Preppers Survival Gear List: Ten MORE Things To Do Now

Preppers Survival Gear List : Ten MORE Things To Do Now

You may remember my post “10 things to do now!“, if not go read it before continuing – go on I’ll wait… Done. great. Now let’s go back to the shopping center with another survival food and gear list and ten more things to do now. Ready? Great.

1. Go to 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 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.

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.

4. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, it’s 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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).

8. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vice 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.

9. 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.

10. Okay, we are just about done for today – only a few more steps pushing the cart and you’ll be out the door. 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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  1. NW Prepper says:

    These are all good suggestions, but I’d like to add about a gallon of honey to the mix. It keeps forever and adds flavor to all sorts of dishes. And don’t forget petfood, especially if you have a dog or cat that regularly catches mie or guards your house. Also, if you can get your hands on some solar panels and a good generator it’ll be worth it in end-of-society situations.

  2. Chuck Pelto says:

    TO: All
    RE: Good Start….

    ….however, aside from the mention of vitamins and prescription drugs, I don’t seem much in the way of ‘medical’ supplies.

    Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, isopropyl alcohol, Q-Tips, bandages, Neosporin, adhesive tape, thermometers, rubber hose, good book on first aid, good book on minor surgery, etc., etc., etc.

    Personally, I’d also add getting a good book or two on homeopathy. I’ve found it to be extremely effective for injuries as well as a good number of ailments.


    [Chance favors the prepared mind. — Louis Pasteur, Father of Modern Microbiology]

    • Chuck Pelto says:

      P.S. Don’t forget fuels for lanterns and/or candles. Some extra clothing for putting up with cold weather without heat. Good sleeping bags. Water collection. Seed for growing your own, if you have the capacity in land or buckets. Repair parts for vital equipment. Tools to fix things with, including nails, screws, nuts and bolts.

      Pardon me, but it’s my logistics training and experience…..

  3. c nylander says:

    It is not a food item …but…I wear glasses and dentures….so I have put my old pair of glasses and dentures in my kit. Cant see without the glasses and cant eat without the dentures. Just a thought.

  4. I agree with all, but in place of the portable stove I would invest in a 7-quart cast iron camp “oven” the kind of Dutch oven with legs and the funny top that you put coals from the fire on the top to create more even cooking. This can be used directly on a fire and I think that a propane stove is great unless you need to use it a lot. I have a little butane one and it took three bottles of fuel to boil water just to make pasta while camping, not efficient.

    Also, no one has mentioned vodka!! This and a good book on making herbs into medicine. Having garden books is one thing, but you don’t know that your soil will produce when you need it. You REALLY need a working garden that you have up and going BEFORE things get bad. It isn’t enough to stock the basement, but to live the life now, realizing what you need BEFORE you can’t get it.

    Oh, and vinegar! You will want to pickle!! If you are planning on canning don’t forget jars & lids!! Lids are a one time use item!

    And finally, you need to have things stored properly. If you keep things in cardboard boxes you will soon have weevils and moths. Learn how to store, what will store for how long, and keep things rotated. You can’t just have everything put up for 10 years waiting. If you buy in bulk use the items and replace things as necessary, this way you are prepared, but everything is fresh as well.

  5. 1) baking soda
    2) distilled vinegar
    3) foot powder

  6. I am a 54 yrs old male .I am very survival oriented. I surf the web of info. Here is a cheap way to clean your guns. You can use ATF fluid ( Automatic transmission fluid . It will clean and lightly lube the gun. I tried it . I fired swagged lead 148 grain bullets. Well the ATF worked . Also use a synthetic oil 5w-20w for moving parts . Like the insides of a revolver. Best thing no harmful chemicals

  7. I don’t know if it was mentioned or not but worth repeating.
    Soap, we all have to be clean. Don’t go buying all the garbage to make your own home made laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo, this soap and that soap. Just lay in a great big supply of ivory soap bars. Its cheap, you can use it to wash your hair, your body, your clothing, you name it. if you just cant stand rubbing a bar of soap on your fruit of the looms, you can shave it into slivers and mix it with water to make liquid soap. By the way, if you don’t have deoderant, baking soda works good for that and to brush your teeth with.

  8. NoMEPreppy says:

    What about guns?