Check Your Preps Against These Must-Have Lists

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Survival Diva here. Before beginning this week’s post, I’d like to first say that my heart goes out to all those involved in the Boston Marathon bombing and their loved ones. As we wait to hear official word as to who instigated this attack, it is a time to double-check that we are as prepared as possible should this situation grow worse.

(David’s update/note:  In addition, we’re praying for the victims of the West, Texas explosion.  My wife used to love going to the WestFest Czech festival and it was humbling seeing two explosions in one week in places where we’d been.)

Lists are GREAT tools–in fact, if you’ve been in the military, law enforcement, aviation, or part of a successful business organization, you know how valuable they are.  Lists pick up where memory drops off, and allow you to quickly and visually check your status.

With that in mind, today we’ve got 2 valuable lists for you:  a must have list for emergency food storage and another list of top medical supplies to have on hand.  We’re also going to refer you to our list of the top 50 items to disappear first and be missed most after a crisis from last fall. Mind you, the lists can grow from basic to deluxe, but in this post I’m listing the absolute must-haves.

These lists have been combined to serve as a basic check list that can be scrubbed against what you have already put aside for preparedness. Don’t worry if items are missing from your personal stash…like everything worth doing, it takes time, and each item you’re able to check off your list means you’re closer to your goal. Besides, prepping is never a one-size-fits-all. There will be items on the list that won’t fit into your situation, but for the most part, most of these items will be necessary for most of us.

Before We Get Started On The “Top 30 food Storage Foods”, Here Are Some Points to Ponder:

I realize some of you plan to store MRE’s, but you might also consider adding canned fruit and vegetables along with your favorite comfort food. Having foods you enjoy today will help you get through a stressful time tomorrow.

For those who plan to Survive In Place and have put the lion’s share of food storage into bulk items, consider adding easy to prepare canned meals for times when illness makes cooking from scratch difficult, or for the beginning of a crisis when you’ll need the convenience to allow time to kick-start your preparedness into gear.

I’ve mentioned a syndrome called appetite fatigue in previous posts, but it bears repeating. Appetite fatigue is a real issue that occurs for most people when they have to eat the same meal (or similar meal) day after day. Eventually, the issue can cause people to choose to go hungry, even in the midst of a long-duration emergency. It affects the elderly and the young the most, but studies done on military personnel showed that even they chose to go hungry when facing the same bland meal day after day.

There are several inexpensive ways to alleviate appetite fatigue. Spices can change the flavor of meals—consider investing in several different spices you enjoy now to your food storage.  Another solution is having comfort foods to offer those afflicted. It can be something as simple as a bowl of popcorn, or a few hard candies. It will break the routine of similar meals and it is uplifting, bringing a little normalcy to an unsettling time.

(David’s note:  You may want to think about spices and other foods that have medicinal qualities.  As Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.”  Some quick examples are oregano, garlic, onions, and turmeric.  If you have other favorites, please share them below.)

The Top 30 Items for Long-Term Food Storage includes nutritious foods that for the most part have a long shelf life.

Top 30 Storage Foods:

  1. Sugar
  2. Honey
  3. Flour or Wheat, or Both
  4. Vinegar
  5. Dehydrated Eggs or Long-Term Stored Eggs (Click Here For Instructions on Storing Eggs)
  6. Dehydrated Cheese or Long-Term Stored Cheese (Click Here For Instructions on Waxing Cheese)
  7. Rice, Couscous
  8. Oats, Pancake Mix, Cornmeal
  9. Beans, lentils, Peas
  10. Condiments; Mayonnaise, Mustard, Catsup, Soy Sauce, Salad Dressing (Dry Packets Will Store Longer), Bottled Bacon Bits, and Other Preferred Condiments
  11. Pasta–Assorted
  12. Powdered Milk—or Canned Milk (Canned Milk Has a Long, Stable Shelf Life. Mix ½ Water, ½ Canned Milk to Drink)
  13. Peanut Butter
  14. Jams—Assorted (Buy In Smaller Sizes to Avoid Having to Refrigerate, or Purchase Individual Packets From a Restaurant Supply)
  15. Canned Tuna Fish, Salmon, Oysters, Sardines, Clams and Other Preferred Canned Fish
  16. Canned Beef
  17. Canned Chicken
  18. Canned Ham
  19. Nuts (To Stretch Shelf Life, Consider Freezing or Vacuum-Sealing)
  20. Assorted spices: Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chicken & Beef Bouillon Cubes, Cinnamon, and Assorted Spices to Flavor Meals as Preferred.
  21. Baking Supplies: Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Yeast or Sourdough Starter (Click Here For Info On Making Sourdough Starter), Baking Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla, Maple Extract (To Make Syrup), and Other Preferred Extracts
  22. Oil, Shortening
  23. Sprouting Seeds & Garden Seeds
  24. Canned Fruit
  25. Canned Vegetables
  26. Tomato Sauce, Jarred Spaghetti Sauce, Stewed Tomato, Tomato Paste, Chicken & Beef Stock, and Other Bases For Soup, Bean Dishes, and Pasta Dishes
  27. Pre-Cooked Canned Meals; Chili, Stew, Soups, and Others You Prefer
  28. Drinks; Powdered Drink Mixes, Kool-Aid, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, and Drinks You Prefer
  29. Comfort Foods; Trail Mix, Popcorn, Candy (hard candy keeps longer than chocolates), pudding,  Cake Mixes & Frosting, and Other Comfort Foods You Prefer
  30. Packaged Meals; Macaroni & Cheese, All-In-One Pizza making Kits, Top Ramen, and Other Pre-Packaged Meals You Prefer

