37 things you should hoard – or is it 55? Who needs to buy a book when we have google?

Randomly checking emails today I came across a link that stated there were 37 thing I should hoard in case of emergency.  We may have one or two snow storms this season so I clicked the link.

Sadly, there was nothing there. Apparently the author did not think the domain was worth hoarding…

I did a google search and found that the 37 things I wanted to look at was not a list, but a book. Although sales are obviously down I realized that there are a few things in case of emergency I don’t have.

IE – Are you stocked up when it come’s to your pet?

It had honestly never occurred to me to stock up on cat food… (maybe in part because I buy his food by tens of pounds)

They had some good points with the list though.

(Urgent – Survival List Items If You Own A Pet)
  • Extra Water for Pets (approx. 1 gallon/day)
  • Pet Food: Extra Dry or Canned Food
  • Pet Food Storage Containers
  • Pet Emergency Kits
  • Portable Pet Crates (a MUST have for pet emergencies)
  • Learn Pet CPR and Basic First Aid – Learn More On Our Page Here

So, in lieu of politics at this time (I have numerous posts that I keep meaning to write and somehow hours slip away from me) and since it’s almost snowy season time – check out some lists of things you should hoard:

Check out the particulars of this list here – as the lists are long and include some of their own shopping links.

This list includes things like water containers, tarps, it’s pretty extensive. If you’re prepping for Zombie Apocalypse totally. If you’re just trying for a blizzard prep kit probably not.

Their food list is quite good however:

(Urgent – Survival List Items)
1. Grocery Store & Bulk Foods
3. LONG TERM Vegetarian MRE Foods (vegetarian protein foods)
Grocery Store & Bulk Foods List

  • Rice – Wheat
  • Legumes: Pinto Beans, Black Beans, etc.
  • Oatmeal, Cornmeal
  • Canned Fruits – Canned Vegetables – Soups – Stews, etc.
  • Milk – Canned/Evaporated, Powdered, Sweetened/Condensed
  • Eggs – Powdered (dried)
  • Peanut Butter – Nuts – Popcorn
  • Dehydrated Fruits & Vegetables – learn how to dehydrate your own
  • Jerky – Trail Mix
  • Graham Crackers – Saltines – Pretzels
  • Chocolate – Cocoa – Tang – Punch
  • Honey – Syrups – White Sugar – Brown Sugar
  • Garlic – Spices – Baking Supplies
  • Soy Sauce – Vinegar – Bouillon Soup-base
  • Tuna Fish (packed in oil has more protein)
  • Canned Meats
  • Cooking Oil
  • Flour – Yeast – Salt
  • Coffee – Teas
  • Bulk Herbs (used for seasoning),
    (Herbs can also be used for first aid, or treating minor medical issues)
  • Vitamins – Minerals – Supplements

Also, what are the first 100 things to disappear in a disaster?

On more than one occasion in the last decade, Stan and I witnessed generators virtually evaporate. Ditto for portable toilets. It’s been at least a decade since this list was compiled; prices noted below will have increased.

1. Generators(Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance, etc.) 
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets (Increasing in price every two months.)
4. Seasoned Firewood(About $250 per cord; wood takes 6 – 12 mos. to become dried, for home uses.)
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps(First choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel(URGENT $2.69-$3.99/gal. Impossible to stockpile too much.)
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats and Slingshots
8. Hand-Can openers and hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!)
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugars
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat(White rice is now $12.95 – 50# bag. Sam’s Club, stock depleted often.)
11. Vegetable oil (for cooking)(Without it food burns/must be boiled, etc.)
12. Charcoal and Lighter fluid (Will become scarce suddenly.)
13. Water containers(Urgent Item to obtain. Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY)
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders
17. Michael Hyatt’s Y2K Survival Guide(BEST single y2k handbook for sound advice/tips.)
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.(Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman and Kerosene)
22. Vitamins (Critical, due to Y2K-forced daily canned food diets.)
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder(Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products
25. Thermal underwear (Tops and bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets and Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum foil (Reg. and Heavy Duty)(Great Cooking and Barter item)
28. Gasoline containers (Plastic or Metal)
29. Garbage bags (Impossible to have too many.)
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels
31. Milk – Powdered and Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)
32. Garden seeds (Non-hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothespins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit: 1(800) 835-3278
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)36. Fire extinguishers (or.. large box of Baking soda in every room…)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices and vinegar, baking supplies
40. BIG DOGS (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast and salt
42. Matches (“Strike Anywhere” preferred. Boxed, wooden matches will go first.)
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils/solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime)
45. Work boots, belts, Levis and durable shirts
46. Flashlights/Light Sticks and torches, “No.76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences: Historic times!)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent sprays/creams
53. Duct tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry detergent (Liquid)
57. Backpacks and Duffle bags
58. Garden tools and supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics and sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives and Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc.
65. Sleeping bags and blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games Cards, Dice
68. D-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps and cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks…)
71. Baby Wipes, oils, waterless and Anti-bacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors and creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps and siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillons/gravy/soup base
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook – 12th Edition(also, Leader’s Catalog)
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons and carts (for transport to and from open Flea markets)
87. Cots and Inflatable Mattresses (for extra guests)
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts and bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc.)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats and cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens
http://standeyo.com/News_Files/INFO_Files/100.items.html H/T Cal 

