Skip to comments.Top 50 Preparedness Items (and why)
Posted on 10/12/2012 1:43:44 PM PDT by Kartographer
1. Water Purifier 2. Water Containers 3. Wood Matches 4. Buckets 5. Bleach 6. Flashlights 7. Toilet Paper 8. Alternative Cooking Source 9. Dutch Oven 10. Solar Oven 11. Manual Wheat Grinder 12. Heavy-Duty Pull Cart 13. Hatchet, Ax, and Maul 14. Tree-Felling Ax 15. Rope 16. Tarps 17. Manual Can Opener(s 18. Heirloom Garden Seed 19. Garden Tools 20. Wheelbarrow 21. Canning Supplies 22. Wash Tub, Clothes Pens, Hand Agitator & Wringer Mop Bucket 23. Emergency Candles 24. Oil Lamps 25. ABC Fire Extinguisher26. Board Games & Cards 27. Childrens Crafts & Activities 28. Camp Toilet 29. Alternative Heat Source 30. Fuel 31. Heavy-Mil Plastic Sheeting 32. Basic Tools & Misc 33. Basic Auto-Repair Tools 34. Wood sheeting & 2 X 4s 35. Snake Bite Kit 36. Wind-Up or Solar Powered Radio 37. Two-Way Radios 38. Batteries 39. Swiss Army Knife 40. Hunting Knife 41. Binoculars 42. Weapons 43. Ammo 44. Fishing Gear 45. Topographical Maps 46. Compass 47. Backpack 48. Camp Gear 49. Reference Books 50. Alternative Transportation
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I Think that 34. Wood Sheeting and 2X4's is a often overlooked items and 12. Heavy Pull Cart is one that I haven't seen on such list, but would be a big plus in a shtf situation.
For your consideration, discussion and critique.
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Make ammo #1 and you have all the tools you need to acquire the rest of the stuff later.
..i’m sure that is the plan of the “entitlement” crowd..
There are three precious metals when it comes to being prepared.
Gold, silver and lead.
Well, I’m getting there...Every paycheck we get a few more things. We have a good well and live on a lake, but I know I should get a portable water purifier in case we have to be on the run. I suppose I should purchase that next. I always thought we would just boil water if necessary, but I can see how that wouldn’t always be feasible.
I have stuff and guns and ammo. Come to my place for stuff and I may have more guns and ammo.........and fertilizer.
For the long run, just got a 175# crossbow and 80# crossbow pistol to go along with my old 50# xbow pistol. The 175# will bring down a deer and hogs, the two pistols are good enough for varmints around here. Still need to lay in a large enough supply of broadheads, shafts and fletches. For the most part, would be reusable.
I personally think the number one thing one should do if there is an economic collapse is to live in a rural area. I don’t mean in an area so remote you have to live off the land.
I mean an area where you have neighbors within a mile or two who you can get to know and depend on. They should also be able to depend on you.
Other than that, have a lot of stuff which everyone wants so you can trade.
WRT the heavy pull cart, you can find some interesting items along those lines when looking at game hauling carts. They’re lightweight, have good tires and are specifically designed to allow a reasonably fit individual to haul 200+ pounds of animal carcass through variable terrain.
Looking at the list, we’re in pretty good shape. BTW, I’ve just converted from Swiss Alpenflage to Bundeswehr flecktarn. Newer gear, better fit and a nice Goretex suit for $40! Yuo can even find flectarn knee and elbow pads.
I wouldn’t call this a list of “items”. It contains too many categories such as “camp gear”. lol
A few notes:
1. Water filters. Learn to recognize limestone rock, which can filter water almost as well.
2. Containers are lovely. Remember that they can often be ‘nested’, so for example, a 5 gallon container can have a 4, 3, 2, 1, .5, and .25 gallon containers inside it, taking much less area. Remember lids.
3. Wood matches? Why not 3/$1 disposable lighters? (And a Zippo, for when it is really windy out.)
4. Can be redundant with 2. above.
5. Bleach is good, but it is liquid and messy. Instead get a small box of dry sodium hypochlorite at a hardware store, and make your own bleach with water. 1 box = many gallons.
6. I like flashlights. In addition to battery powered, they now sell cheap hand powered in some dollar stores.
7. TP. Get an enema bag with hose and pre-wash your bottom. This will save a lot of TP.
11. Manual wheat grinder. Don’t forget your manual meat grinder, as eating anything solid when you have dental, oral or throat problems is a major pain.
12. Pull cart. Only take the parts you cannot fab, saving a lot of space and weight. This means axle, wheels and bearings.