IMPORTANT NOTE: Water is your first priority. In several posts, I’ve suggested keeping at least 2 weeks of stored water indoors, and more elsewhere like a garage or an outbuilding. The purpose of storing 2 weeks of water is for situations like a nuclear event, where you cannot go outdoors for a protracted time, or for times when it isn’t safe to go outdoors due to looting or unrest.

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Must-Have Medical Supplies: a basic list of medical supplies is posted below. Click Here for an advanced medical supply list.

1 .4inch X 4inch Sterile Gauze Pads

2. Band Aids—Get plenty in assorted sizes!

3. Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (Both Sterile to protect wounds and larger to wrap wounds)

4. Isopropyl Alcohol

5. Hydrogen Peroxide (For cleaning wounds and can be used as a gargle for tooth abscess)

6. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Yeast infection, stomach upset and more)

7. Ibuprofen (Fever reducer & helps to control inflammation)

8. Aspirin

9. Children’s Fever Reducer

10. Tylenol (Fever reducer)

11. Benadryl (Treatment for nausea, insomnia, allergy)

12. Penlight Flashlight (To check for sore throat & pupil dilation with head trauma)

13. Surgical Tape

14. Feminine Pads (Can also be used as economical bandaging for larger wounds)

15. Mucinex (Helps reduce upper respiratory infection & the chance of pneumonia)

16. Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Helps to control infection of wounds)

17. Hydrocortisone Cream (For treatment of rashes, poison oak and poison ivy, etc.)

18. Butt Paste (Treatment for chafing)

19. Non-latex Examination Gloves (Helps to avoid cross-contamination)

20. Instant Cold Packs (Used for relief of sprains)

21. Thermometer–Both Adult and Children

22. Ace Wraps

23.QuickClot or an equivalent

24.  A blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.  (The cuff can double as a tourniquet or help lower blood flow in an extremity so that you can get control of bleeding faster, easier, and with less blood loss.)

(David’s note:  I STRONGLY suggest getting medical and trauma training, AND having a good supply of trauma and medical books on hand.  When you’re not a medical professional and seeing patients every day, you don’t want to depend on your memory to remember the correct treatment that you learned months or years before.)

Note: For those that depend upon prescription medicine, it is worthwhile to have a talk with your physician to see if it would be possible to stockpile extra in case of emergency. Having said that, physicians are highly regulated on the prescriptions they are able to write. Some Preppers have turned to the internet to stock up critical medication. However, because these Internet companies are not closely watched, what is ordered is not always what arrives in the mail. Be especially careful when seeking outside help.

There are situations where a natural remedy is available, and I urge you to research this possibility for times when store bought solutions may not be an option.

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The last list is one that we shared with you last fall:  “Top 50 Preparedness Items and Why“.  These 50 items will fly off the shelves as soon as there is a disaster and will be sorely missed if you don’t have them.

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We’ve reviewed the lists of must-haves…except for two very important back-ups for Preppers. One is having cash on hand. This was mentioned several times on the forum in response to David’s insightful post this Monday, “Boston Bombing Gut Check” as well as the Wednesday interview between David and his recommended precious metals dealer, titled: The Best Source For Gold And Silver For Preppers. It reminds us of the importance of being prepared in every way possible, and having cash on hand is an important must-have for each of us! Should an emergency be wide-spread enough, disruptions to banking and ATM machines could occur. Why risk it? If possible, keep small bills, so if getting change back is an issue, you won’t have to walk away poor.