One thing that many people talk about is a 72-hour kit. If you have to run out of the house (fire, etc) what will you need for that 72 hours?

Modern Survival Blog talks about the lists  – IE paper information you should have on you in case of emergency. Just remember that another emergency is identity theft…

In addition to your 72 hour kit, keep a written list of information including family and important contacts, emergency bug-out-plan, and encrypted information of your insurance and financial accounts. Record this information in a small spiral notepad that you can keep dry in a zip lock bag.

Many times when people are prepping for a 72 hour kit they forget important documents.

Also, a list of 55 items you should hoard – which DID NOT include pet supplies…

1. Toilet Paper, and other sanitation items such as feminine hygiene products, diapers for infants, etc. These are items that should be mass stored if possible.

2. Paper Towels. Too many uses to mention, store as many as you can.

3. Coffee Filters. For those drinkers of coffee of course, but these are excellent filters for many other purposes.

4. Trash Bags. All sizes. You can also store many free plastic grocery bags from the store every time you get them after shopping. Important for bagging up refuse and preventing disease.

5. Zip type Freezer Bags. Lot of uses.

6. Coolers, various sizes. If you have room, can be used to keep things cool or cold, but also used to keep items from freezing in very cold weather.

7. Shovels. All sizes from small garden type to those used for digging. Very important to have after a disaster.

8. Soaps and Cleansers. Sponges and other scratchy pads. You are likely not going to have a dishwasher after a disaster and you have to have some means of cleaning pots, pans, dishes.

9. Cotton Rounds. First aid uses, Excellent Fire-starter (mixed with Vaseline).

10. Paper to write on. This includes note pads, index cards.

11. Pens and Pencils, especially the click pencil type that don’t need a sharpener.

12. Rubber bands. This also includes hair bands. Used to keep items organized and from flying apart.

13. Tape. All kinds from duct, masking, electric, to scotch. Many uses.

14. Sewing Kits. Threads, needles, buttons, zippers, you are going to need them.

15. Matches. Keep them dry and store lots of them.

16. Salt. You won’t believe in certain areas how hard it is to get this necessary mineral for survival. Store as much as you can.

17. Aluminum Foil Wrap. Good for cooking and many other uses.

18. Candles. All sizes. Not only for light at night, but can be used to heat small items up in small cookware.

19. Can Opener. Without many of these you will have a bad time trying to get your canned food out.

20. Basic Tools. This includes hammers, screwdrivers, saws, axes, utility knives, scissors. Anything extra that you can store from your
tool chest.

21. Small hardware. Nails, screws, hooks, wires, etc. Store in clear jars with lids or in original packages.

22. 5 or 6 gallon plastic gas containers. Can be used for gas or other fuels as well as for water that are durable.

23. Magnifying glasses. Use to see small items, main use to start fire if matches are wet or out of them.

24. Envelopes. All sizes for storage. Smaller for seeds you can get from the wild as one example. Tough postal envelopes are also good for storage after a disaster.

25. Empty boxes. You are really going to need this if you have to suddenly move somewhere quick for clothes and other items. Many grocery stores will give you free fruit boxes that are sturdy and have lids. Also large plastic boxes with lids. Try to store empty boxes within the empty spaces of each other.

26. Shoe laces. Many people have shoes that are still wearable and need shoe laces. Shoe laces are also good for tying off material with other purposes.

27. Paper plates, plastic eating utensils, disposaable drinking glasses and cups. IF you can store enough, excellent way to save your soap supplies by not having to wash the dishes.

