Take a SHTF scenario such as a hyperinflationary collapse. The traditional monetary system may become worthless, transportation systems may come to a halt, the utility grid may go down and the populace panics.
For any beginning prepper or those on a budget, the below list may be overwhelming. If you have not yet begun planning and preparation for an emergency or disaster, consider the basics first.
In a disaster, your physiological and safety needs will be the most important, thus begin your preparations accordingly.
When planning for an emergency, think about the worst situation imaginable.Â Here is mine: chaos to get as much food and supplies as possible, gas lines that run out into the street, highways at a virtual stand still, banks not giving out money, looting, fires,Â babies crying because that have no formula to drink.Â Itâ€™s not a pretty picture when you allow yourself to imagine it.Â Having supplies on hand can put a person way ahead of the game.Â While some people are battling the lines and the grocery stores, you could be packing your items up and headed for hills before they even attempt to.
Emergency Items That Disappear First1. Generators (Good ones can be expensive.Â It can be a target for thieves due to the noise)
3. Water Filters/Purifiers
4. Portable Toilet
5. Seasoned Firewood.Â Wood takes about 6-12 months to be ready for home use.
6. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (Buy clear oil.Â If scare, stockpile)
7. Coleman Fuel
8. Charcoal and Lighter fluid
9. Family Protection (guns, ammunition, pepper spray, knives)
10. Cooking utensils (hand can opener, whisk, etc)
12. Rice/beans/ wheat
13. Vegetable oil (for cooking)
14. Water containers (get more than one and in different sizes)
15. Propane Heaters and all accessories that go with it (extra propane, heads, etc)
16. Fishing accessories (line, hooks, bobbies, etc)
17. Lighting sources â€“ short term and long term (flashlights, hurricane lamps, etc)
19. Basin to do laundry in/wash boards, etc
20. Cook stoves
22. Thermal underwear (top and bottoms)
23. Tools (bow saw, axes, hatchets, wedges (honing oil)
24. Aluminum Foil
25. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
26. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline containers
29. Garbage bags
30. Toilet paper, paper towels, hygiene items
31. Milk (canned, powdered and infant formula)
32. Work gloves, Work boots, Work Clothes
33. Seeds (non-hybrid)
34. Clothes pins/line/hangers
35. Colemanâ€™s Pump Repair Kit
36. Canned Goods
37. Fire Extinguishers or Baking Soda
38. First Aid Kits
39. Batteries (all sizes)
40. Spices, Vinegar and Baking Supplies, Yeast, Salt
41. Dog Food
43. Notebooks, pencils
44. Ice chests
45. Flash lights, torches, light sticks
46. Plastic Containers
47. Cast iron cookware
48. Fishing Supplies
49. Repellent sprays, creams
50. Duct Tape
51. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting â€“ if with wheels)
52. Menâ€™s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
53. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
54. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
55. Fishing supplies/tools
56. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
57. Duct Tape Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
59. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
60. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
61. Garden tools & supplies
62. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
63. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
64. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
65. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
66. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
67. Bicyclesâ€¦Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
68. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
69. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
70. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
71. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
72. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
73. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
74. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
75. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
76. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soup base
77. Reading glasses
78. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
80. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
81. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
82. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
83. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
84. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
85. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
86. Lumber (all types)
87. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
88. Cots & Inflatable mattressâ€™s
89. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
90. Lantern Hangers
91. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
95. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
96. Paraffin wax
97. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchief
Advice From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war â€“ death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.
1. Stockpiling helps. But you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster.Â But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper.Â Its surplus value is greater than goldâ€™s.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity â€“ itâ€™s the easiest to do without (unless youâ€™re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating.Â One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy â€“ it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible.Â Only needs enough heat to â€œwarmâ€, not to cook. Itâ€™s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
6. Bring some books â€“ escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues.Â Sure, itâ€™s great to have a lot of survival guides, but youâ€™ll figure most of that out on your own anyway â€“ trust me, youâ€™ll have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that youâ€™re human can fade pretty fast. Â I canâ€™t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne.Â Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity.Â These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches