30 Non-Food Survival Items To Stockpile

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Today I feel strongly about sharing these 30 non-food survival items to stockpile. 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?”

Non-Food Survival Items to Stockpile

While you might scoff at “doomsday preppers” and the precautions they’ve taken, there’s nothing crazy 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. 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.  

3.Flashlight

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. 

4. Extra Batteries

Have extra batteries on hand for your flashlight or lamps, along with any other battery-operated items you might be carrying and rely on daily. 

5. Duct Tape

Duct tape can patch up just about anything. You can even craft it into something useful. 

6. Basic First Aid Kit

You can’t have a proper survival stockpile without a basic first-aid kit for relief or bandaging wounds.  

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. 

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 the larger and gallon-sized water containers. What will you do for pure drinking water? Relax, these Lifestraw filters take up hardly any space and take out all the junk 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. 

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 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.

21. Walkie Talkies

You might need to communicate with someone in your party that might have 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. 

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 cause harm to themselves and others. Don’t allow your family to fall victim to this. 

24. Flares

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. 

27. Binoculars 

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. 

28. Compass

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. Goal Zero Solar 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 Goal Zero phone charger, that would prove invaluable.

30. Camping Tent

You don’t really 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 Items to Stockpile

  • Money (saving money is important, but also keep small bills available)
  • Pepper spray
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Solar-powered devices
  • Toilet paper
  • Firestarter

Final Word

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

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5 thoughts on “30 Non-Food Survival Items To Stockpile

  • September 20, 2019 at 9:14 am
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    hello again my dear friend!
    I love your list and I hope people learn from it. Being a somewhat prepper for the last 15 years I have quite a bit saved up. I have everything on your list plus more. I always stop and think of the worse thing that could happen. So therefore, I have also decided to purchase several bottles of rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and bleach years ago. People may also need to be reminded to throw in “manual” gadgets like can openers, etc.
    My question about saving batteries is this. Do they hold their power if the package is not opened or do they drain a little over time? and once the package is opened how can we save the others from draining?
    Thank you again for taking the time to help people survive. You may not know just how important you are and what great work you are doing. But I know! You are precious.
    Unspeakable things are happening all around us, and in our faces. Most people do not even know, but once they do they can never un-know.
    So keep up the good work. You know I always send you love and energy. Take care.
    Vivian
    “that lady from Cincinnati, Ohio”

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    • September 20, 2019 at 11:05 am
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      Hi Vivian!!!! Oh, it is so good to hear from you, girlfriend!!! Thank you for your kind words, it means the world to me. I’m very frustrated with storing batteries where I live. It doesn’t matter if the packages are open or not. This is why I have got 4 solar flashlights on my windowsill. I’m lucky if they will work in 6 months. I use to buy a carton of each one at Costco when I lived up north. I can’t do it here. Sending love and hugs from Utah, Linda P.S. I will ask my Facebook page if they have ideas on how to store them. If you do Facebook, please join my Food Storage Moms Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293154608161380/

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  • September 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Being that those of us in Florida experience warm to hot and very humid weather, I’d suggest battery powered fans and then get yourself a solar battery charger plus the batteries that way you can always add disposable batteries to your supplies, but a good supply of rechargeable batteries will be cheaper in the long run and you don’t have burn up as many disposables.
    It all depends on how much you use the fans, what you pay for batteries, and personal preferences. I found “D” batteries in a “dollar store” or “Asian import store” for a cheap price and bought like 12 packs.
    I’d also add spray bottles to mist yourself or to wet your clothing to provide cooling thru evaporation. It’s nice to have clean hands and a fresh face.

    For the well prepared, one idea is a generator or solar panels and a window mounted AC unit, but that’s a little more money. The upside is having that generator to power anything else such as a small fridge (Depends on the size and power of your generator), power tools, medical equipment, etc. And even with all the above, coolers and insulated cups are still relevant as ice is often made available in fast food places or provided by the county or charities.

    And I’d add a few tools in case of damage to either make repairs or to escape or self rescue yourself or another person. Or you might want to improvise something.

    And another thing…. now you got me thinking Linda…. gloves, hats, sunglasses, scarfs or handkerchiefs, and both ear and eye protection are always good to have. We need to protect our hands and faces and keep those areas clean. And these items are useful anytime, anywhere and will prevent problems in a crisis.
    I got a tiny splinter yesterday despite the fact I had gloves in my pocket. And the machines where I work can be loud, so I am speaking from experience and will have these items with me from now on. Gotta learn the hard way sometimes 🙂

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    Linda,
    Great job, as usual, on this list. I passed it on to my daughter and son-in-law who just made it through Imelda in the Houston area. One thing I could point out refers to emergency flares, particularly the self lighting road flares. If you have no other means, they can be used to start a fire for either warmth or cooking. I know that is a pretty extravagant means of starting a fire, but sometimes desperate situations call for desperate solutions.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Heavy duty garbage bags will come in handy – they can be a ground cover to keep you and your supplies from getting wet when sitting on the ground; a pack cover, equipment cover in inclement weather; an emergency poncho or emergency tent; used to haul wood or other items back to your camp if camping out.

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