Top 100 Emergency Supplies to Stockpile for Survival

This list came across my radar a number of years ago — you can read the full, original post here. The pdf version (the original, I think) that I linked to is no longer active so I’ve copied this list of survival items to stockpile directly to my site. I have made a few edits and additions. If you know who the original author of this list is, please do let me know so I can provide credit.

stacked firewood for emergency preparedness


100 Survival Items to Stockpile

1. Generators
2. Water
3. Water filters/purifiers
4. Seasoned firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp oil, wicks, lamps
6. Coleman fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much..
7. Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats & slingshots
8. Manual can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks
9. Honey/syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – beans – wheat
11. Vegetable oil
12. Charcoal and lighter fluid
13. Water containers
14. Propane heaters/cylinders/accessories
15. Manually operated grain grinder
16. Portable toilets
17. Survival guide book
18. Mantles for propane lanterns
19. Baby supplies: diapers/formula. Ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, mop bucket w/wringer (laundry)
21. Camp stoves (consider a rocket stove as a backup plan.)
22. Vitamins
23. Cooking utensils (manual can opener, whisk, etc)
24. Feminine hygiene/haircare/skin products (Ladies, even if you don’t use one of these on a regular basis, consider adding one to your emergency kit.)
25. Thermal underwear (tops & bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges
27. Aluminum foil
28. Gasoline containers (plastic & metal)
29. Garbage bags (sanitation and waste)
30. Toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels
31. Milk – powdered & condensed
32. Garden seeds (non-hybrid) (a must)
33. Clothespins/line/hangers (a must)
34. Coleman’s pump repair kit
35. Tuna fish
36. Fire extinguishers
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (consider rechargeable batteries with a solar charger)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big dogs
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests
45. Work boots, belts, jeans & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/light sticks & torches (maybe a solar option like this)
47. Journals, diaries & scrapbooks
48. Garbage cans – plastic
49. Men’s hygiene: shampoo, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry detergent
57. Backpacks, duffel bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned fruits, veggies, soups, stews, etc.
61. Unscented bleach
62. Canning supplies
63. Knives & sharpening tools: files, whetstones, steel
64. Bicycles…tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered)
67. Board games, cards, dice
68. D-con rat poison, mouse prufe ii, roach killer
69. Mousetraps, ant traps & cockroach traps
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & antibacterial soap
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies
74. Hand pumps & siphons
75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillon/gravy/soup base
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/cocoa/tang/punch
78. “Survival-in-a-can”
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy scout handbook
81. Roll-on window insulation kit
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix/jerky
83. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts
84. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber
86. Wagons & carts
87. Cots & inflatable mattresses
88. Gloves: work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern hangers
90. Screen patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/liquors
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens

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About the author: Kris Bordessa Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle. She’s a certified Master Food Preserver and longtime gardener who loves to turn the harvest into pantry staples.