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

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M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of 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.


  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.

          • Babycatcher says:

            Might be worth a road trip. You could camp at our house! Do some sightseeing while you are at it. 😉

      • 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.

          • j.r. guerra in south tx. says:

            Schrade SCHF9 might be a good choice for some. A steal at the price point I think. Heavy duty knife. I HATE Chinese knives, but this one I make an exception.

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

        • I was going there also. Leather sheath, leather grip handle and has been proven for many years. Can’t go wrong with this knife for the 50-60 dollars it costs. I think the model # is 499

      • tommy2rs says:

        Try the Gerber StrongArm (fine edge), the sheath alone is worth the price. It’s now my daily use utility knife that replaced my beloved Condor Kephart and I’ve found nothing I don’t like about it. It’s made in Portland, OR, USA.

    • 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…

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      If you type solar flashlight review you will find that there are ways to avoid the extra weight involved with using battery powered flashlights that require chargers and more.

      Absolutely recommend the flashlight at the top – have purchased 23 so far. Mostly as gifts and to fill all bags, vehicles and be placed throughout the house, bol and garage!

  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!

    • Well, I bought the series that Big Bear was talking about. Great reading!!! One thing though…I think basing all that happened in the series is due to a great lacking of plain common sense of most of today’s modern generation. Now, I have nothing against religion of any kind with one exception, any religion that advocates harm to others of different beliefs is not a religion at is a cult, plain and simple. That said I could have done without all the Bible Thumping at the start of each chapter. In fact….and I could be wrong…but I wonder if all the animosity towards Christianity is maybe due to all the ranting and downright hawking of Christianity by those folks who make it a point to talk to people by ringing their doorbells and handing out their literature along with those TV evangelists. Years back there was a Catholic Bishop, Fulton Sheen who had a tv show…he was interesting and pretty straight forward….today….from what I have seen in the past 20 years it is almost like an old time revival show. Way overdone. Just my two cents…….

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Curt S. –

        I was raised pentacostal, (uggg) converted to Calvinist Reformed TULIP theology at 19 and realized I was not “chosen” at 25. I have raised my children to question everything, something most modern American churches detest, however, I found was embraced at the Sovereign Grace Baptist church I became a member of.
        Long story short, my “beliefs” reflect a pagan approach these days, however because I firmly believe each person is their own!!, my children have their own belief systems – and approaches. My daughter at 8 attends church with a friend regularly and quite enjoys it. My son being an engineer and autistic at 14 generally acts as most teens do…however, he is quite science minded (prove it too me)
        My wife believes in God, she simply doesnt see a need to attend a church or belong to a religious approach. ..and yes, we all do very well together 🙂

        This being said, I would agree the over evangelistic approach of the modern health and wealthers/wierdos has turned many people off. Humans by nature tehd to extremes, ultra religious or ultra anti…I have done my best to help my children and those around me see that extremes benefit only those who rule…and never really benefit us.

  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.

    • I got a Slime brand pump a couple years ago (who comes up with a brand name like that?) and have used it several times. It feels kinda cheap, but so far had given good results. A pump sure beats going to the gas station if the tire looks soft, and recently I pumped up DW’s tire which was WAY too soft to drive on. Never did find out why it was soft as the cap was on, and once filled it stayed filled.

  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.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      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.

      If you heat the water to warm, not hot. And bend the end of the sprayer it can be used to clean yourself post-SHTF when toilet paper runs out.

      Survivor Jane (In a “Summer of Survival” talk) mentioned doing this and said she actually likes it more then using TP.

  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.

  10. Jesse Mathewson says:

    1. Sign up on and read as much and many of the articles as you can.
    2. Train, walk whenever possible or bicycle- but excercise!
    3. Get a morakniv companion knife to start! ($13-$15) and worth 3 times that price.
    4. Go to a local OUTDOOR gun range, bring $50 in tens and hearing protection and safety glasses- than politely ask the shooters who are taking the most time to setup and shoot, watch them all, you will be able to easily spot solid shooters- ask them if they would be willing to assist a newbie (even if you think you are good) and offer them cash as a way to recompense for use of their ammunition. Figure out what you want to shoot.
    5. purchase a solid handgun/rifle combination and a .22lr rifle- than practice a lot- (get the mossberg 702 / remington 595 or ruger 10/22)
    6. Practice a lot, visit local HAM radio club, most have open days! Ask for help learning!
    7. Go to local butchers and ask them who their best hunting customers are…than politely ask the butcher to pass along your info, and learn how to hunt correctly!
    8. Start a garden
    9. Buy some laying hens!
    10. Repeat or fill in as needed. ..

    ^^^ my list for new preppers

  11. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Anyone want to go in on a group purchase?

  12. azrealityprepper says:

    I would add tea candles to the list, both as a source of light and for cooking small items. Just my .02 cents.

  13. Almost There says:

    OK, Maybe I am seeing things… I see some of these posts from July 3, 4, 6, and 8 of 2014!!! What the heck? MD, do you know what is going on?

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Haha, just saw that as well, maybe from original post, carry over?

      • mom of three says:

        You are correct it’s from 2014, sometimes M.D. repost and keeps the old post while letting people, post new post.. Kinda nice.

  14. Nancy Elliott says:

    I think a minimum of 20 large cans of tomatoes, as well as 2 large containers of bouillon (both beef & chicken); soups of rice beans and tomatoes are very comforting and filling. I also agree with the pasta & don’t forget some jars of sauce (many have a bit of meat or vegetables in them).

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