The other back-up, once the basics are covered, are bartering items and/or bartering skill-sets. David has written extensively on this topic, as well as writing the book, Urban Survival Bartering and Negotiating, but is mentioned here for a thorough compilation preparedness plan that you can scrub against what you currently have on hand. Having a few of the top bartering items set aside will get you through the inevitable—when you’ve suddenly discovered something is missing in your prep goods, or you run out!

Bartering Items that will Be in Great Demand, Categorized:

FOOD & Related Items


Baking soda



Cooking Oil

Assorted Spices

Can Opener

Canning Supplies

Heirloom Seed



 Water & Related Items


Water Containers





Stabilized Fuel—any kind

Gas Stabilizer

Two-Stroke Oil

Chainsaw Oil


Solar Battery Chargers


Cloth Diapers

Baby Wipes


Body Soap

Dish Soap

Laundry Soap

Toilet Paper

Reading Glasses

Dental Floss



Band Aides

Ace Bandages

Pain Medicine

Fever Reducer Medicine





Cough Drops


Feminine Pads

Hemorrhoid Cream

Antibiotic Cream

Latex Gloves


Camp Toilet



Pepper Spray



Heavy Mil Plastic

2 X 4’s


Plywood sheets

Nails, Screws, Washers—Assorted Sizes



Work Gloves

Garden Tools

Garden Gloves

Philips Screwdriver

Flathead Screwdriver

Duct Tape

Knife Sharpening Stone

Tire Repair

Household & Misc. Items

Ziplock bags

Aluminum foil

Plastic wrap (Large packing wrap and kitchen wrap)





Fishing Line

Plastic Bags



Emergency Candles

Oil Lamps

Replacement Wicks and Chimneys for Oil Lamps

Lamp Oil

Mosquito Repellant






Fire Extinguisher

CO Detector

Fire Alarm

Automobile Repair Tools

Many of us were reminded of the importance of being prepared with the tragic news this Monday. The one positive thing we can hold close was the number of heartwarming stories of so many heroes who risked their own safety to help others during the Boston Marathon Bombing.

(David’s note:  If you observe the rest of the world and recent history, you understand how truly heroic it was for people who knew what was going on to rush to the first bomb site.  A very common terror tactic is to use a first explosion to suck in first responders and a second, larger bomb to do the majority of the damage.  Be aware of this if you witness a bombing–before you rush to help, make sure that you’re not simply increasing the casualty count by one–yourself.)

When you heard the devastating news, did you think it was the first of multiple strikes?  Did you feel relieved that you were totally prepared, or were you left feeling the need to prepare further? Please share your thoughts here… together, we are stronger.

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God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva.

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  1. Thanks so much! My husband and I have been working on getting everything now that we have moved to a place with room for storage. Your list is a huge help thank you very much!!

    Just a thought jerky or pemmican for the ambitious!!

  2. Michele says:

    Having been through some trauma, I can tell you. Being held hostage in a office building, the first thing I noticed is everyone going for their phones, just before cell phones. Then every snack machine was completely emptied. 2 to a floor, 4 floors. Empty! Even the mints. And, it went fast. People needed bathrooms, some crying some with stomach aches (you know what I mean!). Professional working adults. Nervous energy is very real and everyone will feel it hard. Do not ignore or underestimate mental health. It’s way more to be concerned with than food fatigue.

  3. sheldon says:

    cool list in relation to socks my friend has socks that are made out of possum fur (not the skin) and shes been wearing them for at least 15years she got them as a present and doesn.t know where they came from hope someone can find them (socks that last basically forever) hope the world doesn,t go to shit but I am a bit prepared and this list is so helpful THANKYOU from Sheldon in Australia

  4. I might have missed it but I didn’t see “Baby Wipes.” I use them a lot. Cleaning hands, face and if you run out of toilet paper you can use them.

  5. Health Maven says:

    Great list – excellent information. I think, though, that one really important missing item are vitamin supplements particularly if obtaining fresh fruits and vegetables becomes difficult or impossible. I found a great one called ENOF which is a whole food concentrate made from organic vegetables that is shelf stable for 2 yrs. The website is

  6. This is a great core list of things to stockpile. Nice work rounding these up.

  7. Dave Parker says:

    Recently a friend had a sinus infection and could not afford a Doctor visit. He went to Tractor Supply and bought antibiotics for farm animals to take himself and recovered rapidly from his infection… Brings the suggestion of stocking some antibiotics that don’t require a prescription…

    • My wife owns a pet supply store and says that antibiotics used for fish will work for people as well… again without a prescription.

