150 Preparedness and Homestead Items You Need to Stock

In today’s world, where the unexpected has become the norm—from power grid failures to natural disasters and even speculative scenarios like a zombie apocalypse—the value of being prepared cannot be overstated. Whether you’re a seasoned prepper, a homesteader living off the land, or someone just beginning to consider the importance of preparedness, this comprehensive list of 150 items is tailored to ensure you have everything you need to survive and thrive in any situation. Drawing from experts’ wisdom and the prepping community’s lived experience, I’ve curated a selection designed to meet basic needs, ensure safety, and provide comfort in times of crisis. While this list covers 150 things, it’s important to know that it isn’t exhaustive. But it does give you enough ideas to help create your own stockpile that meets your specific needs.

Ready-to-eat Canned Goods

Canned goods are a cornerstone of any preparedness plan. They’re perfect for long-term storage, require no refrigeration, and are ready to eat straight from the can. From vegetables and fruits to soups and stews, a variety of canned goods ensures you have a balanced diet at your fingertips, no matter the situation.

Beans, Rice, and Other Staples

Beans and rice are affordable, versatile, and nutritious, providing essential calories, proteins, and fibers. Stored properly, these staples can last for years, making them an ideal choice for long-term food security.

MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat)

MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat, are a staple in emergency preparedness for good reason. They’re not just military rations. These pre-packaged meals are designed to last for years, providing a balanced diet with minimal preparation. They’re especially useful in situations where cooking may not be possible.

Powdered Milk and/or Shelf-stable Milk

Milk is a vital source of vitamins and minerals, but fresh milk spoils quickly. Powdered or shelf-stable milk can last for months to years and can be used just like fresh milk in cooking, baking, or as a drink, ensuring you have access to these nutrients even when fresh dairy is not an option.

Canned Proteins

Proteins are essential for strength and health. Canned meats, fish, and beans provide long-lasting, ready-to-eat sources of protein, making them indispensable for your pantry. They can be used to enrich meals or consumed directly in emergencies.


Salt is a fundamental seasoning and is essential for preserving food and can even be used in curing meats. Its importance in diet and food preservation makes it a must-have in any prepper’s stockpile.

Spices and Herbs (Store Whole to Last Longer!)

Spices and herbs enhance the flavor of stored foods, making meals more enjoyable. Storing them whole extends their shelf life, ensuring you have access to varied flavors even in long-term scenarios. Plus, many have medicinal and healthful properties you may need to harness.


Condiments can transform a simple meal into something special. Stocking up on ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, and mayonnaise helps maintain morale and adds variety to your diet during extended periods of self-reliance.

Water Supplements (Kool-aid, Tang, Crystal Light)

Water supplements offer a break from the monotony of plain water and can also provide additional vitamins and minerals. They’re lightweight, easy to store, and can make hydration more appealing.

Grains and Flours

Grains and flours are essential for baking and cooking a variety of dishes. Whether you’re making bread, thickening soups, or creating meals from scratch, these are foundational ingredients for a well-rounded pantry.

Sweeteners (Syrup, Sugar, Honey)

Sweeteners add energy and flavor to foods and beverages. Honey, besides being a natural sweetener, has antiseptic properties and an indefinite shelf life, making it a valuable commodity in any preparedness kit.

Yeasts and Leaveners

For those who bake, yeasts and leaveners like baking powder and baking soda are crucial. They enable you to make bread, pancakes, and other baked goods, providing comfort and variety in your diet.

Off-grid Appliance Alternatives (French Press, Hand Grinders)

When the power goes out, off-grid appliance alternatives become lifesavers. A French press for coffee, hand grinders for grains, and manual can openers ensure you can still prepare meals and enjoy comforts without electricity. Also, I’m a bit of a coffee snob, and I use my French press every day.

Buckets, Bags, Vacuum Sealers, and Other Storage Containers

Proper storage extends the life of your supplies. Buckets, bags, and especially vacuum sealers can protect your food from pests and the elements, ensuring your stockpile remains safe and consumable for as long as possible.

Wheat, Grains and Seeds (Can Be Used for Sprouting)

Certain grains and seeds can be sprouted in addition to being stored for traditional uses. Sprouting provides a source of fresh, nutrient-dense food that can be a crucial supplement to your diet when fresh produce is unavailable.

Freeze-dried, Dried, and Prepared Food Storage

Freeze-dried and dried foods offer long shelf lives and minimal storage space, making them perfect for preparedness. Prepared food storage solutions can include complete meals, offering convenience and variety with minimal preparation.

Powdered Foods

Powdered versions of staple foods like milk, peanut butter, honey, butter, cheese, and eggs can last for years when stored properly. They’re incredibly versatile, allowing you to add essential nutrients and flavors to your meals without the need for refrigeration.

Can, Jar and 5 Gal Bucket Openers

In a world without electricity, manual tools like can and jar openers become essential. Investing in sturdy, reliable openers ensures you can access your stored food. Additionally, having tools to open and reseal 5-gallon buckets can keep bulk items fresh longer.


Canning is one of the best methods of preserving fresh produce. As we adjust to a post-collapse world, we’ll need to make the most of our produce, whether we grow it, forage it, or both. Canning lets us do just that. It gives us fresh produce to last throughout the year, and it gives us something valuable to trade, too.


Owning a canner is a game-changer for long-term food storage. It allows you to preserve a wide variety of foods, from fruits and vegetables to meats and soups, ensuring you have access to a diverse diet year-round.

