Preppers List : 10 Things To Do Now!

by M.D. Creekmore on March 5, 2013 · 85 comments

Preppers Food Storage ListPreppers Food Storage List : Top ten foods to stockpile now!

Update: For some reason I lost this post when I had to set the blog back – good thing that I had a copy in reserve. Feel free to comment, like on Facebook, link to or what have you. I’m sure a lot of the new folks have not read this post. Also see Ten MORE Things To Do Now.

No matter how much I beg, some of you, no doubt haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are). I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is give you the information, it’s up to you to act. No one can do it for you. No doubt some of you are intimidated by my repeated suggestions of storing and using whole grains and beans. If it doesn’t come from the supermarket shelf it’s strange and unfamiliar and you want no part of it. Fair enough.

But you still need to prepare. Here are ten things that you can do now that will make you better prepared than 90% of the population. And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy.

You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. 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 list.

1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice 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 lastly pick up the best LED 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?

85 comments

Texanadian March 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I remember reading this some time ago and it made me think that I am already on the road to being prepared and did make the trip to stock up. TW got on board and away we went. As always a great post.

Aaron March 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Thanks for reporting this! It was a great starting point and I had previously sent the link to friends and family!

I (we) appreciate the work you do keeping this place on the net open for all of us.

Aaron March 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Err that should say reposting. Darn auto correct.

Hannah March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi M.D.,
Thanks for the repost. I have a copy of this article 10 things to do now, and the next 10 things to do in my purse right now, so when I shop I can refer to the list, and what I need to add!

JP in MT March 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I keep a list like this for my last of last minute shopping when I have 2 hours prior notice to everybody else finding out. ;-)

The plan at our house is to break out the Capt Morgan and watch the show.

Bam Bam March 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

When I first started prepping this post helped me the most. I needed clear-cut direction. I did everything on this list and then I did everything on the “10 More Things to Do” list.

I personally changed out the powdered drink mix for Emergen C. (If you live in a warm climate, having a self-stable source electrolytes is a good idea.)

http://www.amazon.com/Emergen-C-627794-Super-Orange-30-count/dp/B00016RL9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362533557&sr=8-1&keywords=emergen+c

T.R. March 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

NUUN fizzy electrolyte replacement tablets are good as well ( usually in the vitamin area ). I found the lemon- lime to be the least offensive of the flavors lol . They are not sweetened at all , so forget the nasty sugary gatorade , I used them in Death Valley …….they work .

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

This gave me the initial concrete thing to start…as well.
Then, I began determining how much, we normally use…of every item.
To our long term list, versatile items,if $ available for purchase, doubling, tripling amounts..is a good thing. There will always be persons who are not able to store adequate supplies ahead.

Horton March 21, 2013 at 1:53 am

Good idea but I would take it one step further and by a large jar or two of powdered ascorbic acid.

Linda March 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Buy some bottles of Tums tablets and take one Tums tablet in the morning and one in the afternoon as a very cheap and digestible form of calcium for adults (much cheaper than those pricy calcium supplement tablets). However, consult your physician first if your have kidney problems as the Tums might be too much for someone with impaired kidneys. Also stock up on the tablet form of bismuth (such as Peto-Bismol) and chew one or two just before eating if your food source is sketchy (we used to do this when eating in tourist class restaurants in third world countries and we were always among the few in our travel groups who did not contract “traveler’s tummy”). Add a bottle or two of raw honey (check the label to make sure it is the real thing) to your food storage and eat a little each day if you have seasonal allergies to help reduce the symptoms, also dab a little honey on cuts or scrapes, after washing well with soap and clean water, if you do not have antibacterial ointment. Finally, add a large size container of dried parsley to your food storage — adding a tablespoonful parsley to a pan of food during cooking or right before serving helps reduce the symptoms of indigestion/heartburn that some of us get after eating fatty or spicy food.

Lantana March 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Linda, thanks for the tips.

Also, was it you who recommended doing a behind-the-ear-down-to-the-shoulder massage stroke to clear ear congestion? I passed that along to someone in the family who’d been having inner ear issues; within minutes, they felt it starting to loosen and drain. Keeping it up really helped them turn the corner–thank you!

