Are You a Survivalist Preparing for a Major Catastrophe?
Tips for Prepping Doomsday Supplies
Every prepper knows the importance supplies play when it comes to being prepared for a major catastrophe. This article will cover ten items every prepper should have in their home, their bunker, or wherever they plan to stay during a time of disaster.
Here are some tips for prepping supplies, stocking up, and storing supplies:
- Before starting a supply storage, designate the best area to stock your items. This location should be close to where you plan to stay during the disaster, cool in temperature to prevent any items from going bad, as well as discrete, to prevent people from trying to raid your supplies.
- When doing your weekly shopping, buy extras of prepping supplies (i.e. paper towels, toilet papers, bottles of water and other non-perishable items).
- Label items with the date you purchased them to make sure nothing has gone bad or is near expiration.
- Keep track of your supplies. Whether you prefer hand-written copies of everything you have stored, or computer made Excel files, it is always helpful to know what you have, what you don't have, and how much you have of each item. This will help when it comes time to re-stock.
Top Three Survival Items - Food, Light and Power
Three items that are absolutely necessary in a bunker, a basement, or any place you plan on riding out a catastrophic event include sources of light, plenty of food (and water) and power.
Here is a breakdown of what you should stock up on:
Food items - Number one when it comes to food is water. Water is essential when it comes to prepping. The more water you can stock up on, the better. Some preppers even opt for a water supply that comes from outside of the place they are stocking, a source that will replenish after water begins to run out. Other food items include non-perishable products, such as canned vegetables, canned fruit, beans and canned meat.
Light - Every prepper needs a number of light sources. Be sure to stock up on batteries, flashlights, lanterns, candles, flares, solar chargers, LED headlamps, lighters, as well as lighter fluid.
Power - This is essential because power will be hard to comeby when you are trying to survive during a catastrophic event. Generators are always helpful when it comes to prepping, as are batteries (plenty of them), and don't forget solar chargers.
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First aid kits are one of the most important supplies preppers should stock up on.
Prepper Must Haves Four through Seven - Survival Items
When you are creating a stockpile of prepping items, you never know how long you will need to survive off of your supplies. The next set of items revolves around being able to stay alive for long periods of time without running out of your stock pile.
Here are items that will help you maintain your stock pile as long as possible:
Health related items - Health is always a top priority when it comes to prepping. Items to stock up on to make sure health can be maintained include first aid kits, vitamins, thermal blankets, energy bars, gauze, and materials that can be used to create a splint.
Hunting supplies - Sometimes when trying to survive a catastrophe, you may have to go out and find your own food. In this event, it is helpful to have hunting tools stocked up, as well as supplies to prepare food you have caught. Such items include fishing poles and other fishing equipment, hunting knives, a shotgun, a machete, and an axe.
Items to help prep food - Tools for cooking include pots, pans, cantenes, a firestarter, a rain barrel, and a thermos.
Protection - Knives, machetes, whistles, saws, gas masks, a camp axe, and gloves will all help you protect yourself from the elements during most disasters.
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A bug out bag should include some clothes, water, snacks, a first aid kit and more.
Items Eight, Nine and Ten - The Overlooked Prepping Items
Most preppers are pretty good about covering the bases I have already discussed, so for the last three item categories, I will cover items that are commonly overlooked by people creating a survival stockpile.
Items to occupy the time - You don't know how long you may need to last in your prepping location. It could be days, it could be weeks; and it is always best to prepare for the worst case scenario. If you are stuck in a bunker for weeks, you may go stir crazy if you have nothing to do all day. Great items to pack that will keep you occupied include playing cards, books, CDs and a battery powered CD player, and any other games, crafts or hobbies that don't rely solely on electricity.
The essentials for when you can leave your shelter - The day will come when you can leave your shelter, and when this moment comes, there are certain things you want to have handy. These items include identification, cash (more preferably, gold and silver), and copies of important documents. If your home burns down, becomes ruined by a flood, tornado or other disaster, these items will help prevent further chaos after the disaster has ended.
Odds and ends - These final items are necessary supplies that most preppers think of, yet items you would be very upset if you forgot. The first is a can opener. How many times have you run into the problem where you have cans, but you forgot the can opener? The next items include thermal blankets, sleeping bags and pillows. Other supplies include a battery operated radio, a prepped bug out bag, and many different types of clothes to prepare you for a variety of weather conditions.
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This pack of ten mylar thermal blankets are space-saving supplies that will keep you warm during a catastrophe
Helpful Shopping List to Start Out Your Prepping Supply Closet
- Plenty of batteries (of all kinds)
- Duct tape
- Several flashlights
- Battery powered radio
- Sharp object such as a knife or razor blade
- At least one first aid kit
- A manual can opener
- Water (aim for 1 gallon per each pound of body weight for all people and pets)
- Aspirin and other medications (don't forget vitamins)
- Non perishable food items that can be prepared easily
- Paper products, including toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, plates and more
When it Comes to Food for Preppers, Proper Storage is the Key
© 2015 Kathleen Odenthal
Kathleen Odenthal (author) from Bridgewater on January 09, 2015:
thanks shauna :) glad to be back! I also have too much experience with hurricanes!
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 08, 2015:
Very practical! Thanks for the good help you have offered here. We can do it, even if not all at once, but the sooner the better.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 08, 2015:
Great tips, Kathleen and it's good to see you back!
I live in hurricane territory. In addition to the items you mention, it's a good idea to tack plywood over the outside of your windows so they don't implode. At the very least, many of us reinforce windows with duct tape applied in a criss-cross pattern.
We don't have basements in Florida, so it's recommended you hole up in a centrally located room with no windows, such as a bathroom.
I've lived through several hurricanes. So far, no damage or loss!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2015:
Twenty years ago I attended a workshop on emergency survival, and then I started a campaign at our school to require every student to have an emergency survival kit at the school.....this is an important topic and I hope many read it.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 08, 2015:
Interesting article and as usual very well written. This reminds me to restock and better stock. Thank you