Canning Equipment

Canning equipment includes essentials like jar lifters, funnels, and magnetic lid lifters. These tools make the canning process safer and more efficient, helping you ensure a good seal every time you preserve food.

Pressure Canner

A pressure canner is crucial for safely canning low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, and fish. It uses steam under high pressure to kill foodborne bacteria, making your canned goods safe to store and consume.

Water Bath Canner

Ideal for high-acid foods like fruits, jams, jellies, and pickles, a water bath canner is a simple but effective tool. It uses boiling water to process jars, ensuring the preservation of taste and safety of foods susceptible to spoilage.

Canning Jars

Canning jars come in various sizes for different needs, from small jars for jams to larger ones for fruits and vegetables. Quality jars can be reused many times, making them a sustainable option for your pantry.

Canning Lids (Tattler or Regular)

Lids are a one-time-use item in canning, vital for ensuring a safe seal. Whether you opt for traditional metal lids or reusable options like Tattler lids, having a good stock on hand is essential for any canning project.

Dehydrating Equipment

Dehydrating equipment extends the shelf life of fruits, vegetables, meats, and herbs without taking up much space. A good dehydrator removes water content efficiently, concentrating flavor and nutrients.


A dehydrator is invaluable for creating shelf-stable, nutritious snacks and ingredients. By removing moisture, it prevents the growth of bacteria, making it perfect for long-term food storage.


A mandolin slicer is a fantastic addition to your kitchen tools, especially for dehydrating. It ensures uniform thickness of slices, which is crucial for even drying and consistency in texture and taste.

Pickling Jars

Pickling jars are designed for long-term storage of pickled vegetables, fruits, and more. Their airtight seals keep contents fresh and prevent contamination, making them perfect for preserving a variety of pickled goods.

Fermenting Supplies

Fermenting supplies, including crocks, airlocks, and weights, are essential for creating fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles. Fermentation not only preserves food but also enhances nutritional content and flavor.

Water Supplies

Water is, without doubt, one of the single most critical things you need for survival. But access to clean, safe water is not guaranteed, especially in an emergency scenario. But there are things you can prep to make sure you have safe water whenever you need it.

Water Filters

Having a reliable water filter is crucial for ensuring access to clean drinking water. Whether you’re dealing with contaminants in a municipal supply or sourcing water from natural bodies, a good filter can make all the difference in a survival scenario.


The Berkey water filter system is renowned for its efficiency in removing pathogens and chemicals from water. Its gravity-fed design requires no electricity, making it ideal for off-grid living and emergency preparedness.


Lifestraw is a portable water filter designed for individual use. It’s small enough to fit in a pack and can make contaminated water safe to drink instantly. It’s perfect for bug-out bags and outdoor adventures.

Sawyer Mini

The Sawyer Mini is another compact, highly effective water filter, ensuring clean drinking water from nearly any source. Its size and ease of use make it an essential item for individual emergency kits.


LifeFamily offers a range of water purification solutions, including tablets and drops, which are vital for treating water in situations where filtration isn’t an option. They’re lightweight and easy to store, providing a quick method to ensure water safety.

Coffee Filters

Coffee filters are a simple, multipurpose item that can pre-filter sediment from water before it goes through a finer purification process. This extends the life of your primary water filter and improves water clarity.


A small amount of unscented bleach can disinfect water, making it safe to drink. It’s a cost-effective method for treating large quantities of water in an emergency. Provided it’s used correctly, bleach is a solid choice for making water safe to drink in an emergency.


The WaterBOB is a bathtub water storage system that can hold up to 100 gallons of clean drinking water. In the event of an emergency where water supply might be compromised, it’s an excellent short-term solution.


WaterBricks are a modular water storage solution, durable and easy to store or transport. They can be used for both water and dry goods, making them a versatile addition to any prepper’s stockpile.

Water Bottles

Sturdy, reusable water bottles are essential for personal water storage. Stainless steel or BPA-free plastic bottles with built-in filters offer portability and access to clean water anywhere.

Hand Pumps

Hand pumps, especially when connected to deep wells, provide an independent water source. They require no electricity and can access fresh water even in the absence of power, making them indispensable for homesteads and remote locations.


Comfortable, rugged clothing is a must-have in a survival scenario and afterwards as we adjust to our new normal. There’s a good chance that clothing supplies will be limited and in high demand. Eventually, old-world supplies will run out, be inaccessible, or rot, so you need plenty of supplies to help you stay comfortably clothed.


A durable, warm coat is a must-have in any preparedness kit. It provides warmth and protection from the elements, whether you’re facing a cold snap or a rainy season. Ensure you have coats suitable for every family member and every possible weather scenario.

Shoes and Socks

Quality shoes and socks are foundational for mobility and comfort. Sturdy, waterproof shoes are crucial for outdoor work and exploration, while moisture-wicking socks can prevent blisters and fungal infections during prolonged use.


Stock up on versatile, durable clothing that can withstand the rigors of outdoor activity and manual labor. Choose materials that are easy to clean and mend, and consider layering options for changing weather conditions.


Having a supply of clean linens, including bed sheets, blankets, and towels, is essential for comfort and hygiene. Store them in a dry, accessible place to ensure they’re ready when you need them.

Gloves, Hats, Mittens

Protect your extremities with a variety of gloves, hats, and mittens. Cold weather can be unforgiving, and protecting your hands and head can prevent frostbite and heat loss, keeping you warmer and safer.

Winter Gear

Invest in high-quality winter gear, including insulated jackets, thermal underwear, and snow pants. Being prepared for the harshest conditions ensures you can maintain your activities and responsibilities even in the dead of winter.

