45 Survival Items You Need To Stock NOW

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I think it’s time we talk about survival items that you can start, or continue to stock up now for any emergency that may come your way. This list is by no means an entire list of survival items, but at least it’s something to make us look over our prep stash and add, rotate, or discard any items that expired beyond usability.

Water will always be my number one survival item, but after that, these are not necessarily in order of importance. I will be writing several of these over the next few weeks, mainly to help those just getting started prepping, and for those who have prepped for many years, to be ready for any scenario.

45 Survival Items

1. Water

This is a given. I recommend four gallons of water per day per person. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per day per person. I will leave the amount up to you. I get thirsty just thinking of only one gallon per day, but I always think beyond the bare necessity.

2. Food

This is also a given. I will share my Food Storage Sheet to help you figure out how much food you need to store. I do not count calories, I choose food I eat every day and the staples to help me cook from scratch. Where Do I Start?   You can fill in the blanks for seven days worth of meals. Easy peasy.

3. Flashlight

You can choose a flashlight with batteries or a solar one. If you decide on a battery one, then, of course, you must store the appropriate batteries.

4. First Aid Kit

I hope you have a first aid kit that you have stocked and you rotate the goods stored within. If the stores close, you may not be able to get your favorite over the counter drugs you love to use. I am going to add essential oils in this section because I rely on them heavily for many uses. Here is my popular First Aid Kit with a printable list available to print out. I also want to suggest some Bag Balm and Epsom Salts

5. Emergency Whistle

This survival item may just save your life. You can buy some whistles that you can hang around your neck and alert people if you are lost or under some fallen materials. These are the ones I have purchased Plastic Emergency Whistle These can be heard up to a mile away.

6. Water Filter/Purifier

There are two that I recommend that I have in my preparedness items. I always recommend having more than one type in case one should fail. These make great Christmas gifts, by the way. Berkey-Sport Bottle or LifeStraw Personal Filter

7. Good Knife

You never know when you will need a knife, or two or three. I have a variety of knives for different uses. The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife is a great one for most all camping needs and possible self-defense. Here is another great one for multi-task uses  Victorinox Swiss Army Swiss Army Knife

8. Map & Compass

You can’t always rely on the GPS on our phones, so having a compass is one more way to find our way. They are lightweight and inexpensive. Be sure and have a state or city paper map in your emergency bags and in your car.

9. Fire Starter

Be sure and have more than one way to start a fire. You may need to cook meals and stay warm, to name a few. You need to store waterproof matches, regular matches, and maybe even some InstaFire (I love this stuff, you can start a fire in snow). InstaFire

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10. Cordage

You can use cordage in so many ways. You may have to repel from a mountain, drag an animal or tie some stuff together. This one is a military type Titan 550 Paracord

Ropes, great reminder from Leanne.

11. Paper Towels

You can use these for spills, starting a fire, cooking meals, and washing your hands.

12. Calendars

Your phone may not work, so these would become useful to check off each day or to set goals. Remember, your phone may not work in a massive power outage or an EMP. I highly recommend you reading “Lights Out”.

13. Books

If the power is out for days you may enjoy reading a book or two, right? Knowledge is everything.

14. Tent

I’m not talking about a $2,500.00 tent, just a tent that may give you shelter if you are evacuated from your home. Tarps is another one, thanks, Leanne.

15. Blankets

Blankets can be used for protection from the elements and block a doorway to keep you warm in one room. Cover your windows if its cold outside and your heater does not work.

16. Bug Spray

We have so many mosquitoes this year, you understand why we need bug spray.

17. Cast Iron Pans

These are awesome because you can cook outside if you have the fuel. I store briquettes, lump charcoal, raw wood, and pinecones. My favorite cast iron pan is a 6-quart Dutch oven. You can make bread, a casserole, boil water and make biscuits in one. It’s not just for peach cobbler anymore, although that’s delicious!

18. Instant Coffee

I don’t need to say anything else, this is a must have for most people. Think barter, if you don’t drink coffee, trust me on this one.

19. Hand Sanitizer/Baby Wipes

You can never have too much of this stuff. Do you love clean hands as much as I do? You can always use baby wipes, right?

20. Toothbrushes

We all feel better if we have brushed our teeth. If some families need to move in with you, please have a stash of toothbrushes and toothpaste for them.

21. Hair Needs

Be sure and store some combs and hairbrushes for yourself and families that may have to live with you after an unforeseen disaster.

22. Deodorant

No one needs body odor when we’re in the middle of a disaster or when we’re cleaning up the unforeseen emergency. It’s all about mental health, if you feel good, you are more likely to be happy.

23. Best Survival Books

Some of these books I would strongly suggest you read before an emergency, and have available in the paper version in case we lose power. Yes, we will lose power.

24. Garbage Bags

We need these for garbage, possible body bags, and temporary toilet liners.

25. Baggies

You can always use bags or baggies in several different sizes.

26. Board/Card Games

If we’re stuck at home because of a pandemic, severe weather or a major disaster games will help defer anxious feelings.

