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Things to get while the getting is good

What are some of the things you might need in a long (or short) term disaster / emergency situation? To start, here’s a list of things you might want to get while the getting is good (in no particular order). This is by no means a fully comprehensive list and I have not tried to make it one. This is merely a list I’ve thrown together quickly that hits most of the high points that I hope will serve as a nice jumping off point for the preparedness novice. Feel free add your suggestions to this list in the comments or better yet, tweet me so we can talk about your ideas. Please share and help circulate this list with the hope that we might help someone along their preparedness journey!

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TRAINING
Water Filters/Purifiers
Generators
Portable Toilets
Five gallon plastic buckets
Seasoned Firewood (6 – 12 months to become dried)
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (CLEAR)
Mole skin
Coleman Fuels
Guns & Ammunition
Cleaning kits (for weapons)
Pepper Spray
Knives (fighting, hunting, utility)
Machete (quality)
Slingshots & ammunition
Hand-can openers
Hand egg beaters
Whisks
Potato masher
Honey/Syrups
White, brown sugar
Rice
Dry Beans
Wheat (hard red)
Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
Water Containers (food grade if for drinking)
Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
Large Propane Cylinders (grill cooking, other)
Hard copy resources: Build a Survival Library for reference (woodcraft, gardening techniques, first aid instruction, food procurement)
Hard copy resources: Build an entertainment library (to read for enjoyment)
Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc.
Condoms
Washboards
Camping stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
Vitamins
Bar Soap (body/washing)
Petroleum jelly
Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products
Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (honing oil)
Basic construction tools….hammers, screw drivers
Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
Gasoline Containers (Plastic)
Garbage Bags – various sizes (Impossible To Have Too Many)
Toilet Paper (you can never have enough)
Medicated body powder
Kleenex
Paper Towels
Milk – Powdered & Condensed
Heirloom Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
Clothes pins/line/hangers
Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
Tuna Fish (in water)
Fire Extinguishers (alt: large box of Baking Soda in every room)
First aid kits
Batteries (Stadardize gear whenever possible, but obtain all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
Garlic
Spices
Vinegar
Baking supplies (pans)
Dogs
Dog food
Flour
Yeast
Salt
Matches (wooden)
Writing paper/pads/pencils
Solar calculators
Insulated ice chests
Work boots
Belts
Durable pants and shirts
Flashlights
Headlamp
LIGHT STICKS
Lanterns (globes)
Fishing gear: poles, reels, line, hooks, floats, nets, etc.
Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
Garbage cans – Plastic
Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc.
Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
Fishing supplies/tools
Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
Duct Tape
Tarps/stakes/twine/rope/spikes
Plastic sheeting
Candles
Laundry Detergent (liquid)
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
Garden tools & supplies
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
Canned Fruits
Canned Veggies
Canned Soups, stews, etc.
Bleach (plain, NOT scented)
Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
Bicycles: Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
Board Games, Cards, Dice
Rat poisons and Roach Killer
Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
Soy sauce
Bullion/gravy/soup bases
Reading glasses
Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
Boy Scout Handbook
Roll-on Window Insulation Kit
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels
Trail mix/Jerky
Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
Socks
Underwear, T-shirts, etc.
Lumber (all types and sizes)
Wagons & carts
Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
Lantern Hangers
Screen Patches
Glue
Nails
Screws
Nuts & bolts
Teas
Coffee
Cigarettes
Wine/Liquors (barter, medicinal, etc.)
Paraffin wax
Chewing gum/candies
Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
Hats
Large zip ties
Head dressing/scarves/wraps
Goats/chickens/rabbits
Motor oil
WD-40
All purpose grease
Chainsaw (chains/sharpeners)
2-cycle oil

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15 responses

  1. Jeff Pence

    Safety glasses and recommend that team members wear them. Loosing and eye from a splinter chopping wood can be deadly in a survivor situation.

    April 22, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • Absolutely! Safety glasses are a critical piece of gear, survival situation or not. Great call.

      April 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

  2. Really nice site with beautiful design. Nice work

    April 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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      April 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm

  3. trevathecleva

    Appreciate your list! Maybe ad playing cards/board games for good social interaction if there is time. (If its not on the list, I may have overlooked it)

    April 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    • Absolutely! You must plan for items that will help you keep your spirits up, especially if you will have kids in your groups. The following items were included on the list:

      Hard copy resources: Build an entertainment library (to read for enjoyment)
      Board Games, Cards, Dice

      Thanks for checking us out!!!

      April 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  4. Ed Reid

    This is the best list that I’ve seen, bar none!!! There are a few items that I will add to my stuff. At the moment I’m well along on this path of prepping, been at it for several years, by, “one can, one item” at a time. I will be building a “mini” libary, I do have game boards, but need cards. ONE IMPORTANT fact: test the food you brought, it will show if you need additional stuff, seasons, salt, tabasco hot sauce ect. Food, outside water is so important! I will have a storage of about 1000 gal of water soon. There are many was to keep water fresh, silver coins is just one way. A silver quarter in a 55 gal drum is good, and a little clorine.

    April 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • Thanks so much! Your point about food and water is a good one. You should always store what you eat and not get too exotic. The last thing you want to worry about is a child or family member that figures out during an emergency that they don’t like or can’t eat the stored food. As for water, you might consider things to add to water to break up the boredom of just drinking plain water. Maybe add some fruit flavor mixes or Gatorade powder to your stores to spice things up a bit. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

      April 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  5. Also add an old school, ie; not digital; Barometer, temp, humidity gauge. I have the 3 gauges built in one wooden wall hanger, bought cheap from a rummage. I use it daily, resetting the barometer, very accurate. Thanks for the list and other great articles!! JS.

    July 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

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    February 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

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