Preppers List – Everything You Need to Weather a Disaster

Face it, when emergencies strikes, everything goes to pot. You’ll be lucky if life is anything at all like it used to be. However, if you make sure to stock up on the most important items, you can drastically decrease your chances of going extinct, as well as maintain your quality of life during a disaster. This is why you need a proper list to prepare – a.k.a. Preppers List.

The following list is an ambitious catalog of items that take into account many kinds of possible disaster scenarios. The items included are designed to help you create a stockpile to get you through the short term, but also give you the tools necessary to become a self-sustaining powerhouse, capable of producing pretty much everything you would need to survive for an extended period of time, even several years.

I have broken the list down into the most vital categories, including classic items for storing food and water, but also items to help you start your own hydroponic farm, purify water, treat wounds, repair machinery, and pretty much everything else in between. You might think that it would require a whole store’s worth of goods to pull this off, but you will be surprised at how little is actually required. 

Catching And Storing Water

Anybody know how long you can last without water? The answer is, not long at all. A mere three to five days is usually all it takes before your species takes a permanent absence from the food chain. And while shelter can often be relatively easy and quick to prepare, water can require hours or even days to gather, depending on whether or not you have access to a body of water. So this should be the first item on your list!

There are two ways you can go about making sure you have a solid water supply. One is to store up lots of previously purified water, and the second is to make sure you have access to some kind of water, and then make sure you have some kind of purification system. The latter is typically preferred, unless you are permanently settled and can afford to have several tons of water just sitting in your basement. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

  • Plastic storage barrels and Canteens – Water doesn’t do you much good if you can’t get to it easily. So if all your water is tied up in 55 gallon drums, it might be best to look at getting a canteen or two. Nalgene  bottles work well for canteens, as they are lightweight, durable, and don’t corrode. Electroplated steel is also a decent option and has the added benefit of being able to boil water within it.
  • Large tarps or other form of rain trap – Using tarps instead of just plain rain barrels increases the amount of water you can harvest during each rain, meaning your stores will last that much longer. Without tarps or a roof to catch the rain, it would require over 50 inches of rain just to fill two 55-gallon barrels, while two 10x15ft tarps would require only about half an inch according to the Rainfall Collection Calculator. You can set up the tarps with a couple of poles and make one end folded and lower down, so that it will funnel the water into a waiting barrel.

Water Purification

Purification tablets

If you don’t mind the taste, these are great options as they are relatively cheap and easy to store. Just make sure you check the expiration date as these little guys don’t last forever. They also have the downside of not getting rid of dirt or other particles and have a few other limitations. Here are some good examples of different kinds of purification tablets and their corresponding shelf life:

UV Irradiators

This category of purifiers uses UV rays to kill bacteria and viruses. The upside to UV irradiation models is that they are extremely fast and easy to use, and can be used for relatively large amounts of water. They are compact and don’t leave an odd taste, but like other purifiers, they don’t remove any solid matter or filth from the water itself.

Water Filters

There are many models that are lightweight and small enough to make them portable and practical for a family. Most of them filter and purify the water as the micro pores are small enough to remove bacteria and even many chemical toxins chemical toxins. There are many varieties you can get including pump-powered, gravity powered, and suction powered. They range in cost from a few thousand dollars to making it yourself out of sand and charcoal . Just make sure that you purchase a backup supply of filters that will last you as long as you want. Here are some of the best cost-per-gallon models:

  • Berkey Light Water Purifier-Filter – Gravity based, 2.75 gallons. It is probably slower than other models, but it makes up for it in the amount of water it can purify and hold. You can also just fill it and leave, no effort required.
  • MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter –Pump powered, so it’s extremely fast. It can process a liter of water of a minute. The downside is you have to stand around and pump the thing.
  • Seychelle Filter Bottles – Suction powered. Super light and convenient. Just fill it with water and it filters as you sip. The downside is that it can’t really be used to produce clean water for cooking. 