28. Bedding. Blankets, sheets, pillows, pillow cases. Just because you are in emergency does not mean you have to live like a refuge.

29. Bathroom towels. All sizes from hand to bath. You will be very grateful to be able to dry yourself off with something you are use to.

30. Fishing line and string. Lots of uses.

31. Nylon rope, cord, clothes lines. Do not be without.

32. Dental needs. Toothbrushes, dental floss. Even without toothpaste you can still keep your teeth healthy.

33. Q-tips. Not only personal use, but uses for fine detailed work.

34. Honey. Lasts practically forever and a good sweetener for many foods.

35. Spray bottles. Use to disperse insect repellent as one of many uses.

36. First aid kit. Most items such as bandages, gauze, tweezers, nail clippers, scissors, wrapping tape, etc. can be stored without rotating.

37. Newspaper. Yes, newspaper for starting fires, wrapping delicate items, insulation. Keep dry and preferably in sealed boxes.

38. Safety pins. Fastening of almost anything that has broken. Bobby pins also good.

39. Cheap plastic sunglasses. You will really need to protect your eyes after an emergency, glare is something that people forget about
if they have to be outdoors for extended periods of time.

40. Hats. One size fits all baseball type caps, scarfs, ski caps. A lot of heat is lost through an uncovered head, also sunburn.

41. Gloves. So important from keeping hands warm to protection of your hands from hazards such as broken glass.

42. Extra clothes that you will not wear other than after a disaster. Don’t forget the extra comfortable shoes, socks, underwear, warm

43. Small hand held mirrors. For signaling but also for personal grooming and seeing what your eyes can’t without a mirror.

44. Cloth grocery bags with handles. A very good way of collecting usable things such as food from the wild.

45. Stapler with plenty of staples. Also paper clips to seal off small items and fastening paper. Your package of survival seeds as for

46. Electric extension cords. You may actually still have electricity from some source such as a generator. Can be used as a substitute for light duty style rope also.

47. Brushes. From nail, paint, to hair brushes. One good use for a hair brush is removal of ticks, fleas, burrs, from clothing.

48. Measurement devices. Tape measurers, rulers, very important to know distances, how big, how small something is rather than guessing.

49. Games. Boredom is awful, and a simple deck of cards, boardgames, something to take up time if confined after an emergency.

50. Books, Books. Anything that will give you information and instructions on survival, cooking, plant identification, map books. Your bookcase may not be around after a disaster, store information you will need someday.

51. Wind up clocks and watches. Your battery operate clocks and watches or other time telling instruments are someday not going to
work. Wind up clock better than using a sundial.

52. Snap top plastic containers. Ziploc, Tupperware, anything that can air seal something. All sizes.

53. Stick on notes. Use to label what you have after the disaster. Secure it better with scotch tape if you want.

54. Money. If you can store it somewhere and forget about it and not spend it other then in emergency. Cash money may be the only way to buy anything after a disaster that has not taken out the monetary system.

55. Plastic tarps. Many sizes and inexpensive. Cannot emphasize how many uses these have, and can be folded up and stored in smaller spaces.


77 thoughts on “37 things you should hoard – or is it 55? Who needs to buy a book when we have google?

  1. Silver one ounce ingots/bars are better than paper money–especially if financial crisis hits. Silver and gold never lose all their value. Silver is more easily used as cash..gold too difficult to measure small dollar amounts with…a nugget , for example, could be worth $300..and that’s 1/6th of an ounce. Less than a pea size. Silver, on the other hand, is routinely made into one ounce ingots that are currently between 30 and 40 dollars worth.
    Water–dried foods are worthless if there’s no water.

    SHARPIE PENS: Write on your cans of food what is inside…in case the labels become wet and fall off..this will help immensely when eating from cans…and for bartering with them.

    MAPS!! In case you have to “hoof it” out of where you are, you can avoid the major roads and go overland. Get Forest Service Maps of the local public lands. There are hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt roads in the nations forests. Learn how to use a compass and how to read a topographical map.

    DUCT TAPE; In Alaska, it is called “hundred mile an hour tape” = you can fix a bushplane wing with it, and can fly up to 100 mph before the tape will blow off. IT has thousands of uses down here, too.

    STOCK PILE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES….IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN. TRY OFF-SHORE PHARMACIES IF YOUR HMO or DOCTOR WON’T HELP YOU. You can’t be any help to your family if they’re trying to keep you alive or healthy..you’ll become a liability instead of an asset.