  8. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

  9. I am not sure if eye wash is “on the list” but it sure should be! Recently I got something in my eye, couldn’t see it, but it felt like a huge abrasive rock. I did have some store bought sterile, eye wash, but it took my whole supply to get it flushed out of my eye. Does anyone have a homemade recipe?
    Thanks, Patti

  10. Charles Cockrum says:

    Another list you need is one that one to keep your mind stable and if others are with you, prep for them also. Toys ,games. yo-yo’s , paper , paint , an instrument , joke books , puzzles. cards, etc: Things to keep you and or those that are with you from being bored . Moral of you or your group will be the key to your survival. With out it you will parish a far more painful death than starving.

  11. How about Aprons. I know i always get dirty doing a lot of cooking for all the kids in the house and if not, one of the kids will wipe there dirty mouth on me . I found that aprons help a lot and are taken of quickly to look presentable. Just a thought from a busy mom.

    • Survival Diva says:


      That’s true. Hand washing laundry is going to be a huge ongoing chore should the grid ever go down! An apron would keep clothes clean longer!

  12. Here is a suggestion I never even thought of, but its a really good one. Purchase a Chilton Manual for your vehicle(s). I did one of those “Wow, I should thought of that!”

    • Survival Diva says:

      A Chilton Manual is an excellent addition to prep goods/references.

    • Great Grey says:

      Also be sure they have wiring diagrams if not get them from wherever you can. My Chilton manual does not have them for my van so I got a Haymes manual that does have them. Even if you don’t understand them it can be a big help to someone else when they work on your vehicle(s).

      • Yes, correct. Chilton does not cover GMC. You would need a Haynes manual.

      • Awesome, Thanks for the info on Haynes. I am not an expert when it comes to vehicles, I’m not even a an amateur! So if something goes south, I will probably need help but at least with these it will help out the person doing it.

  13. appetite fatigue – it’s funny that this is a real syndrome. I’ve heard of people who would eat the same pb&j sandwich for lunch every single day. I myself would eat pretty much the same exact thing every single day back in school – never got sick of it either. Part of it is a mental game I think.
    How many ways can you serve SPAM? m.p.
    Also, something to think about when storing food. What about your pets? dog or cat food? Do you plan on eating your pet? killing it? setting it free (only to be hunted by your hungry neighbor down the street?)

    Another good item to have -falls under food AND medical – is corn starch – great for making a paste with water to alleviate rashes and itchy bug bites among other things. Also, activated charcoal capsules or powder is excellent for occasional upset stomach, food poisoning, brown recluse/black widow spider bites, etc.

    When it comes to storing grains and most spices, I’ve had the unfortunate discovery of how flying weevil infestations can ruin a LOT of food that isn’t stored in the fridge or freezer.
    I’ve had them surface in sealed containers of spices to my chagrin.

    • Survival Diva says:


      Many times a weevil infestation was already in grains before being stored. Here are a few solutions:

      Diatomaceous earth ( amorphous silica) and is effective in killing adult weevils, although larvae inside grain are not affected. It works by destroying the outer layers of weevils, and they die from dehydration. It’s non-toxic and can be removed from wheat and other grains and beans by washing it.

      CO2: Adding high concentrations of CO2 (>60%) to the air inside bulk grain storage can be effective in killing weevils.

      Freezing grain before storing is another, but this method can be overwhelming when storing larger amounts of an item. But for those with plenty of room in a deep freeze, this method would be worth giving it some consideration.

      • I left some grain out in the vehicle for a couple nights, in below freezing weather, before moving to storage. How cold and for how long is it recommended chill your grains to kill weevils?

        • Survival Diva says:

          That’s a perfect solution! Experts recommend freezing the grain is enough. There aren’t any time constraints as to the length of time it remains frozen. A couple of nights in a vehicle in freezing weather would do it.

    • Remember that appetite fatigue is going to be very individual. And there is a difference between someone eating a beloved PB&J to the point every else cringes and being forced to eat the same bland food day in and day out. And lets face it, unseasoned rice and beans are very bland. It will depend on the food available and the person. But even the most “macho” person can get damn tired of the same thing day after day. Watched it happen with SF guys in Afghanistan! Yes, we all ate, but OMG, it was horrible. If SF troops have to force it down due to discipline, what do you think children are going to do? We had a food made called Strong Food. (I had posted it on the forum, but its gone). It was strictly to get children back up to where they would have an appetite again and eat. Children were dying of malnutrition/starvation and not eating!!

      C’mon, if things go south, no need to make things harder on yourself than you need to.