Linda March 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Nope, that wasn’t me. Sorry for the delay in responding – I broke my laptop and had to get a new hard drive installed.

sarahy March 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

One thing to consider when stocking up on Pepto-Bismol is that I was told it contains a hidden form of aspirin. If you are sensitive to aspirin (I am – gives me hives) be careful. I’ve been told that this allergy is not likely to get better – rather to expect it to get worse – also, this was not something that came on gradually but rather showed up suddenly. The broader our spectrem of over the counter meds is the better off we most likely will be.

T.R. March 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Baking soda ! many uses and beats the crap out of anything as an antacid .

Tactical G-Ma March 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

T.R.
Baking soda is one of the most versatile tools in my pantry. It is an antiacid, fire extinguisher, odor absorber, tooth paste, part of baking powder, etc. and so on!

Lantana March 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

Tactical G-Ma, do you do anything special to store the baking soda? or just leaving it in the original bag?

Tactical G-Ma March 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Lantana,
For long term storage I buy the sealed packages at Sams. (Not the box). Once I open one I will seal in jars or food saver, keeping out only 2 c. Or so in tupperware kind of container.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Not TGM, but I put my baking soda in a zip lock to protect from moisture,the zip locks will be useful later. It does not require freezing…for LTS. With so many uses,it is a valuable item..is also used to make baking powder with cream of tartar and cornstarch..

Trish March 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

If you have one, a food saver with the bags, will keep the moisture out of the baking soda…and anything else you want to store that absorbs moisture. A 5 pound bag of flour or sugar will fit in the 11 inch bags. I’ve done crackers (leave in the sleeves), the medium boxes of instant rice, powdered milk, cereal, and a host of other things in the food saver bags. I recommend not fully vacuum sealing boxes….it starts to crush them.

Encourager March 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

About the honey ~~ buy locally. Better for you; if you have seasonal allergies using honey that is local will help with that.

Tactical G-Ma March 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

M.D.,
This is the best starter list I have ever seen.
Is the thingy-ma-bobber fixed now?

Linda,
I agree that Tums has calcium. I also know two people who developed symptoms of a spastic colon while regularly taking Tums and Rolaids. Not fun. I take Nexium regularly, and an occassional Galvascon tablet. I take calcium carbonate + D for calcium. Not everyone can take the same things. I am afraid of Tums.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I hear ya,
..that is why in the post I did on Feb 1, I made the suggestion that each person know what items they use, and can use for EACH family member….Stock those items!…in reasonable amounts for an extended illness or supply interruption.
Medical histories and allergy recording are CRITICAL in a world with persons self treating, …whether from lack of Dr’s or a lack of access. Your life and theirs depend on it!
Most OTC’s have many off label uses… Rolaids/ or generic equiv. is a easily absorbable magnesium replacer,..this is esp. nice to know for diabetic care, who in crisis, loose their magnesium, calcium, and potassium., and for those who have muscle cramps…that do not respond to quick potassium boost of pickle juice, or vinegar.
If you can’t use pepto, know what you DO need and store that…and a back-up for your back up. Immodium is my back-up, for a natural herb, and it is said to be non-binding. Buy multiple bottles and leave them sealed, OR specially pack them in O2 free and moisture proof packaging
There are other naturals that may be in your yard, garden, or a nearby field. Now is the time to learn what plants and roots have a desired effect, safely.

janie March 16, 2013 at 2:05 am

been reading all this for hours!!! i used to do caregiver service.
one thing i learned is liquid mylantin in the greenish bottle is very good to put on sores. like the start of a bed sore when is breaks the skin. put some in a dish ,use a cotton ball. dip and squeeze on the spot or sore. blow or fan it till i starts to dry and turn white. keep layering and the difference in the morning is amazing.

terri March 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Janie is that the heartburn stuff you put on bedsores in the greeen bottle?

Granny Em March 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Your 2 great lists were what I used to get started prepping.
I bought the Tang, then decided to taste it, and broke out in a rash . I think it must have been the yellow dye #5. Guess I’ll have to really read the labels to find a safer beverage.
I would add three sources of cooking and a couple of extra manual can openers. I have a pretty good collection of food now, plus a means of doing laundry and treating wounds and am well stocked with canning jars and lids. The last 2 years I’ve had a garden. It’s amazing how it all comes back. Hadn’t had a garden in 20 years !

