125 Preparedness Items You Need To Stock

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Today I have 125 preparedness items you need to stock as your budget allows. You may be stronger in some areas than others. That’s okay, this list is to help you think out loud what you have now and what you may need in the future. Therefore, let’s be clear here, these preparedness items will mainly be used at your home. I understand a lot of people may go up in the hills if a disaster hits or if the “#$%&@” hits the fan. I won’t be heading for the hills, that would make me a target for the crazy people up there with no common sense.

Would you like the world to go back to eating at the dinner table as a family? With zero electronics, phones turned off and communicating with one another face to face. Consequently, we need to teach our kids and grandkids manners at the table, yes indeed we do. Some of the kids can help fix the meals, with some help. Our offspring also need to “clear the table” and wash the dishes or load and unload the dishes together as a family. I view it as learning to be kind to one another and learning to work together as a team.

101 Preparedness Items

Food Storage/Stock The Pantry/Freezer

  • Flour/Wheat
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Spices
  • Butter
  • Instant milk
  • Yeast
  • Brown sugar
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Beans/Rice/Pasta
  • Pet food
  • Seeds: preferably Organic, Non-GMO or Heritage Seeds (thank you, Natasha)


  • 4 gallons of water per person per day
  • Water purifiers
  • WaterBricks
  • 50-gallon water barrels with a pump
  • High Capacity Water Tank
  • Water Preserver
  • Big Berkey portable water filter systems
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Preserving our Bounty

  • Quart mason jars
  • Pint mason jars
  • 1/2 pint mason jars
  • Mason jar lids and rings (thanks Harriet)
  • Water Bath Canner
  • Pressure Canner
  • Bottle lifter
  • Lid Lifter
  • Ball Electric Water Bath Canner 

Fuel/Emergency Stoves/Matches

  • Butane Stove
  • Butane Fuel
  • Dutch Ovens
  • Sun Oven
  • Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combination
  • Propane Tanks
  • Briquettes (without starter fluid)
  • Buckets with Gamma Lids to store briquettes
  • Cut Clean Wood
  • Matches/Fire Starter/Butane Starters

First Aid/Medical Book/Home Remedies


Sanitation Supplies

  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Towels
  • Shower Curtain
  • Garbage Can
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hand Soap
  • Shaving Cream
  • Shaving tools
  • Menstrual Pads
  • Menstrual Tampons
  • Diapers/Cloth or Disposable ones

Emergency Toilet

Linda’s Emergency Toilet

Kitchen Supplies

  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Towels or Cloth Towels
  • Wash Rags
  • Hot Pads
  • Garbage Can
  • Stand Mixer
  • Hand Mixer
  • Can opener
  • Toaster
  • Dishes/cups/glasses/silverware
  • Various cooking/baking pans
  • Wheat grinder
  • Bosch Bread Mixer
  • Bottle opener (thank you, Wendy)
  • French Press (thank you, Patti)
  • Candles/Oil lamps with oil (thank you, Patti)

Emergency Vehicle Supplies (if you must evacuate)

Linda’s Emergency Vehicle Kit

Sewing Supplies

  • Sewing Machine
  • Treadle Sewing Machine
  • Bobbins
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Needle threader

Garden Supplies

  • Shovels
  • Square shovel
  • Hand clippers
  • Lawnmower
  • Garden Tiller
  • Lawn Edger
  • Spade
  • Hoses
  • Garden sprayer
  • Hoes
  • Picks/Axe
  • Water Key
  • Smaller garden tools
  • Rakes
  • Snow shovel

Tools/Building Materials

  • Screwdriver (various ones)
  • Drills
  • Wrenches
  • Saws
  • Scrap wood
  • Levels
  • Hammers
  • Pliers
  • Power nailers
  • Tiling tools
  • Ladders
  • Spackling tools
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint trays
  • Paint drop cloths
  • Work gloves (thank you, Patti)
  • Flashlights, headlamps, batteries, solar flashlights, and lanterns (thank you, Laura)
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Knowledge (my favorite thing)

  • Books
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Podcasts
  • Documentaries
  • Classes
  • Movies
  • Venues


  • Generators, solar phone chargers, long extension cords for the generator (thank you, Patti)

If you have some preparedness items for me to add to this list, please comment and I will add them ASAP. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this country.

