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
Skills & How-to



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
Lighting, Flashlights, Headlamps, Lanterns (without electricity?)
Rechargeable Batteries, Battery Charger – Solar Charger
Fuel Storage, Fuel Treatment
Portable Radios, 2-way communications, Emergency radio, HAM, Weather, Antennas
Packs, Backpacks
Fishing & Hunting specific Gear
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…

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