27. Candles/Lights

One really cool idea is using those solar yard lights to gather the sun’s rays and power up for lights at night. Bring the lights in at night and take them back outside to power up for the next day. These are cheap and they work. You may want to store some lanterns because they can light up a room. Please remember to test the amount of light they project before an emergency. You want to be familiar with the ones you have stored in your preps.

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Candles are fine, but I do not store them. There are convenience issues, but also safety concerns.

28. Sleeping Bags

If you have sleeping bags you can stay warm if you buy the right ones. Check out the temps on each sleeping bag to see if they will work for you. If you live in the desert you can get by with a lighter one compared to where snow is falling every day.

29. Tarps

Sometimes you just need a tarp, right?

30. Toilet Paper

You get the drift, stock up, please.

31. Paper Plates, Cups, and Silverware

If we have a disaster we may not want to use all the water we have stored for washing dishes. Having these paper products can save us water and time. You can always burn the paper products (in a safe location) if you have zero garbage pickup.

32. Aluminum Foil

I use aluminum foil for so many things. Aluminum Foil by Linda

33. Escape Tool For Your Vehicle

I have several of these because if you need to cut a seatbelt or break a window, you have it NOW. Vehicle Tool

34. Umbrellas

Sometimes you just need an umbrella, right? Or maybe two.

35. Four In One Tool

This is a great tool that’s used for turning off gas lines and water shutoff valves. 4 In 1 Tool

36. Pencil and Paper

You can always use pencils and paper. Crayons melt so I’m not adding those here.

37. Duct Tape

You can never have to0 many rolls of duct tape, right?

38. Emergency Washing Machine

If you have some tubs or buckets you can at least wash your underwear. I also have a post in my archives about how to make an emergency washing machine. Check it out. Emergency Washing Machine

39. Clotheline and Clothespins

If you wash your clothes, you need a way to hang them up, right? Don’t skimp on the clothespins, trust me, some are sold that do not last more than one load of wash. I may need to do a giveaway with some of my favorites called Kevin’s Clothespins

40. Condoms

What can I say, they will be needed.

41. Book Lights

If we lose power and we have zero light, having a book light would be awesome! You can at least read a book or two.

42. Wagon

You may need a wagon, a large one to haul things that you can’t carry alone.

43. Coolers

If we lose power our refrigerator or freezer may be okay for two, possibly three days. Yes, you can store water jugs in them, but eventually, you may have to transfer the food to some coolers. Hopefully, you can procure some ice. These coolers will stay cold for five days at 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Igloo 120-gallon Cooler

44. Cloth Diapers

I highly recommend getting some cloth diapers for babies, toddlers, and some adults. It’s a fact of life, they will be needed if the stores are closed for weeks or months. I can hear some young mothers saying, “yay, I love cloth diapers.” You may also hear, “there is no way I am using cloth diapers.” I raised all four of my daughters with cloth diapers and saved lots of money and protected the environment.

45. Griddle

I picture making a lot of pancakes after an emergency. Yes, I’ll be cooking outside and loving every minute. Please remember, you start with a few things and keep adding to them. You can do this, we can do this. Life is good if we can sleep at night knowing we are prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

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18 thoughts on “45 Survival Items You Need To Stock NOW

  • September 16, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for another great post, but a special thanks for the print function. If someone is capable of remembering all your great information, good on them. Personally I print every post and add to my emergency three ring binder, most of which is in sheet protectors. When my power is down, so is my internet, laptop and printer, so by then I can’t come back and check on anything. By the way your book is great and your recommendations are spot on. Thanks for caring.

    • September 16, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Hi Beth, you made my day!! Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you can use the print button!! It’s crazy if we lose the internet we need those pages!! Thanks again, Linda

  • September 16, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Linda, this is a very good list that needs to be shared. If I may, I want to pass on something in regards to shelters. My husband is in North Carolina as I write manning a shelter. This is of course a historic event, so circumstances are extreme. In the media I’m hearing a lot of ‘good news’ reporting as people do rise in their efforts to rescue and help. It has me pondering the event, though, as circumstances in the shelters my husband has been assigned to are not good. Not enough food or cots or basics for the overwhelming number of folks who did not heed or have the ability to leave the area ahead of the storm. If folks are told to evacuate, do so and take everything you have prepared to take with you. If things change and you are able to drive to a shelter, do the same thing. Shelters will NOT have supplies to meet every family’s needs and this can be a opportunity to help others. Remember the story of rock soup? A little bit from many can feed a lot of people. Your encouragement on another post to stock pile blankets could also be a huge help in shelters. My heart is breaking for those who live in the path of any disaster and for those who are trying to help but find they fall short. Thanks, Linda for all your encouragement in getting folks prepared. The only thing we can count on in these situations is ourselves; anything else is gravy.

    • September 16, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Hi Debbie, oh my gosh thanks for telling me about your husband who is manning a shelter. I hope everyone sees this comment because they will see the shelters cannot meet everyone’s needs. Wow, not enough food or cots, oh my goodness. Yes, indeed we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves. Hugs!!! Linda

  • September 16, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Hi Linda, Another use for a tent is to set it up inside your house when it is cold and everyone sleeps inside it. The body heat from all sleepers makes it a bit warmer and if you have kids, more fun too. As usual, a nice reminder/starter list. A few items sound like you meant to add a link in them… Thanks for all you do!

