Infographic Ten Things to Do Now!

Many of you will recognize this list of ten things to do now from reading my article – The Preppers Checklist – Ten Things to do Now, that a is a popular and useful checklist for new preppers, to get started (also see Ten More Things to Do Now), so I thought that I would bring it back albeit in a different form, to reach more readers and to hopefully get more people prepping.

Please help me spread the word by sharing this list with everyone you know via email,  or any social media outlets that you are active in. Also feel free to re-post this infographic list on your blog or website, as long as a credit is given via a link-back to this post.  Thank you for your help…

10 thing to do now - the preppers checklist


  1. I posted this to the Doomstead Diner forum, and here’s what RE had to add to the list:
    “First off, TSB didn’t suggest Rechargeable Batteries for your LED Flashlights. Also a small 5W Solar PV panel to charge them, and an Inverter to get A/C power off your car battery. A small propane or gas fired generator producing 1500W is good too.

    They also didn’t add in a water purification system when over in the camping dept. Also camping stove and propane cannisters. You should also have an adapter to refill these cannisters from a larger 5 gallon Propane cannister.”

    I found this was a good mental checklist, I really need to get more beans. I only have 2 of the 5 gallon containers of water, but I use the plastic kitty litter jugs for storing water for my garden and food for my animals.

    One major omission from step 9 is a survival knife or 3. I’m not discounting the importance of ammunition, but a knife is something that you will use all the time. It is the one item considered essential and irreplaceable for the “naked into the wilderness” challenge. Of course along with a knife you need a method of sharpening it.

    • JP in MT says:


      It’s funny, I’ve pretty well got most of the items I want for gear (perhaps not in the quantity I want) but the comment about knives struck me. I have several, but am looking for a good quality general purpose knife, something with a 4-5″ fixed blade. I’ve seen a lot, but guess I’ll have to get out into the semi-custom $150 range to find what I’m looking for.

      • Check this site out:
        Smoky Mountain Knife Works. If it’s made..they have it. Ship worldwide. Huge selection of USA made knives.

        Enjoy tomorrow- America’s special day 4th July

        • JP in MT says:

          Thanks, I have seen their ads. I think this is going to be something I have to touch first.

      • For general purpose I really like the Mora knives they are cheap and sharp and can be sharpened easily.

        • JP in MT says:

          I got MOra knives in the current kits. I think they are the best value for the $$$. Just want something with a blade closer to 1/4″. I’ve got a couple of Cold Steel knives, good stuff just not quite it.

      • Check out a USAF survival knife. Comes with sharpener to.

    • John Wheeler,

      There is a part two to this list… post this in reply on the forum

      The link is also in the infographic post above… it’s amazing what you can find by clicking around the site a few times…

  2. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Cans of soup such as cream of chicken, cream of mushroom etc. Combined with other typical storage foods they make it a tasty meal. Powdered potato and freeze dried diced or sliced potato. Pasta, packages rice-a-roni, pasta sides packages, Mac and cheese, other package meals.

  3. Big Bear says:

    Great starter list for everyone beginning to prep! I want to share some info on a really great trilogy by Mark Goodwin. I just finished the third book and believe this series to be mandatory reading for anyone (everyone) concerned about the state of our country today. If you believe that we are approaching the tipping point (or have already reached it) these books will most likely really shake you. The series chronicles the story of several families as they are faced with a complete and catastrophic financial failure of America’s banking system. There are factual references backing up how this happens. The authors style is thought provoking and I found myself deeply moved as I read his biblical and historical quotes that preface each chapter. I don’t want to say too much and spoil the plot for you all but I will say that the stories main characters live in Eastern Tennessee ………. and since quite a few of you also live in Tennessee you may find the locales familiar. I have a bit of Tennessee blood running through my veins as my mother was born and raised in Mount Pleasant. I’d like to think that this explains my exceptional good sense and manly appearance! 🙂 Anyway there’s even mention of the SurvivalistBlog in the tale! It’s worth the small expense for all three books ……………Good Reading and Happy 4th to all!!!! Good bless our veterans cause without them there’d be no America!