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Granny Em, try the natural vit C tablets..as opposed to chewables. We don’t like the natural chewables. When I get an item I can’t use, that is a dry powder, and a long storage item, I put in a couple of moisture absorbers, and reseal with duck tape., If I don’t know someone who needs it @ the time.

Horton March 21, 2013 at 2:01 am

Powdered ascorbic acid is an excellent and very cheap source for vitamin c.

sarahy March 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Something else to consider is taking a few minutes to check for any coupons for the products you are buying – it can often save a considerable amount of change – even if all you can find is a $1 coupon off something you are buying anyway that frees up another dollar for another prep item.

arlene March 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Good list MD. I will add WATER (or bottle your own from your tap)
first aid and everyday medicinals(aspirin,tylenol,first aid kit ,bandaids,
antibitoic lotion,eye drops etc etc.) peanuts in the can and dried fruits(raisins etc) candy (for fun and energy),dry or canned milk ,tea,coffee,hot cocoa, pet food,female hygiene products,birthcontrol products,bleach, extra pair of eyeglasses,
Prep hard…. Arlene
PSIts been a joy to go to our pantry when theres a storm coming etc.

Ron March 6, 2013 at 2:14 am

IMy water froze for about 2 weeks a while back so I had to depend on my stored supply as well as refills that I got from my daughter in town. I found that I could get a good flush on my commode with about a half gallon of water. Be sure to put the water in a large pan and pour it down fast (do not try to pour the water out of a jug as it doesn’t come out fast enough. Most of the time, I used the “gray water” after washing dishes or after bathing.
Another thing I have in my BOB are a couple of ON-GYN pads( I used to have a couple of Kotex pads but my sister suggested the others). They are super absorbent and can be used as a pressure bandage. I am sure that most of you have already heard these things but since they are recent to me, I thought some other newer people might not have thought of them. Ron S

TnMike March 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

These 2 lists are still my favorite to give to interested or new preppers I meet. When we visited our adult children we took your lists and took the kids shopping and had the joy of actually following the list item for item. Since our children live hundreds of miles from us (to the west and to the east), It gave my wife and I a good feeling to stock their homes with some basics for survival, and also to get them to open their eyes and start paying attention to whats going on in the world. Thanks again!

Swabbie Robbie March 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I would add pet food for your pets, and would add toilet paper and facial tissue. Also inventory various hygene product you use and add some of those – toothpaste, an extra toothbrush, soap, shampoo. Sanitary products, etc. Then inventory your 1st aid supplies and maybe add some band-aides, etc.

_aleph_ May 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Not just band-aids, but bandaging material for more serious wounds: guaze, medical tape, and while you’re at it some kind of antimicrobial ointment or tincture of iodine or something (depending on shelf life). Bleach to sterilize clothing to be used for a really large bandage, and to disinfect water if necessary. Mayby add a few bars of soap (shelf-life forever, ya think?), a large bottle of shampoo (hope hot water is available, but you’re going to have to bathe yourself eventually, even if with cold water.) The list could go on almost forever. Probably be a good idea to go out into the woods to camp for a couple of weeks and see what you end up having to “go to town” to get, and what you use most and miss most.

Polar Gold March 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Vitamins from Wal-Mart? May want to re-think that. Inorganic (meaning man made) supplements actually act the same way drugs do in our bodies – they are poisons – vitmains and minerals need to be plant based – quality counts. Try eating gravel, you won’t get any benefit.

MikeM March 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Polar Gold,

Could you provide me with the studies or data that show vitamin supplements from walmart will not help with serious vitamin deficiencies like scurvy, Beriberi, pellagra, rickets, etc.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I don’t take daily vitamins,(I take what I use, on low nutrition days-) but for those that do, this is not worthy of an argument..I would point out a couple of things….
. What I take away from this post is buy what You use,.and do it ASAP.!
I have immediate concern for things my family uses, Others may have opinions, based on their knowledge or some report. Each of us must balance what we have,need with what is within our capabilities. Some might choose to get those wally world vitamins, put them in the rotation, but replace them later with something else, as they assimilate info.
.There are plant based vitamins on the market, they are produced under strict guides. Names come to mind, that I will not post. Having a good supply of vitamins on hand could help maintain health especially when certain items are not ready to eat, or easily available.