  14. Nancy K. says:

    Love the lists and the prepper’s comments. I have food stored, cans and variety of food from companies and, a garden. I liked Marcie’s comments on knowing how to cook from scratch and I think that is a great goal. At some point our “stash” could run out, and if we can cook and occasionally use our stored food, it will last longer.
    My husband and I are seniors (78), usually strong and healthy, so we had recently picked up some good hospital equipment, “just in case.” A week ago he came down with severe vertigo and I couldn’t have gotten him in the car without the wheel chair. He had a potty chair by the bed so that he didn’t have to struggle to the bathroom. He is at the point where he could use a good walker which we haven’t picked up yet. I could not have brought him home from the hospital without these preparations.
    One more thing. We keep our homemade Supertonic on hand to attempt keeping our immune system able to fight off colds, flu, whatever. I have no idea if it would have prevented his Vertigo if he had been using this on a daily basis. This recipe was found on an Herb VCR by an herb doctor, which unfortunately I can’t remember his name to give him the credit. Maybe someone else will. We mix these: ONE only of cayenne, small white onions, a few bell peppers, garlic, ginger root, horseradish root and cover with apple cider vinegar. It was suggested to drink several tablespoons through the day. However, we mostly use it to take when being around others who are coughing or in large groups, or when feeling a sore throat coming on. Right after making this and storing in little canning jars, we both came down with a cold so started taking tablespoons of the tonic and our colds only lasted three days and were light. Have shared with friends with all positive results. We have not had a cold/flu for two years.
    Thanks for your website.


    • Survival Diva says:


      Thank you for sharing your experience and for the info. on the supertonic!

    • Just goes to show you — our precious elders know a lot more than young whipper snappers give them credit for. Be nice to your grandparents — when collapse of services comes & you can’t use your devices, they’ll be the ones to keep you alive.

  15. You have honey on the list twice. Is that because it is so important? Why???

    • Survival Diva says:


      Thank you for pointing that out. I’d meant to move vinegar there because of its usefulness. It’s where it should be now : )

  16. Bleach is on your lists. Has anybody tried the bleach tablets? They come on cards with 10 tablets. Each tablet makes 1 gallon of bleach. Shelf life 5 years–regular bleach lasts a few months. The ones I saw on E-Bay were much cheaper than liquid bleach. Sounds great. Is it?

  17. cdevidal says:

    There’s something wrong with the links. They go to a login page rather than the articles.

  18. Appetite fatigue is real, and if you haven’t experienced it, I suggest that maybe you don’t fully understand… Try 2 years of food in Kabul, Afghanistan. Per the menu it looked pretty good… but the reality is, it was horrible. One co-worker used to carry a bottle of salad dressing around with him and GUARDED it. No joke. We ate because we knew we had to, no other reason. And all of us lost a lot of weight even though we knew we needed to eat to keep “mission ready” if nothing else.

    • Survival Diva says:


      Yes to the candles! There are going to be 7 small children at the cabin who, like your family, will be having birthday parties and days when the drastic changes in lifestyle will need a pick-me-up every once in a while. I believe strongly in as much normalcy as possible, even in trying times. Check out the site I posted for Dutch oven recipes. Cakes bake well in them, but would probably need a bit of practice.

    • Valerie;

      Yes, I have experienced appetite fatigue. 24 years ago, we ran a nutrition research project on Mt Everest. The foods available were controlled, but with a bit more variety than if we were eating out of only one or a few different #10 cans of freeze dried food (although a lot of our foods were freeze dried). To prevent appetite fatigue, we allowed unlimited access to a variety of spices. The Sherpas who were helping us got in to the red pepper and used it to spice up their own food after they tired of eating our food (they thought we had TOO MUCH variety and went back to their basic white rice and dal). This underscores the importance of having LOTS of different spices in your stash. Salts (Lowry’s, garlic, Old Bay, etc), peppers, garlic powder, hot spices or sauces all can either prevent or lessen appetite fatigue when forced to eat the same food over and over again. Using a variety of different spices can make the same food seem different when eaten with different spices. The biggest problem will be that most folks just will not have the mental fortitude to tough it out and become accustomed to eating a limited variety and restricted amount when we have the SHTF. We preppers are far better prepared mentally for such a time.

  19. M. T. Brawner says:

    Off-topic but been meaning to share…how do you carry all your reference materials if you have to bug-out? I bought a Opteka BS-SC4000 solar charger on Amazon for about $25. It takes about three days of sun exposure to get a full charge. That charge will charge an iPad to about 50%. I have several books on mine “Back to Basics”, “Bug-out Bag”, Wesley Rawles, etc. Also have big music library,some games, and a few novels. Use would be abreviated, but available if necessary. Minimal weight cost, but potential for loads of material. Must be sure Wi-Fi is not required – I believe Nook is unreadable without a connection.

