21 Point Prepper’s Checklist For Stocking Up at Walmart

21 Point Prepper's Checklist For Stocking Up at Walmart

21 Point Prepper’s Checklist For Stocking Up at Wal-Mart

Over the years I’ve consulted with many clients through my consulting business who know that they should stock up on food, water, and other needed gear but they’ve become so overwhelmed with all the “prepper foods” and “prepper gear” suggestions that’s being promoted on nearly every survival blog and prepper website that they don’t know where to start – so they contact me for help.

I love seeing the look on their faces when I tell them that they don’t really need all of that stuff or need to order anything online because everything needed to prepare for a local disaster or even a total SHTF event can be found and purchased at their local Wal-Mart.

Prepping should be a simple and low-cost expenditure, unfortunately prepping has been made into a business where you’re intentionally led to think that you have to spend thousands of dollars on long-term storage foods, firearms, bug out vehicles and other related gear, when in reality everything that you really need can be purchased quickly and cheaply at your local Walmart Supercenter.

Below I’ve put together a 20 step prepper’s checklist that once completed will make you better prepared than probably 95% of the U.S. population – all at a fraction of the price of purchasing an equal amount of foods and gear from the prepper supply vendors that you see promoting their products everywhere online now-a-days.

You can do all 20 steps at once if you want or you can divide each step into separate days, weeks or months. But you need to get it done as soon as possible. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed end all list. Prepping is a lifestyle and you’ll always be working and improving your skills and adding to and or altering your supplies.

Now let’s get started…

1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice (white rice stores longer but brown rice is more nutritious) and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.

6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also, grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.

7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.

8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.

9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.

10. And while you’re in the sporting good department pick up the best flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also, grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started. What would you add to the list?

11. Go to back the grocery department and pick up 5 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent of canned, now go over to the next aisles and throw in 5 lbs of rolled oats and a case of Ramen noodles. Ramen noodles aren’t the most nutritional food but they are cheap, add bulk to the diet and store well –  just don’t rely on them to provide all your nutritional needs. And don’t forget a good manual can opener.

12. While you’re in the grocery department be sure to pick up an assortment of spices to taste, such as Basil, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Black Pepper. Spices can go along way toward making unfamiliar foods palatable. Also, while you’re in that area add 5 or more lbs of salt to your shopping cart, as you know salt has 101 uses.

13. Okay, counting what you bought during our first trip to the shopping center, that should do it for the grocery. Now go over to the area near the pharmacy and pick up 3 large tubes of toothpaste, 3 brushes, 100 double edge razor blades, (note: if you don’t have a razor you’ll probably have to order one from Amazon.com and don’t forget a brush and bowl), I’ve used this type razor for years and think it is a cheaper long-term solution than disposable.

14. While you’re there, add the most comprehensive first-aid kit that you can find to your cart and don’t forget over the counter pain meds (Tylenol, aspirin etc.). If you’re a woman (or have one in your life) go over a few shelves and pick up enough “feminine” supplies to last three months or longer.

15. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, its shocking but we all do it.  If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to look for other alternatives such as the Portable Toilets sold in the sporting goods department or making a  sawdust toilet from a five-gallon bucket.

16. What’s next? You guessed it toilet paper. If you poop you need to wipe, if not you probably need to start. You could use a corncob, cloth, Roman sponge on a stick or paper from discarded books or newspapers but I would wager most of you prefer the softness of Angle Soft. Get enough to last at least a month, more if possible and remember women need more than men so plan accordingly.

17. While you are in that area of the store pick up a supply of disposable plates, bowls and plastic utensils. Don’t go overboard here but having a small stockpile of these items on hand can save a lot of water that would otherwise be used to wash dishes. Also add two or more gallons of regular, unscented bleach to your cart.

18. This is a biggie and can’t be done (legally) at the department store pharmacy without the signature of a doctor – that is stocking up on prescription meds.  Getting more than a 30 day supply, at least in the U.S., can be difficult if not impossible. But there are ways to get most of what you need for long-term survival. See this post and this one and this book (note: some of the information in the book is dated but there is still good advice to be found).

19. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vise grips, adjustable wrench, screw driver set, duct tape, electrical tape, axe, pry bar, crosscut saw, hacksaw and large can of WD-40. This is your bare minimum survival tool kit.

20. After you get your tool kit, go over to sporting goods and in the camping supply aisle pick up a propane camp stove and 5 or more 1 pound propane cylinders or a bulk 20 lb tank and hose adaptor – yes the pressure in the small bottles is the same as a 20 lb cylinder or even 100 lb tank, just be sure to get the proper adapter and hose assembly. Another alternative and the one I prefer is the Volcano Stove because I can use propane, wood and charcoal.

21. Okay, we are just about done  – only a few more steps you’ll be out the door and heading home. You’ll need a way to keep in touch with your group so go to the electronics department and pick up the best two-way radios that you can afford – I have these. Don’t forget a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. While not necessary, I prefer a radio capable of receiving AM/FM and shortwave broadcasts – I have this one.

This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote “On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of those who on the very threshold of victory sat down to rest, and while resting died.”

What did I leave out? What would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

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M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.

Comments

  1. The Sheltie Kid says:

    Good list.

  2. The Sheltie Kid says:

    We would have to add dog food to the list; both for our dogs, and in case Mad Max stops by.

  3. 3adscout says:

    Chlorine bleach for water purification and disinfect – 20 gallons of water is good but won’t last long- chlorine bleach is cheap and can be used to purify water and to disinfect.

  4. TomMacGyver says:

    “If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual.”

    Only if you’re on septic or the sewage system is till up and running. If you’re on city sewers, plan on going the porta-potty route. If you’re on city sewers, and the system fails, AND… you’re downhill from your neighbors… Heaven help you…

  5. TomMacGyver says:

    Also put some Gatorade and Pedialyte into the cart. I prefer the powdered Gatorade, as it stores forever, takes up little space, and can be mixed weaker or stronger, depending on the need. If the power’s out, and it’s summer, you’re gonna sweat. Even if it’s winter, you’re gonna have to do by hand and foot what machines once did; more sweat. You need to be able to replace the electrolytes lost due to all that sweating. Food poisoning WILL be an issue in a SHTF situation. All that heaving and squirting is gonna dehydrate… and possibly kill you. The Pedialyte will help with that. So will the Gatorade, if you can keep it down.

  6. Alex Bennett says:

    Well done. Well done for sure. This is a GREAT educational article that solves the problems of spending thousands of dollars on “survival” items that you can get at a fraction of the cost.

    I recommend a headlamp for each member of the family, a good pellet gun with lots of pellets. This enables you to hunt small game silently, and also a bow and arrow. Of course it is important to practice.

    Once again this article that is put together is a fantastic article that shows folks to think outside the box and get a substantial head start on their preps. This list will definitely have you better prepared and also importantly in the correct mindset to deal with a disaster or survival scenario, better so than a vast majority of the general population

  7. I recommend some candles. The big fat ones. They last a long time and will save on battery usage. Tiki torches and or Hurricane lamps are also available. They also have the fuel for the torches and lamps in the garden section. Other than that GREAT article

    • Just keep in mind, if you have to evacuate an area due to unsafe conditions or threats of personal safety from other people, you will most likely have to carry whatever you take with you. Figure approximately 8 lbs. per gallon for most liquids for starters, fuel, water, whatever. 20 lbs. of beans weighs 20 lbs. no matter how you bag it or pack it on a pack frame. This list is fine for a static stay in your home or a pre-arranged cabin or safe house but as I said, everything that goes with you and your family goes on everyone’s backs or on a push cart or whatever means of hauling you find works for your own personal situation.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        And too add to Tom’s addition, always always practice using all bags, kits and approaches- btw, bugging in is intelligent, bunker up but have alternatives available.:)

  8. OldAlaskan says:

    If your Wall Mart is like the ones here they stock Auguson Farms #10 cans of food. Their potato soup mix is similar to what Johnny’s put out years ago. I make a soup by substituting ½ of the water with milk, 2 drained cans of whole corn, 1 can of creamed corn and 4 slices of fried bacon crumbled and the grease (corn chowder) now add 2 cans of chopped clams (clam chowder) or substitute the clams for ½ can of diced DAK ham. If you don’t have fresh milk buy some powdered milk. A little parsley and you have a good meal.

