100 Non-Food Survival Items To Store Now
Do you sometimes wonder what non-food survival items to store? I’m trying to put lists together for you that you can print off and then check off the ones you have or the ones you need to purchase. I decided to update this post today for some people who have not seen it.
Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to think about all the emergency stuff we need to have stockpiled. Well, let’s make this easy for you. I’m not going to address water or food because today it’s only about non-food survival items.
Here’s the deal, if you have an unforeseen emergency hit your community, lose income or become sick, or face other emergency situations, you can walk into your pantry and fix any meal you want to prepare if you’ve planned ahead and set aside the foods you know your family will eat.
You’ll also have the other non-food items that are critical for your survival. You’ll have the toilet paper you need, the pasta or beans to stretch your budget. The key here is to be prepared before you need these items.
Everyone has different budgets, so I want you to realize you don’t have to go out and buy all of this today. No, you pick up a few extra items every time you go to the store.
My motto is “one can at a time,” or one package of toilet paper each shopping day. If you haven’t purchased my book you may want to have it in your hands to be prepared for the next disaster. “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli
100 Non-Food Survival Items To Store Now
Non-Food Survival Items
Here is my emergency binder FREE printable post. Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Please be patient for it to load and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left side of your laptop or computer monitor.
Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer.
This binder includes the important documents that you’ll need if you can’t get to your safety deposit box or home safe.
Pictures of family and pets (you need at least two pictures in case you need to post one picture on a “Missing Board”), birth certificates, home, and car titles, and so much more. Check it out!
First Aid Supplies
When it comes to preparedness, the safety and well-being of family members become paramount. Having the right things so you can perform first aid, or just address a minor scrape or injury, makes all the difference.
- Thermometer DIGITAL thermometer or REGULAR thermometer
- Bag Balm
- Shea Butter (thank you, Janet)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Fever reducers
- Cough syrup
- Anti-diarrhea medicine
- Medical scissors
- Cotton balls and Q-tips
- Non-latex gloves
- N-95 masks
- Burn Salve
- Cough lozenges
- Essential Oils
- Medical Handbook-a hard copy Medical Handbook
- Prescription medications you take on a regular basis
- Peppermint in capsules (for tummy aches)
- Antacids like Tums or Rolaids
- Activated Charcoal, This is the one I bought: Activated Charcoal. In case you missed this post, Top 10 Uses of Activated Charcoal for Prepping
It’s hard enough to deal with emergencies in the best of circumstances. Having some semblance of normalcy is important, not only for your safety and comfort but to help give you confidence and peace as you deal with the challenges around you. Having these personal hygiene items adds that special level of preparation to keep you clean and confident.
- Shaving cream
- Tweezers, with a pointed edge for splinters
- Hand sanitizer
- Bars of handsoap
- Toilet paper
- Menstrual pads
- Adult diapers
- Disposable adult underwear
- Feminine wash
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
Please note: you may want to put some baggies together with some personal hygiene products that are ready to barter with or share with people in the shelters. Trust me, they don’t have all the frills for people in the shelters. I have readers telling me this based on their own personal experiences.
Many of us are past the baby stage, but for those of you with toddlers around, the following items for the little one will make all the difference during emergency situations. You may want to store some in case family members visit and find they forgot an item or two, or you may feel the desire to be prepared in case you need to help your neighbors with children.
- Baby wipes
- Diaper rash ointment
- Disposable diapers
- Cloth diapers
- Diaper pins
- Cloth diaper holders (rubber pants)
We spend so much of our time in the kitchen. I’ve always felt it’s the most important room in my house. We all have to eat, and having the proper materials and “tools of the trade” to fix meals is especially important during an emergency. Read through the list and ask yourself, “can I do without any of these things?”
- Paper towels
- Paper plates
- Paper cups
- Plastic silverware
- Kitchen sink soap
- Hot pads
- Soup Pot
- Cast iron frying pan
- Cast iron Dutch oven
- Matches (waterproof or regular)
- Pinecones (fuel source for fires)
- Lump Charcoal (also a fuel source)
- Briquettes, please store your briquettes without lighter fluid in air-tight containers, they will last indefinitely.
- Propane fuel
- Butane Stove
- Butane fuel
- A Thermos for hot drinks. Just add hot water and a tea bag. 40-ounce Thermos or 16-Ounce Thermos
Mark and I have had dogs from very early in our marriage. They provide companionship and love all the time. I think they are especially supportive in times of emotional need. Be sure to have things that will make their lives safe and comfortable when an emergency affects your family.
Put your pet vaccination printout in a folder, you will need to show proof of vaccinations in order to go to some shelters. Keep in mind, most shelters will not accept animals, so make a plan you can live with. Yes, they may accept support animals. Most pet boarding facilities require proof of all state-required vaccinations.