Boots and Galoshes

Waterproof boots and galoshes are indispensable for navigating wet and muddy terrain. They protect your feet from moisture and cold, ensuring you can work and travel in any conditions.


Bandanas are a multi-use tool that can serve as a headband, neck gaiter, dust mask, or even a makeshift bandage. Their lightweight and versatility make them a must-have in any preparedness kit.

Clotheslines, Racks and Clothespins

In situations where you can’t rely on electric dryers, having a clothesline, drying racks, and clothespins means you can still dry your clothes using the power of the wind and sun.


Stockpiling fabric can be useful for making repairs or creating new items of clothing, linens, or other essential textiles. Choose durable materials that can serve multiple purposes.

Sewing Kits, Needles, Thread

A comprehensive sewing kit with various needles and threads is indispensable for mending clothes, gear, and textiles. Keeping items in good repair extends their life and saves resources in the long run.

Sewing Machines

A sewing machine, especially a mechanical one that doesn’t require electricity, can be a lifeline for making and mending clothes and linens, allowing for greater self-sufficiency.

Crochet and Knitting Supplies (Needles, Drop Spindle/Hand Cards/Hackles)

Crochet and knitting supplies let you create warm clothing and blankets when other options aren’t available, and can also be a therapeutic activity. Include needles, yarn, and tools like drop spindles to spin your own yarn for a truly self-sufficient textile solution.

Fire, Fuel, and Heat

If the grid goes down, we need ways to stay warm, cook food, and boil water. So laying away supplies to make this happen really is the only smart thing to do.

Fire Starters

Fire starters are crucial for warmth, cooking, and even morale. Keep a variety of fire starters on hand, including commercial fire sticks, which ignite quickly and burn long enough to catch larger pieces of fuel.


Flint is a reliable, old-school method of creating sparks to ignite tinder. Its durability and effectiveness in wet conditions make it a valuable addition to any survival kit.


Stock up on matches, including waterproof ones, to ensure you can start a fire in any conditions. Store them in a waterproof container to keep them dry and ready for use.


Gathering a supply of tinder, such as dry leaves, pine needles, or even dryer lint, helps to quickly catch the sparks from your fire starter and turn them into a flame. Consider storing collected tinder in a dry place to ensure its readiness.

Homemade Fire Starters

Creating your own fire starters from wax and tinder, like sawdust or shredded paper, can be an economical and effective way to ensure you always have a means to start a fire, especially in damp conditions.

Ferro Rods

Ferrocerium rods, or ferro rods, are a reliable fire-starting tool that works by scraping off tiny particles of the rod, which ignite when they come into contact with air. They’re durable and work even when wet.


Lighters, both disposable and refillable, offer a convenient and reliable way to start a fire. Having a range of lighters, including windproof models, can ensure you’re always able to light a fire when needed.

Magnesium Starters

Magnesium fire starters are effective because magnesium burns at a very high temperature. Shaving off small amounts of magnesium and igniting it with a spark can help start a fire even with damp wood.


Propane fuels everything from portable stoves to heating systems. Store propane safely and consider having both large tanks and smaller canisters for portability.

Fuel Tabs

Fuel tabs can be used with small portable stoves for cooking and boiling water. They’re lightweight, making them perfect for bug-out bags or mobile emergency kits.


A supply of firewood is essential for heating and cooking, especially if you’re in a rural or wooded area. Store it dry and off the ground to prevent rot and pests.


Charcoal is a convenient fuel for cooking and can be stored for long periods. It’s ideal for use in outdoor grills or in certain types of emergency stoves.

Gasoline and Diesel

Storing gasoline and diesel is essential for running generators, vehicles, and some heating equipment. Use appropriate, safe containers and rotate your stock to keep it fresh.


A generator can provide power during outages, allowing you to run essential appliances, lights, and heating devices. Consider fuel efficiency and noise level when choosing a generator for your needs.


Kerosene is a versatile fuel, useful for heating and lighting. Store it in approved containers and use it in well-ventilated areas to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Lamp Oils

Lamp oils are essential for oil lamps, providing a reliable source of light. Choose high-quality, clean-burning oil to reduce soot and ensure a brighter flame.

Matches (Waterproof as Well as Kitchen)

Beyond regular matches, having waterproof matches ensures you can start a fire or light a stove under any conditions. Kitchen matches are also handy for indoor use and should be stored in a dry, accessible place.

Campstoves, Fireplace, Room Heaters, Stoves + Equipment

Having a variety of devices for cooking and heating allows for flexibility in fuel use and application. From portable camp stoves for outdoor use to room heaters and fireplaces for indoor warmth, ensure you have the necessary equipment to use them safely and efficiently.

Healthcare Supplies

Whatever situation we’re facing, we going to meed medical and healthcare supplies, from simple cold remedies to surgical gear.

First Aid Kits (to get a head start until you build a full first aid system)

A comprehensive first aid kit is essential for treating injuries and illnesses at home or in the field. Starting with a pre-assembled kit gives you a solid foundation to build upon as you tailor your supplies to meet your specific needs.

Bandaids and Bandages

Stock up on a variety of bandaids and bandages, including adhesive bandages of different sizes, gauze, and wrap bandages. These basics cover minor cuts, scrapes, and larger wounds, helping to prevent infection.

Scissors and Tweezers

Medical-grade scissors and tweezers are indispensable tools for first aid. Scissors cut dressings to size, while tweezers are perfect for removing debris from wounds or handling small items in a sterile manner.

