be hunted. You need to be prepared to defend yourself and your group from enemy threats.
Threats from wild game and more importantly threats from other humans.
64. Survival Firearms
So, which firearm is best for survival? To be honest, you could write an entire book on the subject.
It’s a very personal choice with lots of nuances to consider.
The good news is since your hunkering down and not bugging out; you can own an entire arsenal of firepower.
You don’t have to choose just one or two guns; stock up on 20 of them and as much ammo as possible as well.
Ammo is to prepping like water is to life; essential.
There’s a reason why we always seem to be in an ammo shortage. Thousands of fellow Patriots are stocking up on as much of the stuff as they can get their hands on. Are you?
Ammo not only makes sense from self-defense and home defense standpoint. But ammo will also be a highly tradeable commodity in a worst-case prolonged disaster.
Obviously, you need to invest in other areas of your emergency stocks as well, but it’s not a terrible idea to make ammo one of your primary stock-up items.
66. Bow and Arrows
A couple of the more significant advantages of owning a survival bow are:
- Arrows are reusable.
- Bows are silent to shoot, especially in comparison to a firearm.
67. Home Defense Items
You should fortify any location you plan to hunker down in.
Actually, you should fortify your home during normal times but when SHTF it’ll be even more important.
This prevents rogues, thieves, or bandits from being able to break into your home stealing your supplies, or harming your loved ones. You should already be invested in standard home defense tools such as outdoor motion detection lighting and security alarm systems, etc.
But for this checklist, I want to highlight two lesser-known home defense tools. Why? Because most break-ins occur through doors or windows.
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So you should always reinforce those points of entry as best as you can. These products help you do just that!
AND the cost of these products is very reasonable if you ask me – especially for what you get –> “insane peace of mind”.
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2. Window Security Film
First, if you’re serious about protecting your windows – you should read our article about Security Window Film. It covers many details we don’t have time to discuss here…
In general, there are several types of film and there are also other window solutions such as burglar bars, riot glass, or security screens.
But for most people who just want a quick good looking window security upgrade, window security film is your best bet.
I’ve got an excellent set of real tree 3d printed pants, jacket, waders, and hat for the natural surroundings of my area.
Well, in a long-term emergency, you’ll not only want camo gear for hunting, but you’ll also want camo gear for home defense and self-defense purposes.
Why? Because if you use a scouting system, you’ll want the scouts to be hidden. They want to see but not be seen, and that’s what camo does.
You also might take it up a notch and go with a ghillie suit. These will keep you well hidden in the right natural surrounds.
MISC. SURVIVAL TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
Finally, these are the random survival tools and supplies that will make your bug out just a little bit easier.
69. Rechargeable Batteries
Add a couple of sets of rechargeable batteries in all the sizes you need for your electronic gear.
Or consider going with this new USB rechargeable battery technology.
These are excellent devices to own for emergencies.
70. Gold (Not Recommended)
It’s anyone’s guess what currency will be in circulation after SHTF, but stockpiling physical survival gold is not something we recommend.
Though, we do recommend it as part of your financial accounts.
This advice is rarely found online. Most survival sites suggest gold and silver as one of the best items to stockpile. But gold has no immediate survival value.
You can’t drink it; you can’t eat it, you can’t shoot it.
Gold has historically acted as a great hedge against inflation and has held its value in times of financial crisis.
But hoarding either survival gold or silver in a collapsed lawless society is more likely to be a liability than an asset.
71. Paper and Pencils
Paper is abundant today but what if suddenly it wasn’t?
Paper was extremely useful for communication in the era before the telephone. Well, in a worst-case survival world, it may become highly useful again.
It’s also necessary for certain forms of entertainment – like drawing.
It’s not a terrible idea to keep a box or 2 of paper in your stockpiles along with some number 2 pencils.
72. All Forms Of Entertainment
Keeping one’s sanity without modern forms of entertainment will be an important (but often overlooked) strategy.
With no TV or internet, there will be no shows or Facebook to fill the downtime hours.
Instead, you’ll want a nice stash of excellent books. The sort you don’t mind reading, again and again, is best.
Also, any book on DIY projects or survival skills is worth a spot in your home library.
Puzzles are a great way to keep your mind occupied and challenged. Classic strategy games such as chess will also help pass the time.
Board games are good for adults and kids alike.
Playing cards can be used to play hundreds of different forms of strategic games – poker, gin rummy, solitary, or even simple games like “slap-jack” or “war” we played as kids.
73. Corrective Lenses
Another often overlooked item many of us need to stockpile seriously is prescription glasses.
If you are at a severe disadvantage without glasses or contacts, then this is a major area of focus.
I’d recommend you have at minimum one extra set of glasses and preferably 2 or 3. They don’t need to be designer frames that cost hundreds of dollars.
Look for a sturdy pair at a low price point.
You can also stock up on contact lenses, but you’ll also need to stock up on cleaning agents and cases, etc.
Either way, having a pair of frames or 2 as backups is critical for the visually impaired.
74. Duct Tape
There are lots of survival uses for duct tape.
For a list of 25 of these applications check out The Daily Sheeple’s 25 Survival Uses For Duct Tape
Look for a bulk deal online and stock up on this essential “DIY” material.
75 – Scissors
There are a few tasks that you’ll be thankful you have scissors for. Often a good knife can substitute scissors but not always.
Just make sure you have a sharp pair or 2 lying around your house, and you should be good to go.
76. Gas Mask and Filters
As humans, we have no choice – we must breathe (all day long), every day for the remainder of our lives. From our first breath at birth to our last breath on our deathbeds.
Remember we can live without water for three days and food for three weeks? Well, we can live without breath for only about 3 minutes.
Now, the odds are unlikely for oxygen to disappear suddenly. But what if the air you must breathe is poisoned or infected?
You may be forced to breathe death unless you can filter it out. Stock up on a good gas mask and filters. You may never need a gas mask it but if you do, you’ll be glad you did.
I bought the CM-6M mask and several filters for myself.
I prefer its wide viewing angles and durable construction compared to other gas masks I reviewed.
77. Electrical Tape
Electrical tape has a lot of worthwhile survival uses beyond just electrical.
The stuff stretches and sticks; there’s nothing quite like it.
Vices are a way for people to cope with stressful situations. Well, what could be more stressful than a widespread crisis?
So feel free to stock up on alcohol, cigarettes, or even dirty magazines (if that’s your thing).
Not to consume these items yourself necessarily but to have valuable items to trade with should these vices stop becoming readily available.
That case of whiskey in your basement will last forever and hold its value – so it’s one of my favorite vices items to hoard.
PREPPERS CHECKLIST WRAP UP
My final word of advice is to take action today using this free stock and defend checklist. Focus on the highest priority items first – food, water, medical, guns, and ammo.
After that, start building the rest of your list of items. Over time you’ll be able to amass a nice long list of critical survival supplies.
Fellow survivalists understand disasters happen when we least expect them. Complacency kills.
If you wait; it might be too late…
Remember: Prepare, Adapt, and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack
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