72 items that disappear first when shtf
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72 Items That Will Disappear First When The SHTF

Do you know what to grab *FIRST* when the SHTF? Looking at recent events reveals a pattern of items that always disappear first…

There are many “xx items that go first after SHTF” lists out there on the internet. Most are the same old outdated stuff rehashed over and over. Some are just terrible, written by bloggers looking for something else to write, and some are decent but usually contain items specific to one scenario or another that may not apply to other situations.

Eventually everything will be gone if you wait long enough, but if you look at actual events such as a major hurricane here in the USA, the Greece financial meltdown, the collapse of USSR, the war in Syria, the situation in Venezuela, or any poor country that has been hit by a major disaster you’ll quickly see a pattern of items that disappear at the very beginning of a panic buying rush.

I have tried to condensed this pattern down to only 72 items and categorized them, here they are in no particular order.

Food & Supplies

  • Bottled Water will be the first to go without fail.
  • Canned Foods. People will just shove them into their carts without even looking at the labels. Another good barter item.
  • Rice, Beans, Wheat, Flour and Yeast. All these basic ingredients will be traded in mass and quickly hoarded.
  • Other grains whether marked for human or animal consumption will be hoarded quickly.
  • Water Filters/Purifiers including bleach will be impossible to find after the first few days.
  • Charcoal. Anyone without access to firewood will begin hoarding this immediately as they will see it as the only way to cook their food.
  • Deer and wild game may be shot and wiped from your local area quickly. This is a heavily debated topic but at the very least all the non-hunters trampling through the woods will make them harder to find.
  • Chickens, goats, cows, pigs and all other other forms of livestock will be worth their weight in gold, if not more. They will be hidden, hoarded, stolen, slaughtered, traded and sold quickly.
  • Cooking Oils will go fast. They can also be used to make oil lamps.
  • Milk,  both powdered and condensed.
  • Salt is a precious and portable commodity. Salt has long been a cornerstone of economies throughout history. Greek slave traders often bartered salt for slaves, giving rise to the expression that someone was “not worth his salt.” Roman legionnaires were paid with salt—salarium, the Latin origin of the word “salary.” It is a vital nutrient and is used to preserve meat. At less than $.40 a pound salt makes a great barter item to stock up on, especially if it goes back to its pre-modern prices.
  • Cast iron pots and dutch ovens are long lasting and are made to be used over an open fire.
  • Gardening Supplies such as seeds, books, and tools.
  • Canning supplies including the jars, lids, pressure cookers, pectin, and other supplies. Most stores do not many canning supplies (even walmart has at best one shelf full?) so just a small handful of people could easily clean out an entire store.
  • Jerky and other long lasting meats. Could snappin’ into a slim-jim save your life? Doubt it, I think roadkill has more nutrients (and more meat).
  • Teas, Coffee, Gatoraide and Koolaides. Instant, ground, bagged, and the pouches will go fast but not as fast as other items.

Medicine & Health

  • Hygiene supplies such as shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, mouthwash, floss, etc
  • First aid kits
  • OTC meds. Tylenol, Advil, cold & flu, cough syrup. Caffeine and sugar withdrawals are going to make everyone feel like crap at first. Expect heavy pain reliever use the first few weeks (especially for headaches and general soreness).
  • Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, and Toilet Paper. Did I mention toilet paper?
  • Vitamins and Herbal Supplements. Taking a daily vitamin could mean the different between surviving comfortably or dying from a nutrient deficiency disease such as scurvy.
  • Wine/Liquors will not be on the shelves for long. They are also good bartering tools, can be used medicinally,  and are useful for making many herbal medicines (vodka is good for this).
  • Gas masks, if they can be found, will fly off the shelves because of tear gas etc, and for the non-preppers, the “cool factor” of having a piece of actual survival gear will compel them to grab one.
  • Baby/Toddler Supplies Things like formula, cloth diapers, wash cloths, and even cheap toys can mean a lot as barter items if you do not need them yourself.
  • More Advanced Surgical and Medicinal Items. I’m dealing mostly with store bought items in this list but hospitals, urgent care, and veterinary clinics will be cleaned out quickly once they are shut down.

