Things to get while the getting is good


What are some of the things you might need in a long (or short) term disaster / emergency situation? To start, here’s a list of things you might want to get while the getting is good (in no particular order). This is by no means a fully comprehensive list and I have not tried to make it one. This is merely a list I’ve thrown together quickly that hits most of the high points that I hope will serve as a nice jumping off point for the preparedness novice. Feel free add your suggestions to this list in the comments or better yet, tweet me so we can talk about your ideas. Please share and help circulate this list with the hope that we might help someone along their preparedness journey!



Water Filters/Purifiers
Portable Toilets
Five gallon plastic buckets
Seasoned Firewood (6 – 12 months to become dried)
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (CLEAR)
Mole skin
Coleman Fuels
Guns & Ammunition
Cleaning kits (for weapons)
Pepper Spray
Knives (fighting, hunting, utility)
Machete (quality)
Slingshots & ammunition
Hand-can openers
Hand egg beaters
Potato masher
White, brown sugar
Dry Beans
Wheat (hard red)
Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
Water Containers (food grade if for drinking)
Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
Large Propane Cylinders (grill cooking, other)
Hard copy resources: Build a Survival Library for reference (woodcraft, gardening techniques, first aid instruction, food procurement)
Hard copy resources: Build an entertainment library (to read for enjoyment)
Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc.
Camping stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
Bar Soap (body/washing)
Petroleum jelly
Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products
Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (honing oil)
Basic construction tools….hammers, screw drivers
Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
Gasoline Containers (Plastic)
Garbage Bags – various sizes (Impossible To Have Too Many)
Toilet Paper (you can never have enough)
Medicated body powder
Paper Towels
Milk – Powdered & Condensed
Heirloom Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
Clothes pins/line/hangers
Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
Tuna Fish (in water)
Fire Extinguishers (alt: large box of Baking Soda in every room)
First aid kits
Batteries (Stadardize gear whenever possible, but obtain all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
Baking supplies (pans)
Dog food
Matches (wooden)
Writing paper/pads/pencils
Solar calculators
Insulated ice chests
Work boots
Durable pants and shirts
Lanterns (globes)
Fishing gear: poles, reels, line, hooks, floats, nets, etc.
Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
Garbage cans – Plastic
Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc.
Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
Fishing supplies/tools
Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
Duct Tape
Plastic sheeting
Laundry Detergent (liquid)
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
Garden tools & supplies
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
Canned Fruits
Canned Veggies
Canned Soups, stews, etc.
Bleach (plain, NOT scented)
Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
Bicycles: Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
Board Games, Cards, Dice
Rat poisons and Roach Killer
Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
Soy sauce
Bullion/gravy/soup bases
Reading glasses
Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
Boy Scout Handbook
Roll-on Window Insulation Kit
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels
Trail mix/Jerky
Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
Underwear, T-shirts, etc.
Lumber (all types and sizes)
Wagons & carts
Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
Lantern Hangers
Screen Patches
Nuts & bolts
Wine/Liquors (barter, medicinal, etc.)
Paraffin wax
Chewing gum/candies
Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
Large zip ties
Head dressing/scarves/wraps
Motor oil
All purpose grease
Chainsaw (chains/sharpeners)
2-cycle oil


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  1. Safety glasses and recommend that team members wear them. Loosing and eye from a splinter chopping wood can be deadly in a survivor situation.

  2. Really nice site with beautiful design. Nice work

  3. Appreciate your list! Maybe ad playing cards/board games for good social interaction if there is time. (If its not on the list, I may have overlooked it)

    • Absolutely! You must plan for items that will help you keep your spirits up, especially if you will have kids in your groups. The following items were included on the list:

      Hard copy resources: Build an entertainment library (to read for enjoyment)
      Board Games, Cards, Dice

      Thanks for checking us out!!!

  4. This is the best list that I’ve seen, bar none!!! There are a few items that I will add to my stuff. At the moment I’m well along on this path of prepping, been at it for several years, by, “one can, one item” at a time. I will be building a “mini” libary, I do have game boards, but need cards. ONE IMPORTANT fact: test the food you brought, it will show if you need additional stuff, seasons, salt, tabasco hot sauce ect. Food, outside water is so important! I will have a storage of about 1000 gal of water soon. There are many was to keep water fresh, silver coins is just one way. A silver quarter in a 55 gal drum is good, and a little clorine.

    • Thanks so much! Your point about food and water is a good one. You should always store what you eat and not get too exotic. The last thing you want to worry about is a child or family member that figures out during an emergency that they don’t like or can’t eat the stored food. As for water, you might consider things to add to water to break up the boredom of just drinking plain water. Maybe add some fruit flavor mixes or Gatorade powder to your stores to spice things up a bit. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  5. Also add an old school, ie; not digital; Barometer, temp, humidity gauge. I have the 3 gauges built in one wooden wall hanger, bought cheap from a rummage. I use it daily, resetting the barometer, very accurate. Thanks for the list and other great articles!! JS.

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