    FIRE STARTER KIT—matches, lighters, etc. Learn how to start a fire BEFORE your survival depends on it.

    WATER: it’s every bit as important as you can imagine. It bears repeating. SAFE WATER can either be boiled or sterilized. CHLORINE BLEACH or CHLORINE GRANULES (spa or swimming pool supplies) can be used. Learn how much to use. Be careful with this product; it can be dangerous. Use the sharpie pen to label it as dangerous/poison –see? you’re already using that sharpie pen!!

    CHLORINE BLEACH : cleans things, including blood spills from others. Yuk.

    LEATHERMAN TOOL, Buck Knife, Machete.Ax or Hatchet.

    FIRE ARMS: you can feed your family with a .22 rifle and at the very least, you can feed your dogs and cats with small game.



    READING: Survival Guides and Self-help books

    BINOCULARS: I can’t stress this enough, it goes along with the fire arms requirement…you’ll need to spot other people before they spot you. You’ll need to assess their intentions before they come too close. Be careful. In a perfect world, everybody would behave nicely. The world is not perfect.

    Fishing gear: hooks and line,,,weights and tackle…you can bet that game wardens will be too busy to enforce catch limits..


    In short, if you have any camping equipment and experience, you’re better off than your cousins who don’t. Think of survival as a long camping trip. With consequences.


    • Silver coins may be useful as money after a currency collapse, but not so much in crisis that happen beforehand. For example, Hurricane Sandy left my area without power. Gas stations were able to run their pumps on generators, but they had no connection to the credit card network. Cash only! Having cash let me get extra gas for my generator while those with only CC’s had to go home empty handed. If the only money I had during this situation was a silver coin, the gas station attendant would have looked at me like I was from Mars.

      So, yes, you should horde silver to use as money in the case of a currency crisis, but you should also horde cash for other types of crisis, like extended power outages.


    • I know that many people think that it is a good idea to stockpile gold/silver. If you follow your history back to any currency collapse it goes to barter not to bi or tri metallic exchange system. It is a bit of a waste to buy gold and silver when the value of other goods will skyrocket. Put your dollars to work in things that make these increases instead of the gold silver thing. There will be many people out there flooding the ‘markets’ with gold/silver because it will be all they have. You will be able to trade goods for these things at the newer devalued exchange.


  2. When there was a “1,000 year flood” in our region, water-proof rubber boots sold out immediately, mostly going to First Responders. Not sure what to do about a boat, but even the heavy duty ones got holes poked in them by fence posts. Just things to think about.


  3. There are books out there to have on hand. Should be stored in a ziplock bag. For long term survival with loss of computers they can provide First aid and medical info, military basics, food from the wild, basic education (3 “R”s), and a multitude of other training for the next generations. And of course, a Bible, or other religious readings as you may see fit. Somebody has to teach the next generations some basics, besides down home survival. We don’t have to become cavemen.


  4. You can buy non-hallmarked silver through The Sovereign Trust. These web pages are a real must read. Especially for those stuck with a mortgage. Good Luck …. Good reading ……Be informed ……. Be Awake ….. Be Ready.


  5. Thank you for your info. I really do not like buying a book for two pages of information when I probably know what 35 of the 39 items are :-((

    The further we go into Global Warming, the worse weather we have.
    in 2011-2012 in central Oklahoma I experienced:
    4 hail storms (all my neighbors got new roofs, but not me?)
    Feb 2011 – Second largest snow ever in central Oklahoma
    The first earthquake i ever felt in Oklahoma (with an aftershock 🙂
    Earthquake & tornado same day (earthado? tornquake?)
    Learned a new term “multi vortex tornado”
    500 year flood followed two weeks later by the 100 years flood
    and wind “keeps sweeping down the planes” :-))

    Wondering when we will have a volcano and 10,000 year flood (AKA: Noah Event)


  6. EdSquared, you are funny, like the way you looked at things.

    Thanks to all for the info. We have our 72 hour kit, but to all as a reminder don’t forget to twice a year to check it and up date it, food can go out of date.

    Also, male or female, put some feminine pads of different sizes in your storage, not just for the obvious reasons for the gals, but they are wonderful for injuries to stop and contain blood. I keep some in our 72 hour kit, trailer, car, and year supply.

    Think about what would happen if an emergency happened while you are at work. How would you get home? Keep a car kit which should include the same things you should have in a 72 hour kit, including good walking shoes. Because you may have to abandon your car.