SW March 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Another way to get some of your vitamins (at least vit c) is to water bath can some citrus fruits. They’ll last about a year or so.

Encourager March 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Seeing as I am in the midst of a very, very nasty virus I would suggest stocking the following:
1. LOTS of nose tissue!
2. Fever reducer ~ have more than one type, and have at least one 8-hour pain and fever reducer so you can sleep through the night.
3. Cough medicine, but be careful! Some cough medicines have ingredients that raise your blood pressure.
4. Benadryl or generic equivalent. Yes, I know it will put you to sleep but that is a good thing. With this virus, I haven’t been able to sleep more than a few hours at a time.
5. Mucinex DM. This stuff is horribly expensive. But I think if I had been on it when the sinus and chest congestion first started, I would have avoided the pneumonia and bronchitis I am now on antibiotics for.

FYI, I used an over-the-counter flu/cold product that you take every 12 hours. It caused more problems than it helped. I am now on Benedryl and Mucinex DM and am able to function better (between naps!) and am able now to cough up the crud in my lungs and sinuses. (Sorry for the nasty description!) I have not been this sick in over 20 years, when I did have influenza. It has shaken me to my core as I kept saying to myself “what if the SHTF already and I came down with this? No ER, no doctor, no xray to show the pneumonia. I very well could have died.”

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Encourager,
I had the same Junk! Mine started as a sinus infection drained in the night and I awoke deathly ill…too sick to get up and put on coffee. It upset the allergic asthma in me as well. I used the generic musinex from the dollar store, asthma inhailer and anti-biotics…and yes I went the same am to the PCP.Had a fever of 102.4..(and I am subnormal) I traced my symptoms back to a wind shift, that brought in new allergens…
Those were my thoughts exactly. ” What if this were after SHTF,? and I did not have access to a provider.”
I am still having a productive cough, and it’s getting better but is over one month. I was told , expect a cough for 6-8 weeks, If there is no reoccurance.
I did go get a variety of allergy medications, for alternating. When I use a product for an extended time, It becomes ineffective for me…I use low dose benadryl(childs dose) when I need to sleep, with my regular allergy medication ( a 24 hr.)taken in the am. Be sure to drink plenty fluids, esp. water, to keep those secretions liquid so they can be expectorated.

Encourager March 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Sw’t Tater, I have been craving water, so much that I am surprised I do not slosh when I walk! It has helped. My sinuses were the first thing involved…with a terrible sinus headache. It is a nasty, nasty virus.

Grumpy Vermonter March 6, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Sw’t Tater and Encourager, just curious, are you folks in the warm climate areas? I’ve been reading on here that so many of us have had really nasty viruses and am wondering if there is a pattern or area they are concentrated in….
But you two rest up and feel better, ok? Prayers being said for your health.

Encourager March 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Grumpy Vermonter, I live in MI but it hasn’t been a real cold winter like we normally have. Actually, last winter was mild also. Thanks for the prayers.

Sw’t Tater, I, too, have been craving water! Glass after glass after glass! Weird.

Sw't Tater March 16, 2013 at 12:11 am

our weather has been warmer than normal, with just a few days of real cold- to us, 20 degree, My allergy started with a big wind shift..still fighting the allergy. The craving of ice water just lasted a few days.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Yep! One evening I drank a gallon and a half of ice water, was not hungry… couldn’t get enough water, then was up all night letting it out! That lasted almost two days, didn’t want anything but water. Mom had the same cravings.. and Hubby too, I think I must have had virus,.(..from the water craving- never had that before) with sinus, pneumonia, and asthma..I take /use anti virals routinely, but not daily…DH’s did not involve the pneumonia, or full sinus infection that I had, but he had lymph node involvement in ears and neck. Mom, had fever for several days, sinus headaches- in spite of regular meds… I started the 3rd of feb, just now getting up energy.. Nothing stops the energy like not being able to breathe!

Tactical G-Ma March 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

DH and I had it as well. He got pneumonia but I did not. But I am in better general health than he is. I felt awful all over for about 3 weeks. But there are several different bugs circulating.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Sprouting kit-either home-made or bought, with sprouting seeds. Add printed instructions if giving as part of a supply to those new to prepping.

