21 Popular Preparedness Products

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The following list of 21 popular preparedness products is an interesting cross-section of supplies that were most chosen from people who happened to visit any one of the many product links embedded throughout our blog.

Listed in popular order:

 
While it is somewhat self-serving to list 21 product links ;) , the preparedness list itself provides insight into what people have been interested in, and perhaps it will interest you too.

Note: The supplies in this list do not include what people may have chosen from any of our vendor sponsors listed along the right side of this page. Any of them are certainly worth a visit.

 
1. Big Berkey Drinking Water Filter
It looks like people were most concerned about their drinking water, as evidenced by the Berkey water filter being #1.

2. Coleman Expedition 205-Piece All Purpose First Aid Kit
Our blog contains a number of articles relating to First Aid, and the First Aid Kit listed here (Made in the USA) is a reflection of people’s interest.

3. TITAN Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blankets, 5-Pack | Forest Camo
A ‘space blanket’ or Mylar thermal blanket is a tidy and important add-on for one’s emergency survival kit.

4. Emergency Water Storage (55-gallon) Kit
Again, water is high on most lists of preparedness concerns, and lots of people looked at this 55-gallon water storage ‘kit’. Rule-of-thumb, 1-gl /day /person. Minimum.

5. Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger
Power outages often go along with disasters. This solar battery charger is popular for consumer batteries.

6. Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain / Flour Mill
The ‘Wonder Junior’ by Wondermill is a popular item among preparedness supplies for those who are looking for a means to mill (grind) wheat into flour (without electricity).

7. 5 Gallon Rigid Water Container
It’s not surprising that this 5-gallon drinking water container is so popular. When filled, it’s still manageable to move around and the material is food grade safe.

8. Potassium Iodide Tablets
Preparedness for a nuclear event (nuke power plant event or nuke attack) nearly always involves Potassium Iodide tablets for thyroid protection.

9. Rayovac LED Lantern
I reviewed this LED lantern years ago, and it’s still the most popular. Mine has never let me down, and the light will shine a long time before needing to recharge the batteries.

10. Fenix LD22 G2 215 Lumen LED Flashlight
I also did a review on this ‘best flashlight’ (given my particular requirements) and it is evidently quite popular given the number of those who have checked it out.

11. 5 Gallon Mylar Bags and 2000cc Oxygen Absorbers
A staple of food storage preparedness is bulk storage of some dry goods (rice, beans, wheat, etc..) and these 5-gallon Mylar bags and O2 absorbers are evidently the most popular inserts.

12. Magnesium Fire Starters
Survival preparedness and fire. They go together. Magnesium fire starters are a popular item. Also check out the ‘Fire Steel’ from our sponsor vendor, FireSteel.com.

13. The Gamma Seal Lid
These ‘Gamma Seal’ lids are perfect for easy access of dry goods stored in 5-gallon buckets. I use these for all my buckets, and apparently so do many others.

14. The Encyclopedia of Country Living
This is one of the first general purpose preparedness books that I ever ordered years ago, and it is still very popular today – The Encyclopedia of Country Living.

15. Paracord
Cordage. A high value item for one’s preparedness supplies (kit). ‘Paracord’ is the most popular. Check Tom’s paracord (Made in the USA) over at CampingSurvival.com.

16. Eneloop AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries
These AA rechargeable batteries are THE BEST and most popular for consumer electronics (flashlights, portable radios, etc..).

17. KA-BAR US Army Fighting/Utility Knife
Who would consider preparedness without a knife? While there are zillions out there, this KA-BAR has been a very popular ‘go-to’ knife. You might also consider a hand forged & hammered knife (Made in the USA) from our sponsor vendor, IHKnives.com.

18. All American Sun Oven
Cooking without electricity. If the sun is out, this Sun Oven will do the cooking and it has been a popular alternative choice for those who have browsed here.

19. Chainmate 24-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw
This ‘pocket chain saw’ will assist the emergency task of cutting through branches or small/medium logs. Although it requires muscle power, it will get the job done (albeit much slower than a chain saw!). Looks like people have been getting this for their kits.