Food Storage

Together with water, this is probably the single most important category. Even if you plan on farming and hunting you are going to need at least a little bit of a buffer before you can build up a steady supply of food. Otherwise, you’ll starve to death long before the zombies, aliens, or terrorists can get at you. 

Containers

These need to provide a clean dry place where animals and insects can’t get to it. The more airtight the better, as it makes it harder for animals to smell. There are many different varieties of containers depending on what type of food it you want to store.

  • Food Buckets: These are buckets made from food grade plastic specifically for food storage and they are great as they are just the right size to maximize food volume to weight ratio and still be portable. These are usually only good for non-perishable items though.
  • Canned Food: For wet or perishable items, canning them is a very convenient option. You can purchase pre-canned foods or do it yourself. This isn’t too difficult, and there are countless resources on how to do it.
  • MRE’s: “Meals Ready-to Eat” are great substitutes for canned goods. They usually come as fully cooked, complete meals that are packaged in metallic pouches that make them easy to heat, and easy to eat. Their utility makes them common fare for military personnel.

Staples

As carbohydrates should make up approximately 60% of your diet approximately 60% of your diet, these will form the bulk of your caloric intake, and preferably will contain a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. Wheat is an especially good source of the rarest essential amino acids.

  • Whole Wheat
  • Oats
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Survival bars: These are bars made of ground and compressed foods, and often a few ounces can provide enough energy for hours of activity.

Vitamin-rich Foods

Some of the most crippling diseases come from not getting a good quantity and variety of vitamins. Make sure you either get them from the foods you eat or have a good stockpile of multi-vitamins.

  • dried/canned fruit,
  • dried/canned vegetables
  • vitamin tablets

Flavorings and Spices

Any single college student is familiar with the “starving feast” phenomenon where they have more than enough food, but they are so sick of eating the same thing that they can’t manage to swallow even a single spoonful of it.  Besides that, most spices and herbs have a wide range of health benefits too. Make sure to get a good variety so that you can rotate flavors as often as needed. Here are some good ideas to start off your supply:

  • Garlic Powder or Canned Garlic
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Soy Sauce
  • Honey
  • Sugar or Molasses
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Anise
  • Paprika
  • Dried Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Vinegar
  • Cayenne
  • BBQ Seasoning
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Bouillon Cubes or powder
  • Curry powder

Proteins

An adequate intake of protein is vital for maintaining healthy body functions and keeping the energy you need to work hard. The recommended amount is about 1 gram per 2 lbs. of body weight and can come from a variety of sources.

  • Jerky or other dried meat
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • MRE’s (See “Storage” section above)
  • Quinoa and amaranth are grains that have extremely high amounts of essential amino acids and compared to other plant based foods, and contain complete protein.
  • Soy Protein: This comes in many varieties, including protein isolate powder, soy protein concentrate, textured soy protein, and even tofu. The key is to find it in a form that you will cook and consume. It doesn’t do you any good to have food if you aren’t going to prepare and eat it.
  • You can also get protein by mixing other forms of foods. Rice and beans together provide complete proteins. Wheat also has lots of protein and vital amino acids and can help compensate for a diet lacking in typical high protein foods.

Oils

These are important not only for cooking but for increasing your total amount of calories. When food is scarce, and you have to prepare everything yourself, the amount of time and energy it takes just to get something edible into your mouth magnifies exponentially. This makes it critical that you make sure to get enough calories as fats have double the calories of carbs and proteins. Fats and oils are excellent ways to supplement your diet to make sure you have the energy you need to survive.

In the list below you will notice that they are all plant based oils. This is because, without refrigeration, oils derived from animals or their byproducts tend to spoil far more quickly than plant based oils do. An added benefit to oils is that they have many non-food uses as well. They can be used as skin moisturizers, and even to coat the body to ward off extreme cold.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Lard

Food Generation

Food storage is essential, but you will always burn up your stock faster than you expect. The average individual eats nearly 2,000 lbs. of food per year.  If the crisis is going to last for more than a year, then you better have a good way to refill your storage. Farming and Hunting are two great ways to accomplish that. 