    What about work, What do you have at work? Keep extra food there and a smaller kit you never know if you might need it.


  7. portable toilet? what? Don’t you know how to dig a latrine, or if on the move, do what the bears do. Paper towels? again a cloth can be used over and over. so many of these are in no way necessities, only conviences. Pick up a boy scout handbook and look at the camping supplies and that is more than you actually need.


    • a 5 gallon bucket, and peat moss. You can get a toilet lid that snaps on the bucket.. Compost the stuff away from your garden compost pile and use that compost on trees .


  8. Baby asprin is not for babies. You should list that seperate but baby tylenol or motrin could go there. Asprin products are dangerous for children and babies. Interesting article.


  9. Please people! For any true long term emergency, the stocking up of pet supplies is ridiculous. If SURVIVAL is your aim, you can not seriously be planning to keep your precious pet alive. The dry food, medicine and flea & tick repellent you stored for them will be needed by YOU. Cats are naturally self sufficient. Give them shelter to help keep rodents away but leave them to their own devices to feed themselves (best to have them fixed). VERy, VERY few common dog breeds are very useful. If your dog has no use in hunting, or home protection, it is just a non-human mouth to feed. If the life of you and your family is truly subject to long term survival threat, make a meal of it. It doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you a realist, and that meal buys your family another few days.


    • I some what disagree, there are good reasons early humans kept dogs, and cats. Look for breeds that were designed (yes designed) for your purpose. I like the Scott collie aka working farm dog. It was the old time farm dog used to herd guard and hunt. And an early warning “door bell”. I have a small farm and cats mean fewer mice in the house.


      • I think if you read my comment again, you will see we agree. Cats are very useful, and I allow that working and fighting dogs are useful (if by stating that most breeds are not). But dogs & cats multiply easily without our aid. Cats can be self sufficient and certain dog breeds will be worth sharing the scraps with. But to stock up sorely needed supplies for a pet, especially one that does not add to humans survival, makes little sense. Better yet, if you are planning for skills & supplies needed, the breed of dog you choose to own NOW can play into that. Cats will find your fire and stick around, they like a winner.


      • That’s my point. I’m not anti-pet. But if you are “preparing” for potential survival situations, just take that into account in the selection of your next pet. Or you could just wait. Healthy, useful, survivable dogs & cat breeds will find a path to your fire, and be of service. That’s how we got them in the first place! Best “watch dog”, by the way, is a GOOSE!


  10. Regret to say this people, but the only things you need are blankets and a long range rifle with a sniper scope and enough dry, clean ammo for 10 times the number of people in a 1 mile radius. Practice with it often and while others are growing food and hoarding supplies, you can visit and take inventory. When you send the people in your group to negociate, you can make sure they lead the others to open ground. Oh, and have a buddy with binoculars with you looking around for the other group’s sniper.
    And for anyone agasp at such bluntness, know that for every person above making “honest” helpful hints, there are five people thinking what I just wrote.
    When society breaks down, those willing to kill rule until society re-emerges.


    • I agree with your ruthlessness and lack of pity when providing for self and family, but this is not the only scenario to prepare for. If this is your only plan you would probably die out quickly in this scenario as well due to the myopic vision you are showing in the statements above. Plan for the smallest of emergencies and the largest. Think about the size of your group and remember that you won’t be the only person thinking about taking what is needed. Remember that everyone will need sleep and watches will still need to occur so your group can’t be so small as to die from lack of sleep. The larger the group though the more difficulties with food supply. I just want to make sure that you understand that ‘the only things you need’ statement doesn’t account for all the things you need while preying on others. Having a mindset of preparation and willingness to think your way out of a situation while being ruthless and willing to kill if needed is the far better place to be.


  11. I have to agree with him. At least for the first few seasons of “die-out”, the idyllic gentlemen farmer/survivalist vision is a myth. Plan as much as you want, stock as much as you want, but the world will be filled with hordes of people who will take it from you unless you are willing to kill. When the subject comes up (we live in upstate NY) I always kid that my survival plan is my gun locker and large stash of ammunition. I’ll take what I need. I hope I can be better than that in a catastrophe but if it comes down to it, survival is a pitiless game.