Emergency Butane Stove

Medical Handbook

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Kitchen Utensils: AdobeStock_184536668 by Merces Fittipaldi

32 thoughts on “125 Preparedness Items You Need To Stock

  • August 15, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Need mason jar lids and rings.

    • August 15, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Hi Harriet, thank you! I’m adding these items right now next to the mason jars. Great comment, Linda

  • August 15, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Seeds, its hard to grow food without them. Preferably heritage seeds that you can save and then always have a supply of.

    • August 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Hi Natasha, great comment! I am adding this my list! Thank you so much! Linda

  • August 15, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Linda, excellent lists! May want to add bottle opener by Mason jars. My hand can opener doesn’t have this little tab thing on it. I keep my bottle opener on my frig with a magnet. Fast cheap portable toilet: 5 gal bucket with a handicap toilet riser (a hard plastic thing that is used on toilet seat to make it taller. I got mine at thrift store.) Lol, I just had mine used by friends who wanted to ‘wilderness’ camp by my lake. I have packets of stuff that eat up the waste. (From my folks small camper).
    Again, great list for me to walk around my house with…

    • August 15, 2018 at 9:45 am

      OH, Wendy, I love this comment! I’m going to add your ideas to my blog right now!! I love the toilet idea!! Thank you again, Linda

    • August 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Wendy, maybe to save money, simply place the bucket toilet on a besa brick or block of wood to raise the height of the seat. Some medical devices are expensive and ultimately unnecessary or can break down over time. Conversely, for little ones, use that same brick or block to create a step so the shorter citizens among us can access the toilet seat more comfortably. Great idea though, adding the portable toilet to this excellent list! 🙂

      • August 17, 2018 at 7:26 am

        Skye, I must not have described well enough the thing that sits in the bucket, to act as a seat. It is a very hard plastic donut shaped thing that is commonly used by disabled/elderly when their (real) toilets are too low for them to comfortably sit down on, harder yet for them to rise from. It fits in the toilet bowl/seat and adds about 6 inches to height of toilet. Don’t know what the new cost would be from a medical supply place but I see them often at estate sales, thrift stores. I got mine over 20 yrs ago (thrift store, $2) for my dad to use when he’d visit, had a hard time with my relatively short toilets. I’ve also had to use it with the bucket when my septic tank had a freeze up. My sons thought it was pretty funny, until they needed to use it for #2 and it was 20 below outside, lol. Many of my ‘preps’ are used in the here and now at my homestead.

        • August 17, 2018 at 11:34 am

          Hi Wendy, great comment on explaining the portable potty chair. Great tip! Linda

        • August 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

          I appreciate your clarifying the riser seat Wendy. We have one in our home as well. We purchased it from a Medical Supply place in our town and it is next to useless lol I found that for Mum, all we needed to do was to raise the bucket while camping, onto a block platform just made from wood and she found it useful in that sense. Both ways will work for some folks one way or the other, I’m sure. (Different seats for different peeps (or should that read Poops? lol) 🙂 I really liked your way with telling a story in your explanation. Thanks so much. 😀

          • August 18, 2018 at 1:59 pm

            Skye, a great idea for your mom! Lol, my 19 yr old son replaced his toilet with one that sits almost 10 inches taller! Heck, hate to say it but I’m almost hoping mine gets a crack or something. It’s way nicer to use a taller toilet, and I’m only 5’3″! Lol, I use the plastic ring on bucket just to make sitting more comfy. Hey, we used a 5 gal bucket by our back door when I was a kid at night/winter. Outdoor toilet, running water meant using hand well pump at the sink, galvenized bathtub for Sunday night baths (my folks played cards on Sat nite!), wood/coal cookstove, wood stoves throughout house, and oil lamps in each room as electricity was not reliable. Lol, phone was party-line, when it even worked. Gee, what great training for if we have Shtf. I’m 58, btw. My 16 yrs older sister gets a kick out of my rural preps: guess she Really lived without today’s basics. She says I need to get some rabbit traps for ‘just in case’. Heck, I just want her to be here to tell me how to do stuff! Last time she was here, she wanted to make potato salad, I told her I was almost out of mayo. She then proceeded to Make Mayonnaise! Like, cool!