Seeds

You can’t get much done without something to plant. Take some time now to think about what kinds of grains and fruits you like to eat, and what will grow easily in your area. If you live in Arizona, then you probably shouldn’t be stockpiling mango sprouts. Here are some great ideas that have high yields per square yard:

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumber
  • Cabbage/lettuce
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Eggplant
  • Potato
  • Peppers
  • Collards
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears

Hydroponic Troughs or Greenhouses

If you live in area with poor growing conditions, or simply don’t have much land space, hydroponic farming is an excellent option. There are many variations on techniques and nutrients (DIY Hydroponics), but the universal materials are basically the same. You don’t need much:

  • Rain gutter or 8 inch PVC pipe
  • Window screen or other solid mesh
  • Garden hose
  • Plastic cups
  • Lots of fluorescent light bulbs and fixtures

Fertilizer

Proper fertilization can help your crops gives 30%-50% more yield  than without it. If you have animals, then this part will be easy.

  • Ammonia and Nitrogen – If you don’t have easy access to either, then a strategy of crop rotation can help compensate.
  • Horse/Cow/Dog/Rabbit Manure – these all offer excellent sources of nutrients for plants. Animal urine also works well (Manure Nutrient Contents).

Irrigation Devices

Pretty much any plant you can harvest will require a steady intake of water.  Most plants require between 200 and 2500 mm of water in order to get a good harvest.

  • Garden hose or PVC pipe – if you have access to some kind of tubing, you can punch holes along its length and when you pour water through it you will get an even flow across a decent length of land (Soaker Irrigation System).
  • Trenches – If you don’t any tubing on hand then digging trenches between rows of crops will help the water pool and flow to the roots of the plants, making watering easier. There are many techniques that ancient civilization used that are still applicable in survival circumstances (Traditional Irrigation Techniques).

Animal Husbandry

If you’re hurting for meat and hunting just isn’t a possibility for you, then animal husbandry is a fantastic substitute. It will take a fair amount of work compared to hunting, but the payoff is consistent and enormous, as some of these animals can give up to 180 lbs of meat per head.

Chickens – They are easy to raise, cheap to start, and you get the benefit of eggs and meat. When commercial feed is not available due to factory shutdowns, don’t fret, there are actually cheaper and healthier methods for raising chickens.

Pigs – They don’t require much land space, they eat pretty much anything, and if you feed them using scraps, then the amount of meat you get for the money invested can be great.

Goats – Like pigs, they will eat just about anything, they graze easily on their own, and they are not as cost prohibitive as other cattle. They also have the benefit of providing milk while they are alive.

Rabbits – While not the most popular food staple, rabbits can work well in a pinch as they reproduce and reach maturity quickly, are easy to maintain, and have one of the highest meat yields of any livestock.

Hunting

Taking an animal is a great way to get food in a pinch, and usually a single animal will give enough meat to feed your family for several weeks, depending on how large your family is.

  • Rifle and scope – in many places hunting with these are illegal, but in the event of an emergency such regulations might well go out the window, and a rifle is the best chance you will have at landing your prey.
  • Munitions – .22 and .270 caliber rounds are good for small game and very cheap. Anything bigger than a small deer though will require something larger, like a .306 or higher.
  • Hunting knife – A dead deer is worthless if you can’t get it back home. A big part of carrying out your game is cleaning it (removing the entrails). This will require a very sharp knife and either a small bone saw or a hammer and hatchet combo.

Fishing Supplies

Fish have a naturally high protein-to-fat ratio and thus make for a great diet. Most of what you need can be bought in a single package at a sporting goods store in a standard tackle box. But if you aren’t that serious about it then here are the basics that you will still need.

