Preparedness lists are helpful in that you will often find a new idea within — something that you may not have thought of before.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of items that you might consider in your overall survival preparedness inventory.

This list of prep items is meant to promote thought, to provide ideas, and is not intended or designed to be an all-inclusive list for preparedness – because no list ever really is…


Food Storage (and all food related ‘compliments’) and Water (obvious priorities)
Cash, small bills – 20’s & smaller (questionable purchasing power for long-term SHTF)
Silver, pre 1965 coins or well-known 1oz coins such as the American Eagle, etc.
Gold (if you can afford it for wealth preservation to the ‘other side’)
Generators and fuel
Gasoline containers
Fuel stabilizer (for long term fuel storage)
Seasoned firewood
Fire-starters (all kinds)
How-to ‘reference’ books (electrical, plumbing, gardening, survival, etc.)
Notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, writing paper
Important legal papers: copies of deeds, mortgages, insurance policies, wills, trusts, etc.
Contact information: family & friends; doctors, other professionals, financial/banks, etc.
Fishing accessories (line, hooks, lures, bobbers etc.)
Wagons and carts
Bicycles, tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc.
Stakes, spikes
Twine, cordage
Nails, screws, bolts
Backpacks, duffel bags
Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, mats
Cots and inflatable mattresses
Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered)
Goats, chickens and rabbits
Personal defense items
Water and Sanitation
Water Storage in Containers (all sizes)
Rain Barrels
Water filters/purifiers
Hand pumps and siphons (for water and for fuels)
Portable toilet and disinfectants
Toilet paper (as much as you can store!)
Ziploc bags
Garbage cans
Trash bags
Plastic containers with lids
Rat poison, d-con, rat/mouse traps
Alternative energy sources
Matches, butane lighters
Oil Lamps, wicks, lamp oil
Light bulbs
Lanterns, lantern fuel (e.g. ‘White’ fuel)
Radios: (AM/FM, shortwave w/SSB, HAM, CB, 2-way handhelds)
Batteries in all sizes (rechargeable is a good idea)
Battery charger (solar powered is a good idea)
Watch (wind-up or an automatic-kinetic watch)
55 gallon metal ‘burn’ barrel
Lime (for outhouse doo-doo)
Communications (CB, HAM, FRS, GMRS, MURS)
Solar panels, alt-energy system (stand-alone, off-grid)

Pellet rifle (they’re quiet)
Pepper spray
Holsters (concealed, pocket, inside waist-band, outside waist-band)
Sturdy holster belts
Bow and Arrow set
Sling-shot and ammo balls
Traps and snares
Nets (fishing, camouflage, etc.)
Knives (survival, pocket, etc.)
Knife sharpening tools (files, stones, steel)
A German Shepard (or similar) dog for security and such
Gun cleaning kit with the extras
Ammo Reloading gear

Camping stove, fuel
Coleman’s pump repair kit
Charcoal and lighter fluid
Fire extinguishers
Cooking utensils (hand can opener, whisk, etc.)
Cooking pots and pans (large and small)
Cast iron cookware
Steel water cup-carrier-container with screw-on lid
Ice Chests
Aluminum foil (both reg. and heavy duty)
Canning supplies (jars, lids, etc.)
Portable heaters
Grill (propane, charcoal), extra grate
Propane cylinders (filled)
Wood stove (heating and/or cooking)

Dish pan, dish soap, scrubbers
Cleaning supplies (toilet cleaners, disinfectants)
Basin to do laundry, wash boards, laundry soap
Bleach (regular bleach, NOT scented – for water purification)
Pool Shock (for making chlorine – water purification)
Swimming Pool Test Kit (to verify 1ppm up to 3ppm chlorine for water purification)
Clothes pins, clothes-line and hangers
Laundry bar soap (Fels-Naptha or Zote)

Work boots, work clothes, hiking boots (heavy duty)
Rubber mud boots
Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
Winter coats and snow boots
Extra socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc.
Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens
Rain gear outwear
Gloves: leather, gardening, winter, rubber, etc.

Plastic sheeting (black and clear)
Garden tools, hoses and supplies
Seeds organic (non-hybrid)
Tools: bow saw, axes, hatchets, wedges
Honing oil
Oil products for lubrication, rust prevention, etc.
Tools for carpentry, plumbing, gardening, electrical
Super glue, wood glue
Staple gun and staples (light weight and heavy)
Duct tape, nails, screws, nuts and bolts
Rags, towels, cloths (all sorts)

First aid kits and first aid book
Essential prescription and OTC Medications
Extra reading glasses, sun glasses
Sunscreen lotion
Insect repellent sprays
Dental repair kit
KI or KIO3 potassium iodide or potassium iodate radiation pills
Antibiotics and/or ‘fish’ antibiotics (same thing)

Feminine hygiene
Hair-care, shampoo, brush, combs
Skin care products
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss,
nail clippers, etc.
Shaving supplies

Again, this list is simply intended to inspire thought.

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