The Grouch March 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

When you get home from picking up these items, head for the clothes dryer and collect the lint and place it in a zip lock bag, makes a great fire starter

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Collect the lint each time you use the dryer.place it in a container until you have enough to make fire starters..unless you have dogs that shed heavily…but I guess dog hair would light a fire too..

JL March 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I remember reading this list about a year ago, I then found it again a year later. Both my kids loved the Tang, I bought smaller containers for $.50 each. They were on sale for $1.00 and I had a coupon for $1.00 off 2. I have had to restock whenever it’s on sale because both really like it.

TexasScout March 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

This oils be great advice for me other than the first 6. As you know, you should store what you eat, well, we don’t eat any of that stuff. In an emergency, sure, but it would sit on the shelf until the balloon went up. We eat only fresh and non-processed foods.

Any ideas?

Tex

MikeM March 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

a) Become a year round greenhouse farmer.
b) consider being more flexible in what you eat now.
c) It sounds like there is no possibility to store what you eat, so plan to be happy and extremely healthy while you starve to death.
d) store something you don’t eat because you don’t want to starve to death.

Those are my ideas for you on how to survive (not die) in tough times (you don’t get to pick and choose).

Best of luck.

Horton March 21, 2013 at 2:12 am

Elliot Coleman has some good books on year round gardening. I recommend 4 season harvest. I’m in the same boat as you. Learn about canning and preserving your own food and store some things that will last long term that you would easy in an emergency. I respect your refusal to support the processed “food” system.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Here is my ideas, I pray you can use some of these.
Store some things that you do not normally use, But would eat in emergency… for the balloon day, If you properly prepare these things they will last from 2-20 years, depending on the item. Those things with the shortest Long life- are the beans at about 2 years,(be sure to freeze them before LTS) close to the two year time, find a needy family or a food band and donate them. replace them. It’s insurance…treat it as such.
Face it, many people will not be able to help you eat your normal foods in SHTF.
You might want to start incorporating HOME processed foods into your diet,so change won’t shock your system…and incorporating a single meal a week to things that are “not normal for you”.for instance
Do you dehydrate your own veggies? Okra, yellow squash, zucchini, all can be dehydrated easily, (wash, slice, dehydrate, store in dry dark,sealed jar) and eaten dehydrated or re-hydrated..the squash become very sweet, My family loves them, so I have to hide them!
Do you eat beans? How about home canning those? They would be a natural product.
Sprouts!,
a mushroom kit? grow your own lettuce, radishes etc in plantars in house and yard..gather dandelion greens and dehydrate those too.

Lori May 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

Good ideas! I’d had the same question since I don’t eat much canned or processed foods now and had concerns about my ability to rotate them.

Michigan Mike March 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

TS, buy an extra freezer and stock up on your favorite foods. If things really get tough like no power for freezers, I’m told that if you put sand in some plastic tubs, wet it, you can bury in it anything that normally grows underground like potatoes, sweet ones too, carrots, radishes, beets and so on. If you don’t let the sand dry out, the food should last about two months. I would recommend only clean sand like play sand from the hardware or garden store. I haven’t tried this myself but if any of the pack has I would like to hear how it worked for you.

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

We used to use this method to store potatoes, onions and turnips. We dug a hole in a bank, an area where water does not stand, lined it with wheat straw, or sage grass, placed the food to be stored inside, covered with hay/grass/ straw. then with stiff covering…tin/fiberglass..then dirt.Make an access point. when you run out of turnips go to the KEEL and get enough out to do a week or ten days. re-cover, Turnips done this way often last until spring and other veggies are beginning to come in.

Brenda March 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I just found this site through pinterest! I have already read several articles and love all of the info. Due to the economy, my husband becoming disabled and our home burning down we have become preppers. Our funds are very limited but I have still managed to stock up on quite a few items. Where we live we have to have raised beds for a garden (too many rocks), we built 6 4′x12′ beds last year and are adding 3 more beds this year, 6 fruit trees and chickens. We are trying to become as self sufficient as possible and I read everything that I can to learn all I can!

M.D. Creekmore March 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Brenda,

Welcome…

Feel free to ask questions and to comment at any time.