  • Fishing line
  • Hooks
  • Peanut butter or pieces of meat (for bait)
  • Fish Keeper – This is a wire cage that holds the fish you catch in place in the water, so that they don’t die or escape while you are still out fishing. Anchor lines are a cheap substitute.

Traps

We don’t all have time to spend all day hunting and fishing. Let snares do the work for you, and you can keep up your protein supply with little effort on your part. If your lacking in creativity, visit this site for ideas and instructions on how to build simple snares for land animals.

  • Copper Wire or steel cable – This is a vital element to many kinds of snares as it is nearly impossible for an animal to chew its way out of wire. If you don’t have wire, then a thin rope will do as well.
  • Fishing Line – This works well for other kinds of traps as long as it doesn’t need to make direct contact with the animal. It is lightweight, strong, and nearly invisible.
  • Cage – Many common animal traps will utilize a cage. Special hunting cages can be purchased and are very effective. If you don’t want to make the investment though there are other more primitive types of traps that can be made on the cheap.
  • Underwater traps – there are many types of traps that can be made for fish and crustaceans using rope, baskets, or wire cages. (reference) 

Food Prep / Cooking

The materials you have to cook your food are just as important as the food itself. Besides not wanting to eat soggy oatmeal and burnt meat all the time, food preparation is extremely important to avoid getting food poisoning like salmonella or E. Coli which can not only ruin your day, but can also be potentially fatal. It surprisingly easy to get food poisoning, as nearly a sixth of all American get food poisoning each year.

  • Clean prep area
  • Cooking fuel – Some good examples are propane, butane, and even firewood.
  • Cooking device such as stove top, Dutch oven, a grate to put over the fire, or a refractory oven
  • Dishes, Pots and Pans and Cooking utensils
  • Disinfectant – this will be vital to keep your cooking area clean and safe for food prep. Meat born bacteria can seriously ruin your week if you don’t follow common safety precautions. Some good examples are diluted bleach, dish soap and water, and commercial grade disinfectants.

Shelter

Hypothermia and hyperthermia can kill within a matter of hours, once your body temperature gets below 80 degrees you are in mortal danger. So make sure you have a place to weather the elements. If you don’t already have a place to stay, then make note of these items that can give you a warm place to lay your head.

  • Portable shelters – Like those used in the Antarctic are good options, especially in the winter. Tents still work fine during the and summer.
  • House/Cabin/Complex – Hopefully you already have a place to stay, but if not you can build a rustic cabin or other primitive shelter without too much time and effort. You’ll just want to make sure that you make it waterproof and build it where there is at least a little bit of geographic shelter, like trees, or a hill.
  • Space heaters
  • Curtains – These can be soaked in water to cool the air as it enters, or can be used to insulate doorways.

Sleeping Materials

A good night sleep is vital to maintaining health and energy, especially during a time of crisis. When you don’t get enough sleep it can cause decreases in mental performance, irritability, and a host of adverse health effects. Make sure to test out of all your sleeping gear before storing it away just to make sure that it fits your needs and that you can actually manage to fall asleep in it.

  • Sleeping bags
  • sleeping pads
  • spare mattress
  • inflatable mattresses
  • Silk or Bamboo Pillows and sheets – Cloth made of bamboo has some great benefits, especially when sleeping outdoors, as it is antibacterial, moisture wicking, and easier to keep cool than other types of cloth. Silk is a good option as well, as long as you can keep it dry.
  • Permethrin or other anti-parasitic – Don’t let bed bugs ruin your night! This is a cheap investment that, once applied, will last for up to 6 months (http://npic.orst.edu/pest/mosquito/ptc.html).

Clothing

Just like shelter, proper clothing is vital for avoiding death at the hands of hyperthermia and hypothermia. The last thing you want to do is to start washing your clothes only to realize that you now have just one pair left.  Make sure you have supplies either to replace or patch the clothes you have.