Camping & Outdoor

shtf shopping store
  • Guns, cleaning kits, ammo, misc hunting and camping supplies. Pretty much anything in hunting and camping isles will be cleaned out and gone almost immediately.
  • Flashlights, lanterns, and glowsticks. And don’t forget the batteries or fuel.
  • Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges, machetes, hunting knives, sharpening stones and honing oil.
  • Fishing supplies/tools Hunting wild game requires more knowledge than fishing.  Everyone knows or can quickly learn how to fish.
  • Camo and hunting clothes, kevlar body armor.
  • Bug traps and sprays, and mice traps. mmmmm, rat stew.
  • Tarps, plastic rolls, stakes, duct tape, twine, nails, rope, hammers and spikes or anything that can be used to fasten down something or improvise an shelter.
  • Survival and medical related magazines, books and guides. All those lacking even the basic skills needed to grow food and survive will look for any information available.
  • Wagons, wheelbarrows and carts (including shopping carts) will become a great way to transport things around.
  • Gasoline Containers or anything that could be a gas or water container.
  • Lumber and other building supplies.
  • Clothes pins/line/hangers are often overlooked but important prepping items. They make life without a washing machine and dryer much easier.
  • Insulated ice chests are half decent makeshift baskets and can keep items from freezing in the winter.
  • Gloves. Gloves, gloves, and more gloves. They can keep you warm and protect your hands.
  • Work boots, belts, blue jeans, thick socks.
  • Cold weather clothing and weather clothing. Look for wool or polyester. Avoid cotton in the winter.

Household Odds & Ins

  • Candles Lots of them, but unscented and long burning. Stocking up on scented candles can be a real mistake. That fresh linen smell or peppermint orange will really get annoying after several weeks of daily use.
  • Bleach. Make sure you get plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite bleach. Read the labels because, yes, you will be using this to purify your drinking water.
  • Knives & Sharpening tools are worth mentioning on their own. Carbon steel knives are better than stainless. Sharpening stones are a must. Possibly the best all around knife you could ever buy is a high carbon steel Mora knife ($10 on Amazon with free shipping). The material is harder than stainless steel and they have a Scandinavian grind that makes them extremely sharp, durable, and even easier to resharpen than most knives.
  • Backpacks, Duffel Bags. Don’t miss this. Everyone in your house should have at least one good quality good backpack or even a hiking bag. Hauling, supply runs, and bugging out are some of their many uses. Duffle bags might be cheaper but are a real pain to walk with compared to a backpack.
  • Large garbage cans and garbage bags can be used for trash, storage, water collection, hauling goods etc. Garbage bags have dozens and dozens of uses, the thick 55 gallon size being the best.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies
  • Paper, pads, pencils, sharpeners, pens, and solar calculators
  • Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Pillows, Mats and Inflatable Mattresses. A manually operated handheld pump is a must if you want an inflatable mattress.
  • Buckets of all sizes and shapes. They will be used extensively.You never know how bad you need a container until you do not have one.
  • Plastic Wrap and Insulation
  • Glue, duct tape, nails, nuts, bolts, screws
  • Portable Toilets or 5 gallon bucket toilet lids.
  • Weapons, not just guns and ammo but also pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats, tasers, slingshots, pellet rifles.
  • Washboards, plungers, mop buckets with a wringer for your laundry.
  • Aluminum foil. The regular and heavy duty kinds can be used for cooking and to harness some power from the sun for purifying water and cooking.
  • Brooms, shovels, rakes, pitchforks, pick axes, hoes, general gardening tools.
  • Animal Control Products such as cage traps, dog collars and runners, etc.

