Prepare items to stockpile for emergencies or a disaster to avoid panic buying or hoarding at the last minute!
A Checklist of Items to Stockpile for Emergencies
Essentials for Survival
In the event of an emergency or a disaster, people tend to hoard great volumes of food they can grab on store shelves. However, cash will no longer be a matter of concern during a time of calamity.
It will always boil down to the basics of food, water, shelter and a means to protect yourself and your family. The following are a list of things to stockpile to survive or get through an emergency situation.
1. Extra Batteries and Boxes of Granola Bars
Stockpile batteries you commonly use. You’ll want to be able to listen over the radio about weather updates or incoming help.
This will power up your flashlight or emergency lamp. You can chomp down on that granola survival food if cooking isn’t possible.
2. Peanut Butter
Loaded with healthy fats and protein, peanut butter provides great amounts of energy for the body. Once it’s opened, you don’t need to refrigerate it.
3. Brown Rice
This non-perishable meal has a long shelf life, and it provides essential vitamins and minerals which are much needed for the body. It is also high in calories and protein.
The downside is it needs to be boiled for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the brand.
4. Bottled Water and Water Purifying Tablets
Water is basic, yet it is the most important element needed by the body. Stocking up bottles by the gallons would greatly increase your chances of survival.
The water purifying tablets will come in handy once you run out of drinking water. It is the quickest way to ensure you’re drinking safe water.
Pasta can easily be stored and provides a large number of carbohydrates. Like rice, you will have to boil it, but it enables you to create a wide variety of dishes.
This will keep you and your family from getting fed up or sick to the stomach from having to eat the same kind of food every single meal.
Stockpile just enough for your bugout vehicle, generator, and gas-powered tools in a one year rotation period. More than that will be a waste since gasoline or diesel fuel is a perishable product.
7. Matches, Lighters, and Candles
If all else fails, going back to the traditional way of keeping your house illuminated would not hurt at all. These are also great tools for starting a fire should you need to cook or keep your family warm.
8. Commercial Firewood and Tinder
What good fire starters are if you don’t have anything to fuel the fire? Stacking Duraflame logs will provide an alternative fuel for the fire if your real firewood gets wet.
9. Seeds, Beans, and Nuts for Sprouting
You can use mason jars or empty containers to grow fresh sprouts for consumption. There is a high probability of bacterial contamination from sprouts, though.
Knowing how to grow them in a safe method is essential.
10. A 72-Hour Emergency Kit
A 72-hour emergency kit contains other items such as a crowbar, liquid bleach and duct tape other than the basic food, water, and first aid.
11. A Bugout Bag
Other than the other stuff stockpiled in your home or bunker, you must have a bugout bag ready. It should contain all the essentials in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
12. A First Aid and Emergency Medical Kit
Your emergency medical kit contains the basic elements so one could stopgap injuries and diseases until such time they are able to get full medical attention.
13. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil outlasts all the rest in the market for up to two years. It can be used in a lot of different ways not just in cooking but also for home health remedies.
14. Black Bean Soup Mix
Mainly composed of black beans, navy beans, pearl barley, and black-eyed peas. You can store this mix in large quantities, and it requires very little space.
15. Dried Eggs And Dairy Products
Dried eggs come in powder form and have a very long shelf-life. It is a great source of protein which is really needed by the body in stressful situations. Just add a little water, and you’re good to go.
16. Esbit 1300-Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Tablets
These solid fuel tablets make starting fires as easy as ABC. They are residue-free and practically smokeless, which is great for cooking or heating food and beverages and even boil water.
What is solid fuel? It refers to any solid material that can release heat energy when you burn it.
17. Insta-Fire Single Pouch
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This water-repellant fire starting product provides a safe, versatile and simple way of getting that fire started. It burns for fifteen minutes and has a shelf life of thirty years.
18. 5 Gallon Collapsible Water Container
This leak-proof collapsible container can be unfolded when you need it and then folded again when its contents are used. No hassle or carrying empty containers around.
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These are only a few of the basic or advanced items that everyone should stockpile in case the unexpected happens. Never assume that disaster won’t happen to you or your loved ones.
As a lot of doomsday Preppers say, we should always expect the unexpected.
Surely, you have your own list of emergency items. Tell us about them in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 10, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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