One week of clothes: Summer

  • Lightweight polyester blend or linen pants and shirt – These will, breathe well, dry quickly, as well as provide protection from the sun and mosquitos. The down side is that they are extremely flammable.
  • Summer Weight Spandex Underwear – Without air conditioning, indoor plumbing, and other amenities, fungi can be very common, especially when doing lots of exercise. Spandex can help keep you dry and fend off fungi (see Jock Itch Prevention).
  • Wide-brim hat or scarf to cover your face from the sun. If you get the scarf wet first it will help keep your neck and face cool as well.
  • Mosquito netting for arms and head
  • Wide-brim hat or scarf to keep the sun off

One week of clothes: Winter

  • Wool shirt and pants – cotton doesn’t insulate nearly as well as wool, especially when it gets wet. Make sure you have something made of wool or some synthetic material designed specifically for low temperatures. Buy some of several different sizes so that you can add layers as needed to keep out the cold.
  • Winter Coat or Parka

Miscellaneous

  • Spares sheets of cloth/rags/old clothes – These will be used for patching your good clothing. For tips on patching, visit http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/mending-holes-and-rips-in-your-clothes.html.
  • Impermeable rain gear – This is important in the winter as well as in the summer. The protective value of winter clothing can be compromised when it gets wet, so you should avoid moistening it as much as possible.
  • 4 weeks of socks – Cotton or synthetic materials in the summer, and wool in the winter, for reasons explained in the previous clothing sections. 

Communication

One of the hallmarks of civilized society is communication, the better communication, the more productive the society. Maintaining good lines of communication can help you get the supplies you need. It can also allow group collaboration to help solve serious problems.

  • Shortwave radios – While most forms of radio based communication can easily suffer from interference, shortwave radios are excellent at dodging interference due to geographic obstacles. They are also capable of communicating over very long distances.  They aren’t too expensive either. Some start off as low as twenty bucks.
  • Two-way radios – When cell phone towers are down, good luck texting your friends and family. These handheld radios can be an excellent substitute as they are cheap and easy to use. The downside is that they only have a range of a mile or two.
  • HAM Radios – These radios use an advanced networking system that can be used to communicate with stations hundreds of miles away. In the event of widespread emergency these can be used to call for help from other cities and states, or to warn about the spread of disease or invaders. They require special equipment, permissions, and licensing, require special equipment, permissions, and licensing, so you will want to get started and set up ahead of time if you plan on using it for emergency purposes.
  • Satellite Phone – These phones can be used in pretty much any environment, even where cell phone service will never reach. During a communication crisis these could still work as they don’t operate using local networks. Not all satellite phone providers cover all areas, so before buying one you will want to see which satellite companies cover your area.
  • Handheld GPS – These operate of the same principles as satellite phones, but are much more reliable and have wider coverage as they work using a network of satellites.
  • Mobile Hotspots – These are internet services that run off of cell phone towers, and often hook up with your mobile phone plan.
  • Whistles – Primitive, but they’re better than nothing, especially if you need to signal an emergency. 

Hygiene

It might seem like an insignificant category compared to the rest but trust me your bunk mates, and your wife, will thank you for it. Not only that, but good hygiene helps prevent diseases like tuberculosis and dysentery.

Baby/Feminine Supplies

  • Diapers – Preferably cloth diapers, as you won’t run out of them. The other option is to go old school and just let your kids run around outside with no pants on until they learn to use the crapper.
  • Tampons – Also cloth, yes, they do exist.

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper or substitute
  • Cleaning supplies – Bleach is a cheap cleaning staple, but you can also Lysol or other disinfectants. I always make sure to have a hefty supply of dish soap on hand, at least 2 liters, as it is a great multiple purpose cleaner that will remove just about anything.
  • Alcohol gel hand sanitizer

Personal Care

  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Replacement toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant

Laundry Supplies

  • Washing Machine
  • Wash board and Basin
  • Laundry detergent

Travel and Transportation

When supplies are scarce, sometimes the ability to get to them is just as valuable as the supplies themselves. Don’t get caught without a good set of wheels!