    • September 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Jan, this is an awesome comment!! I love the idea of the ten in the house!! I fixed the links I left out, thank you!! Love it! Linda

  • September 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Nice list. I’d like to mention that besides bag balm, tea tree oil is great, but not so commonly known.

    I own lots of knives and read or watch reviews often. If you’re on a budget or hesitant to spend money on a knife, Schrade and Gerber offer many good belt knives under $50. For heavy chopping the Kershaw Camp 10 is a great hybrid machete/knife for under $50. Mora of Sweden offers both excellent carbon and stainless steel knives. They do have bushcraft knives, but even the cheap ones are great. Their Companion model in either steel runs $12 – $20. The Becker or one of the Ontario or Esse knives will run more, but they’re very good.

    And if you want stainless steel (High humidity conditions) or plan to prepare food, 8Cr13Mov, 9Cr14Mov, or AUS-8 are all stainless steels. They put this information on the package.

    Check several knife dealers, Amazon and local stores. You’d be surprised to find the same EXACT knife for $40 at one source and then $60 at another.

    • September 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Frank, oh I love your comment! Thanks for your tips on all these knives!! I love ideas like this because they help so many people!! Love it! Linda

  • September 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Instead of instant coffee, I bought a french press. I do have some instant, but I am really not a fan. If I can heat water, I can make a pot of coffee. I am thinking about the days in the beginning of an emergency, where I will want things to be as normal as I can make them. A pot of coffee will help a lot.

    • September 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Janet, I need to learn how to use a French Press, thanks for this awesome comment! I’m on it, thanks, Janet!! Linda

  • September 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks, Linda ~
    This is a nice post. In light of the massive storm on the East coast, we should all heed your advice.

    Something that I will add to your list is rope – either additional clothes line or manila rope AND a book or something that shows knot tying. With a tarp, blankets, etc., you can (if needed) extend your tent to create an “awning” to cook under or sit in the shade depending on the time of year.

    When I go camping, I always carry instant coffee. I generally make coffee over the camp fire or on the butane stove but…I sometimes get in a hurry for caffeine! Then I just want hot water and voila, coffee!

    As for your comment about bartering – I have “kits” made up in zip lock bags to barter with. They each have things like bouillon, tea bags, instant coffee, TP, instant soup, wipes, etc. I figure in a dire emergency, I don’t want to dig through my bags to find something and expose all that I have. SO, in the outside pockets of my back pack, I keep a few of these bags and can hand them out or barter with them.

    • September 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Leanne, I need to add rope to my paracord line, great tip! The tarp is another good one! I LOVE your “kits” ideas!! That is awesome!! I used to know all the knots that were taught to the Boy Scouts, I need to refresh my memory! Great comment! Linda

    • September 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Leann…could you post a photo of your barter kit so I can get a visual?

      Thank you…Deb Samson

      • September 17, 2018 at 10:50 am

        Nothing to take a photo of. Really, I just take a ziplock bag and add whatever I think would be handy for someone. Each “kit” is different. So, the TP for an example, I take a partial roll and remove the tube, smash the remaining TP flat to go into the bag (saves space), add some instant coffee (I get either the tea bag style instant coffee or if I am feeling extra generous, Starbucks VIA), the soups (bouillon cubes in a ziplock snack bag, Cup o’ soup, etc.), I add water mixes (Kool-aid packets, that sort of mix in), sugar and creamer packets that I either get extras at the coffee shop or purchase, dollar store wipes (baby or regular), etc. Really nothing to take a photo of.

        I put things in the bags that I think someone would enjoy and need in an emergency situation. If I have sample toothpaste and toothbrushes from the dentist, I add those but I don’t have a huge supply of those on hand. If I am purchasing things, I get as many things that don’t have a short shelf life and are individually packaged. In my grab and go bags, I generally only have 3-4 barter kits.

        If you have the space to store these bags, you could also add paper and pencil/pens, cards, dollar store word search books, crayons, etc. It is really subject to how much one wants to spend or has on hand. I have used these kinds of bags to hand out to the homeless as well. In those, I generally put in more hygiene products, though.

  • September 16, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Linda…those clothespins on Amazon are 86.00!! Could that be correct?

    I love the idea of having pre made barter bags!! Would it be possible for that person to post a photo so we can have a visual?

    Thank you…Deb

    • September 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Deb, yes they are, they are so strong and sturdy. I like to buy right the first time. I think that’s the cost for 50 clothespins. I ended up throwing out the ones I bought at a local hardware store. They wouldn’t even hold sheets let alone jeans. Linda

  • September 20, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Hey there Linda! This was such an excellent article. It gives beginning preppers lots of necessary information and reminds more advanced preppers to double check their stockpile.
    Thanks for posting this and doing so with a sly sense of humor.

    • September 20, 2018 at 1:50 am

      Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by, I really love your comment! Keep prepping! Linda


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