OTC Medications

Over-the-counter medications for pain relief, allergies, and cold symptoms should be kept in both adult and children’s dosages. These can manage common ailments and provide comfort during illness.

Pain Relievers

Pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin can reduce fever, alleviate pain, and reduce inflammation. Keeping a variety on hand ensures you’re prepared for different needs and preferences.

Allergy Meds

Antihistamines are crucial for treating allergic reactions, from seasonal allergies to more severe responses. They can help mitigate symptoms and prevent complications.

Cold Remedies and Symptom Relief

Cold remedies, including expectorants like Mucinex, help manage respiratory symptoms, making breathing easier and promoting recovery from colds and flu.

Antibiotics and Creams

Antibiotic ointments and creams prevent infections in cuts and burns. Oral antibiotics, which require a prescription, should be stored as directed and used judiciously.

Diarrhea Treatment

Treatments for diarrhea, such as loperamide (Imodium), can be life-saving, preventing dehydration and electrolyte imbalances during gastrointestinal illnesses.

Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and supplements support overall health, especially in situations where diet may be limited. Stocking up on multivitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin D can bolster the immune system and fill nutritional gaps.

Eye Drops, Washes/Rinses

Eye drops and washes help keep eyes clean and moist, treating irritation caused by allergens or dust. They’re essential for eye health and comfort.

Prescription Medications

Maintaining a supply of prescription medications is critical for those with chronic conditions. Work with your healthcare provider to secure an emergency supply.

Extra Glasses and Supplies

For those who wear glasses, having an extra pair and necessary cleaning supplies ensures you can see clearly, even if your primary pair is lost or damaged.

Extra Dentures and Supplies

Stock extra dentures and cleaning supplies to ensure continued oral health and the ability to eat a variety of foods, should your primary set become lost or damaged.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide cleans wounds and can be used to disinfect surfaces. Its bubbling action helps remove debris from cuts and scrapes.

Alcohol Wipes

Alcohol wipes sterilize medical tools, clean skin around wounds, and disinfect surfaces, making them a staple in any first aid kit.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts in a warm bath can relieve sore muscles, reduce inflammation, and even help remove splinters, making it a versatile addition to your medical supplies.

Medical Kits and Supplies (for suturing, major wound trauma)

Advanced medical kits equipped for suturing and treating major wound trauma are vital for serious injuries. These kits should include suture materials, hemostatic agents, and trauma dressings.

Tampons and Pads (yes, these help in wound care)

Tampons and pads are highly absorbent, making them useful for controlling bleeding in emergency situations. They can be applied directly to wounds or used to pad splints.

Dental Kits

A basic dental kit with items for treating toothaches, lost fillings, and broken teeth can prevent dental issues from becoming serious problems when professional care is unavailable.

Condoms and Other Barriers (Condoms can be used for water gathering, etc.)

Condoms and other barrier methods are important for disease and pregnancy prevention, waterproof storage, and even emergency water carrying.


Isopropyl alcohol is indispensable for sterilization purposes, cleaning wounds, and disinfecting medical tools. It’s a must-have for any comprehensive medical kit to prevent infections and ensure hygiene.

Surgical Gear

Basic surgical gear, including scalpels, forceps, and clamps, can be life-saving when professional medical help is unavailable. This equipment should be handled with care and knowledge of its use.

Suturing Kits

Suturing kits are essential for closing deep cuts and wounds. A good kit includes various needle sizes, thread types, and sterile conditions to promote healing and minimize scarring.

Major Wound Trauma (Israeli Bandages, Quick Clot)

For serious injuries, products like Israeli bandages and hemostatic agents (Quick Clot) are vital. They’re designed to stop heavy bleeding quickly, potentially saving lives in critical situations.


Surgical masks or N95 respirators are crucial for protecting against airborne pathogens and dust, especially in scenarios that compromise air quality or during health crises.

Duct Tape

Duct tape’s versatility extends to medical use, such as securing splints or bandages, making emergency repairs on gear, or even as an impromptu wound closure method.


In the gravest of situations, having biodegradable shrouds respects the deceased with dignity and adheres to sanitary practices, ensuring the health and safety of survivors.


Tarps serve multiple purposes, from creating makeshift shelters to collecting rainwater. They can also be used to create clean surfaces for medical treatment or emergency situations.

Plastic Sheeting

Plastic sheeting is invaluable for waterproofing, windproofing, or creating a sterile environment for medical procedures. It’s lightweight, easy to store, and can be cut to size as needed.

Garbage Bags

Heavy-duty garbage bags are not just for waste disposal; they can be used as emergency ponchos, to waterproof belongings, or even as makeshift sleeping bags in cold weather.


Disposable or washable gowns protect clothes from contamination during medical procedures or when caring for the ill, maintaining hygiene and reducing the spread of infections.

Essential Oils

Essential oils like lavender for relaxation, tea tree for its antiseptic properties, and peppermint for nausea relief can be part of natural remedy solutions. However, their use should be well-researched and considered supplementary to conventional medical supplies.


There’s a good chance you’ll need to be at least somewhat self-sufficient to get through a collapse. And honestly, I’d encourage everyone to make moves toward more self-sufficient living anyway. But when prepping for life after a disaster, there are many things you’ll need.

