25 Things Everyone Should Hoard for an Emergency

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Today, it’s all about 25 things everyone should hoard for an emergency. When disaster strikes, it’s typically too late to start planning, making a list, and then heading to the grocery store to pick up your needs. By the time you get there, people will already be out of control, ransacking foods and supplies that you should have already stockpiled.

This doesn’t have to be you in this type of situation. Be prepared. Take a look at these 25 things that everyone should hoard in case of an emergency. Do you know things everyone should hoard for an emergency

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1. Pain Relievers

Having aspirin on hand can be useful for relieving headaches and reducing fevers. Applying it directly to burns, scrapes, and cuts can reduce pain directly to your skin. It even works well on a bug bite or bee sting.  

2. Electrolytes

Catching a fever with flu-like symptoms during a crisis is not only bad but can be deadly. Stocking up on electrolytes, such as Gatorade or Pedialyte can help replenish your electrolytes and keep you from dehydrating.   

3. Hand Crank Radio

Not being informed during an emergency can be even scarier without any information from the outside world. Purchase a hand-crank radio to help with this problem. No batteries required. 

4. Multi-tool 

Having a multi-tool on hand during a crisis is much more effective than carrying around a toolbox full of heavy tools everywhere you go. Most of them have knives, scissors, screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener, and pliers. 

5. Firearms

Unfortunately, bad times usually bring out the bad in people. Having firearms stashed away for protecting your family is important, even if you aren’t fond of them. If you are totally against guns, find some other solution or form of protection for keeping your family safe. 

6. Extra Blankets 

Heaven forbid if an emergency were to strike in winter. But if it did, make sure that you are ready. Electricity and keeping your home heated might not even be an option. Make sure to have plenty of extra blankets stored away, just in case. 

7. Duct Tape

Duct tape has so many uses. You could patch a tent, patch a hose, better insulate your shoes, and so on. Mythbusters (television show) even made a kayak with duct tape and a few pieces of wood. 

8. Paracord

Paracord, like the duct tape, has many uses. It’s much stronger and lighter than typical rope. You can use it to tie sticks together to make a shelter. Paracord can also be used for climbing, a fishing line,  sling, and countless other survival uses.  

9. Batteries

You are going to go through a bunch of batteries. Make sure you stockpile batteries of all kinds while preparing for an emergency. If someone in your family uses a breathing machine or respirator, be sure to stock up on the appropriate batteries.  Please look into a solar-powered backup system like a Goal Zero Solar Unit.

10. Flashlight

Having extra flashlights hoarded away will keep your family out of dark situations at night. In my opinion, you can never have too many flashlights.

11. Can Openers

Canned food (besides your dehydrated and freeze-dried food) is about the only source of food you will find that hasn’t spoiled. So when hard times hit, make sure to have a handy can opener with you.

12. Charcoal/Lighter Fluid/Campfire fuel 

Charcoal is a great way of cooking your food. Be sure to have plenty of lighter fluid or campfire fuel to help speed up the process. 

13. Camp Stove 

Camp stoves are not only great for camping but having in case of an emergency too. They don’t give off smoke like a campfire does, keeping you from giving away your location if you don’t want to be found.  

14. Water Filters

Not having clean water to drink will get you sick in a hurry. Have several survival water filters to keep your drinking water fresh. 

15. Hand Sanitizer

Stock up on hand sanitizer ahead of time to keep germs away. You may not have access to fresh water and this is the next best thing.

16. Freezer Bags

Freezer bags will not only store your food and keep it fresh longer, but they work great for storing other things as well. You can even use them like a mixing bowl or for marinating your meat. 

17. Garbage Bags

Garbage bags serve many purposes, not just for taking out the trash. They can be worn as rain ponchos, shelter covering and human waste sanitation. And in the event we need a body bag these will have to work.

18. Paper Cups/Plates/Towels

Don’t eat like an animal just because the end of the world has taken place. Eat and drink like a king on paper plates, cups and paper towels to clean your mug. Please stock up on paper plates, cups, bowl, and plastic silverware.

19. Toilet Paper

Just imagine not having toilet paper during a crisis. Now that’s talking about “the end of the world” scenario. Stockpile toilet paper for a much softer, more sanitary way of cleaning yourself. 

20. Laundry Detergent

Another great item to hoard for an emergency is laundry detergent. You might not have a working washing machine, but you can still clean your clothes the old fashioned way, with laundry detergent and your two hands. 

21. Shampoo/Soap

Taking a shower every day after a catastrophic event has taken place might not be an option. Yet when someone in your party begins looking at you funny or is avoiding you, at least you collected plenty of shampoo and soap to get the job done. Please stock up on some baby wipes, even if they dry out you can add water to them!

22.Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)

If you’re already in a miserable situation, getting an injury sure doesn’t help. Vaseline works great on soothing cuts, burns, and scrapes. 

23.Tooth Brushes/Toothpaste

Gather several toothbrushes and toothpaste to keep your teeth pearly white on the grayest of days that you can remember. 

