Quick References

10 Overlooked Emergency Supplies

A brief list of useful emergency supplies you may not have considered to keep on hand if you needed to survive at home for more than a day or two. Hope this helps get your thoughts started:

  1. cast iron tea kettle (boil water fast to conserve fuel)
  2. toilet paper (extra stock not to be used except for during emergencies)
  3. roll of plastic sheeting 4 to 6 mils thick (variety of uses including patching holes and sheltering in place)
  4. vaseline (many uses such as a moisturizer, lubricant, protects cuts, firestarting, etc)
  5. 5-10 gallons of gasoline with Stabil added stored away from the house (for cars, generator, etc)
  6. hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes for hygiene (water for cleanliness may be in very short supply)
  7. instant drink mix such as lemonade, cocoa, teas, etc (sweets boost morale)
  8. emergency candles with candle holder (always be careful with candles but is a handy backup light source)
  9. water purification means (chemicals such as basic bleach or iodine treatments are inexpensive)
  10. large 5+ day hard-sided cooler (use to store perishable food if power fails)

Related to the above list…

100 Items to Disappear First

Found the following list in various forms at a few different sites in the past. Thought I would pass it along as it gives a good idea of the types of items you should consider stocking up on in general. I can’t say I necessarily agree with all of the items in this list–and you definitely don’t need to stock up on all of them if you have no use for them (i.e., cigarettes if you don’t smoke)–however, 90% of the list can prove useful at times:

Aluminum foil reg. & heavy duty
Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
Baby supplies, diapers, formula, ointments, aspirin, etc
Baby wipes, oils, waterless & anti-bacterial soap
Backpacks & duffel bags
Batteries (all sizes, buy furthest-out for expiration dates) NiCad, Car batteries
Bicycles, tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc.
BIG dogs (and plenty of dog food)
Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) (5-8 drops per gallon of water)
Board games, cards, dice
Body Armor
Books on “How To”, also books on edible wild plants.
Bow saws, axes and hatchets & wedges
Buckets – lots of them
Candies of all kinds
Canned fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
Canning supplies (Jars/lids/rings/wax)
Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered)
Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
Charcoal & lighter fluid
Chewing gum
Chocolate, Cocoa, Tang, Punch (water enhancers)
Clothes pins, line, hangers
Coiled copper tubing (for a distillery)
Coleman’s pump Repair Kit:
Colloidal silver generator and kit (solar, dc, or 9v)
Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
Cots & inflatable mattresses (for extra guests)
D-Con rat poison, roach killer
Desiccants and Mylar vacuum bags
Duct tape and WD40
Feminine hygiene, hair care, skin products
Fire extinguishers (or a large box of baking soda in every room…)
First aid kits
Fishing supplies, tools
Flashlights, light sticks & torches
Flour, yeast, & salt
Fuel of all types; Coleman, propane, gasoline, kerosene, diesel, lamp oil
Garbage bags (impossible to have too many.)
Garbage cans, plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels
Garden seeds (non-hybrid A MUST)
Garden tools & supplies
Garlic, spices, & vinegar, baking supplies
Gasoline containers (plastic or metal)
Geiger Counters
Generators; good ones cost dearly; gas storage is risky; noisy; target of thieves; maintenance, etc.)
Gloves, work, warming, gardening and etc.
Goats, chickens, pigeons, ducks, rabbits, milk cows
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix, jerky
Grain grinder (non-electric)
Green coffee beans
Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats, & slingshots
Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
Hand-can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks
Hard red winter wheat
Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
Honey, syrups, white, brown sugars
Hot glue sticks (may need practice using without the gun)
Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in wintertime)
Journals, diaries, & scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences – Historical Times!!
Knives & sharpening tools: files, stones, steel, oil
Lamps and lamp wicks
Lanterns, Coleman, kerosene
Laundry detergent (Liquid)
Lumber (all types)
Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
Matches “Strike Anywhere” preferred. Boxed, wooden matches will go first.
Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash/floss, and nail
Milk -powdered & condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)
Mini heater head (Propane)
Mops, rags and other cleaning supplies
Mosquito coils, repellent sprays/creams
Mousetraps, ant traps, & cockroach magnets
Nails, string, twine, rope, spikes
Night vision goggles
Paper plates/cups/utensils
Pharmaceutical supplies of all types
Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts
Portable toilets
Potassium Iodate
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Reading glasses
Rice, beans
Scissors, fabrics, & sewing supplies
Screen patches, glue
Screws, nuts, & bolts
Seasoned firewood
Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave) also clippers and other personal grooming items
Sleeping bags & blankets, pillows, mats
Small propane cylinders, the adapter to refill them from the larger size, and the handle/holder for them
Small solar set to charge your Ni-Cad batteries
Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. (extras)
Solar Panels and all the things you need to set them up
Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillons, gravy, soup base
Tarps, stakes, line
Teas of all kinds
The age of the kerosene lamp is closing. Look for solar/LED lighting
Thermal underwear, tops and bottoms
Thermometers – rectal and oral
Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels
Traps and snares
Trees, vines, bushes that bear fruits, nuts & berries
Tuna fish (in oil is preferable over water)
Vegetable oil
VHF / FM Transceiver
Vitamins (Critical, due to forced daily canned food diets.)
Wagons & carts (for transport to & from open flea markets)
Washboards, mop Bucket w/wringer (for laundry)
Water filters, purifiers; ways to get or store water; includes dri-bags, truck-sized farm tanks, cisterns, and hand-pumps, along with silver filters,
Wine, liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc.)
Wire of all types, bailing, fencing, (barbed and smooth), electrical
Woolen clothing, scarves earmuffs, mittens
Work boots, belts, Levis, & durable shirts
Writing paper, pads, pens, pencils, solar calculators


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