  • August 15, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Looks like a few of these things might require electricity to work. If so, allow me to suggest a power list: generator to supply power to run refrigerators and freezers, electric cords big enough to connect the generator to whatever is necessary, fuel for said generator, batteries, solar charger for small things such as cell phones, charger sticks for cell phones, battery-powered fans and other small appliances (camping type things), battery-powered or wind-up-powered radio with weather information, flashlights everywhere,

    Also – French press for coffee, leather work gloves to protect hands, oil lamps and/or candles.

    We were without power for six days last September, 2017, when Hurricane Irma came through. We live in the country so we are on an electric well, electric lift septic tank, and satellite TV. We are at the end of our particular power line. We managed by moving into our camping mode and using our generator to power the freezer and refrigerator. We discovered how well our emergency/S$*@ plans worked.

    I love your blog!

    • August 15, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Hi Patti, oh my gosh, you rock with ideas! Thank you so much! I can’t imagine the six days without power from Hurricane Irma. I call these learning curves we gain knowledge to share with others. I forgot the French Press, can you imagine all the people without their coffee in the morning??? LOL! I’m adding your ideas to my post, thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog. Linda

    • August 17, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Great ideas, Patti! I too live rural so same stuff for well, septic, tv here. I have one of those wind-up weather radios. It’s cool. A French press for coffee is a good idea. I’m the only coffee drinker here so seems silly to pull out camping percolator. I’m going to get one. Camping supplies rule!

  • August 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Great list! I would add flashlights, head lamps, extra batteries, and lanterns

    • August 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Hi, Laura, I’m going to add these right now. Thank you so much!! Linda

  • August 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I believe the gloves used by factory workers , butchers and fishmongers who open shellfish etc. will be a real asset. These metallic mesh gloves cannot be cut through even with a sharp blade, so to avoid laceration injuries when hospitals are no longer in service or simply if medical help is far away, we should do all we can to avoid injuries in the kitchen or the wood shed alike. Also, for safety’s sake avoid gasoline operated generators. The 4Patriots Solar Generator is the best in the country. It is virtually silent, gives out no toxic fumes and uses only the renewable energy of the sun, even in winter, to operate. Wish we could import them into Canada. I would purchase one in a heartbeat. Proven and safe technology. 🙂

    • August 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Hi, Skye, thanks for telling me about the 4Patriots Solar Generator. I need to look into that one, great tip. The different gloves would be awesome!! Linda

    • August 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Skye, your metallic gloves suggestion is great! I totally forgot about these, even tho I used to manage a roast beef place. Sort of a cheapo thought, but I wonder if roast beef places might sell/give their older ones? We used to throw ours away frequently as they got nicks in them. But, I think they were fairly pricey. I do remember one of our carvers would sometimes take the ‘bad’ ones home as he was a hunter. I also remember getting a few small cuts when butchering chickens at my place. Should have had metal gloves!

  • August 17, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Hi Linda, Printed your blog to add to my emergency binder. Love that they are all printable now. Have to add, I just scored a huge bargain on a 1928 treadle machine and I’m over the moon with it. I would add in some assorted fabric to make repairs with, at least a scrap bag. I also keep extra cold weather bedding, as we don’t prefer to run our household generator thru the night. Our location needs prep for ice storms or tornadoes – as we are not in a hurricane zone. So honestly, the paint supplies were a little confusing to me.

    • August 18, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Beth,you are so lucky with the treadle machine! My mom had one. Lol, she sewed a lot of patches on to our jeans with it! Funnily enough, this was in early ’70’s when it was cool to have patches on butt of jeans! She was pretty cool about doing this, especially on jeans that were new, haha. One time, my sis got a pair of hip-hugger bell bottoms, but dang, they looked too new! My mom went and got my dad’s belt-sander. Put them jeans on ironing board, sanded them suckers right down! Sewed ‘keep on truckin’ patches on butt, with treadle machine. My dad said she was Looney. She just looked at him and said ” honey, ,times are achangin’.” Geez she was funny!