20. Excalibur Food Dehydrator
Given the popularity of this Excalibur food dehydrator, food preservation is among the higher callings of preparedness.

21. Datrex 3600 calorie Emergency Food Bar Pack
Calorie dense food bars are perfect for emergency survival kits as is evidenced by the popularity of the Datrex food bars. (Tip: Don’t remove from Mylar packaging until needed)

 
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17 Comments

  1. All of these items should be on the Prepared Person’s must have list. Good article. I know that I need to pick up a few to round out my list.

    Thanks

    God Save This Great Republic

  2. Eats you can get at any Walmart for prepping
    #1 Hungry Jack dehydrated hash brown potatoes. Vacuum seal them for a long shelf life
    #2 Bear Creek powdered soup mixes
    #3 canned goods of all kinds like Spam, Tuna, Chicken, Beef,
    #4 Jars of Cheese Whiz, no need to refrigerate until open
    #5 Peanut Butter
    #6 Bottled water and powered drink mixes
    #7 Jerky, powdered milk, canned milk, and bottled water.
    #8 Hormel “Completes” shelf stable meals.
    #9 Dried beans/ Rice

    My point is that you can be pretty prepared just by shopping you local stores.

    1. #10 White cane sugar. Will last for years and can be used for first aid on wounds. If you have a wound that is bleeding just pour some white sugar into the wound. It will stop the bleeding and sterilize the wound. Honey can also be used.

  3. The popularity of the Big Berkey filters is still interesting. I guess it’s a testament to their superb marketing. The units are highly effective for bacteria but not effective for chemical and viral contamination. They look nice, they are big. They are very expensive.

    For the same money one can purchase 3-4 filter systems that have both micro filtration for bacteria/protozoa and activated charcoal for chemical contaminants. These are from First Need, MSR or Katadin and others.
    Or better yet, pair a micro/charcoal filter with a Steripen UV device and you can treat for everything: bacterial, viral, Protozoa and chemical contamination. And you can almost get three sets of these for the same money as one Berkey. They are smaller, portable, and much faster producing potable water. 3 is 2 and 2 is 1.

    1. “Activated charcoal is good at trapping other carbon-based impurities (“organic” chemicals), as well as things like chlorine. Many other chemicals are not attracted to carbon at all — sodium, nitrates, etc. — so they pass right through. This means that an activated charcoal filter will remove certain impurities while ignoring others. It also means that, once all of the bonding sites are filled, an activated charcoal filter stops working. At that point you must replace the filter.”

      In my opinion, it is never a bad idea to have a berkey, it can be used to pre-filter the water, before using a micro-filter, making your micro-filter last considerably longer. As far as a UV system this is great, if you use it on water that has already been filtered, otherwise those pathogens could be hiding inside a particle or be in the water stream that doesn’t get the UV because the particle blocks the exposure. Like during a solar eclipse, when the moon blocks the sun from reaching the earth.

      I am going to do more research when I get time, but I believe the best way to treat water would be to distill it using heat to bring the water to a boil. If done properly, IE. discarding the first water passing trough, as it may contain chemicals that have a lower boiling point than water, alcohols, etc. Then monitoring the temp of the boiling water for an increase in temperature, meaning that the water has boiled out and chemicals with a higher boiling point are left. The problem with this method is it requires a lot of energy to bring a large sum of water to a boil and keep it there until all the water has boiled off. A solar method would work if you used a method to magnify the sun to the point that it boils water. I watched an episode of Preppers on tv where someone used a Fresnel lens to accomplish this. Unfortunately it was a thin plastic lens from a projection tv, which will eventually, like all plastics without UV additives will dry out and discolor over time in sunlight. A glass lens would last a long time if you could keep from it getting broken, which might not be possible in a shtf.

  4. Good food for thought Ken
    I will have to say I agree with some and not so much on others, the same with the added list from Them Hogs, thank you both. Well except for the “Cheese Whiz” YUCK — HAHAHA
    BUT!!! I want to say, Just get started to store 6 months or more of foods/water/on-and-on. If people don’t get started they will never make it.

    I still say “Use One —- Buy Two” every time you go food shopping. Yeah Yeah I know there are hundreds of other “things” filters, lanterns, on-and-on. BUT people have GOT to get started somewhere….