    • OldAlaskan says:

      I forgot butter

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        You can substitute milk for butter in most cooking situations/ just make extra creamy 🙂 🙂 spend money on salt and powdered milk. Butter is a luxury item, nice but not as necessary

      • OldAlaskan,
        You can buy butter when on sale and freeze it or make it into Ghee which keeps long term, or you can purchase Ghee.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      We LOVE Wal-Mart brand powdered milk, and NIDO brand- benefit with Wal-Mart brand is easy to pack and use individual packaging (re-wrap in industrial strength ziplocks)

  9. tommy2rs says:

    Can always make your own electrolyte powder as well
    http://readynutrition.com/resources/diy-electrolyte-powders_21062011/
    There’s many recipes for this stuff out there. Then there’s the original electrolyte drink, switchel or haymakers punch. Switchel was a popular summer drink in the American Colonies in the late 17th century. By the 19th century, it had become a traditional drink to serve to thirsty farmers at hay harvest time, hence the nickname haymaker’s punch.

    Haymaker’s Punch

    1 cup apple cider vinegar raw with the “mother” in it. I use Braggs.
    1 cup of honey (or molasses or the sweetener of your choice – even white or brown sugar)
    1 ounce of grated or sliced ginger, or 1 tsp of ground ginger

    In a sauce pan heat the vinegar, honey & ginger (except if using powederd ginger). Simmer for a few minutes and then remove from heat and let it sit for 15 min or so to let the flavors meld together

    Strain the ginger or add your powdered ginger. I made mine the day before I was going to use it because supposedly the flavors mellow the longer you let it sit.

    To serve – add all the vinegar, honey & ginger mixture to about 1 quart of cold water and stir. Adjust with water if too strong.

    I’ve also started keeping Nunn electrolye tablets in my various bags, even the range bags. They work well and aren’t sweet at all. Pretty good selection of flavors with Strawberry Lemonade being my favorite.

  10. 1. Beans and rice are a nutritious staple containing most all of the essential amino acids a human needs. We have an abundance of these, and it’s good you put them first on the list. For brown rice, we store it in one of the freezers and should you lose power long term, you simply eat it first but, until then, it keeps long term.
    2. We keep our olive oil in one of the freezers and it keeps indefinitely; but, on your grains, I would freeze them for 24-72 hours first to kill off any critters that may have sneaked in during the milling and packaging.
    3. On canned goods as well as other foods, store what you eat and eat what you store is always a good idea.
    4. Good idea on the meats also. Sometimes they are also available in Mylar packets / pouches that can potentially take up a bit less storage space.
    5. My DW lives on PB, LOL
    6. Tang is great; but, if you want to go online the LDS store has a fruit drink mix that we commonly call LDS Tang since it’s basically the same thing for less money. Also, in the same area, we buy Gatorade powder. At our local Wal-Mart a canister costs around $10.00 and makes 30 quarts.
    7. Supplements are always a good thing to have on hand.
    8. All of the drink mix does need water for sure
    9. One would hope that 250 rounds was already on hand, but even adding more if it is would be a good idea.
    10. Flashlights and batteries are good; but, now a days with LED lights and good quality rechargeable batteries, I’d consider that an option as well as some LED lanterns.
    11. Powdered milk, pasta, and several can openers would be my addition.
    12. Spice can make that beans and rice much better, LOL.
    13. Hygiene with teeth, soap, and beards is a great idea. For what little I shave, I also use a razor and soap, generally in the shower.
    14. We’ve been putting together a rather comprehensive FAK; but, yours is a good start; however, don’t forget that First Aid and CPR training is also a good idea.
    15. Wee have plenty of water for flushing, thank heavens. You can also por the water from a bucket right into the bowl to flush and don’t always have to fill the tank first. Growing up our family cottage as well as many camping trips involved an outhouse; but, I rather not if possible.
    16. We generally keep at least 60-100 rolls of TP on hand, since without it I suspect we would manage; but, not be very happy.
    17. We have both paper and plastic picnic style dishes on hand, keeping in mind that you can reuse the plastic and simply burn the paper.
    18. We get most of our meds on a 90 day supply, and on occasion can end up with extras. I recently had an infection and was placed on on antibiotic; but, a culture showed I need another, so I now have 16 tabs of Cipro in the FAK. In a recent discussion with a friend who is an E.R. doc, she said that narcotics are illegal to have unless prescribed and kept in the original bottles; but, antibiotics and most other meds are legal to have on hand.
    19. Tools, Tool. Tools. You listed a good start; but, I’ll let it go at that, LOL.
    20. I have numerous stoves that use Coleman fuel, propane or butane as well as being able to use any combustible material, like those use paper plates. I picked up a single burner butane stove on a whim a few weeks ago at Aldi’s for $15.00. I then purchased 12 cans of butane to fit it on Amazon for $21.00 with free shipping. I had no immediate need for it; but, one more cooking/heating device is always handy, especially when it’s that inexpensive.
    21. MD, you need to check you radio link, since it’s been discontinued. For talking around the place an inexpensive set of FRS radios can do the job well, and some sort of wide coverage receiver is also a great idea.

    All in all this is a great list for getting started but I would add a few more ideas:
    1. Some way to treat water to make it potable
    2. Some long storage full meals. Our Wal-Mart has the Bear Creek mixes for about $3.00-4.00. They are in Mylar bags and keep rather long term. Preparation only requires 2 quarts of boiling water
    3. Finally, in our case, we have Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar General, all pretty much on the way to and from the local Wal-Mart, so stopping in these places is also a great place to get Cyalume light sticks, numerous trail mixes, and inexpensive medical supplies, making that trip to town even more productive.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Baeofeng uv5r (6r) or uv8 with a Nagoya 701 and car charger (some kits come with em) you can get solid easy to use full spectrum handheld radios for $50-$80 a pair. ..(includes ham bands, am and fm, marine and cb – all required and or desired radio needs)

      • Jesse,
        These include the ham bands along with FRS , GMRS, and MURS for transmit & receive and FM broadcast for receive only; but no AM or CB.
        They are also illegal to use for transmitting except perhaps on MURS without a license; but, require an amateur license for the ham bands (VHF & UHF) or a GMRS license for that service. They can also be used for the NOAA NWS radio broadcasts as receive only.
        An inexpensive set of FRS radios will do the trick for up to a mile or more depending on the situation.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Grid down, mans ridiculous laws wont matter 🙂

          • Jesse,
            <b?Grid down, mans ridiculous laws wont matter
            True; but, prior to that you need to be able to use the radios to learn the skills to be effective in communications. You can also collect a lot of guns and ammunition and never use them until after grid down: but, you’ll most likely be over run or shoot yourself. IMHO, skills are often more important than the stuff you collect.

          • Oops,
            Blew the formatting and should have been.
            Grid down, mans ridiculous laws wont matter

  11. joe bodo says:

    calamine lotion. bug spray

  12. TN Farmer says:

    Extra batteries for flashlights, radios, emergency lights. They are always needed and last a long time. Check the expiration date.

  13. Jesse Mathewson says:

    I would change 4 things…(obviously this means some Amazon shopping ) however…you will thank me for it in the long run.

