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Prepping: A Few Things To Look For At Military Surplus Stores

Mac Slavo
February 22nd, 2020
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If you have a military surplus store near you, then you probably already know that it’s a pretty decent place to find some great things to toss in your prepper supply or an emergency bag.  Because of that, here are a few items you can look for next time you head over there!

BagsGood quality backpacks and bags can often be found at military surplus stores. You can get some incredible deals on these items! I have several small bags I found that I use to keep ammunition in both when I go shooting and to store at home.

Boots – you can also find lightly used and new combat boots. If you like the fit and these types of boots are comfortable for you, this a good place to grab a pair for cheap!

Socks –  I am always in the market for good quality, warm, lightweight, and breathable socks.  Military surplus stores often carry several choices and it’s nice to pick up a few pairs whenever I go in. Wearing them and learning which are the best is a great way to spot finds in other stores too, such as outdoor types (Cabela’s.) The socks are not used or worn, they are just made for the military.

Tents – From small military pup tents to large canvas tents made for 10-12 soldiers, you can find it at a military surplus store. Smaller stores are not going to have these out on display. A few places that specialize in the big military surplus that may have come out during the summer. If you are interested in a tent it is best to talk personally to someone at the surplus store or email them an inquiry. This tip comes from Backdoor Survival.

MREs – These are good finds at military surplus stores because they can be much cheaper than purchasing them online. However, it can be hit and miss especially since they are often sold individually. Some people like to buy them individually so they can pick their entrees out rather than getting a mixed case, while others like to buy in bulk. I’m a “bulk purchase” person, however, getting some MREs for cheap at a military surplus store can really help those who may be cash strapped.


Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of all the great things you can find at a military surplus store.  If you have anything you specifically look for when you go into one of these stores, share it with everyone in the comments.  There are so many great finds, it would be impossible for me to list them all myself!

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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: February 22nd, 2020
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  1. Cueball says:

    The 620S is much improved just curious what the analytics are looking like?
    In other words how long before its like the guy down at the Indian convenience store…

    Doin all I can to help brother.

  2. Deano says:

    I find military surplus stores are excellent sources for tubular webbing which is great for bug out bags and multi use for in a pinch belts or rifle slings….you never know when your sling or belt may break. Also I find lots of multi colored paracord and buckles of all sorts and sizes. Great for camping, fishing, hunting and just in case items to keep on hand. Prep on my friends!!!!

  3. Clown World says:

    If that cheap, pegboard, closeout trash was the last one on Earth, you’d better be glad for it. Love it, like priceless treasure.

    But, you should typically be shopping for high production values and guarantees. Bargains suck. Look underneath the price tag.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Almost a pound or slightly more per MRE, you won’t be carrying any socks for sure.

  5. Andrea Iravani says:

    Flat earther and home astronaught, Mike Hughes died after launching himself into space in his home made steam rocket, which sounds like intentional suicide, since someone cannot travel very far on steam in flight. Since he was smart enough to design a working rocket, it is hard to believe that he didn’t know that that would be the outcome, imo.

  6. buttcrackofdoom says:

    here is my list of items i most often sell at the gun show. it will all be very useful in the world we are about to live in.
    flyers gloves
    PCU parka level 7
    combat shirt
    sleep system
    multi-tool, gerber…there are several styles.
    surefire weapons light, with press switch
    marshmellow coat, or, bearcoat
    wool blankets
    m4 cleaning kits
    polypro longjohns
    waffle longjohns, or, grid fleece
    silkweight longjohns
    gas mask, with new filter(they don’t last long)
    field jacket and liner
    paracord, or, 550 cord(that colored stuff is made in china)who knew “made in china” would be a warning-label?
    bulletproof vest
    woobie blanket
    wool socks
    combat boots(get belleville, bates, danner…..rocky is a very lightweight boot) if there’s a zipper, it aint “issued”
    ammo cans
    e-tool(folding shovel, can also be a weapon)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anybody know of a good shelter that is roomy enough for two yet extremely light weight, durable and compact? Maybe two different shelters. One for extreme cold and one for summer. Shelters that would be ideal for the bug out bag.