29 Items You Need To Be Prepared For Survival
I’m sharing 29 items you need to be prepared for survival, at the very least. Here’s the deal, this is just a start and you may or may not have any of this, or you may have a whole lot more in your preparedness preps. I don’t know about you, but the world is getting crazier each day.
I teach classes about food storage and emergency preparedness to churches, subdivisions, businesses, and other groups and I get booked up pretty quick. When I go teach a class, if 20 or 300 people attend and I get just one person to “get it”, I have done my job.
I really feel God has directed me to teach the world one family at a time to be prepared for the unexpected. The picture above is an empty grocery store I have seen one similar to it after a disaster, the government may take weeks, months or more to help us. Please plan on taking care of your family, no one else will.
It’s getting harder and harder for me to drag my emergency preparedness stuff to show people at the classes I teach. I hired a friend to take professional pictures of many of my critical preparedness and storage items, and she had them mounted on 18-inch by 24-inch sturdy foam boards. I’m going to show you some of the pictures and talk about each one. If you can use this information to teach others, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. So let’s get started.
29 Items I Recommend:
In the picture above from left to right, I have the following items.
2. Blue Cans:
The best-tasting water ever, ready to drink right out of the can, and can be stored up to 145 degrees, they are engineered to last 50 years, expensive but worth it.
3. 30 Year Cans of Water:
The water lasts 30 years, tastes like the can.
4. Lead-Free Hose to Fill Water Storage Containers:
An absolute must if you are filling your 55-gallon or barrels or any water container you need to fill outside.
5. Big Berkey:
This one purifies the water, I recommend the black filters. I quote Big Berkey Water Filter:
“Max Filtration Flow Rate:
- Configured with 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements, the Big Berkey system can purify up to 3.5 Gallons per hour.
- Configured with 4 Black Berkey Purification Elements, the Big Berkey system can purify up to 7 Gallons per hour.”
6. WaterBricks 3.5-gallons:
They weigh approximately 26-27 pounds each depending on how full you fill them with water. I use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver for this size container. You can use the water to drink or for the preparation of food. Ten WaterBricks equals 35 gallons of water.
7. WaterBricks 1.6-gallons:
They weigh approximately 12-13 pounds each depending on how full you fill them. They come with a handle and I add 1/4 teaspoon of Water Preserver to this size. These can also be stacked up to four feet high. 1.6-gallon WaterBrick
8. WaterBrick spigot:
It works great for dispensing water from the WaterBricks. WaterBrick Spigot
9. Water Preserver:
I prefer this brand because it’s recommended by the EPA and I only have to rotate my water every 5 years instead of six months if bleach is what I’d used. Water Preserver
10. Berkey Sports Water Bottles:
I gave every family member one of these for Christmas one year. Berkey Sports bottles
I quote from Amazon/Berkey:
- Filters can be replaced
- Can be refilled up to 640 times using a municipal water source
- Reduces harmful microscopic pathogens: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-coli 99.99999% and other pathogenic bacteria
- Unpleasant taste and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment and chlorine End of quote.
In the picture above I have the following items to show people they do not have to have all canned food or just #10 cans.
12. Can opener:
This is certainly a must-have item in order to open any cans of food.or some water cans.
13. Canned Meat:
This one is pretty easy, buy some cans of chicken and cooked hamburger. Remember, tuna goes mushy, so be careful about stocking up too many cans of tuna.
14. Small jars of Mayonnaise:
I buy small jars of mayo and Miracle Whip since we only have two people living in our home, but also because I can use up small jars after a disaster by making sandwiches on bread or crackers for neighbors.
If you don’t want to make bread you can certainly buy crackers to spread a meat mixture or peanut butter and jam on them. Pretend like you are at Costco and giving out samples, people will love it!
16. Pancake Mix:
I love to make pancake mix from scratch, but I also love to buy big bags of pancake mix where you just add water. If we have a disaster, I will need to be prepared to cook breakfast for many people. I will need the “just add water” kind.
I love syrup, yes it has high fructose sugar, but after a disaster, we will need to fill our bellies. Maple syrup stored in glass jars is awesome. Honey is another good source that lasts forever. Molasses is another great idea from Judy: You’ll never run out of brown sugar if you keep two simple ingredients on hand: white granulated sugar and molasses. For light brown sugar use 1 Tablespoon molasses and 1 cup white sugar. For dark brown sugar, simply use 2 tablespoons of molasses for every 1 cup of white sugar.
18. Canned fruits:
It’s great to have a few cans of fruit we can just open them and eat the contents with those pancakes or sandwiches I mentioned above.
19. Canned vegetables:
Do I love fresh vegetables or canned, yep! But after a disaster, I will be serving some of these with chili, soup or adding some to a soup base.
20. Freeze-dried apples:
These are delicious eaten right out of the can.
21. Freeze-dried onions:
These are great because I don’t have to peel, chop or slice onions. I can make soup, or just about any casserole with these.
22. Freeze-dried corn:
This corn tastes good eaten right out of the can. I must admit, I look at corn a lot differently since I have been researching about saved seeds. If you know what I am talking about you understand. It’s called GMO corn.
23. Soup Base:
Now, of course, we can make our own soup base, but remember, I am teaching classes and trying to teach how easy it is to store a few food items. All you do is add water and a few veggies and you have a meal.
24. Instant milk:
All you do is add water. Hot chocolate comes to my mind after a disaster, what about you? Yep, add some instant milk to your stash.
