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Survival Supplies List

Updated on March 19, 2013

A List of Survival Supplies You Should Have

The writing is on the wall: America is headed for hard times ahead.

It's no secret that Americans are already struggling financially. Unemployment stays stubbornly high. Bills are hard to pay. Debt levels are climbing. And record numbers of Americans rely on food stamps just to feed their families.

And it could get much, much worse.

Some experts believe a food crisis is in the offing. Historic droughts are wiping out crops... farmers are being driven out of business... genetically modified "terminator" seeds are making us dependent on corporate agriculture... and our just-in-time food supply system is extremely vulnerable.

The dollar is growing weaker by the day. The Federal Reserve is ready to pull the trigger on more quantitative easing to prevent a total collapse. In the process, they'll set off another round of inflation. The possibility of a total dollar collapse and hyperinflation cannot be ignored.

What's more, liberties in America are disappearing fast. Our constitutional rights are being violated. Police brutality is on the rise. The Occupy movement shows that riots and civil unrest are a real possibility. Worst of all, the legal groundwork for martial law is already in place. All it would take is another carefully orchestrated false flag event to wipe out the last vestiges of American freedom.

And let's not forget the risk of another major nuclear event. The unprecedented meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan in March of 2011 could be a foreshadowing of an even larger event to come. Tension between Israel and Iran is increasing. If war between the two countries begins, nuclear weapons may at some point be used. Obviously, nuclear radiation could circle the globe, threatening the health of millions.

Food crisis... economic collapse... martial law... nuclear fallout... are you prepared? And just HOW prepared are you?

It is absolutely critical that you have some basic survival supplies on hand for the potential scenarios described above, which is why I've put together the following list. Review it carefully and start stocking up.

Survival Food
Survival Food

Food & Water

The first thing most people think of when they think of urban survival is food and water. Both are critical to your survival of any short-term or long-term survival situation. Here are some things to budget for and acquire.


Kitchen Equipment
  • Hand mill for grinding grain
  • Food dehydrator
  • Survival stove (solar powered or one that runs on alternative fuels)
  • Good knives & knife sharpener
  • Bottled water
  • Water stored in 55-gallon barrels
  • Rain barrels filled with water
  • Water filtration systems (small and large)

Dehydrated Food for Long-Term Food Storage

Here are some options for getting a supply of food for long-term storage.


Shelter & Protection from the Elements

You will die in about 3 days without water. But you can die in less than 24 hours from hypothermia. That is why shelter may be the single most important part of your survival plan. Here are some important items to have.

  • Sleeping bags (rated to at least 30 degrees, preferably down to 0 degrees)
  • Tents (large tent for the entire family as well as smaller portable tents)
  • Oil core heater (in case of disruption to supply of natural gas)
  • Fire-starting materials (multiple options available at REI)
  • Winter clothing: coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, and snow boots
  • Umbrella
  • Rain ponchos
  • Waterproof jacket/boots (Gortex or similar fabric)

Emergency Shelter

Here's an emergency tent, plus two regular tents you may want to consider getting.

Glock Handgun
Glock Handgun

Home Security

An unsecured home won't be worth much if criminals take it from you. Make sure your home can be defended. With that in mind, consider acquiring or building some of the following items.


  • Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle
  • Ammunition
  • Pepper spray
  • Wasp & hornet spray
  • Bear spray
  • Exterior floodlights
  • Alarm system
  • Safe room
  • Extra deadbolts for doors
  • Reinforced door jambs (
  • Telescoping security brace for sliding glass doors

Home Security Items

Here are a few inexpensive home security items you may want to get. The "door stop" alarm is really clever. As soon as a door is pushed open against the door stop, the button is pressed down and the alarm sounds.

Gold & Silver Coins
Gold & Silver Coins

Financial Security

If the U.S. experiences hyperinflation or the dollar collapses, it will be critical to have other forms of wealth to facilitate trade. Specifically, you will want to have precious metals and coins. You will also want to have items of value that can be easily transported and traded.

What kinds of things will have value as "currency"? Here is a partial list:

Precious Metals & Coins

  • Gold (coins, rounds, and bars)
  • Silver (coins, rounds, and bars)
  • Quarters/dimes/half dollars (dated 1964 and earlier)
  • Pennies (from 1909 to 1982 - high copper value)
Valuable Items for Barter
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Ammunition (bullets, shotgun shells, etc)
  • Heirloom seeds

When Should You Start Prepping?

When it comes to prepping for ANY unexpected event, better one year too early than one day too late.


Transportation & Communication

What happens if the price of gas becomes prohibitively expensive? Or it is no longer available at any price at all?

Or what happens if an EMP attack wipes out the electrical grid and all devices that depend on it to operate?

Or what happens if the government is monitoring your phone calls and you want a completely private method of communicating with friends and family members.

While these scenarios may seem far-fetched, it doesn't hurt to plan for them. Here are a few items to have on hand:

Transportation - Personal

  • Bicycles in good working condition
  • Panniers (bags for your bicycles)
  • Good walking shoes
Transportation - Hauling Stuff
  • Wagon
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Walkie-Talkies (2-way radios)
  • Satellite Phones
  • CB Radio
  • AM/FM Radio


Power & Electricity

Don't forget! You'll need a way to power electronic devices if for some reason the electrical grid fails. Here are some items to add to your survival stash:

  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Rechargeable batteries (all sizes)
  • Diesel generator
  • Solar generator
  • Solar panels
  • Firewood
  • Charcoal
  • Extra propane tanks

Solar Chargers for Portable Electronic Devices

This is one inexpensive way to get prepared: get a solar charger for your portable electronic devices. Any good solar charger will charge up cell phones, tablets, and most USB powered devices. Cost? As little as $30.


Nuclear Fallout

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake followed by a tsunami caused a nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Most people are simply not prepared to deal with radioactive fallout. Here's what you need:

  • Potassium iodate (or potassium iodide) - protects your thyroid
  • Modified citrus pectin and alginate - helps body eliminate toxins
  • Bentonite clay (or similar) - draws toxins out of the body

Survival Books on Amazon

Looking for more in-depth advice about survival and how to prepare for catastrophes? Then check out some of these survival books...

Have I Overlooked Any Survival Supplies? - If I have, let me know by leaving a comment!

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      beta816 5 years ago

      @Toolesque LM: Great observations. Glad you like the list! And thanks for commenting! :-)

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      Toolesque LM 5 years ago

      As things get worse and I am faced with facts I cannot ignore, it is becoming obvious I need to have a plan. I am not a paranoid, but I am also not ignorant. Things are going to get bad. Things are weird now, and a little frightening and I'm sure most people are thinking to themselves at least, what would I do? I will not be caught off-guard. This is a great list of things I haven't yet thought of, as I am compiling a list of items and means I need to have ready. I will soon start my bug out readiness and am grateful for this list. Thanks!!!!!