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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