I wanted these because they come in a small container, do not need to be refrigerated, and who doesn’t love a little applesauce, right?
I buy small jars of jam so they will not go to waste if we lose power. I love peanut butter and jelly or jam sandwiches. You can cut the sandwiches into heart shapes or spaceships, the kids will love it. Just eat the scrap, that’s what I do for my grandkids.
27. Peanut butter:
I started buying smaller jars of peanut butter because they go rancid fairly quickly at our house. Here again, who can pass up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made on homemade freshly ground whole wheat bread?
The thing that’s good about chili is just about everyone loves chili with crackers on the side. Great food storage item.
I bought the soups that do not need water added to them. If we had to we could eat them cold right out of the can. Make sure you buy the kinds you will eat. You can donate all canned items to the food bank if you don’t use them and they have not expired.
I hope this gives you 29 items or ideas for storing water and purchasing food storage. You don’t have to buy a pallet of food storage and have it delivered to your house. This list is short because I’m only talking about the items in my pictures. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.
14 thoughts on “29 Items You Need To Be Prepared For Survival”
Good list! Instead of syrup i have real maple and honey. Lasts forever and no high fructose poison.
Hi Linda, great reminder and comment!! Linda
Thanks. You have one of the consistently best and most useful sites I have found.
Hi Linda, you are so nice. I just added Maple syrup and honey!! Great tip! I love ideas to help me remember! Linda
Wonderful list. I would suggest putting together several meals, even if it is tuna, mayonnaise and crackers. After a true emergency, I don’t think I will have enough presence of mind to be able to meal plan.
Hi Janet, good point! I think anything we can do ahead of the “storm” the better prepared we will be. Who would have guessed all the chaos this country has had as far as weather. We must all have a bit of plan on the meals we feel we can prepare. Mine is pancakes, lots of pancakes. Next year it may be something else. Tuna and crackers is a great idea! Linda
One thing that I would suggest regarding the Berkey water filter system – Instead of 4 black filters, go with 2 black filters and 2 fluoride filters.
Something to keep in mind, Janet, is to definitely keep some quick things/comfort things for right after the emergency hits. Perhaps some of those back packing meals that just take a bit of water and heat up or like you say, tuna, mayo and crackers. Jerky would also be a fast easy way to eat without much thought.
Hi Leanne, great comment, I have several Berkey filters, good tip! I believe we need to make a mini plan in our head as to what we will serve asap after a disaster. I’m prepared to make lots of pancakes. Linda
Thank you for another great post. Another great item is molasses .you can make brown sugar with it. I rarely run out of brown sugar,but when I do, I just make my own. You’ll never run out of brown sugar if you keep two simple ingredients on hand: white granulated sugar and molasses. For light brown sugar use 1 Tablespoon molasses and 1 cup white sugar. For dark brown sugar, simply use 2 tablespoons of molasses for every 1 cup of white sugar.
HI Judy, oh molasses is a good one. I’m adding this information to the post. Thank you so much! Linda
Our most likely disasters are hurricanes. The days before the storm arrives are spent getting prepared and helping make sure our friends and family are ready. We always make up carrot & celery sticks, sandwiches, chunked cheeses, hardboiled eggs, baked potatoes and cook up a couple days of meat that we can keep in the ice chest ready to eat. We fill that ice chest if the storm is hitting us so we don’t need to open the fridge. Jerky, crackers, PB & J, favorite cookies, fruit and some chocolate all go a long way towards keeping us going in the aftermath. And we have 2 igloo 5 gallon water coolers that we fill with ice the day the storm arrives. A cold drink of water is absolutely heavenly when it’s day 4 without electricity.
Hi BDN, I LOVE your comment! I recently purchased two HUGE coolers for this very reason. I love your comment about what you make ahead of the storm. You have a plan, gotta love this!!!! Great ideas for food items! Linda
Another good post. Thank you, Linda! Read the ingredients on soups, stews, chilis and other canned meat entrees. Many now add TVP, texturized vegetable protein, to cheaply increase the protein content. TVP is soy, which is not good for us in any quantity. It is highly phytoestrogenic – my friends who have had breast cancer and other female cancers will not touch anything with soy in it.
Also, unless the corn and wheat you are getting are non-GMO, they are extremely difficult to digest. They aren’t the grains we grew up with. I haven’t eaten corn in ages. Wheat, I avoid, as the genetic modifications that have been done to wheat have taken an 8 chromosome plant to at least 46 chromosome plant. Those additional chromosomes are artificial and our bodies are not designed to digest those, which is why we hear so much about gluten-free items.
Your suggestion about the small jars of mayonnaise is excellent. I realized the small jars and containers are better for smaller households. Also small jars of pickle relish and pickles, if you use those. Dill pickles are great when it is hot and you have no electricity.
The Dollar Tree near me has aseptic packaged milk, also called Tetra packs, in whole milk and the reduced fats. I tried a box of the whole milk, at room temperature. I was surprised at how good it was. It is 32 oz. I am adding it to my preps as I cannot drink the powdered milk.
BDN’s post is excellent for those in hurricane areas, as well as areas where the advance storm warnings go out, such as for extreme summer thunderstorm systems and blizzards.
Hi Teddy, great tip on the milk, I will go check out our Dollar Tree. I’ve heard the same thing about soy, yikes!!! It’s really too bad that the wholesome foods we grew up on are no longer the same. I need to call the place where I get my wheat, I only buy it from one source. Great comment, Linda