- Pet dishes
- Poop bags
- Pee pads
- Extra pet food
These items may not be used every day at your household, but they can sure come in handy during an emergency. There may be some that you feel are “overkill,” but be sure to think about the various challenges you could possibly face and what you would need then.
- Large black garbage bags
- Kitty litter
- Emergency washing machine-Linda’s Emergency Washing Machines
- Emergency toilet-Linda’s Emergency Toilet Article
- I put together a portable kitchen in case I have to evacuate. Linda’s Portable Emergency Kitchen
- Chainsaw or manual saw
- Multi-task knives or tools
- Hand Tools
- Garden Tools
- Small pieces of lumber to help make a shelter if needed
- Sewing Machine and/or sewing supplies such as thread, needles, and scissors.
- Colored Tape, red means needs immediate help, yellow means delay/not immediate, green means they are ok to wait for assistance, black means death.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Phone Charger
- CASH (small bills) – If we lose power cash talks and credit or debit cards will not work if the ATMs are shut down.
Sometimes we have to see these non-food survival items many times before it clicks in our head that oh, I need this or that. I want you to think of the many things you may use every day, or just occasionally, that you would really miss during an emergency.
What if you can’t leave your home for days, weeks, or maybe even months? Do you have some fever-reducing medication if you need it today?
What about a bad headache, do you have what you need in your home this very minute to get rid of the pain?
Each of us and our families have different needs. Read through this list and consider, under each category, what may be different for your family and then add it to the list, or even delete it when it doesn’t apply to you. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.
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34 thoughts on “100 Non-Food Survival Items To Store Now”
Great list, I don’t like bag balm (though it works great) I have shea butter instead.
Hi Janet, I’m so glad you mentioned shea butter. A friend sent some to me and I didn’t know what to do with it. I’m going to add this to today’s list, thank you!! Linda
I melt it and put in avocado oil, then use a stick blender on it after it starts to harden in the refrigerator
Hi Janet, I need to look into how to using shea butter, thanks for your tip! Linda
Add black pepper or black pepper essential oil to stop bleeding. Works right away! Also tea tree (maleluca oil) works on many bacterial infections that neosporin does not. I also keep temperin, for temporary tooth filing or cap glue, along with clove oil for toothache pain. Nice binder! Great advice!
Hi Jeni, I love your comment! I have never purchased black pepper essential oil, I will now! Thank you for the tips! I have Tea Tree Oil, but will look for Temperin! Thank you so much! Linda
Cayenne pepper, even just from the grocery store will also stop bleeding. Thanks for the tios!
Hi Jan, great reminder, thank you!! Linda
When I first started prepping my concern for family was utmost on my mind. One of the first things I did was prepare an emergency health bag for each family. It was an extra large ziplock bag and each bag took care of a family of four. Some of the items included… toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, razor, deodorant, aspirin, floss, cortaid, Neosporin, bandaids, playing cards, note paper and pens. So much more but I have forgotten. Yes, made a bag for hubby and me. If the kids needed to leave immediately and land here, I could hand them the bag. It would be a nice for them to have new items.
Hi Marcia, you had a great idea when you put those bags together. I have about ten bags filled with similar items in my hall closet in case people have to move here after a disaster. Great idea, Marcia!! I have just personal hygiene stuff but I want to add cards, Neosporin, band-aids, note cards, and pens. Awesome comment, thanks for sharing!! Linda
I have a question about something else will putting tuna pouches in Mylar bags extend their shelf life thank you
Hi Peter, no they will not extend the shelf-life of tuna pouches. Linda
Tweezers, esp with pointed edge for splinters
Hi Deb, thank you, adding it right now! Linda
Linda, I have a Treadle sewing machine that I got at a garage sale for $40. It needed cleaning, oiling and a new belt, plus a bobbin wheel, but it works great. Best buy ever! It will go to a grandson when I’m gone. He made money while in the Marines by sewing for others. I need to set it up and practice sewing one it. A Treadle was the first machine I ever sewed on.
Hi Deborah, oh my goodness, what a great buy!! SQUEAL! My daughter has my treadle sewing machine. Life is so good when we have options! Your grandson will love it! He was smart making money by sewing for others. I LOVE hearing this. Linda
Right now the same grandson is in Kuwait working for a private security firm. He’s making good money. This is his second year there. He’s wanting to buy some land for later on. He’s a smart one for sure. He was discharged as a Corporal.