    1. Flashlights- hybrid solar powered flashlights 40 lumin – they come in brighter (tested and proven – 2 for $20) water proof, shock proof and plenty bright! (Get rechargeable batteries, small solar panel for products that require batteries- $40-$80 For enough for a year through 10 years) add one or two ARK resistor bags for $20 a piece.
    2. Case lots of 4x4s/2x2s and hypoallergenic tape and sterile wound wash- all sterile and Dynarex is a great brand-experience you will go through 25-50 for a medium wound (2 -4 inches long and .5 inches deep and wide) and twice that for major. Anything larger-is major- add gorilla brand duct tape and standard superglue-
    3. Pool supplies, get pool shock/pool tablets- solid form much longer shelf life than liquid bleach, can be crushed (use a mask and do it in well ventilated location- ) and mixed to need in water.
    4. Honestly, FORGET using feminine products for females…you are fat better off long run using V-Cup brand feminine cups- up too 12 hrs and 30mls blood works while active or not and comes in two sizes, ask any female, 3 months supplies for feminine hygiene will be around 35 lbs and very bulky -versus single cup with a spare- lifespan 1-2 years per, taking up 5.5 ounces for package with two sizes and utilizing boiled/cooled water to rinse and clean- (and of course clean hands you will reduce risk of infection above and beyond even cloth pads.)

    STILL GET FEMININE PADS AND TAMPONS/THEY ARE STERILE AND WORK WONDERFULLY AS WOUND CARE FOR SMALL TRAUMA KITS!

    Otherwise…absolutely I agree and love the list, will be copying and putting in pdf form/ printing (with addendum, because hey, if no Amazon availability why adjust)

    Awesome list sir!

  14. mom of three says:

    It’s good to refresh yourself each year for me I just rotate and look for sales.. For me it’s space I do what I can with the space I have..

  15. john r bowie says:

    really good start. One thing I would change for sure is the “first aid kit”. Every one I’ve looked at is filled with cheap crap or stuff you’ll not use. Try to build your own IFAK, or even better, your own platoon sized first aid kit depending on the number of people you need to support with the kit. Same thing with meds over the counter, get generic that meets your requirements. Don’t forget to cover your pets/livestock needs. Last, no Ranger is fully outfitted without a tomahawk/hatchet, add that to your BOB.

  16. MD,

    I don’t know if Walmart sells them but one or more Survivor Filters or LifeStraws to filter your water with would be a good investment. Also saves having to build a fire and boil it–or having to add bleach then air it out to get rid of the chlorine taste.

    And, unless you live near a seashore, salt mine or salt lick I’d recommend much more salt. You need it for your entire life and if you can’t get it, it becomes more precious than gold.

    Go to the gardening department and get tons of seeds. If the emergency isn’t short term you’ll have to learn to grow your own food.

    Aside from that–man, we could be twins when it comes to giving Prepper advice.

    • Ray White,

      Agreed. All good ideas – thank you for your comment.

    • Ray White,
      Here’s what we do for salt that I think will work and is practical before TSHTF occurs or even if it never does.
      We have a water softener that require salt, just plain salt, so we purchase it in 40 or 50 pound bags, and have enough storage in our basement near the softener to hold 1500-2000 pounds of it. I built a bench/table about 20 inches off the floor from heavy duty treated lumber and we stack it all there.
      The bench keeps it off of the floor and makes it easier to work with to dump into the softener.
      This stuff is not iodized, so best to keep a little of that on hand, or some kelp tablets from the vitamin section of your local store.

      • OhioPrepper,
        I don’t have a water softener in my home so using that type of salt never even occurred to me. Thanks for the tip. Except for some sea salt, all the salt I store is iodized.

        Your kelp tablets to provide iodine are a good idea.

        • Ray White,
          I don’t recall the details right now; but, it occurs to me that some things like curing or certain recipes work better with non iodized salt. Just a thought.
          Also keep in mind that the iodine requirement for humans to produce thyroid hormones is trivial.
          The requirement is somewhere around 100-150 mcg for adults with 200-250 mcg for pregnant or lactating women. FDA limits kelp tablets to 225 mcg to prevent overdose so one every few days is plenty as long as you’re eating other vegetables and potential sources.