Seeds and Heirloom Seeds

Seeds, especially heirloom varieties, are the foundation of a sustainable homestead. Heirloom seeds are open-pollinated and can be saved at the end of the season, ensuring you have a continuous supply of food by growing your own fruits, vegetables, and grains year after year.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a natural, non-toxic pest control powder made from fossilized algae. It’s effective against insects in the garden and on livestock, and it can also be used as a dewormer for animals. Its versatility makes it an essential item for organic gardening and animal care.

Tools (think human-powered – scythe, push mower, hoes, rakes)

Human-powered tools such as scythes, push mowers, hoes, and rakes are indispensable for maintaining a homestead. They do not rely on fuel or electricity, making them sustainable options for gardening, harvesting, and land management.

Pet Supplies

Pets are part of the family, and their needs should be considered in any preparedness plan. Stock up on food, water, medications, and other supplies to ensure their well-being in any situation.

Chickens and Other Livestock and Related Supplies

Keeping chickens and other livestock provides a renewable source of food through eggs, milk, and meat. Ensure you have the necessary supplies, including coops, feeders, waterers, and health care items, to keep them healthy and productive.

Bedding for Livestock

Proper bedding is crucial for livestock’s comfort and health. Straw, hay, or wood shavings can provide a clean, dry environment for animals, reducing the risk of illness and stress.


A sufficient supply of feed is essential for keeping livestock nourished. Consider storing a variety of feed types to meet the nutritional needs of different animals and ensure their growth and productivity.

Forging Equipment

Forging equipment, including anvils, hammers, and tongs, is valuable for creating and repairing tools and implements on the homestead. Knowledge of metalworking can be incredibly empowering, allowing you to maintain a level of self-sufficiency when replacements or repairs are needed.


These next slides focus on things you’ll need at your home base. Hopefully your actual home. They’re practical things that get easily overlooked while people are laying away ammo and canned goods, but they’re just as important.


Candles are a must-have for emergency lighting. They’re affordable, easy to store, and can provide light and a bit of warmth. Be sure to have matches or lighters on hand and never leave candles unattended.

Lanterns and Lamps

Oil lanterns and battery-operated lamps can light up a room more effectively than candles and are safer to use. Keep a supply of fuel or batteries, depending on your lantern’s requirements.

Fire Extinguishers and Alarms

Safety first: ensure you have fire extinguishers and alarms in working order throughout your home. They can save lives and prevent disasters when dealing with open flames or electrical issues.

Escape Ladders

For those living in multi-story buildings, escape ladders provide a vital secondary route out in case of fire or other emergencies. Store them where they can be quickly deployed.

Extra Locks and Keys

Security is crucial. Having extra locks and keys can help you secure your home and belongings, giving you peace of mind in uncertain times.


A reliable flashlight is indispensable for nighttime visibility or when navigating through power outages. Consider models that are durable, waterproof, and rechargeable.

Weather Radio

A weather radio keeps you informed about severe weather alerts and other critical information, even when other communication networks are down. Look for a hand-crank or solar-powered model to ensure operability under any circumstances.

Ham, CB and 2-way Radios

Communications equipment like ham radios, CB radios, and 2-way radios can be life-saving when phone and internet services are unavailable. They require some knowledge to operate effectively, so consider getting licensed or trained.

Batteries and Chargers

Stockpile batteries of various sizes for all your devices, and consider investing in rechargeable batteries and solar chargers to maintain power over long periods.

Glow Sticks

Glow sticks provide instant, safe lighting in emergencies, useful for signaling, temporary area lighting, or personal use when moving around at night.

Solar Lights

Solar-powered lights offer a sustainable lighting solution, charging by day and providing illumination at night without the need for electricity or batteries.


Warm, durable blankets are essential for comfort and survival in cold weather. Wool or thermal blankets can help retain body heat in chilly conditions.

Hot Water Bottles

Hot water bottles can provide warmth, comfort, and relief from aches and pains without the need for electricity, making them a cozy addition to your supplies.

Meat Grinder (hand crank)

A hand-crank meat grinder allows you to process meat, ensuring you can make the most of your hunting or livestock. It’s an essential tool for self-sufficient food preparation.

Grain Mill and Food Mill

A manual grain mill and food mill expand your food preparation options, allowing you to grind grains, beans, and more into flour or meal, and process fruits and vegetables for sauces and preserves.

Sewing Kits

A well-stocked sewing kit enables you to repair clothing and gear, extending their life and utility. Include needles, threads, scissors, and patches.

Water Dams

Water dams or barriers can help protect your home from flooding, diverting water away from your property. They’re crucial in areas prone to heavy rain or hurricanes.


Knowledge is power. In a collapse scenario, you can’t just turn to Google for answers. So you need to preserve knowledge and have it ready when you need it. Because so many people now rely solely on the internet for their knowledge, thrift stores are a great source for amazing books.

Gardening Books

Gardening books are invaluable for learning how to grow your own food, an essential skill in self-sufficiency. They can guide you on when to plant, how to deal with pests, and how to harvest and store your crops.

Food Preservation Books

Books on food preservation teach you how to can, dry, ferment, and freeze your food, ensuring you can enjoy the bounty of your garden year-round. This knowledge is crucial for extending the shelf life of your produce and preventing waste.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedy books provide insights into using plants and herbs for medicinal purposes. Whether you’re dealing with minor ailments or seeking preventative care, these resources can help you harness the power of nature for health and well-being.

First Aid

A comprehensive first aid book is a must-have in any home. It offers guidance on how to handle common injuries and emergencies, from minor cuts and burns to more serious conditions, until professional medical help is available.

Homestead Skills and Knowledge

Books covering homestead skills and knowledge encompass a wide range of topics, from animal husbandry to building and carpentry. They’re essential for anyone looking to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, providing a foundation for building, growing, and creating on your own land.

School Books

In situations where traditional schooling might be disrupted, having a stock of educational materials ensures children continue learning. Covering subjects like math, science, history, and literature, these books can keep young minds engaged and learning.

Survival Skills

Survival skills books are crucial for learning how to navigate and endure in the wild. They cover essential skills like building shelters, finding water, making fires, and navigating without a compass or GPS.

Identification Books (Plants, Birds, Trees, Mushrooms, Snakes)

Identification books are vital for anyone spending time in nature. They help you distinguish between edible and poisonous plants, understand the wildlife in your area, and identify trees, mushrooms, and snakes, enhancing your ability to live off the land safely.

Family Emergency Encyclopedias

A family emergency encyclopedia provides comprehensive information on preparing for and responding to a wide range of disasters, from natural calamities to man-made emergencies. It’s an invaluable resource for planning and ensuring the safety and preparedness of your family.


There are few bigger threats to our ongoing survival than poor sanitation. It’s bad for our health and can encourage disease to spread. Plus, a lack of sanitation and cleanliness is awful for moral and mental wellbeing in times of already heightened stress.

Feminine Hygiene

Having a stockpile of feminine hygiene products ensures comfort and health during emergencies. Consider including a variety like tampons, pads, and menstrual cups to meet individual preferences and needs.

Alternatives for Toilet

In situations where traditional plumbing isn’t available, alternatives like portable camping toilets or composting toilets become essential for sanitation.

Emergency Toilets

An emergency toilet can be as simple as a bucket with a toilet seat lid. These are indispensable in disaster scenarios, providing a basic but vital facility.


Buckets are versatile, serving as emergency toilets, storage containers, or even for transporting water. They’re a must-have for any preparedness kit.

Trash Bags

Heavy-duty trash bags are useful for sanitation, waste disposal, and even makeshift rain protection. They’re crucial for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.

Lime, Cat Litter, and Sawdust for Layering

These materials are useful for managing waste in emergency toilets, helping to control odor and absorb moisture.

Potty Wipes

Potty wipes are a convenient alternative to toilet paper and can be used for personal hygiene. Store-bought or homemade, they’re useful in any emergency kit.

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are gentle enough for personal hygiene and effective for quick clean-ups, making them a versatile addition to your supplies.

Toilet Paper

Stocking up on toilet paper ensures comfort and cleanliness. It’s one of the most essential items in any household’s emergency stockpile.

Paper Products

Including plates, cups, towels, and utensils among your supplies reduces the need for water to wash dishes and can be very convenient during emergencies.

Soaps of All Kinds

Soaps, whether for laundry, handwashing, or general cleaning, are critical for maintaining hygiene. Stock various types to ensure you can keep clothes, dishes, and hands clean.

Soap Making Supplies

For long-term preparedness, having soap-making supplies on hand allows you to produce your own soap, ensuring you never run out.

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal Sprays and Cleansers

Items like bleach, peroxide, and tea tree oil are effective for disinfecting surfaces and treating minor wounds, keeping your environment safe from germs.


Vinegar is a versatile cleaner that can disinfect surfaces, act as a fabric softener, and even be used in cooking, making it a multi-use item in any emergency stockpile.

Baking Soda

Baking soda serves many purposes, from cleaning and deodorizing to use in homemade toothpaste. Its versatility makes it invaluable in both daily life and emergency situations.


Bleach is essential for disinfecting water, surfaces, and sanitizing dishes. A small amount goes a long way in preventing disease.

Teeth Care (Brushes, Floss, Mouthwash, Picks)

Maintaining dental hygiene is crucial for overall health. Stock up on toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, and dental picks to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Dental Kits for Repairs

For emergency dental care, have a kit on hand for temporary fixes to lost fillings, crowns, or minor dental issues.

Cat Litter (Cleans up Oil Spills, etc.)

Besides its traditional use, cat litter can absorb oil spills and add traction on icy paths. It’s a surprisingly versatile product that is invaluable in your preparedness stockpile.

Heavy Duty Garbage Bags and Liners

Sturdy garbage bags and liners are essential for waste management, waterproofing belongings, and even makeshift shelter in a pinch.

Washtubs and Washboards for Clothing

In the absence of a washing machine, washtubs and washboards allow you to wash clothing by hand, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene continue uninterrupted.


Yes, in an ideal world, even at TEOTWAWKI, our shelter will be our homes, but we don’t know that. We might have to move on suddenly. We might be away from home when disaster strikes. So there are a few things to lay away for shelter.


Tarps are incredibly versatile. They can be used for shelter, collecting rainwater, or as ground cover. Their durability and waterproof nature make them indispensable in any emergency or outdoor situation.


A good quality tent provides a portable shelter option, crucial for temporary displacement or outdoor survival scenarios. Ensure you have a tent that’s easy to set up and durable enough to withstand various weather conditions.

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags are essential for maintaining body heat during cold nights. Opt for ones rated for various temperatures to ensure comfort and protection in different seasons.

Emergency Blankets and Ponchos

Emergency blankets, often made of Mylar, reflect body heat, providing warmth with minimal bulk. Ponchos offer lightweight, waterproof protection from rain, doubling as a simple shelter in a pinch. Both are compact and should be a staple in any emergency kit.

Survival Items

These next few items are all focused on immediate survival. Getting help, getting home, and surviving until you get back.