Innovation Factory IF-221 Trucker’s Friend All-Purpose and Rescue Tool
Stanley FatMax Xtreme Fubar
Generic bolt cutters
37. Two-Way Radios. This is tricky, because while they have the range, you have to be careful about power supply. And everyone who uses them must use radio discipline. That is, communicating only at certain predesignated times, just before moving to a new location, and using just a few alphanumeric words.
38. Batteries. Consider rechargeable, with a charger, and also 12VDC-120VAC converter, and transformers for odd electronic equipment.
And I would shell out about $150 for a 100 yard night vision monocular. That is, if you are far enough away, and don’t particularly want unannounced company late at night.
Do you know if Dave Caterberry is the same Dave on Dual Survival with Cody Lungren (sp?) If so, I may download his video series. Seems to be a deal for the cost.
“Snake bite kit” must be as full of a first aid kit as possible!
Shelter can be as simple as a tarp but this has to be on your list.
Learn to use a compass with a map (aka orienteering). You may think it’s just a matter of pointing it N, but that’s not going to get you to your destination.
“Make ammo #1 and you have all the tools you need to acquire the rest of the stuff later.”
Another nut case who can’t wait to commit suicide. Don’t bother answering as we get at least one nut case per thread.
We have a lot of those solar powered landscape lights for decoration. In a SHTF situation they will be charging AA batteries for LED flashlights and lanterns.
I have stuff.
If you want it, come and get it.
I am about to buy a solar recharger to charge my Kindle and cell phone. I have a number of books I haven't read and they are on my Kindle so I don't want to lose that capability during a long power outage.
I researched these and the majority are cheap, fairly useless rechargers. It takes a fairly heavy duty one to charge four AA batteries in four hours, so the Kindle (or phone) can be plugged into the USB port on the battery pack and get a decent charge. This one is Goal Zero 19010 Guide 10 Plus Black/Silver Small Adventure Kit $119.95.
I have three solar chargers just to charge rechargeable batteries but those are cheap ones that take a long time and there is no way to charge electronic devices off those solar chargers. It's okay for these chargers to take a long time since they can be in several stages of recharging.
The books I depend on for survival are real books.
For moving "stuff", I have a heavy duty child's wagon with heavy duty tires.
Of course, as long as there are politicians, I'll have regular rope. ;)
I've got several large solar panels and batteries that I use now for power outages. Seems like a thunderstorm appears on radar and our power is likely to drop out.
Lots of the charger kind of stuff I can build as required. I have a lot of books on my Sony reader, including reference books, but keeping a charge on it is no big deal.
“I have a lot of books on my Sony reader, including reference books, but keeping a charge on it is no big deal.”
How do you charge it when power is out?
The reader holds a charge for well over a month, though, with normal reading (couple of hours a day).
To charge without regular power, does your set-up of solar panels and batteries have household type plugs attached some way the batteries - how does that work? That sounds like a dumb question, and it is, but I don’t know the answer.
Okay, got it, ignore my other post asking that question.
“Seems like a thunderstorm appears on radar and our power is likely to drop out.”
Same here, it rains and power goes out. That why I keep a battery small lantern on a table next to my chair. I do not trust power here to stay on.
Not a “tool”, but my better half suggests a tetanus shot.
Any overdue dental work should get done, as well.
It might be a good idea to include something to use with that ammo...
Gun cleaning kit
Stone tool sharpener
flint fire starter
Pepper or wasp spray
Looking into yeti 1250. my next big ticket item
Making/assembling my own mega first-aid kit.
Starting with Plano’s “Guide”. Got it for free.
Also, if you are sheltering in place, items you need for basic repairs on your dwelling. Bags of Cement, roofing tiles, bricks and so fourth.
I don’t see how you could make up one cheaper.
These are kind of handy. You can charge them via the 12 volt plug with a solar panel as long as you’re putting in about 12 to 14 volts DC. (I haven’t done it, but it can be done.)
Good for charging small appliances, batteries, running a laptop computer. You could probably add a marine battery in series to add to the 28 amp hour battery run time.
I’ve had one for 5 years and it still works. Used it to pump out a 400(?) gallon stock tank with a twelve volt pump. I’ve also used it to run a 12 volt fan, but I can’t remember how long it lasted. When taking cross country trips, I would plug it in the 12 volt socket in the car during the day keeping it topped up and it would keep my koolatron cooler running when we stopped for lunch or to take a break.
It won't run a household fridge, but it will run small fans and lights for a little while.
Where did you see that M17 for $130 ?
Seems like an abundance of bad reviews mixed with good reviews on Amazon. Mine has worked flawlessly.
You take your chances. I think I paid about $130 for mine in 2008.
I build all my own equipment, so I won't be buying one, but it is good to know about it.