preparedness-supplies-categories The following list of survival & preparedness category groups are intended to encompass higher level tiers from which we could drill down into more detail. One effective method for deciding upon preparedness supplies is to think about each of the groups or topics first, and then focus on sub-categories within each. It’s often best to start by thinking broadly – and then narrow down to specifics. From a higher level standpoint, I might sub-categorize prepping & preparedness as follows. In fact this is how I am slowly re-structuring this website into logical high-level categories – of which I’ve already written so many articles over the years 😉 Survival Gear Food & Kitchen Security Skills & How-to Lifestyle  


You might take ‘Survival Gear’ and break it down further into sub categories of water, fire, cutting, cordage, shelter. ( The 5 C’s of survival ) is a great place to start… You might then include topics such as First Aid, navigation, radios, packs & bags, and LOTS of other potential sub-categories of ‘gear’. Get the idea?  

‘Food & Kitchen’

This might be broken down further into canned foods, dehydrated, freeze-dried, storage & methods, preserving foods, cooking, canning, milling, and whatever else floats your boat in that category…  


Security sub-categorizes into personal security, home security, firearms, EDC, and others. Each of those will easily break down into other important subsets.  

‘Skills & How-to’

This can be vastly broad. But first focus on knowing how to deal with the basics of survival. How to make a fire. To acquire and purify water. How to apply security for yourself, your household. Just remember that it’s one thing to have ‘the stuff’ while it’s another to know how to apply it. This category is immensely important!  


Lifestyle gets into going beyond just having backups. Rather it relates to the ability of renewing your supplies, your ability to live in a more self sufficient manner, living more of a self reliant lifestyle. This would include alternative energy, raising livestock, gardening, and anything else related to a lifestyle of preparedness. The point is that it’s helpful to begin logically with high level categories that are most important, and then break it down from there. Prioritize it.  

Topic Brainstorm

The following is a quick brainstorm of all sorts of topics, – in no particular order (just for fun), Water, Water Storage, Water Purifiers Foods for long term storage Emergency cook stoves, fuels thereof Cookware for E-kits Seeds appropriate for SHTF gardening Garden Tools and Supplies First Aid & Medical Supplies Hand Tools, Multi-tools, for general repairs without electricity Hardware Supplies – General Purpose Knives – Fixed, Folding, Machete, Axe, Saws Sharpeners Lighting, Flashlights, Headlamps, Lanterns (without electricity?) Rechargeable Batteries, Battery Charger – Solar Charger Generators Fuel Storage, Fuel Treatment Portable Radios, 2-way communications, Emergency radio, HAM, Weather, Antennas Packs, Backpacks Fishing & Hunting specific Gear Hygiene Optics – Binoculars, Scopes, NVD’s Shelter, Tent, Sleeping Bags, Tarps Alternative energy Solar panels, Charger Controller, Inverter, Battery Bank, off-grid Books – Resource-Informational, Novels for enjoyment Fire Starters, Fire kit, Combustion Bug Out Bag, E-Kits, 72-hour kits Paracord, Cordage Boots, Footwear – Heavy Duty Outerwear, All Seasons Considered Firearms and Ammunition Security, personal, home, patrol & issues thereof Tactical Gear and Clothing Maps, Navigation, Compass, know-how Monetary – Cash, Silver, Gold, Barter Transportation (methods thereof) Vehicles (EMP factors?), Bikes, Carts Pandemic associated medical supplies, prevention Nuclear, associated protections Skills and know-how! Well, this was simply a brainstorm of a few things to get the wheels turning. Of course there could be lots more. Though it begins with the basics to simply survive, and then it fans out from there. Ultimately it unfolds into lifestyle if you let it. Food for thought…