Bam Bam March 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Brenda,

Welcome to the Wolf Pack. It sounds like the “S” has already hit the fan for you. Stick around. This is a great bunch of people and we all went to become as self sufficient as possible.

Brenda March 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

MD and Bam Bam
Thanks for the welcome. My greatest challenge has been learning how to manage with a lot less income. I was laid off from my full time job but I still prepare tax returns which is seasonal. I have learned to stock up on as many items as possible while I have the extra income. Last year I worked on a plan to grow most of our food within a 5 year time period. We are also working on a plan to make items that we can barter with. My husband has been trying to find a way that he can earn some money, he is not physically able to do very much. At first he was not completely on board with the idea of prepping but he has come around. :)

Sw't Tater March 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Welcome Brenda! You are not the first to have a converted spouse. When they see food on the table with very little income it makes an impression. As prices continue to go up, each of us must continue to modify our life to be able to obtain what we need. My DH is also disabled, he carves, makes walking sticks, and kitchen tools…haven’t really sold any yet, but we have given some as gifts.. for.christmas, weddings and etc…even that helps

Brenda March 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

Sw’t Tater,
It is important for everyone to feel like they are contributing to the household.
I already have quite a few things on this list but I do see room for improvement. I am making a shopping list now. First on the list are containers to put all of this stuff in!! :)

sir April 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I’d love a walking stick. Seriously. Even better if I can support someone I know. Does he ship? Sell on E-bay? That’s a great way to earn a small amount of extra income.

mike March 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

i have been picking up little 2.5 gallon water jugs filled along with small propane canisters for grill.

Trish March 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Having a few military style can openers would be an awesome thing to have when you can’t find the pull top cans of food.

Mike the Gardener March 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

Numbers 2 & 3 are why I use a large portion of my property to grow my own fruits and veggies. Combined with canning, vacuum sealing and so on, I have a year round supply of these items.

alley March 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

Well I think things are about to go up so while I already have a pantry full I have a sudden urge to pack as much food into my house as possible after reading about Cyprus bailout with the taxing bank accounts and droughts in UK and America (and possibly other countries). It’s time to get as ready as possible for whatever is about to happen.

exile March 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Any idea what it would cost to buy everything on this list (mid range)? Is this list for one person?

exile March 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Any idea what it would cost to buy everything on this list (mid range)? Is this list for one person? (Kept getting error, so I apologize if this is duplicate…)

Rks1157 March 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Nice common sense article. I’ve lived through two earthquakes in an area that got cut off from normal transport. Supermarket shelves emptied out pretty quickly.

For your pharmacy needs I recommend using one of Canadian online pharmacies. You’ll probably have to pay out of pocket for your stash as insurance will likely not cover it. Do some research and you’ll find some great prices. Yes, you need a prescription. Most of the pharmacies will help you through the process,

Also, liquor and cigarettes are good bartering commodities and may be better than cash depending on where you are. Tobacco has a shelf life so keep it sealed. Liquor, on the other hand, lasts forever.

Linda March 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

You might also want to stock up on old fashioned rolled oats and instant milk for a nutritious and easy to prepare breakfast. I have seen 20 lb sacks of rolled oats at my local Winco store and the price per lb of these is way lower than buying canisters of the Wal-Mart Great Value or the Safeway house brands of oats. The rolled oats can be stored in a 5 gallon food bucket with gamma lid for easy daily access(freeze the oats first for 72 hrs to prevent insect infestation) and the instant milk can be vacuum sealed in quart size canning jars at less cost than buying it in #10 cans from mail order food companies.

Rachel April 3, 2013 at 2:36 am

First aid/ medical supplies. So the necessities you should look for:
Israeli bandages (CountyComm.com often has a good price). Theses are made to place a nice wad of gauze on a wound and then wrap the ACE bandage like arms around to create a pressure dressing to minimize blood loss. Easy to use. Packs OK and is light. Use with Celox!
Celox (clotting agent) available in powder form and also bandages impregnated with it. It stops bleeding, even arterial bleeds. Yeah, it saves lives.
Tampons (many more uses for them like starting a fire). Got a penetrating wound that’s hard to get pressure on? Grab some of these and jam them down the wound track. Get some Celox on them first if you can. Maxi pads: sterile meant for blood good use as bandages.
Coban wrap – used from holding a bandage on to wrapping a sprained joint to stabilizing a splint. 1001 uses. Gets some.
CAT (tourniquets). Do I need to state the obvious?
Betadine – a large weight penalty but great stuff. Better shelf life than hydrogen peroxide.
Big bottles of Advil/ aleve/ aspirin (also used for heart attacks)/ Tylenol / aspercream for sore muscles. Meds used for barter and family.
If you have kids/infants: infant medicine and clothe diapers.

Linda April 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Vitamin D3 1000iu one a day in summer months, 5000 iu in winter months will ward off many ailments. Fact.

John Issac Elm April 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

One thing to consider adding to your medicinal supplies is any prescription medications you or any of your family members might be on. If at all possible, ask your doctor to give you an extra refill. Be upfront with him or her ESPECIALLY if what it is you’re being prescribed is a medicine that is also used by people recreationally. This way, at the very least, you’ll have around 30 days of backup meds stockpiled. Can literally be a lifesaver for anyone with a condition that depends on regular medication. Cheers and thanks for the list!

KJQ April 8, 2013 at 8:32 am

A couple of large jugs of vinegar. It is a great universal cleaner and disinfectant, can be used to preserve food as well.

George Henson April 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for the info. This is the stuff I need. My food prep is just beginning and being a guy don’t usually buy the food. I appreciate all your advice and look forward to more in the future.

Darryl April 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Great conversation and list! Been looking at other lists to see similarities. A few things I’d add are (Pardon me if I repeat anything mentioned above) Bleach for purification of water, Duct Tape (fixes everything, lol), a 5 gallon bucket with airtight lid (for dry storage and so pests don’t get to your stuff), and Baking Soda.

Bleach (chlorine bleach) purifies water. Add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach per 1 gallon of water, shake and let stand 30 minutes. Bleach effectively kills bacteria and viruses. It’s germ-killing alkaline property is completely neutralized very quickly. Store water in the dark. Most germs require sunlight to grow.

Baking Soda has many uses…toothpaste, underarm deoderant, antacid, cleans everything from dishes to household surfaces and clothes, treats insect bites & itchy skin, is a safe fruit and vegatable scrub, and even can be used as a fire extinguisher (When heated it releases carbon dioxide, which replaces the oxygen needed to maintain the fire). Baking Soda also helps regulate PH, keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. It’s natural effect is to neutralize PH.

When you’ve gotta go and you only can take a few things, I’m taking as many multi-use products as I can.

I have 50 gallons of gasoline (with sta-bil added) in 5 gallon storage containers in my garage. If I need to go, I want to be sure I get there. If I’m staying, I can barter it.

Also an interesting suggestion I saw was to buy a “how to” book. When things get bad, and they will, we’re going to need to know “how to” do alot of things we never even thought about before.

Buy silver in small dividable units. When paper money is worthless, you’ll need a currency which has actual value to buy the things you run out of or forgot to store. If the world goes on happily ever after, you can consider it an investment in your future.

Building up your supplies is one thing. Keeping it is another. You’ve got it. Other people are going to want it. Badly. Protect yourself, your family, and the things you need to survive. Get a weapon and buy ammo.

Don’t forget to prepare yourself and your loved ones mentally as well. You may have to make some of the toughest decisions of your life. Be ready to make them. Prepare your mind for what’s coming. Good luck everyone.

Kannin April 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I’ve been prepairing for a while now but, this is the first time I’ve been to a website. This is an awesome resource.

A few things:

If you’ve got a friend that is a nurse or hospital worker… They keep something called a “Third World Bucket” where they put items that are expiring. Like suture kits, betadine swabs, gause, syringes, etc. Even little bottles of local anesthetic and hyperdermics. There are a lot of items in there that might not meet hospital standards… but, would work just fine when TSHTF. And it’s not stealing. Ask them to stock you up.

Also, make sure you have splints and wraps in your first aid kit. Wooden dowels from THD will do in a pinch.

Keep seeds on hand. I have eighteen month of food stored… (much less if my wife’s unprepaired relatives show up on my doorstep) but, an economic collapse could easily last 3 to 5 years. The most prepaired family could eventually run out of food.