    And yes to Bills comment, but, I don’t care if you buy a $15 Life-Straw or a $300 Mister Wizard. Just PLEASE get started with your preps before it’s SHTF time.

    NRP

    1. Whenever I go shopping, I always do the buy 2 get 3 free cans of DM Gbeans & Corn. Harris Teeter always has those sales. For my dog, its B1G1 free. Beneful & Nutrish DF when its on sale. Rachael Ray has coupons for her food.
      One wet dg bowl is a meal.
      Always think of your pets too!!!

  5. Food, water and shelter are the most important. I’d like to touch on food preparation. We have a couple of thermal pots. These are essentially large thermos bottles. One is by Saratoga Jack and the other by Nissan. We were looking for a second one from Nissan and could no longer find it so bought the Saratoga Jack. Now the Nissan is again available. If the new ones are as good as the old ones they are a must have. They are not cheap, about $150 for the Saratoga Jack and add $25 for the Nissan. They are a tremendous asset for fuel savings. To use them you bring whatever you’re cooking to a boil and TURN OFF THE STOVE. Put the pot in its thermal container and wait a half hour to an hour and it is cooked. I’ve cooked raw chicken in the Nissan and was very happy with the results. The food stays hot for many hours which is nice. If you’re cooking breakfast you can make supper at the same time. I think the Nissan is a bit better than the other.

    We like the Bear Creek soup mix and a comparable brand is Cuginos. Both of them have to much salt. I wish the manufactures would just add a couple of packets to the envelop and allow people to add it their own taste. They both work well with the thermal cooker and the overall salt content can be reduced by bulking the soup up. Add a can of chicken or beef and some pasta, rice, beans, etc and you’ll have more soup with less salt per serving.

    Pot au Feu is pot on the fire which was an older style of cooking in which a pot was kept simmering and leftovers were put into. A continuously changing “stew”. It didn’t spoil as it was always cooking. This can be adapted for modern times also. I bring food to a boil after it has been served and put the lid back on. Bring it to a boil again when you want more of it. Repeat the process. I’ve kept chicken soup on the stove top for three days doing this. Don’t ever take the lid off without bringing it back to a boil. Do this at your own risk as I’m sure there are many who would advise against it.

    1. @me, Thanks for bringing up the thermal cookware concept.

      I have this exact thermal cookware:

      Related article: Thermal Slow Cooker by Thermos

      Like you said, it is VERY effective as an energy saver for cooking and a good practical cooker. All you need to do is initially heat up the mixture (minutes) and then let it sit in its own thermal container while slow cooking. You just need to plan ahead for the meals you’re going to make using this method.

      I’ve also written an article regarding a smaller thermos which does the same thing:
      How To Cook Rice With 80% Less Fuel

  6. This cooking of rice works in adding rice(or noodles) to the boiling water, turn off stove heat after 5 minutes, cover with sure grip lid and it cooks in the heat not released.

  7. me, I have the cheddar broccoli sealed in mason jars; for the price, just add water, can’t be beat.

  8. Ken
    weird new law to go in to effect soon, might be of interest,

    It Sounds Like Congress is Set to BAN Large Capacity Water Heaters

    ….Might want to hang on to yours…if you have one, or buy one now if wanted

    large-capacity water heaters from a ban set to go into effect next month

    Beginning April 16, a U.S. Department of Energy rule will essentially ban manufacture of electric resistance water heaters with a storage capacity of over 55 gallons, usually used in rural areas

  9. I suggest you add two 99.9 percent fine silver coins to you preparedness list. Silver is antibacterial and anti-viral. The silver coins are normally used to make colloidal silver, you will need some 9 volt batteries for this. If you do not have any batteries you could always just put a coin in your mouth to fight any infection.

  10. some people have had a problem with Berkey water filters, they can break at the base of the filter allowing contaminated water in the container tank below.

    1. That was an old problem that was apparently corrected a number of years ago. Additionally, any filter element of this type can be damaged if it is dropped hard, regardless of the brand. Being a table-top filter, ‘dropping’ shouldn’t be an issue during normal use.

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