  • If you have car, keep it in good repair
  • Spare Parts and Tires
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare car battery
  • Onsite Gasoline Storage Tanks
  • Bicycle
  • ATVs/horses 

Medications & First Aid

Even if you have everything else prepped, a single infected cut can make you the next endangered species. Sepsis, when an infection spreads to the rest of the body, can kill in a matter of hours can kill in a matter of hours. So make sure you have these critical supplies on hand.

  • Needle and antiseptic thread – Use this to sew up deep wounds.
  • Alcohol
  • Surgical scissors
  • Clean bandages
  • Splints/Crutches
  • Common or prescription medications

Entertainment

Cabin fever, it’s more than just an excuse to party. Not only does it help make life easier, but it also provides numerous health benefits and helps reduce irritability, allowing you to work better with your family to survive.

  • Library of books
  • Digital media library
  • Media Player/Speakers
  • Musical instruments
  • Constructive Hobby supplies

Connections

Nobody knows everything, but a group of people can get pretty close. So make sure you have somebody in your rolodex who knows how to do each one of the jobs below. Then you have someone to go to if you get in a tight spot and need some help or advice.

  • Electrician
  • Physician or health worker
  • Mechanic
  • Farmer / Agriculturist
  • Hunter / Tracker                       

Protection

Zombies, werewolves, and terrorists, oh my! Apart from the typical wartime scenario, small arms can be vital for protecting your stash of goods when scarcity drives people to madness. Firearms of course are an important part, in fact 60% of gun owners site protections as the main reason, but there are many other items that are useful as well.

  • Social network – During a crisis, looters and bandits often come out of the woodwork. The average number of members per gang in the United States is about 35. Not great odds if one of them decides to attack your family. Many times, personal protection won’t be enough, and you and some neighbors might have to band together to make a stand. Maintaining communication and good relationships with your neighbors then can be of critical importance.
  • Visibility – Sometimes the only thing you need to avoid tragedy is visibility. By seeing a threat from a long way off you can give yourself time to prepare for it. And sometimes, potential thieves could be scared off by the mere presence of light. Set up powerful flood lights or motion sensor lights to keep on at night. Also make sure the area surrounding your living area is cleared of debris and forest to remove easy hiding places.
  • Firearms/Munitions – Sub-automatic rifles are good choices as they are legal, powerful, use cheap ammunition, and are fast enough to be effective in a fight. Pistols and other small arms are good as well, as you can keep them on your person and they work well even in close quarters. Some great starting weapons are the M16 and M4 Carbine models that are standard issue for the US military. A Remington 870 Shotgun is an excellent choice as well, especially if you don’t trust your accuracy much! Don’t underestimate the worth of a good knife either. In close quarters, a knife can be far more deadly than a firearm.
  • Barbed wire and Animal repellent
  • Dog, or other form of warning system – When the grid is down, your smart home security system might not be running on full capacity. So a dog, or even just a DIY Alarm could be good enough to warn of and keep away ill doers. If you don’t want to trouble yourself with designing and building one on your own you can always purchase a prefabricated one too.
  • Pepper spray

Information

Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to remember every little detail you learned from watching Bear Grylls on television 10 years ago. In fact, studies show that after a week you will have forgotten 90% of what you learned. So it’s good to have something to jog your memory.

Lighting

Having proper lighting can increase your productivity, prevent injury, improve morale, and help ward off possible threats by seeing them when they are still far enough away to stop. For more discussion on the possible benefits and limitations of security lighting see the Crime Prevention Website.

General Power

  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Extension cables
  • Power Generator
  • Solar chargers or panels

Light Fixtures

  • Floodlights
  • Flashlights
  • LOTS of replacement bulbs – Even if you have a grid the size of Hoover Dam it won’t do you any good when you burn out your last light bulb.