  12. I was reading a great survivalist blog. We tend to focus on THINGS we would need, this one discussed the PEOPLE you would need to create a community. So much easier to survive in a group, and to thrive if that group has as many crucial skills in it as possible. It makes at least a good mental exercise to think of the talents you would like to get in your circle of friends prior to the world going to hell. I’ll take a shot at it:

    1. Lawyers. Whether salted, pickled or left fresh frozen out in the winter, lawyers will come in handy as nutrition. Politicians, Welfare queens and Womyns Studies majors as well.
    2. farmers/gardeners (obviously)
    3. Doctors / Nurse / EMT
    4. hunters / trappers
    5. carpenters
    6. mechanics
    7. Coopers (barrels & wheels)
    8. Blacksmith / metallurgists
    9. Chemists
    10. Ex special forces and career combat infantryman. No cops. The badge no longer means a damn thing.
    11. Electrician (one can hope)
    12. Arborist (cultivation of fruit & nut trees)
    13. Pharmacist/herbalist when you are sick you’ll give both of them a shot at it.
    14. Masons/bricklayers
    15. Potterists
    (is that a word?) Makers of ceramics & pottery
    16. Opticians! Hopefully with some manual equipment to shape lenses.
    17. A dentist / dental technicians.
    18. Midwives
    19. Armorers /Gunsmiths

    You get the idea. I’m sure I left out some obvious ones!


    • Teachers…Our children will still need to learn to read and write and compute at least simple math. Otherwise all our knowledge is not able to be passed down, and it is for nothing we learned it all and wrote it down.


      • Cats will feed themselves. They are designed to do so. If you really want to spend money and stock items for them, stock flea and other medicines for them.


      • Teacher’s aids, too. Without the union, it’s going to be quite difficult and you can’t expect us to do all the work ourselves.


    • Good list and nice to be thinking about these occupations as personal skill building as well. Whatever happens, one day will begin to settle down and then skills will be quite the commodity. Taking EMT, electrical, herbalist, or any other mixture of courses/training/personal study to prep for possibilities only enhances your character in the now and would make you indispensable later. If all you are is a gun nut people won’t think twice about putting a bullet in you if you are competing for resources, but if you have valuable skills then working relationships can be established. Especially if you are handy with a gun and have the requisite skills.


      • Doug, I am just re-reading this old thread, yours is one of the most intelligent, realistic and balanced, post. Please join my tribe in any post-apocalypse.


  13. What about weapons and ammo. Whether you want admit it or not. You’re going to have to protect your family and your supplies. Oooh rah.


  14. Teachers? Nope. I’m not a teacher, and I homeschool (my 12 year old is getting ready for ACT via Duke’s gifted and talented program 🙂 Most from the above list can teach a child how to read and do math. I actually was better in math in 9th grade (I did calculus I then) than most of my husband’s college students (he is a chemistry professor and complains about lack of basic math and writing skills: the least educated are the education majors! Go figure!) Engineer who can build things is way more valuable. He/she can teach math and reading. Elementary teacher? Waste of space and resources.


    • Most of them are cruel and heartless. Ive been stocking for years now and I would never ever consider my dogs for ‘a meal’. They are my family. However, I know now how important guns and ammo are. And I wouldn’t think twice about shooting someone whose mentality was to ‘come and take’ what they were too stupid and lazy to save. Bye-bye


      • I beg to differ if you were down to no food and it was between feeding your family or YOUR DOGS I would pray that you would think of your children first


      • You know what is going to happen people are going to go vigilante and then the government will ban guns too LOL So glad we live in the Land of the Free (NOT)


      • re: I beg to differ if you were down to no food and it was between feeding your family or YOUR DOGS I would pray that you would think of your children first
        Sorry Greeneyz, but if you are down to that situation then your battle is already lost.IMHO.


  15. A lot of people are both needlessly thin skinned and unfamiliar with the true meaning of “survival”. I state clearly that in the PLANNING phase, you may wish to select a USEFUL dog breed as a pet, not one that will be only a mouth to feed without any skills. I also suggest spending scarce resources now to stockpile dog medicine makes little sense. Useful dogs will survive, and will not be scarce. They will find your fire. If you are wealthy or desire to take resources from a future potential survival situation of you and your family to place on your pet, well then have at it! It is still a semi-free country.