    I have a Kindle and bought the three books through Amazon. Link and book titles follow:

    American Exit Strategy (Book 1)
    American Meltdown (Book 2)
    American Reset (Book 3)
    Author: Mark Goodwin

    • I also just finished reading book 3 of this series. Very thought provoking. Also liked how the characters did not have every prepper item available. Would definitely recommend reading this series.

      • Big Bear says:

        There was something about the story line in these books that really hit home with me. It felt real! As I read these books I kept getting a real uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Hard to explain but kind of like I was being allowed to see the future and at the same time being reassured that my prepping was not for nothing. Spooky!

  4. grandma Rosie says:

    I haven’t been able to replace what was stolen out of my van yet, but today I was over 20 miles from home and had a tire go flat on me. I was VERY happy they didn’t take my little compressor to air up my tire. The kind that plugs into your lighter. Haven’t seen that on any lists for vehicle bags but it has sure been a help to me several times.

    • IndianaAli says:

      We also carry an air pump in our truck, it is larger so we have a converter that plugs into the lighter to power it or attaches directly to the battery. Nothing worse than having a flat on a big ole truck or while hauling a farm trailer.. gotta be prepared.

  5. I like that these kinds of lists make it relatively easy for people to get started. One can always add to the list later & customize it to fit one’s own situation & location.

    ANyone know where I can get some light bulbs for LED flashlights? Might have to ck amazon/ebay.

    • Redwood Mama says:

      LED flashlights should never need replacement bulbs. They last a really long time and are usually soldered into the circuit in the flashlight. I find that batteries have usually leaked inside before most of my LED lights die! Oh and I am an LED flashlight nut, I probably have two or three dozen different ones, some are over twenty years old!

      • Swabbie Robbie says:

        What happens to LEDs in the event of an EMP? I think I would have some old fashioned bulb flash lights around as well.

        • Redwood Mama says:

          They might be affected also, not sure, candles anyone?

        • Well, that depends…. if they are fully exposed, they almost certainly get fried. But if they are safely stored in a Faraday cage, they almost certainly will be safe. A Faraday cage is basically an insulated, grounded metal box that doesn’t let any electromagnetic radiation through. The quintessential Faraday cage is a non-functional microwave oven. Stick a cell phone in it and try calling it; if it doesn’t ring, the microwave works as a Faraday cage.

  6. kellieccc says:

    As I sit watching the weather channel waiting for the Cat 2 hurricane to barrel through tonight, I am so grateful that I stumbled upon this website a few years back. As I watched my neighbors scurry and scramble today, I simply had to fill the gas tank with fuel and ran an extra load of laundry. If I lose power for days, need to use an alternate power source to cook or light the house in the dark, no problem. I keep a minimum of 150 gallons of water. I am so glad that my eyes were opened to being “prepared”. Please pray for the folks on the immediate coastline, I am so worried my favorite spot in the sand will not be the same come daylight.

  7. Nemoseto says:

    I doubt if the stores listed would carry them but harbor feight carries a cheap “shed light” with a 6×6 solar panel, the panel itself houses the batteries which are 4 AA batteries, the light itself is dim junk (had one at my outhouse) but I cut the cord off it and it makes a nice AA battery charger with a mount that I set on the porch, can charge 4 AA batteries quickly as long as they are all the same type (li-ion, regular, industrial, etc). also very portable and I took it with me traveling with it on the dash board

    I would also suggest extra rolls of TP, stored in a bucket, with a cheap seat to put on the bucket.

    and a $10 1.5 gallon herbicide sprayer with a hand pump, 1 gallon of water can give an 8 minute shower and its easy to set in any existing shower stall. been my primary water pressure for 4 years now.

  8. mom of three says:

    Thanks for all the other great idea’s time to start another list.

  9. Nemoseto says:

    I got a disagreement with number 8

    in my area walmart carries those 5 gallon water jugs in the sporting goods area for $15 each and they are a thin plastic, I have found them on the shelf split and broken already. the heavy 5 gallon water jugs in the grocery area are about $6 each, made of heavier/stronger plastic and are already sealed with potable water.