Documents

In times of chaos, disputes or property, entry rights, and citizenship can often become tangled messes that never get resolved. In addition, if you have a marketable skill it is good to be able to prove it. In fact, about 95% of property disputes can be solved without going to court, but usually only if you have the proper documentation.

  • Deeds to property and assets – These are extremely valuable, and during times of crisis property disputes might not get the best attention from law enforcers, so you want to make sure that you can prove beyond doubt that you are the rightful owner. If you have lost your deed, don’t fret, there are ways to get a new copy.
  • Passports – They are necessary for most travel these days, and so if you plan on leaving the country for any reason make sure you have a valid passport on hand. It might even be a good idea to keep a travel ready with the passport included. The US Postal Service has easy to follow instructions on how to apply for or renew a passport.
  • Visas – Get them for any country you might need to escape to or visit (avoid being a refugee). These often require sending in an application and a decent waiting process, so be sure to start ahead of time and keep it current. But if you have to get out of the country in a hurry, here are 50 Countries That Are Easy to Get into.
  • Green Card, Birth certificate, SS card, or other legal citizenship documents – These are extremely important to keep on you in an emergency. Losing your green card isn’t enough to get you deported, but it could definitely throw a wrench in any plans you have for traveling.
  • Certifications or Degrees, especially professional degrees – MD, RN, etc. If you dropped somewhere when you moved last, you can follow these instructions to get another copy.

Monetary Resources

It’s no guarantee that your paper money will have value in an emergency, war and other crises often make money become worthless so it is good to have something on hand to be able to trade for goods.

  • Currencies from other countries to where you might need to escape
  • Portable safe
  • Precious metals (Gold, Silver) – There are many places to exchange cash for gold, just make sure you get good information first, to avoid getting scammed.
  • Assets – Small business, manufacturing equipment, or other income generating assets (Rich dad poor dad blog definition).
  • International Bank Accounts – Just because the finances of one nation dry up doesn’t mean that it will happen with all nations. Keeping a portion of your money overseas is a great way to protect it from a financial crisis. 

Property

When society is reduced to the way it was 200 years ago, land is king. Not only does it provide many vital resources but it can also be a good long-term investment.

  • Land, building, or other residence that you legally OWN – Pay off your house! Or find someone in a desperate situation who is willing to sublease a property to you for a discount.
  • Water well, or other water access
  • Farmland
  • Hunting or Grazing Property
  • Wooded land – For lumber and building
  • A business, factory, or industrial equipment – These can be repurposed in a crisis. 

Tools & Miscellaneous

Tools have effectively gave mankind an advantage over the animals, and the right tool at the right time can save your life. So whether it’s starting a fire, creating an impromptu shelter, or treating a wound, don’t be without them!

  • Rope
  • Saws/axes/knives
  • Ladders – building shelter, harvesting fruit, harvesting lumber
  • Shovels – digging latrines, building foundations, burying bodies, and setting fence posts
  • Hammers/nails/screws/drill – construction and repairs
  • Jack
  • Flares/Signaling mirrors
  • Fires starter
  • Snake bite kit 

Character

In times of chaos, only the strong willed survive. Just as important as having tangible goods, the character the attributes and mental toughness you develop might make the difference between doing what is necessary to survive and keeping your sanity, or devolving into just another member of the lynch mob.  (impact of character on adversity, military training statistics?)

  • Experience learning skills and subjects independently
  • Experience solving issues with little to no information
  • Decisiveness in action, initiative
  • Leadership skills – Avoid a mutiny and unite people to you
  • Negotiation skills – Making deals/haggling, communicating effectively, conflict resolution
  • Get used to eating things you don’t like or not accustomed to eating

While I have tried to cover a wide range of things you may need, your personal needs and situation can be different.  Use my list as a starting point and add to it. Let me know in the comments section what else you are adding to your list so I can keep this page updated.

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Self-defense is one of the most important survival skills. The ability to turn the tables on your attacker is crucial,...

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