    • Survival Diva says:

      M.T Brawner,

      I believe your suggestion is right on target. If this solves the problem of being able to access important information, it’s a solution most of us are looking for. Thanks for posting it!

    • I bought an earlier generation (used) iPod and filled it up with all my survival/how-to/prepping/DIY books. I have a solar charger and the BioLite cooking stove which has a built-in USB charger. I’m a bit nervous about relying on technology so I may get a 2nd iPod as a backup, but this is certainly a lot lighter and more portable than a library!

    • Nook will work without WiFi. I have one and a Kindle. i suggest however for grid down a Sony. They will read ALL formats including text and pdf. Copy stuff on to a couple of mini-SD cards for back up.

      And while I probably am sounding like a broken record here, if you have children, grandchildren etc, go on some of the good home school sites, They have lots of really good FREE homeschooling stuff you can use on your Kindle/Nook/Sony etc. Even if your kids aren’t home-schooled, and you have no plans for it, this could be awesome in a long term situation. Education is important, and you can homeschool the basics in a much shorter time frame than class room. (Especially when you leave out all the fluff they have to teach now!) When I started homeschooling my grandkids I was shocked (happily) on how much is out there. Everything I needed for the kids, books, worksheets, planners, everything came to less than $100 a year. I could have gotten by without it but a couple of sites were so good it was worth the $20-25 a year fee. But I was formally homeschooling. If you aren’t and just planning for possibilities, there is still a gold mine of stuff free available.

  20. Sue the Frugal Survivalist says:

    People tease me about being prepared. Thankfully I ‘ve got most of the things on your lists. However, my preparedness often coming in handy without a major disaster. For example, just last week my family was traveling by car when my husband had a bathroom emergency. In vain, he tried to find a bathroom, but couldn’t in time. We suspect bad fast food prompted the emergency. Anyway, my poor husband lost control of things and if it hadn’t been for a vacant field and a garbage area screened from the public his embarassment would have been much worse. Far from home, he needed lots of bathroom tissue, water to wash with, and a complete change of clothing. Luckily, because I’m a prepper, we had all of that in bug-out bags in our station wagon. I wrapped his soiled clothes in a shower curtain I keep for a ground cloth, and tied it tightly shut with my daughters ponytail band. No mess in the car, no odor, and we continued on until we found a restroom where my husband could wash his hands more throughly with soap and “hot ” water. Disaster preparedess pays off in small emergencies too. It saved the day for us.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Sue the Frugal Survivalist,

      Real life does come with its share of unexpected emergencies. And because you were prepared, your hubby made it past a bad situation!

  21. Just a thought – in the event of a grid crash we may all be using campstoves or campfires so stock up on a couple of good qualitye cast iron pots/pans. Lodge is excellent and at antique stores and second hand stores you can also find Wagner. Lodge has a large cookbook that would be helpful if one is not adept at campfire cooking. Runs about 25 dollars at Lowes. Cast iron items can be found at Walmart or other camping supply stores. Be sure to purchase U.S.A. made. The “made in Taiwan” doesn’t take high heat well – it warps.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Gale T

      You’re right! Cast iron cookware will work over a camp fire, over coals, in a fireplace, on top of a wood heat or cook stove and on a camp stove. There isn’t anything that can’t be cooked in a Dutch oven, even breads and other baked goods…love them! Here’s a site you can go to for free recipes I included in my book, but now you have to step around the ads they’ve included recently: www .recipesfromscratch. com/dutch/index.

  22. PrepperEMT says:

    I saw that dave said not to freeze your seed. Is there a reason? I keep all my heirloom seeds frozen. I hope i am not ruining them. Thanks

    • Survival Diva says:


      A friend who owns an heirloom seed company told me never to freeze seed because it can cause them to fail. Not always, though, but to be safe, store them in a cool, dark location, low moisture location.

      • PrepperEMT says:

        thank you very much for getting back to me! This is why i will continue to frequent yours and dave’s sites!

  23. L see a couple of things missing here that I consider pretty critical.
    1) Corn starch, good for cooking AND helps with diaper rash and jock itch
    2) Bag balm: used to help keep a cows udder supple, better than any diaper rash creams on the market as far as I know, aids in healing chapped skin. Its only draw back is it is lanolin based not good for some people with sensitivities to mutton.

    3) Professional steel, used to straighten knife blades after and between sharpenings. I use mine to keep my peelers sharp as well by laying the cutting edge flat on the steel and using a circular motion for a few seconds when the peeler starts actin up. Remember sharp knives are safe knives regardless of their use.

  24. Bruce Boldenow says:

    Sorry(sp), third line up from the bottom (as most of you will guess), should say ‘brand name’, not ‘band name’.
    By the way, including socks in the list is really good. I know people who have lots of stuff, but not much of the clothing item we wear out the fastest, socks!

    • Survival Diva says:


      Is it just me, or do socks start falling apart sooner than they used to?! They’ll be a biggie when needed with so many chores we aren’t necessarily having to do now : )

  25. Rastus McGee says:

    Here’s something I just found at Home Depot! 25lb bag of water softener, it’s just plain old salt and its only a little over 5 bucks!

  26. Bruce Boldenow says:

    I think these lists are great. They are intended as guides and if people don’t eat those kinds of food etc, fine, but the list gives you a good idea not only what you might store to eat, but what will be in short supply, that you might be able to barter later on.
    Re: the rash/poison oak/ pison ivy treatment. A discovery I made recently (and believe me I am something of an expert, I was the most allergic-poison oak- kid imaginable, so we tried everything) and used for my gandchildren (I now know enough to stay away from poison oak-most of the time-). This is a band name and I’m not affiliated in any way, but Cramer’s,
    ‘Nitrotan’, is far and away the best treatment I have ever found. It is generally an anticeptic spray, but stops the itching almost right away and dries up the rash in just 2-3 days!

  27. VictoriaM says:

    These lists are SO valuable, I really appreciate your sharing them with us. I thought I had it pretty well handled but found some serious hole in my prep stuff!
    Thank you!

    • Survival Diva says:


      Thank you…the most meaningful thing at this time is to help one another get ready. Loved that the list helped!

  28. I remember talking with a woman who lived through the shortages during WWII. She lost her potato peeler somehow and a replacement wasn’t available until after the war. “I had to pare everything with a knife which wasn’t as efficient and wasted more.”

    • Survival Diva says:


      Love this story. I call it an heir and a spare to have critical items doubled or tripled for replacement should they break. I have 4 can openers, three non-electric egg timers (for canning) and several potato peelers because in my life, if anything can go bad, it usually does…LOL. Most items aren’t terribly expensive, so doubling up is not a hardship. Doing without them would be. I will think of this woman every time I peel a potato!

  29. Well, I guess we must have appetite fatigue becausee we do not eat the processed foods on your list. A person can do very well with basics. Your health should be even more important when you are on your own, so I see no reason to risk destroying your immune system with a lousy diet. Many of the prepper foods are crap. Low quality ingredients and highly processed. People buy them out of fear. At the very least, minimize your use of them. Also, things like cake mixes and frosting mixes take up extra shelf space and are prob not even fresh to begin with. Being served an instant cake from a mix would just further depress me. Or, those horrid wrapped hard candies. Are empty calories really an efficient use of storage space? Good food smells good. Processed food stinks because it is not fresh (rancid grains and fats) or has sickening sweet or artificial odors. Most fats/oils used in processed food is refined or adulterated. Also, many of these foods are addicitive, so you are better off breaking the habit in advance and not craving them. You would be better off learning how early settlers lived without these foods in times when even flour was difficult to obtain.

    • VictoriaM says:

      Wow! This is the most sour, negative comment I have ever read!

      Is there anything (or anyone) you like?

    • Survival Diva says:


      I’m curious. Do you find peanut butter, or tuna fish, or eggs, or wheat “poison”? Most who are prepping have a budget, and many of us are setting aside provisions for numerous others who will be joining us in times of crisis…in fact MOST of us are preparing for others like adult children or close loved ones. It is then impossible to rotate food before it goes bad with regards to certain whole foods. Having a mixture of both is sometimes necessary.

      I didn’t list lettuce due to its shelf life (okay, I’m having a bit of fun here), but I did list beans and rice and sprouting seed. Unless you take exception to these items as well?

      Preparedness stems from a mindset of independence. Dictating what certain others consume takes away that independence. If a person prefers baking a cake rather than opening a bag of trail mix (also included on the list), I say …bake the cake! We are adults, in charge of our eating habits. If you have a look at the list, both whole foods and boxed/canned foods were mentioned for a reason; they offer a selection to choose from. In the middle of a full-blown emergency, convenience foods may be necessary to get you past the initial shock and busy work of getting things into place.