Other Items Worth Having

  • Bibles. 83% percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians, and many more will find their religion when the SHTF. Bibles will be in demand and can be used to barter items. A box of 100 small Bibles cost about $20.
  • Prescription medications. How will you continue your medications without a pharmacy?
  • Duct Tape and Electrical Tape can fix just about anything.
  • Bicycles with tires, tubes, repair kits, pumps, chains, etc Bikes will become extremely valuable as they are the most efficient method of transportation.
  • Hand pumps & siphons for gas, water, oil.
  • Cigarettes A good bartering item, but salt is probably a better one.
  • Generators will fly off the shelves. Buy now cause nothing will be available when they are needed. Options include solar, gas, diesel, propane, and kerosene. Generators are loud and people will kill over generators.
  • Seasoned Firewood seasoned for 6 – 12 months.
  • Lighters, matches, flint and steel fire starters, fire pistons A good rule of thumb is get 3x more than you think you will need. And just in case you never heard of  fire piston, it is a handheld device that can start a fire with just air,so it makes a great addition to any plan.
  • Batteries Buy all sizes and look at the expiration dates. Rechargeable batteries are ideal but more costly. Don’t forget about 12v car batteries and solar recharger stations.
  • Solar Power Most people cannot go full solar but a basic (and portable) system could be built for a few hundred dollars and could power a few basic necessities when necessary.
  • Smoke house and a root cellar can be invaluable for processing and storing food.
  • Gold and Silver will be the new currency when things begin to settle but not so much during an ongoing situation. Gold and silver coins don’t matter much when you have no food.
  • Motorcycles cheap(er), easy to maintain and gas goes a long way.
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Extra items worth mentioning

A good manual or belt operated grain grinder would be a valuable tool. Put together a bug out bag (BOB) for every member of your family and set up multiple meeting areas around your neighborhood.

Walkie Talkies are great but remember to buy rechargeable batteries and a solar battery charger. Print out or copy any important documents you may need (especially ones online) now instead of later. Build any buildings you need ,such as a smoke house or root cellar, now instead of later. Stock up on some motor oil, it can be used to lubricate and protect metal items and tools.

Final Thoughts

These items will become so much more valuable after a SHTF situation happens, so now is the time to stock up on these things before something was to happen.

Think about when a hurricane is heading towards the United States. How quick does water, bread and other supplies sell out? When the SHTF people will start panicking and looting. All these items will be gone super quick so this is very important to go ahead and get some of these items. Plus they are good for bartering. So win-win.

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  1. I was surprised to find out how many of my female prepper friends had given no thought to stocking up for their monthly needs. Come on girls…stockpile those tampons. They’re pretty cheap.

    1. Tampons are good firestarters too!

      1. Great points all around. Tampons also make a decent pre-filter or gravity wick filter for your water bottle.

    2. Also good for stopping bleeding of a gunshot wound

    3. Tampons are a silly thing to stock pile for your monthly needs, actually. A much better solution would be a menstrual cup and washable pads so you don’t have to every worry about finding more.

      1. Another menstrual solution practiced by some of the older hippy culture is the use of a natural sea sponge as a tampon. The sponge is dampened ( MUST be dampened or it will adhere like a leech to internal mucus membranes ) and inserted. While in use it is simply rinsed and reused, and when the mense is done, it is sanitized in simmering water for about 5 minutes, wring out and allowed to air dry completely before storage. One sponge will last literally years.

      2. Will have to totally disagree on this one. Cleaning up after using a menstrual cup is like birthing a kitten…speaking from personal experience. When it comes to my monthly when SHTF, I would much rather have a cleaner process overall. You are already having to dispose of blood/bloody items, why not just make it a more pleasurable experience. Also, water is probably going to be a precious commodity…don’t want to waste it washing out pads. Just IMHO.

    4. Something like a menstrual cup is reusable, sturdy and many people who experience periods use them even when no SHTF because they’re (alledgedly) conveniant so that would probably be a good thing to invest in. Some tampoons would of course still be good to have at hand because of reasons mentioned above!

  2. Bugout bags I dont understand purpose where will u go ? All your prep stuff will be home not getting it

    1. Sometimes you must leave your home and “bug out” to a safe area, such as you backup location, and this is where Bug Out Bags (BOB’s) come into play. There is a chance you can’t stay in your house (fire, tornado, riots, etc) and you don’t want to be caught packing for an emergency at the last minute.

      Home preps, BOB’s, and a secret/safe second location with more preps are all important in a complete plan.

    2. BOBs also go in the car trunk. You will not necessarily be home when SHTF. Maybe call that one BHB…Bug Home Bag.

      BOBs could also be used to get to your Bug Out Home / Hunting cabin.

      1. GHB is get home bag (should be within reach no matter where you are)
        BOB is bug out bag (holds 72 hours to 1 week of supplies to get you through until you reach bug out location or can return home)
        Car BOB- stays in your vehicle and holds spare parts, fluids, etc. for your vehicle along with some first-aid supplies and emergency food and water.
        GOOD- (Get out of Dodge) is more comprehensive than a BOB–a bag or several bags/tubs and is used when you are uncertain you will be able to ever return home.

    3. I gather the writer is getting at would be when it’s no longer safe to bug in,(Staying at home) thats when it’s time to bug out.. You want to stay in place until it’s no longer safe to stay in place, ideally things should be contained after 72 hrs.. But if they’re not and law enforcement are bugging out, it’s time to get outta dodge.. I would think that out off all your preps it would be a good idea to have a percentage of them stashed(Cached) somewhere else. you don’t want to leave all your eggs in one basket while your leaving your home and you have nothing

    4. Think Houston flood, think Florida hurricane. Sometimes you just have to run and maybe live in your car.

      1. We didn’t evacuate during Irma. Couldn’t afford too. It wasn’t that horrible and our home had the eye pass right over us. we had faith in God we would be safe. we prepped what we could afford to and COULD FIND IN STORES WEEKS AHEAD of time.

    5. My home is no longer in a flood zone since the creek behind our house was abandoned and closed off. The City changed the 100 year flood map to reflect this and I then didn’t have to buy flood insurance. After living there for 23 years with no problems, all of a sudden in the summer of 2017, we had flash floods. Very heavy rains for hours.

      Apparently, the Army had re-work a dried up lake located up above our house. Google historical maps showed the Army cleaned it out and made it deeper to hold a bunch of water and built a dam and fixed it where if they were getting too much water in their lake, then they could release that water down the creeks near us.

      The Army released water on top of it flash flooding. OH MY GOSH, water was rushing up to the back of our property and we though we were going to have to leave our homes. Luckly, I had bug out bags ready. We didn’t really have anywhere to go other than further up the hill and set in our vehicle, but that was ok because we would have food with us. (With the flooding everywhere we could not get to anyone else’s property that we know.)

      Turns out that the houses about a block below our house was getting flooded. Apx. 2 blocks worth of houses and the housing addition next to us also got flooded. The active creek is down there and it was flowing like a big river in the creek AND thru the street. (The neighbors had to go save a couple that cut a hole thru their roof to get out.) Frighting!

      The corps of engineers investigated because of all the complaints and, of course, they said the Army did nothing wrong.

      So…. I NEVER expected to be faced with having to leave my home, but it almost happened.

  3. The thing I find pretty sad about a lot of these prep sites is the thought that society falls apart once something like this happens, in my experience of natural disasters, these times are when humanity is at its best and everyone helps thier neighbours. Good people become better people. But then I live in Australia, and have never been to America.

    1. You’re right that a small scale natural disaster does bring a community together. We had a tornado in our area last year and the outpouring of help was amazing. We were a part of the cleanup and it was great to help and see so many people willing to give whatever it took to help complete strangers.

      Unfortunately that doesn’t translate well to larger scale disasters. Opportunistic looters and thugs come out to do what they do best, and if things are bad enough that society breaks down totally the normal people will go to extreme lengths to protect themselves and their families. That’s what we usually talk about when we say you should be prepared.

      Hurricane Katrina, the Ferguson riots , Syria, Ukraine… Even Black Friday sales show us the sad reality of human nature in mass.

      Imagine how it would be if there was no food, power, water, or some other society infrastructure that we all depend on every day. Imagine a father watching his children starve to death, and imagine what he would do if he found out that you had the only food available.

      Evil men do evil things, and good men will do worse in desperate times.

    2. The fact you haven’t been to America, explains why you think in a disaster,good people become better people. They turn into animals that will cut your throat for a can of beans..

    3. Many will devolve into uncivil behavior, all the more reason people need to be encouraged to work together. When a large cruise ship hits the iceberg, it is inevitable people are going to die. How many die depends on whether everyone panics and worries only about themselves or focuses on working with each other.

    4. Thats extremely naive thinking. Starve someone for a few days then see what theyd do for a can of beans. People riot after sports events for no reason, you think a stranger wouldnt kill you to feed their kids? Sure, people might band together for the 1st week, but once food and water start running out, its everyone for themselves. We’re not talking about a flood/tornado/hurricane situation here. Think WORST CASE SCENARIO.

    5. Where was aid and law enforcement during hurricane Katrina? No where to be found. Aid took too long to arrive and most not all law enforcement took off to tend to their family. If things get bad you can’t rely on aid it could take weeks, maybe months like some war torn Country’s only get aid if their is a cease fire. In some certain situations it could take years to get aid and if things get really bad in the world you may never get aid as everyone is on their own. Look at Ethiopia they are hit hard with droughts again that hasn’t been as bad since the 80’s and 90’s. They are screaming for aid and get very little. You need to rely on nobody but yourself in a time of crisis. Sure if aid comes fantastic that’s great but if not you need to prepare and not just a JIC, BOB, or a SHTF bag but you need to stockpile water and food in your home along with having permanent solutions to clean drinking water and food that’s a must for survival. Bags will only get you so far. The best purchase anyone can make is a 5th wheel stockpile everything in it. Fort Mcmurray in Alberta the wild fire known as the “Beast” The biggest evacuation in Canada anybody that left the city with a 5th wheel or trailer lived in them till their home got rebuilt three years later. Anything can happen the question is are you prepared for it?

    6. Humanity, during a time of crisis, splits into moral pieces. Those who care about others will, like you said, show their best…Then there is the other side, the selfish, there will be those that will walk by and leave someone in need or take from someone to benefit themselves. Survival instincts makes us think isolation is the safest way, but that is only short term, humans are a social creature and we work better and create things better in social groups. Humanity, as a whole, will overcome the SHTF event by coming together and working towards a common problem. I think out of initial fear most will keep to themselves but eventually they will need to overcome their fears and regroup to bring back what was lost.

  4. One thing that will go if people know what they’re looking for will be penicillin and diabetes meds. If people are stealing from stores and pharmacy’s for things like they did during Hurricane Katrina, you can count on the smart few to be going after those meds if the Country or World is in trouble.

    People can be very mean when SHTF and change just like they do for Boxing Day sales and Christmas Eve shopping for that First I-phone or Play Station or something in demand in the U.S as they punch, grab, and push in hordes. It’s pretty bad when you can’t even trust your neighbor.

    1. Yes, good advice. OTC and prescription medicines will fly off the shelves. Get them first or stock up now (mind the expiration dates).

      1. Isn’t expired meds better that no meds? Of course meds that aren’t expired the goal but something is better than nothing!

        1. Pharmacys always go through all medications and discard the expired stuff there is stringent laws that have to be followed and they do. So initially it won’t matter but down the road it may matter but if your sick and need them who cares about the expiration the question should be do you know what your looking for, for the illness you have.