  16. One suggestion for lighting is to purchase and store outdoor solar yard lights. durning the day you put them out and let them recharge and bring them inside at night for safe lighting. you can stick them in a flower pot of dirt or cut a piece of wood and drill a hole in it to hold the light, safe and no chance of firefire


  17. thank you so much I was also “dilusioned” by the so called video trying to sell a worthless book the boyscout handbook or mother earth news are much better for advice you have hit on most everything one would need might also ad some solar charging battery chargers there very cheap on ebay and cheap solar driveway lights you can actually get at the dollar stores charge all day and enough light to read by at night and walk in the woods for potty time PS and the dollar stores are great for everything else from bandaids to small tools very cheap and ez for everybody even city dwellers to stock up a supply !!! Thanks again Peace and good luck to all


  18. Cigarettes…better than money to barter and in a disaster u are going to start smoking or pick up the habit again bc ur situation is going to be like WTF!


  19. The ‘print’ box is inoperable and shuts down your website when I click on it. I tried this about 5 times with no success. Also close to be inoperable is you e-mail box here, which has also shut me down several times. Is this proprietory information to prevent printing?


    • I never tried Bob. Try this:

      Hold down “CTRL” and then press “A”. This will highlight every word on the page. “Right Click” on your mouse and hit “Copy”. Open “Word” or “Notepad” and “Right Click” your mouse again inside either “Word” or “Notepad”. Hit “Paste”.

      You should be able to PRINT everything from there. I’m not doing it, I encourage people to share the info. Print it, Copy it, Get the word out.

      Thanks for bringing it to my attention Bob, although I doubt there’s anything I can do to fix it.


  20. Nothing like this has ever happened in the history of mankind except during war. Pandemics do not wipeout entire cities in days. In takes years for such diseases to spread and this is unlikely considering that modern medicine can combat these problems. A modern war would probably be over in one day due to nuclear weapons. So, the best defense against death is to prevent war.


  21. Andy…sorry, but you are naive. #1) One single example is The Plague which killed the infected in less than 4 days. With current transportation speeds, it could spread across the world in a matter of hours. And it is HIGHLY contagious…now, using that as an EXAMPLE, sure we have medications that can combat it, BUT…the more we use medications the more virus’s MUTATE to create new strains (see MRSA) and then the medication argument goes out the window. This is why the CDC and WHO are so concerned about FLU’S…they rapidly mutate and change transmission pathways. When you have hundreds of thousands if not millions sick, you wouldn’t have enough medication anyway (but you could still probably find some viagra for other purposes). #2) A modern war would not be over in one day…nuclear weapons, if used, would probably not be used in a quantity to destroy the entire face of the planet, THEREFORE, you would still have a MEGA-DISASTER that if you had prepared for, you might be able to survive for some time. Sure, hope for the best, but if you don’t prepare for the worst, you are part of eventual problem.


  22. I guess the question is, what is the MOST likely scenario? I would make it a tie for first between economic meltdown, and some sort of pandemic. The former, we have absolutely MILLIONs of useless people in this country on the dole that do not know how do do anything of use. They will have to be contended with 7 missing meals into any stoppage of their handout… Pandemic? The overpopulated planet is a pitri dish in many places, and we foolishly allow almost instant travel, to anywhere from anywhere in a day. I wouldn’t be using the dark ages or even 1919 as a model of how these will spread. Preparations for either are quite different, as it is for scenario 4, 5, 6, 7 and the “unknown”.


  23. Just because the location of your outdoor adventure includes a water
    source, don’t assume that it is drinkable water. Once North has been established, find the direction you want to go, and choose a terrain feature in that direction that is both far away and easy to differentiate from other features (a hilltop, large tree, rock, etc). Even much better, you can make certain that every doable contingency you can envision from a purely natural catastrophe is covered by the supplies you know will be in your kit.


  24. Solar lights can be used for lighting and charging batteries AA and AAA depending on size of lights, saved my butt a couple of times


  25. These are all good ideas. But where do you put all this stuff. I get the impression that I would need to devote an entire room of my house just to satisfy the ‘100 items’ list. This is a serious question.


    • Some people do have entire rooms, or bunkers even. I think YOU have to find the items you think you need from this list. I don’t have everything in this list. IE, I live next to like 8 sources of water, so I keep water purification stuff instead of water itself. As for the items I do have prepped, I have a closet devoted to it. I have a small place, so I figured, why not. One closet in my place is prepped out, but everything is stacked as efficiently as possible.


  26. Thank you Angel! I was so sick of listening to that video for the punch line…what a crock. Thank you all for contributing to the lists and making it possible for me to organize my own needs list. You guys are great, hope everyone makes it OK. Crap is fix’n to hit the fan here in the next few months, better prepared than sorry.


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