  17. Teresa Hoopman says:

    Duct Tape, Super glue, maybe some materials for mending clothing.

  18. Crazy Joe says:

    HAPPY 4TH WEEKEND !

    Most of the listed items are good to have . Numbers 3 , 4 & 5 are the most important in my view .
    Rice – pass . Ramen noodles is crack and heroin addict food – pass . Spices are a want not a need . Do not know about Walmart’s around the USA but here in the Philly area and South Jersey , well they are Blade Runner and I do not go there .
    They ( Walmart ) are disgusting .

    Something is expensive only if one does not have money . I would rather spend 14 more dollars at Shop Rite in a civilized environment . I see enough zombies on the news .

  19. Ruth Vanderwater says:

    Tubs (or 5 gallon buckets) with lids to store all this stuff. And maybe risers to lift your bed high enough to store these tubs under the bed. Also a way to label them with contents and expiration dates.

  20. Lorenzo Poe says:

    If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual.”
    I always recommend against doing this because you can create a health hazard by putting unsanitary water in your tank. Hard to clean and sanitize after the event and second because it is automatic to flush after using. This wastes water, remember if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down. Instead use a bucket to pour water into the bowl and create the siphon needed to flush. Practice now and don’t wait for the need to learn on the spot.

    • Lorenzo Poe,
      We’ve always kept at least a few 5 gallon buckets with loose fitting lids nearly full of water. With most modern flush toilets you can get 3 flushes per bucket, and pouring it right into the bowl makes the most sense.
      This made more sense before we had the whole house auto start generator; but, in a long term use of that generator if the propane started running low, we could again fill numerous buckets, other containers like a camelback, and a water BOB and start running the generator intermittently.

  21. 1)fire starter, 2)tea light candles and food warmer-can easily heat up soups, chili etc and make a hot cup of tea when a camp fire or cookstove isn’t possible, 3)keep the plastic bags you get at checkout, collect a large amount- place in small trash liner, vacuum the air out and tape shut for a tight seal, condensed easy way to store trash bags. 4)buy fresh produce for home in the netted packaging, save netting for multiple uses. 5)save egg cartons, cut into individual containers, fill with paper from your shredder, drip wax on it to affix it, now a layer of dryer lint, more wax.. let dry, stack and place in an air tight baggie, use to help start campfires. 6)keep plastic containers lunch meat comes in, why buy bowls when you can recycle, they stack and transport easily. If next to a body of water, washing dishes makes more sense than paper products, especially if you cannot stay in a damaged home. Chores keep you busy and active.

    • Shepherdsgirl,
      Tea candles are IMHO essential for anyone’s kit since they have a multitude of uses. Place a few in a #10 can with holes cut along the bottom and you have a car heater, or place a few inside an inverted terra cotta flower pot with one edge lifted with a dowel rod or pencil, and you have a small effective space heater.
      Our plastic grocery bags are typically just rolled up into a ball and placed into one bag hanging on a chair in the corner of a room, still rather compact without getting out the vacuum equipment. I’m lazy that way, LOL.
      We save the net bags and generally use them to cover the seed heads of sunflowers to keep birds from picking the seeds, or to hang garlic and other plants for drying. There are also another multitude of uses.
      Using egg cartons for fire starters is an old trick if you can find the paper ones, since the Styrofoam is not great for that purpose. You can also use the little paper cups that are used for candy or medicine, or cupcake cups. Our Styrofoam egg cartons are all used for eggs, since we now get several dozen per week.
      Our lunch meat is all purchased in bulk at one or more local groceries, sliced to order so we don’t have any packaging from that; but, we do occasionally eat frozen meals that come in a microwaveable plastic dish or bowl, and we do keep those.
      The main thing is that once you have the preparedness mindset and think about the reuse or repurposing of things, they will all of a sudden be found all around you.
      The main problem with this is to know when to stop saving things because you have already collected enough, LOL.

  22. Seeds!!! 🙂

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