Arm yourself with knowledge! Don’t wait ’til the internet doesn’t work anymore to try to learn how to can food, perform first aid, build a small solar system, purify water etc…

Water purification: You can purify water long term for about $30 with two five gallon buckets and some aquarium filter supplies. Hang a filter with a replacable activated carbon filter pkg on the side of a bucket. Put a lid with a hole above the filter on this bucket. Drill a hole in the second bucket, in the bottom, near the side. Take an air stone and attach it to a short piece of clear air tubing. Stick it through the hole so that the airstone is in the bottom of the of the bucket and when set on top of the first bucket… the tube will go through the hole in the lid, into the filter. Put some sylicone around the tube so it doesn’t leak. The airstone will keep larger particulates from getting to the filter. Add 8 drops per gallon of beach to kill any organisms that survive the filtering. Scope out a water source. A pond, a creek or even a golf course. Have some extra buckets around for water collection.

Canned chilli is a good source of protein, as well as canned tuna and chicken.

When you go shopping each week… buy extra of stuff that is on sale and pretty soon, you’ll have a growing food supply. I love the 10 for 10 sales. I stock up on boxed pasta, soup, chilli, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and canned fruit.

I keep an emergency shopping list in my phone. The second I see it coming… I will run to the store and buy a month’s worth of perishabless. Milk, eggs, cheese, meat and veggies.

One more thing. When TSHTF… you will be a “Have” and the “Have Nots” will want what you have! Your best defense will be to look like a “Have Not”. Your second best defense will be weapons… Lots of them!

Kannin April 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I need a good editor. Don’t put 8 drops of beach in the water. Use bleach

Billy April 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Good call on the p-butter. Good tasting and loading in food value and keeps a long time. A couple spoonfuls for a meal could mean survival or not.

Plea April 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Here’s some things i thought of with some duplicates from the comments above.

**** To stay warm ****
Rubber water bottles, Cigarette lighters, candles, candle holders, wood and dried sticks, extra gasoline.

**** Health ****
Peroxide, Rubbing alcohol, water filter, bleach, band aids

**** Commerce and FInance
SIlver, Gold, Copper coins, Foods and items to barter with such as chocolates, cigarettes, razor blades, always have cash if possible.

**** Tools and Weapons ****
an Axe, hammer, sling shot, a good army knife, walkie-talkies for communication (batteries needed ofc)

**** Transportation ****
Good boots, shoes, bike

Treva Harper April 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Something to consider: If things are real bad the smell of cooking food will draw beggars and thieves, so think bean sprouts and peanut butter (or almond butter) also instant rice can be rehydrated in water. If you have not eaten sprouted beans try sprouting a few of the ones you have and sample now so you will not have a shock experience when eating them for the first time.

Mike April 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm

….don’t forget to pick up the largest box of wal mart brand powdered milk…$17/box (on 4/26/13) but not a bad deal especially if you have small children. Consider purchasing several small cans of condensed milk or cream to add a little ‘fat’ to the milk to make it tastier.

Then head over to Big Lots and pick up multiple bags of ‘Bear Creek’ brand of soup mixes. These will take about 8 cups of water to prepare (so you’ll need access to a lot of potable water). You can add canned or cured ham or sausage, and fresh or canned beans or vegetables etc. to add extra protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals to the meal. And at $3/bag, these are much cheaper than most of the survival food packaged in the same size bags. Note however, that maximum shelf life of the Bear Creek products is apparently 2 years.
P.S. Make sure you add the amount of water indicated on the package directions…or the beans will be hard…and don’t add seasoning until you’ve tasted. Seems there’s an abundant supply of salt in most of these soups.

cindyh April 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Brown rice needs to be kept COOL or refrigerated or it will go rancid very quickly. It cannot be canned in #10 cans for that reason. Keep it in plastic buckets, or plastic bags in the frig/freezer.

Dan May 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Lentils! They’re extremely nutritious and cheap (approx. $1 per pound), and with rice each 1 lb. bag is worth 2 dinners for the family. I grab 10 bags whenever I shop for groceries, and I’m up to at least 6 months of food with lentils and rice alone. I also stock up on Costco pancake mix, which only requires water, and syrup to go along with it. Lentils/rice and pancakes may be a boring diet, but combined with multivitamins it’ll keep you and your family fed and healthy, very inexpensively, and all of it stores extremely well.

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