Hi Deborah, oh, that’s a great idea to buy land! Life is good when our kids and grandkids turn out well. It’s a blessing for sure, Linda
Under Personal Hygiene did I miss Tooth brush and toothpaste? For the ladies Feminine Wash, works great
Hi June, thank you, my friend!! That’s why we have this forum to help add the items we all need. How did I forget a toothbrush and toothpaste?? LOL! I added those two and the feminine wash, thank you so much!! Linda
As a Messianic Jew (A Jew who is a believer in YESHUA JESUS I am stocking up not just for myself and family but come the Rapture there will be millions of people who find themselves without anything, On top of having all my Bible and Bible Study books in one place that is easy to see maybe someone will pick up a book and find YESHUA during the dark time that is to come
Hi Jackie, that is a great thought, we must all have some religious affiliation in order to survive. Great idea! Let’s all pray for peace and the leaders of our country. And the world, Linda
Linda, this list is very helpful. Thank you!
I have peppermint in capsule form for tummy aches. And a supply of basic herbs. A few over the counter medicines too. Just bought a bunch of disposable gloves. My feeling has been to get extras now, since supplies are sporadic lately.
Hi Janet, I will add the peppermint in capsule form to the post, that’s a great tip! Glove and herbs too! Thank you! Linda
Great list! In my case, I stock extra wood as well as kindling. Might not be bad for people who have a grill to keep wood on hand, as well as briquets. Yes, wood can be used in a grill too. There’s a lot of people selling cut wood this time of year and it can be relatively cheap. A cord (4x8x4) runs about $150 or $225 for a double load in MN. That’s a lot of cooking with a grill and wood is easier/safer to store than briquets. (Um, we don’t have termites, but this might be a concern in some areas.)
Hi Wendy, great tip, I wish the cords were that cheap here. Although, I don’t have a fireplace anymore! LOL! I say stock whatever fuel you can store. We have termites here in Southern Utah, I hear, I haven’t seen any but my pest control guy told me our county does. There is nothing better than an open fire in a fire pit or a wood-burning stove, love the smell! Linda
Great post, Linda.
Something that I do: I use an electric toothbrush and my dental hygienist knows this. She always asks if I want the free toothbrush, tooth paste and floss that they normally give out after a dental appointment. I always tell her YES! I have saved something like 40 toothbrushes over the years!! I have given some out in my hygiene bags to homeless persons but I also still have a ton! They are in barter bags.
One thing that I will say about the “Adult Diapers” – stock some if you will but get the disposable underwear type mostly! I have a friend currently who is down with stress fractures in her back. She is in a great deal of pain but, she is capable of pulling up the underwear but not capable of putting on the diaper. She is not being cared for full-time, although that is probably coming soon and she feels very uncomfortable having one of her friends (me and 2 other female friends) trying to put one of those diapers on her. Now, the diapers may have uses other than what the intended use is but, think about it!!
Hi Leanne, oh this is a great comment. I have a lot of elderly neighbors, I’m 71, I guess I’m elderly! LOL! I’m going to add that statement to the post. The underwear kind, thank you!! Linda
Please add a very important item, listed under pets. Any and all of your animal’s will need a LOT of food. Store that food in large plastic trash can’s. If possible, store a minimum of one year’s worth. They need water too.
Watch out for mice because given a chance, mice will destroy everything they can get to.
Store snicker’s candy bars. Here where I live, mice can not resist snicker’s candy bars. Put a little bit on a mouse trap.
A mouse killing cat is worth it’s weight in gold. It is estimated that for mouse a cat kill’s, that cat has saved you at least $100.00 in damages to your home, and the risk to your health, and replacing everything the mice have destroyed.
Hi Mae, oh I hear you on the cat!! I love it, I’m adding the pet food to the list!! I got the giggles over the Snickers candy bar, that’s my all-time favorite one! I will have to try that in mouse traps!! I love it! Linda
For thermometers, just want to remind folks that electronic thermometers are super convenient and quick, old fashioned thermometers are a great backup in case your fancy unit gets damaged or has dead batteries.
Also, didn’t see activated charcoal or antacids on your list. Activated charcoal can be very useful in some types of poisonings and a bunch of other cases. Handy to have some on hand just in case. Antacids are my go-to solution for upset stomach, especially since I get the peppermint flavored Rolaids brand tablets. Between the mint and the acid absorption it usually settles things right down.
Another great item to have is a thermos. Depending on how wide the mouth is it could just be great for keeping hot beverages hot longer, or could be great to keep soup hot for hours. I have a one liter thermos that I put boiling water into first thing in the morning and toss in a tea bag. That gives me a nice hot beverage for hours even in winter temperatures.
Thanks for these lists, great reminders of things to get while we can since it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen with the way the supply chain disruptions have been going. Be safe out there.
Hi DMWalsh, great comment as always. I added antacids, the activated charcoal (I had written about that before), and the thermometers. I will add the thermos, that’s another good one. Isn’t it great we have such a great forum, here? Thank you so much, Linda
I take IBgard for my IBS. I know it includes peppermint. Where would I find peppermint capsules??
Hi Chris, I don’t really know. Let’s see if someone else knows where to get them. I see several options on Amazon. Linda