  • August 18, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    When you talk about loading and unloading the dishes, I have to laugh, since that assumes a dishwasher, an appliance we don’t have and that the wife doesn’t want, which also makes the expense and maintenance one less thing.. As for the hills, they are hours away in southern Ohio, so we will be sheltering in place. As for offspring, our youngest is late 20’s and lives out of state, leaving us to pretty much fend for ourselves along with help from local relatives and neighbors.
    On your food storage items list, we have them all in quantity.
    For water, we have a good well and a creek, plus rain catchment, that this year is overfull, along with DIY gravity and pressure drip filters using food grade buckets and purchased filter elements, that work as well as a Berkey: but, at a significantly reduced cost.
    With a whole house generator and plenty of fuel (propane) we can keep everything running for months in a pinch. For flushing we have a gravity septic system, so we do keep some 5 gallon buckets of water on hand for that purpose.
    For preserving the bounty we have equipment and skills to water bath and pressure can, as well as dehydrate and Freeze Dry, although we’re still working on mastering the freeze dryer. We are in the process of constructing a summer kitchen, and just received a 24×48” stainless work table to nearly complete the project. All we need now is an inexpensive propane range and we’ll be in business. Those stainless mesh gloves and a good butchering kit are also a good item to have on hand.
    For your Fuel/Emergency Stoves/Matches list, we have everything; plus, we can heat and cook with wood, or cook outside with wood. I’ve also acquired some new fire (actually) flame starters, using modern technology. These are plasma lighters that generate a plasma arc in the palm of your hand, These produce a 2000° plasma arc that will easily light nearly any flammable tinder and recharge with a USB power outlet like most phones and tablets.
    Items you really need to add to your First Aid/Medical Book/Home Remedies kit should be:
    • A good supply of prescription medications.
    • Coban stretch bandages. Ours were purchased for $0.99 per roll in bulk from a vet supply.
    • Single use tubes of Cyanoacrylate (super glue).
    • Afrin or generic Neosynephrine. This is a vasoconstrictor and with some cotton balls can stop a nose bleed rather quickly. In our case we use the Wal-Mart generic reuiate brand.
    And finally on the Kitchen Supplies
    You should probably keep several hand operated can openers and a good manual knife sharpener on hand. We keep several Smith’s CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener in the drawer with the knives, since I hate a dull knife. They are inexpensive and can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Smiths-CCKS-2-Step-Knife-Sharpener/dp/B00032S02K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534657373&sr=8-3&keywords=Smith%27s+CCKS+2-Step+Knife+Sharpener
    When I first saw the title: “125 Preparedness Items You Need To Stock” it seemed like a lot of items; but, we have them all and more, all collected over time, so it is indeed possible.
    There are now many ways to light your way with LED options and rechargeable batteries. Small solar panels that can charge a phone, tablet, batteries, or plasma lighters are inexpensive. I recently purchased some of the Lyfelite emergency led bulbs with the built in battery, that simply stay on when the power goes out. There are many inexpensive and incremental ways to solve these problems.

    • August 19, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Hi, Ohio Prepper, You have listed some items I need to get. I’m on it! Thanks for another great comment! Linda

  • December 29, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I am wondering if you could place 5 or 10 pound flour bags in a big zip lock bag and place that in a 5 gallon bucket with a tight lid, placed in a dry hall closet…..would this help keep the flour the flour longer?

    • December 30, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Hi Susan, here’s the deal with white flour (I’m assuming you are asking about) it has such a short shelf life. I make bread a lot, mostly whole wheat bread (which has a really short shelf life). White flour has a shelf life of about 12-18 months at the very most. It goes rancid. I only buy enough white bread flour for one year. I have a lot of wheat stored that I can grind when needed. If you really want to store white flour for an extended period of time (I do not) you can purchase some #10 cans from Thrive Life which is unbleached white flour (it is not bread flour) that has a shelf-life of about 5 years under optimal conditions. Once opened it must be used within one year. I hope this helps. I buy about 25-50 pounds of white bread flour each year and fill a 5-gallon bucket as needed. Linda


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