Today I feel strongly about sharing these 30 non-food survival items to stockpile. A natural disaster and catastrophe can strike at any moment, with perilous and unforgiving ramifications. Do you have a plan if there were to be a flood? A Blizzard? An attack, or even if the whole grid came crashing down? What then? Stop and ask yourself, “Am I prepared for these types of emergencies?” I’m updating this post from 2019. We need to recheck all of our preps, my friends.
Non-Food Survival Items to Stockpile
While you might scoff at “doomsday preppers” and the precautions they’ve taken, there’s nothing wrong about having the essentials of survival for your family in these situations. It’s not our intent to scare or put fear into you with the “what-ifs.”
We simply want you and your family to be prepared for when an unforeseeable crisis happens. I’m sure very few people along the California coastline thought they’d see 10 inches of rainfall this past week. It would be interesting to know how many were at all prepared when their power went off. Here are the top 30 survival items you need to stockpile to help your family beat the odds.
1. Survival Multi-tool (with Pliers)
No matter the survival scenario, a good multi-tool (with pliers) is on every prepper’s list.
2. Quality Knife or Hatchet
Having a survival hatchet or quality knife on hand during a crisis will prove vital. From cutting down limbs for a fire or skinning a critter for your next meal, don’t go without them.
You don’t want to be left in the dark without a flashlight in a dangerous situation. A survival headlamp is also a great option. I have several solar flashlights, and they’re all on window sill locations being charged right now.
4. Extra Batteries
Have extra batteries on hand for your flashlight or lamps, along with any other battery-operated devices you might be carrying and rely on daily.
5. Duct Tape
Duct tape can patch up just about anything. It comes in handy if you need to build a shelter. The tape can be used to craft a sling or brace if you become injured. I’m sure you can think of other things to craft it into that are useful to you and your family.
6. Basic First Aid Kit
You can’t have a proper survival stockpile without a basic first-aid kit for basic pain relief, bandaging wounds, or stopping the bleeding.
7. Paracord 50-100 feet
A paracord has many functions such as hanging, binding, cinching, tripping, and so forth.
8. Extra Blankets
Hypothermia is not the way to go. Keep extra blankets stored in case of much-needed warmth and comfort.
9. Extra Warm Clothing
Having an extra pair of warm clothing for each family member is a huge relief if your present wardrobe is soaking wet or gets torn.
10. Rain Ponchos
Again, wearing wet clothing is a miserable feeling. Purchase some rain ponchos to keep you and your clothing dry.
11. Pain Reliever
At some point during an emergency, much-needed pain relief is going to be a Godsend. Trying to perform strenuous tasks while in pain or with a throbbing headache might be too much.
12. Reusable Water Bottle
Do you plan on cupping your hands for a drink of water? Get a reusable water bottle for everyone in your family.
13. LifeStraw Water Filters
The first thing to go at the grocery store in an emergency is bottled water, from small plastic bottles to larger and gallon-sized water containers. These Lifestraw filters take up hardly any space and take out most of the contaminants you don’t want in your drinking water.
14. Matches/Lighter/Lighter Fluid
How are you going to prepare your meals if you have an electric oven that no longer works? Keep matches, a long-neck lighter, and lighter fluid on hand.
15. Cooking Pot
You’ll need a stainless steel cooking pot to cook your meals. A Kelly Kettle is awesome. I have a post showing you how to use one. It only needs dried twigs, leaves, or pine cones. How To Use A Kelly Kettle by Linda
16. Ziploc Bags
These are great for storing food, water, medicine, and supplies.
17. Survival Stoves
This will take up more space, but a survival stove is far easier to get started than a campfire. If you have consistent sunlight, a SunOven is a valuable cooking tool to consider.
18. Pocket Fishing Poles
Fish might have to be a huge part of your diet for a while. Get a pocket fishing pole that is compact and great for catching your next meal.
19. Bolt Cutters
In a national emergency, you might run into a survival situation where you need to break a padlock or cut through a fence. Without bolt cutters, it could be the difference between life and death.
20. Gas Masks
If the oxygen you breathe has been compromised with chemical warfare, you’ll be gone within minutes. Invest in enough gas masks for everyone in your family. I’m hoping it never gets this bad, but who knows, right? I have hundreds of N-95 masks stored to prevent bacterial infection too.
21. Walkie Talkies
You might need to communicate with someone in your party who has wandered off on a mission of their own. These are similar to the walkie-talkies I have.
22. Hand Crank Radio
Knowing what is going on in the outside world is extremely helpful during a crisis. A hand-crank radio requires no batteries for usage and can provide up-to-date weather reports or evacuation directives when the power is out.
23. Self Defense
While you don’t want to think the worst about people, having self-defense is crucial as far as survival items go. In catastrophes, some people lose their tempers and moral compass and cause harm to themselves and others. Don’t allow your family to fall victim to this.
Have emergency flares on hand to attract the attention of rescuers.
25. Emergency Whistle
A whistle helps people in your party or others know you’re nearby. These are the emergency whistles I have that are audible one mile away.
26. Survival Pack
How are you going to carry most of this? A survival pack is lightweight and can handle a lot packed into it.
Being able to see the difference between help and harm before it gets too close is a huge advantage. Take a look at some of the best binoculars on the market.
If your phone’s GPS or compass is no longer an option, having a good compass will help you navigate and make a better decision on the direction you head.
29. Portable Phone Charger
Say that there’s an emergency locally, but the larger grid still works. Being able to charge your phone and other devices might be a challenge without a Phone charger, which would prove invaluable.
30. Camping Tent
You don’t know what season that disaster will strike. If you’re stranded outside without any warm shelter or structure to lodge in, you might not survive the harsh cold night. Have a camping tent that helps keep the extremely cold temperatures out.
Other Emergency Supplies to Stockpile
- Money (saving money is important, but also keep small bills available)
- Pepper spray
- Personal hygiene items – toothbrushes and toothpaste- shampoo
- Paper towels
- Pencil sharpeners
- Solar-powered devices
- Toilet paper
- Firestarter – charcoal – firewood
Stock Your Home Pharmacy
- Electrolyte Drip Drop
- Cough Lozenges
- Vicks VapoRub
- Bag Balm
- Dr. Bronner’s Soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Tooth Brushes and Toothpaste
- First Aid Supplies
- Survival Medical Handbook
- Non-latex Gloves
- Antibacterial Soap
- Bars of Soap
- Lip Balm
- Nasal Spray
- Essential Oils
- Allergy Medications
- Infant Fever Reducer Medications
- Child Fever Reducer Medications
This is a list of non-food survival items to stockpile for any emergency right now before you need them. While you might not have to use half of them, it’s better to be prepared than in desperate need.
If you have a survival stockpile that includes several items that didn’t make our list, tell us about them. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda