Prepping Basics – Know What You Need

Prepping Basics


Prepping 101 – Preppers List of Supplies

OK, so you have decided that you want to take steps to protect your family from unseen events. You may not know what events to plan for or you could have a much defined idea of the threats you see, but regardless you recognize a need.

Your list may be completely different than mine, but I believe the items contained in this list of supplies will be common to most people and more importantly will be required if you are going to be as prepared as possible if the manure hits the hydro-electric powered oscillating air current distribution device.

Water has to be your first priority – it's necessary for every area of life, not just staying hydrated. You will need it to cook, clean, to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.

There is plenty of information out there about sanitizing your own water, but there's more to think about than just that. You will need to locate and carry the water, as well as store it safely for any given period of time. 

Method of carrying water

  • Plastic Nalgene Bottles or Stainless Steel water bottle for each individual if you plan on needing to boil water for individual use.
  • 5 Gallon water jugs – These are pretty heavy when full. Get the heavy plastic ones not the collapsible bladder type. These will need to hold up to a lot of abuse.
  • Yard wagon or wheel barrow to haul the water jugs and reduce trips to your water source if it is remote.

Methods of obtaining/Storing additional water

  • Assuming you don’t have running/well water on your property…. Rain Barrels are best in most climates if you plan ahead.
  • Find additional water sources by exploring your neighborhood
  • 55 Gallon Storage barrels are easy to set up and forget.
  • WaterBOB is great for emergencies with warning you are about to lose water.


Short Term Food Items – This should be the food you eat every day. Just ensure you have 30 days’ worth of food storage at all times at the minimum. Build out to one year as your resources allow.

Long Term Food

  • Canned vegetables, fruits and meat (chicken/Tuna/Spam if you can stand it)
  • Hard Red Winter Wheat
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • stored in sealed Mylar bags

Staples (Food to make food taste better)

  • Flour
  • Salt – Will last forever if kept dry
  • Sugar
  • Honey – Will last forever…
  • Spices
  • Yeast
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Powdered Milk
  • Vinegar

Ultra-Long Term Food

  • Freeze Dried foods would be the last item to stock up on unless you have an abundance of money and zero time. The benefit with these are super long shelf life and virtually zero work so even with the added cost, they are a really smart choice if you have the other bases covered first.


  • Canning Jars
  • Pressure Canner
  • Water Bath Canning pot (all of these are reasonably purchased at Walmart or Amazon)

Remember to spare a little space for extra food items that you and your family love – don't take up too much space, but bringing along a few treats can help stave off food fatigue and keep your staples more enjoyable long-term.

Hygiene /First Aid

I have plenty of hygiene items but it is not my major focus/worry. If you can shower every couple of days and wash your hands before eating and after touching anything nasty you should be fine.

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb/Brush
  • Clippers
  • Floss
  • Razors
  • Vitamins
  • Fish Antibiotics – In a grid down situation a healthy supply of these could save a life. Also get the Survival Medicine Handbook to know how to use them.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Also good for lighting fires
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap-stick
  • Feminine Products
  • Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Calamine Lotion – Benadryl
  • Children’s Fever Reducer
  • Neosporin or Fish Antibiotics
  • Plenty of bandages
  • Latex or Nitrile Gloves (these are cheap so buy two boxes)
  • Face-masks (regular and N95)


  • Gas Grill
  • Camp Stove
  • Rocket Stove like the EcoZoom
  • Fire pit
  • Solar Oven
  • Spare Propane Cylinders
  • Disposable lighters/ Matches
  • Manual Can Opener – or you can use this method.
  • Butane Stove – Spare fuel Canisters
  • Cast Iron Cookware – The best option for cooking when the grid goes down.
  • Dutch Oven
  • Skillet


  • Quick Lime
  • Spare 5 Gallon Bucket with Toilet Lid
  • Trash bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bleach – Non-scented or Calcium Hypochlorite is a better long-term option that won’t go bad.
  • Latex or Nitrile Gloves
  • Camping Shower

Prepping 101 – Preppers List of Supplies – The Prepper Journal

What are your prepping basics? What would you add to these lists?

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