  5. How does one stock up on medications that are prescribed ? Also, I’ve noticed expiration dates on OTC medications appear to have gotten a shorter shelf life over the years…

    1. If possible, buy you meds for 90 days instead of 30. It will at least give you a starting point if you are lucky.

      1. Great advice Cecily. 90 day prescriptions are available on many meds if your doctor is willing. Especially if you cannot get to town often or just for the convenience.

    2. You can’t really it’s pretty hard unless you have prescriptions that you need on a monthly basis that is prescribed monthly or you have refills. The only thing you can really get is Fish amoxicillin which is the same as people amoxicillin is just that one is at the pharmacy and the other is at the Pet store no prescription needed.

  6. Several years ago I read a blog by a man who had lived through the Bosnian Conflict(It may not be over).

    First thing he said is lose luxuries. Generators are luxuries but they run out of fuel. You will spend more time looking for fuel and spare parts or rumors of fuel and spare parts. In addition lights and noise attract unwanted attention. Said Toilet paper will be worth its weight in GOLD. Try wiping your butt with some leaves for a few months. Lastly there are several things I never see on Bug Out/In lists is any type of Pest or Rodent Control. Yes rodents ants spiders etc, will be a problem.

    I also never see any type of plant seeds listed in case of severe problems that last longer than a few months. There are no provisions for growing your own food. Bleach is fine for producing drinkable water but also Iodine Tablets. Lastly as the Sgt has said at times it you may have to leave home. But if you can stay home and learn who your neighbors are you will probably be safer.

    Running out of town for no reason where you do not know anybody can get you killed. Staying home and organizing your community will find you with a lot more resources and skill sets. One last thing one of your biggest resources is Old People. They know how to do things. Do not forget them.

    1. Personally I think that good ol TP makes an excellent barter. Water, food, TP, and the usual vices are easy barter items. Forget gold and silver, that’s for protecting your net worth after a crash and will only be good at the right place and the right time (likely way after things have settled down).

      Good point about the seeds. Seeds for growing food are a very important prep. This article is more about what’s on store shelves, but if you can hit up a Home Depot or Wal-mart and see some seeds, grab ’em! Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Easy to grow stuff that produces a lot.

      Having a long lasting water filter during SHTF will be a money maker. You can fill bottles and sell filtered water by the gallon. It’s a great way to make friends and barter out.

    2. The best thing I’ve read today is to ‘not forget about the old people’. Man,do THEY know how to do ^everything^ physical and basic…things the rest of us SHOULD know but were too busy to learn.

  7. A famous man once said ” this above all to thine own self be true” He was very right there is no one that can be trusted when things go south. You have to be ready , prepared and safe . Then you have to hide in plain sight and wait. Once the majority have passed on and they will and the bad ones move on by and they will and if your smart stay low.

    Then you can move on with you main plans to restart things. Small towns will be best for restarting things. They will listen if you give them something to opt for . get it back on track and watch what happens next .

    Packs of wild and hungry people will still be there and they will try your patience to say the least. Roles will change rich become poor those that had will mainly be the ones that don’t.

    1. You nailed it Wolf. Listen up everyone!

  8. It is interesting how difficult it is to stop people from shopping from your stockpile, before shtf. Every time I leave town for a few days, I loose most of my stored stuff. 1. Put up security lights. 2. Put up a security camera. Stored to a backup drive. 3. Changed locks, added more bolts. Backup drive got stolen, and system was erased. Next I might get cameras to watch the cameras. Ouch. Or perhaps just send events to my phone.

    1. In SHTF, the flash of a gun will deter them more than the flash of a camera.

      OPSEC is the best way. Hide it, make it look like there’s nothing there. Give them no reason to want to come in. Then, be ready if they do.

  9. You missed one, keep quiet, tell no one of what you have, not family,friends. And be careful of what your family ,sons, daughter’s wives and husbands can say way too much without thinking.

    1. Yes. The most important prep of all is OPSEC.

  10. Stock up on kitty litter. Should toilets not work, you’ve got a toilet.

    1. That’s right. A little kitty litter (or sand if you must) in a garbage bag goes a long way. Also worth saving shopping bags for the same purpose.