      Our time is better served helping one-another instead of throwing arrows. I suggest you make strides to share what you would suggest, rather than attack the messenger. We will get a lot more done that way and as many of us are feeling lately, there isn’t the luxury to waste time on our journey to be prepped for whatever comes our way : )

      • Hipockets says:

        Good answer Diva’ I have a couple of cake and frosting mixes in my stash, as
        if it’s someone’s Birthday, I think it would really cheer everyone in our group up,to have a cake for them’ How to bake it may be a problem,as have no camp oven and my cast iron Dutch ovens only have rounded lids and are rather
        shallow. Have to remember to add candles too’ I have several needed items yet,but plan on hitting Garage sales every weekend this summer’

        • Survival Diva says:


          Yes to the candles! There are going to be 7 small children at the cabin who, like your family, will be having birthday parties and days when the drastic changes in lifestyle will need a pick-me-up every once in a while. I believe strongly in as much normalcy as possible, even in trying times. Check out the site I posted for Dutch oven recipes. Cakes bake well in them, but would probably need a bit of practice.

      • I have stocked up on freeze-dried fruits and vegetables (which contain no other ingredients) in sealed cans along with supermarket canned beans, etc. I have an organic garden and use my pressure cooker to can soups, stews, meats, pickles, relishes, etc.

        I also have wheat berries in sealed cans and a grinder which can be used with or without electricity. I also have sealed large cans of corn meal and white and whole wheat flour that can be used straight from the can.

        I have two batteries that I can charge with a solar panel as backup, a solar cooker, a dehydrator which is electric but could be used by plugging into the charged battery.

        I am allergic to a lot of the ingredients in packaged mixes, therefore I do make my cakes using just flour, sugar, shortening, milk, eggs, etc. I have some powdered eggs on hand as well. Not sure how baking cakes from scratch will work without electricity but I do have a tent-like cover that can be used on an outdoor grill.

        I enjoy reading all the comments and ideas presented by others.

  30. joseph morehouse says:

    Hello David
    Just finish reading the chapter of implant enjoying it very much.
    I have about 85% of the items on the list and building to have the rest in another year, money is a factor . One item you might consider if things go bad , you should build a library of books when the web go’s down you won’t have any way of doing reseach . I find that goodwill or salvation army is a good resource ,they have 50% discount days and you could pick up 30 or 40 books at a time for less tham $20.00 all types of books children , medical , how to repair, basic gardening and so forth. The same with clothing , beding and so on. They will make a good barting item as well.
    Thank you for your weekly tipes and encouraging news letters.

    • Survival Diva says:


      You have shared with the group that money is tight, yet look at what you’re already accomplished! You have 85% of the things on a long list. This should serve as an example to anyone worried whether they’ll be able to afford preps! It only takes one day at a time, purchasing what you need as money becomes available. Over time, the inventory you’ll be able to stockpile will be impressive and it will offer peace of mind.

      I’m glad you like the book Implant so far. Thank you for letting me know!

    • VictoriaM says:

      What a great idea!

  31. No Comments or am I just the 1st??
    Check Lists are important. These have reminded me of several items I have planned to obtain but not yet acquired. Besides offering a list of items to be ‘checked off’ also offers the beginning of an Inventory to keep track of where to find: where stored, which pack, box, crate, etc.

    • Survival Diva says:


      For beginners, lists are a way to get started. For those that are actively prepping like yourself, it does help with inventory. I take a full inventory twice a year of prep goods and keep a clipboard with the food inventory written down to replenish what’s been used. Winter always brings days or weeks of being snowed in, so there are always a few items that were consumed and need to be replaced.

      I can’t stress enough how important putting down lists and information on paper is. If left on a computer and the grid crashes, there will be no way to access it : )

  32. Good list, but you did not include a manual tire pump which should be part of your “Tire repair” kit. In a grid-down situation, all your fancy electric tire pumps will be worthless. If you get a hand pump, be sure to get a good one (I paid about $40 for ours) that will be able to pump up high pressure tires, such as on bicycles, as well as larger volume but lower pressure tires such as occur on automobiles, trailers, wagons, etc. One flat tire will totally render useless the most fancy vehicle.

  33. With respect to appetite fatigue (or as I called it in my foods class — Left-Over Syndrome) — where you can eat the same thing over and over just so many times, keep in mind that this is exactly what you do to your pets. In almost every case, they get fed the same dry dog food or dry cat food daily for YEARS! Yet many of them still get fat. This is a good demonstration that mammals (such as dogs, cats AND humans) will eat the same food if they get hungry enough. It is not pleasant, but in our current daily lives, we are so used to so much variety in all our foods that initial exposure to appetite fatigue will be the hardest to tolerate when SHTF in a serious grid-down situation. But, if you know that you are in this situation for the long haul, you WILL be able to survive on just a few different foods at a time. Keep in mind that those few different foods is a whole lot better than what you are probably feeding you loved pet right now. In other words, be prepared to suck it up ’cause you’re probably gonna need to do so. It’s either that, or die.


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