Navigation Equipment and Maps

Reliable navigation equipment, such as compasses and GPS devices, alongside detailed maps of your local area and beyond, are crucial for orienting yourself in unfamiliar terrain or during evacuations. Always have physical maps as a fail-safe against electronic failures.

Signaling Equipment

In situations where you need to be rescued or attract attention, signaling equipment like whistles and signal flares can be lifesavers. They can communicate your location to rescuers even from a distance or in low visibility conditions.


A signaling mirror can reflect sunlight to create a visible signal that can be seen for miles. It’s a simple, effective tool for daytime emergency signaling to attract the attention of rescuers or communicate with distant parties.


Flares can be used for signaling in both daylight and nighttime scenarios. Road flares can also serve as an emergency light source or to signal your location to rescuers.

Tags and Markers

Using brightly colored tags and markers can help you mark trails, leave messages, or signal for help. They’re essential for navigation and communication in wilderness or disaster scenarios.

Backpacks and Bags

Durable backpacks and bags are necessary for carrying your survival kit and essentials. Choose ones that are comfortable to wear for long periods and have enough space and compartments for your needs.

Escape Plans

Having a well-thought-out escape plan for various scenarios—natural disasters, fires, or other emergencies—is critical. Ensure all family members know the plan, including meeting points and emergency contacts.

Weapons, Tools, and Gear

You need a way to defend your family, community, and property in the short and long term. There will always be those who want to benefit from the hard work and preparation of others, so you need a way to discourage those people. You’ll also need to be able to supply your own food, build new things, and repair old ones. That’s what these next slides are all about.


Stocking up on ammunition is crucial for those who rely on firearms for hunting or self-defense. Ensure you have a sufficient supply for your specific needs and consider storing various calibers to match different firearms.

Self-Defense Items (guns, bats, knives, sprays, tasers, etc.)

A range of self-defense items can help you protect yourself and your loved ones in various situations. From firearms for those trained to use them, to non-lethal options like pepper spray and tasers, choose what suits your comfort and legal allowances.


A comprehensive set of tools is essential for repairs, construction, and maintenance around your homestead or in a survival situation. Include basics like hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches.

Duct Tape, Electrical Tape, Strong Glues

Adhesives and tapes can repair a multitude of items, from sealing leaks to fixing gear. Their versatility and ease of use make them indispensable in both everyday and emergency scenarios.

Rope, String, Twine, Fasteners, Zip Ties

Cordage and fasteners have endless uses, from securing tarps to bundling supplies or even makeshift repairs. A variety of sizes and strengths can cover different needs.

Chainsaw and Supplies (hand-powered versions, too)

A chainsaw is invaluable for clearing land, cutting firewood, or gaining emergency access through debris. Consider hand-powered versions for situations where fuel might not be available.

Hand Saws, Hacksaws and Blades

Hand saws and hacksaws are essential for cutting wood, metal, or other materials when power tools aren’t an option. Keeping extra blades ensures you’re always prepared.

Hand-powered Tools

Hand-powered drills, grinders, and other tools can perform many of the same functions as their electric counterparts without relying on power sources, making them perfect for off-grid living.

Hunting Equipment

In many scenarios, you’ll need to hunt for your own food to keep your family well-fed. To do that, you’ll need the right equipment based on the animals you want to hunt, and the appropriate skills to use them.


For those who hunt for food, guns are a critical component of managing wildlife and securing meat. Practice safe storage and handling, especially if children are present. These are the best hunting rifles of the last 50 years.


Bows and arrows offer a quiet alternative to firearms for hunting. They require skill and practice but can be highly effective and are subject to different legal regulations.


Slingshots are simple, silent, and can be used for small game hunting or as a deterrent. They’re lightweight, making them easy to carry as a backup hunting tool.


Fishing may be a solid option for providing food when game is scarce. It’s also even people with limited skills or mobility can manage with the right setup. Yes, you can do it with a stick and some twine in a pinch, but stocking up on proper equipment is the smarter choice.

Hooks, Sinkers, Bait

A well-stocked fishing kit can provide an ongoing source of food. Include a variety of hooks, sinkers, and baits to suit different fishing conditions and target species.

Rods and Reels

Durable rods and reels suited to your local water bodies can make fishing more effective. Consider spares and parts for repairs to ensure longevity.

Traps and Nets

Fishing traps and nets can catch fish with minimal effort over time. They’re useful for securing a continuous food source from streams, lakes, or coastal areas.

Extra Supplies

Having extra fishing supplies, including line, lures, and repair kits, ensures you’re always ready to take advantage of fishing opportunities to supplement your food supply.

Fur Trade Equipment

For those living in areas where trapping and hunting are viable sources of income or sustenance, having fur trade equipment like traps, skinning knives, and fleshing tools is crucial. This equipment can help you prepare pelts for trade or personal use, turning a wilderness resource into valuable goods or clothing.

Axes, Hatchets and Knives

A good quality axe or hatchet is indispensable for chopping wood for fire or shelter, while knives serve a multitude of purposes, from preparing food to crafting and repairs. Ensure you have a variety and maintain their sharpness for efficiency.

Extra Building Supplies

Having extra building materials on hand allows for repairs and new constructions without the need for immediate supply runs. This can be critical in extended emergencies or for remote homesteads.


PVC pipes are versatile for building frameworks, irrigation systems, and even makeshift shelters. Their durability and ease of use make them valuable in a variety of survival and homestead projects.


A stockpile of wood not only serves as fuel for fires but can also be used for building repairs, constructing new projects, or even crafting tools and utensils. Consider different types, such as hardwood for construction and softwood for burning.