  11. books on edible plant’s, berry’s, mushroom’s native to your region are important. where do you get info when there is no power or computer or a phone with service? books. that’s where. books on how to make all sorts of thing’s. food/shelter/tools/clothing…. anything. and there is lot’s of books.

    1. I completely agree. You should see my library, I have a whole wall of bookshelves dedicated to these topics. The problem though, is how do you move them if need be.

      I have a shelf of essentials that are ready to grab if I can, and I have many on a usb. Paired with a tablet and solar charger I hope to keep the collection alive if I have to bug out.

      1. I thought about starting an electronic database for the area (5 hour radius) I plan on living/going to…

        It would be on USB Drives. I would have one (and a few backups) computer and solar charging capabilities in a Faraday cage, just in case the “disaster” is EMP related. I would have every thing stored on USB Drives….I will have books too, but an electronic data base is more mobile.

        On said database would be everything you can think of…food stores, sporting goods stores, pharmacies, hospitals, clothing stores, truck stops, jewelry stores (could barter with said items), banks (gold/silver/cash for later), even solar farms, ranches, farms, even entertainment stores (TV’s, DVDS, board games, computers; some would be useful for security needs, and others just for entertainment, of coarse you would have to think about how to make electricity too)…etc… The main question to ask your self is, even if the cars do not stop right away, the gas will within a year or two (if not less). If your mode of operation for the rest of your life is going to be horses, bike, or walking, what things do you need to survive or would it be nice to have near you. Wait for a few months for everything to die down, then reference your database and go get those things…Also the database would include how to guides for almost everything your could think of…

        Of coarse you are going to strive to put away supplies and a resupply plan for you and your family for the short term, but if you could wouldn’t you rather have a plan and know exactly where you want to go to scavenge for supplies that would be useful later.

  12. That’s why I’m learning to be a mechanic of all kinds of shit does go down come to me to rip the computer out of your new car and put you back in a simple carb with spark hopefully we can figure out a fuel thing I’m hoping for battery tech to get good if not propane or ng should work.

  13. It’s “en masse”, not “in mass”.

    1. Actually I meant “in massive quantities” and not as a group. Sorry, should have been more clear.

  14. Just a thought, but soaps are not on your list above….bathing soap, hair soap, dish soap, laundry soap. Soap is not easy to make in a survival situation, but a necessity item to keep oneself clean.

  15. I couldn’t agree more to what you said in this article. I think preparedness is an essential skill everyone must have because it will actually help you predict things and even prevent worse things to happen. I love this post keep this up!

  16. 72???

    Don’t you mean 350 and climbing?????

    Read up folks, it’s NOT going to pleasant when the SHTF.

    And I am FAR from ready myself……

  17. This is THE BEST list of items to store for a situation..long or short term. I am including Selcos list in the equation for comparison. I have shared this with my friends. I am going food and chemist shopping tomorrow since out of all of these I feel I have everything but food and meds covered. Cheers for the best most honest list on the net apart from Selcos which I find a bit hard to keep up with and probably extreme for Australia 👌

  18. best information I have found.

  19. I live here in southern WV. Every county here is prepared to block all roads into and out of the county with backhoes, coal trucks, dump trucks, etc and post armed guards. Nearly everyone hear is armed. People here are poor anyhow and know very well how to ‘get by’ on little to nothing. Enough coal could be dumped along the road to heat and cook all that we need, probably in one day, for every comunity. Fresh drinking water runs out of nearly every mountain around. Many people, including myself, have gardens and give away most of what they grow. My compost pile provides most of the plants I grow because the seeds from the cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoe peels, cantalope etc just sprout naturally and I just plant them. Living where I do ain’t ALL bad! Esp when TSHTF!!!

  20. I hear you there James. Southern WV here too. We rednecks will generally fair better because we have to make due daily as it is. A country boy can survive.

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