24. Lysol 

Lysol helps to kill germs and lice, keeping you safer from sickness. Consider Lysol your new best friend during an emergency. 

25. Gasoline/Propane

Having ways to prepare your meals or keeping an automobile running might be tricky without gasoline or propane. When an emergency strikes, you can count on them not being available.

Gasoline should be good for up to 3-6 months or longer if you add appropriate additives. Be cautious where you store it. Never store these in your home. Please note, I personally don’t store gasoline on my property because of fire danger near our home.

Other Items to Hoard for an Emergency

  • Stored water
  • Pet food
  • Purify your water with a filter
  • Don’t forget to check expiration dates
  • Baking soda
  • Firestarter
  • Rice, beans, pasta
  • Bottles of water
  • Buckets
  • Bleach (good for 6-12 months-use for sewage issues)

These are 25+ things that everyone should hoard in case of an emergency. If you’ve taken measures to prep for the unexpected, what other items would be crucial for survival? 

Final Word

It’s a good idea to be prepared for natural disasters in any way you can! While you’re at it, make sure you have good bartering items on hand and check the shelf life of items you’re hoarding and storing. These are things we should hoard for an emergency, I promise. May God bless this world, Linda

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12 thoughts on “25 Things Everyone Should Hoard for an Emergency

  • September 22, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    PRI-G will keep fuel up to 6yrs. Ive only gone 5 myself though. PRI-D for diesel.
    Ammo- that gun don’t run without it.
    Buy it cheap stack it deep

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    • September 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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      Hi Matt, thanks for the tips on fuel! I love it! Buy it cheap and stack it deep! Love it!! Linda

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  • September 22, 2019 at 8:31 am
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    Linda, what a great practical list. The title of your article was Very Humorous this morning as I was listening/watching Hoarders TV show while clearing my bathroom cabinet of seriously old ‘product’. Yep, I’m trying the de-cluttering thing. While doing this, I thought about another article of yours about saving money. Many of the really old hair products were impulse buys. I did dredge out some items that are fine, but…yrs of storage changes things. Like, Irish Spring soap: the bars seemed shriveled? Toothpaste seemed hardened? Yea, because I like to have extra, I buy extra when on sale. So, while I rotated my food stuffs, I didn’t do same with hygiene stuff. Just something I learned this morning, lol.

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    • September 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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      Hi Wendy, I tell you I am getting Mark to declutter now. I guess because he proofs my articles before I publish them. YAY! He is starting to understand get rid of stuff! The bathrooms are the black hole sometimes! LOL! Thanks for the reminder, I’m going to go do one after I answer these comments. Thank goodness for trash cans. And thrift stores. LOL! Happy Sunday! Linda

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    Emer-gen-C brand has an electrolyte in packets to add to your water that has no added sugar and no weird sweeteners. I just bought some and have not used it yet, but the brand is good!

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    • September 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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      Hi Jan, oh my goodness I love Emergen C!!It’s awesome stuff! Linda

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    We have several manual type of can openers. I also carry a P38 and P51 style can openers. These were issued by the military and can be found in almost any store that sells outdoor gear. You can get them at a military surplus store and on Amazon. I’ve had a P38 on my key chain since I was in the National Guard in the 70s. One word of caution, they may be difficult for people with arthritic hands to use.

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    • September 22, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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      Another thought. Vinegar! I had got tea spilt on my chest, arm and hand. I had heard about using vinegar to stop the burn. I yelled at my husband to grab the vinegar. I poured it into a washcloth and when I covered the burn area….it stopped burning! That fast! Use it on accidental burns or sunburns. I don’t think it matters which kind of vinegar. AMAZING! No one seems to know this trick.

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    • September 22, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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      Hi Karl, I’m still giggling over the “stuff” YouTube! It’s the best! I love having many different manual can openers. Great tip! Linda

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    I don’t keep aspirin in my preps. Instead, I keep white willow bark tea – the original aspirin! Aspirin expires but the tea if stored in a jar with an oxygen absorber will keep for years.

    In addition to some of your suggestions: hand sanitizer – look on-line and find a “recipe” for homemade sanitizer. I keep the necessary ingredients and don’t use alcohol. I also do keep alcohol for other purposes, however. Also, for laundry soap, one might keep the ingredients to make your own.

    I would love to have a garage that I could store a lot more for the SHTF times but no such luck. I don’t have anywhere to store gasoline/other fuels so that is out of the question for me. I keep my camping gear handy and I do have some butane for my camp stove as well as some charcoal for using my dutch oven. Other than that, I do have some fire starting materials – tinder, kindling, paper in a sturdy zippered case (the kind sheets and blankets come in) and some small wood.

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    • September 22, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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      Hi Leanne, thanks for the tip on making my own hand sanitizer. I’m on this one for sure, love it! I will need to order some white willow bark tea, thank you!! Aspirin is the only thing that helps my Glaucoma headaches. Thank you! Linda

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