Hammers and Nails/Screws

No build or repair can be done without the basics: hammers and nails or screws. These simple tools join materials together, making them foundational to any construction or repair work on your homestead.


Bricks can be used for building sturdy structures, and fire bricks can be used to build things like ovens and fireplaces. Bricks are also useful for creating raised garden beds or pathways.


Fencing materials are essential for protecting your garden, livestock, and property. Whether you opt for wire, wood, or PVC fencing, having extra on hand allows for quick repairs or expansions.


Because we don’t know what the world will look like after a collapse, we don’t know if we’ll be able to use our cars. So we need to prepare other modes of transport to let us get around easily. Walking is great, but it limits your speed and how much you can carry.

Bikes and Scooters

Bicycles and scooters offer an efficient, fuel-free mode of transportation, crucial for getting around when conventional vehicles aren’t an option. They’re perfect for scouting, short supply runs, or as backup transportation.


Keeping extra tires for your bikes and scooters ensures you can quickly replace them if they get damaged. This keeps you mobile and reduces downtime.


Spare inner tubes are essential for quick repairs after punctures. Stocking up on the correct sizes for your bikes and scooters can save you a lot of trouble.


A reliable pump is necessary for maintaining tire pressure and making repairs. Consider both hand pumps and foot pumps for versatility.


Tire patch kits can extend the life of your tires after punctures, allowing for quick, on-the-go repairs without the need for immediate replacement.

Tires and Extra Equipment for Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles

Just as with bikes, having spare tires and maintenance equipment for your motor vehicles is crucial. This ensures they’re always ready to use when you need them most.

Fix-a-flat, Tools and Patches

Products like Fix-a-Flat can temporarily repair vehicle tires without needing a jack or tools, ideal for emergency situations. Additionally, a well-stocked tool kit and tire patches are indispensable for vehicle maintenance.

Battery Chargers

A battery charger, particularly a solar-powered one, can keep vehicle batteries charged without the need for mains electricity, ensuring your vehicles are always ready to go.

Wagons, Carts, and Other Pull-Behinds

For transporting supplies, especially when fuel is scarce or when silence is required, wagons and carts are invaluable. They can carry heavy loads with minimal effort.


When done safely, stockpiling fuel ensures you can power your vehicles and generators. Rotate your supply to keep it fresh, and consider stabilizers to extend its shelf life.


A comprehensive set of automotive tools allows you to perform essential vehicle maintenance and repairs, keeping them in working order.

Emergency Equipment

Vehicle emergency equipment, such as jump starters, tow ropes, and emergency lights, can be life-saving in breakdowns or accidents.

De-icer, Cat Litter

De-icer helps keep your vehicle operational in freezing conditions, while cat litter can provide traction if you’re stuck in snow or ice, making both essential for winter vehicle preparedness.


These next slides are some of the little “extras” that are important but regularly get overlooked, even by more seasoned preppers.

Sweets and Treats

Sweets and treats, like chocolate or candy, are more than just indulgences; they can be a vital morale booster during stressful times. Stocking up on these can bring a sense of normalcy and comfort when needed most.

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea not only provide a comforting routine but also contain caffeine, which can be useful for maintaining alertness during long watches or tasks. Plus, they can be traded if necessary.

Cards and Board Games

Entertainment is crucial for mental health, especially in scenarios that limit your ability to leave your home. Cards and board games can provide hours of entertainment and a sense of togetherness for families and groups.


Stocking up on paper is essential for communication, record-keeping, or simply providing a canvas for creativity and relaxation through drawing or writing.


Pens, pencils, and markers ensure you can write down important information, communicate with others, or indulge in creative pursuits.


Books offer an escape, education, and entertainment, all without the need for power. A well-stocked library can be a lifeline in prolonged periods of isolation or downtime.


Crayons aren’t just for kids; they’re a mess-free way to color and express creativity, important for relaxation and stress relief. They can also be used to mark items or directions in a pinch.

Rubber Bands, Zip Ties, and Other Fasteners

Rubber bands, zip ties, and similar fasteners are invaluable for organizing, securing, and repairing items around your home or in a survival kit.

Sports Equipment

Sports equipment, such as balls, frisbees, or even simple jump ropes, can provide a much-needed physical outlet and help maintain fitness and mental well-being. It’s also great for team-building and family bonding activities. You’ll find the printable version of this list here.

20 Crucial Supplies for Surviving a Societal Collapse

In the face of uncertainty, being well-prepared gives you at least some degree of control and security. The thought of a societal collapse, while extreme, prompts us to consider how we might endure without the conveniences of our current lifestyle. Here’s a list of 20 essential items that could prove indispensable in such a scenario. This guide isn’t about succumbing to fear but embracing preparedness and resilience.

14 Essential Canned Goods for Your Emergency Pantry

I firmly believe in keeping a well-stocked emergency pantry. While fresh food is ideal, in a survival situation, we may not be that lucky. So, for my family, even though we grow a lot of our own food, canned goods play a crucial role in emergency preparedness. They offer a reliable source of nutrition when access to fresh produce may be limited. The goods you stockpile should be affordable, easy to store, and full of nutrition.

Best Regions in the U.S. to Escape to When Society Collapses

Choosing a refuge in the event of societal collapse involves weighing the pros and cons of each location against your personal preparedness goals and abilities. Whether you’re drawn to the solitude of the desert or the protective heights of the mountains, the key is finding a place that offers safety and the opportunity for growth and renewal.

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