What basic survival supplies do I need?
If you are new to the prepper family and are looking for a good starting point, it’s here. I have compiled a basic survival supplies list for you to take on your next shopping trip. I recommend having enough supplies to sustain each person for six months minimum.
- 1 gallon of water for each person per day.
- Freeze dried or canned non perishable food item’s.
- A manual can opener.
- A multi-tool for turning on or off utilities.
- Minimum rated N-95 particulate rated respirator masks.
- A basic first aid kit for each person.
- Garbage bags, moist towelettes and toilet paper.
- Some local maps (water proof preferred).
- Cellphone with charger.
- Small radio.
- Batteries for radio, flashlight etc.
- Duct tape, small tarp for each person.
- Matches in water proof container.
- Gloves and eye protection.
- Good quality Bowie Knife in protective sheath.
Advanced survival supplies
- Prescription medications and non prescription medicines.
- Glasses, contact lenses and cleaning solution.
- Sleeping bags and blankets for each person.
- Pet food and water.
- Clothing items (two days for each person) according to climate.
- Infant formula (powder), diapers, bottles, wipes, ointments.
- Cash, Travelers checks, precious metal.
- Solar charged battery bank, hand crank charger.
- Important documents (insurance, will, deed, bank account, etc.)
- Liquid chlorine bleach and eye dropper for sanitizing water.
- Metal frame backpack for each person and duffel bag.
- Fire extinguisher for ABC fires.
- Portable water purifier (reusable).
- Female and male personal hygiene items
- Paper plates, cups, plastic utensils, mess kits
- Small games, toys, cards.
- Paper and pencil.
- Two way transmitter radio (CB, Shortwave, Satellite phone.)
- Proper training by a licensed firearms instructor, a firearm, ammo.
- Fire starters (magnesium, flint, char-cloth, 9v battery and steel wool,)
Have a plan in place
Consider the possibility of having to leave your home in case of a disaster. Identify locations nearby where you can take your family. (shelters, other friends or family.) Consider how you will get there and routes you will take in case of gridlock. Having a four wheel drive vehicle may be necessary or bicycles in case of no fuel options.
Maintaining and storage of kits.
Store boxed and powdered food items in a sealed air tight container. Keep them with the canned food items in a cool dry location inside the house. Be sure to rotate out expiring food items. Keep all items in sealed in zip lock bags or vacuum bags that need to stay dry. This also applies to electronic equipment and important documents. Reevaluate your kit every few months to add or take away items as needs change.
Consider having extra supplies kits for quick access at work, home and in the vehicle. Always be aware of your location while moving through new areas in case you need to call for help. Looking for exit number and mile marker signs on interstates will help identify your location. Do not rely on electronics to keep you posted of your location as they may not work in some emergency situations.
The preparedness item’s are endless
This list is only here to give you some basic ideas for prepping. Consider the application of the type of disaster. Research things like bio-hazard, radiation and natural disasters. Try to have some items available to cover every threat but remember to be realistic to what you will be able to carry.
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