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What do you need?... Some Examples To Help You Get Going
Remember, my site is a "Prepping 101" meant for an overall
basic primer on what, how and other prepping ideas.

​For more advanced ideas and lessons on how to prepare foods, store items and survival... start Googling =)

Think about things you may not be able to get again for years or maybe never! Have extras if you can.
I can't stress enough... redundancy.

"Two is one, one is none"

SUPER BASIC ANY BUDGET

Each time you go to the grocery store, purchase one extra or more if you can, of canned goods. If you are buying soup, get one ore. Beans, get one more. You get the idea. Over time, it all adds up.

BASICS YOU WILL NEED

Clean water, bottled is fine or if you can afford 10,20,50 gallon blue drums and have space to store them, get new empties and fill them up!

Always store water in a cool room OFF OF CONCRETE if possible.
Water really does not go bad, so you could possibly store it for years before use. One of my tester barrels is now 4 years old and tastes fine. THAT BEING SAID... get water purification tablets, or bleach and learn how to stabilize water for use!
​If possible, rotate your store of water. Drain and fill once a year if possible. Yes, it may become a chore!

CANNED FOODS

Always rotate your canned goods and mark the dates puchased on the can with a sharpie so you know how old each one is. Again, many canned foods really do not go bad, buy may lose nutritional value over time. And yes, some do spoil. What I have found to last a long time... at least 5+ years in my case:

Dinty Moore Stew
Progresso soups (not chowders)
Campbells soups (not chowders)
Chunky soups (not chowders)
Chili, any brand
Chicken chunks
Beef chunks
Canned ground beef
SPAM
Canned potatos
Canned veggies
Canned fruits
Canned cheeses
Pork and beans
Kidney beans, Chili beans
Canned salsas
Canned sauces

OTHER ITEMS YOU WILL WANT

Spices, Salt, Pepper
Sugar, Flour, Oats
Jams, Jellies, Peanut Butter
Ketchup, Mustard
BBQ sauces,  Worcestershire
Salad dressings (use quickly)
Pickles --Last dang near forever!
Box cake mixes, muffin mixes
Pasta sauces, various pasta noodles
Juices and powdered drink mixes

HYGIENE

Toilet Paper --You cannot have enough.PERIOD.
Wet wipes, diapers (if needed)
Tampons and Pads (GET BOTH , tampons can be used for first aid in wounds (bullet, stab)
Tooth paste and toothbrushes
Combs, picks, Scunci, barrettes
Shampoo, wet and dry types
Conditioner
Deodorants
Contact solution /cleaner
Lice kits

MEDS / SUPPLEMENTS

Of course prescription meds if you can get ANY in quantity will help when things get ugly, but plan on the reality of them running out! Then what? Research natural alternatives and supplements you can stockpile to help. And a word on antibiotics...yes, you can buy "fish or aquatic" antibiotics on line (ebay) and everyone I have took to my pharmacist is the same as human. BUT DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!

To meet basic needs you should have:

Aspirin and low dose aspirin
Ibuprofin
Acetaminophen
Zantac 75
Allergy meds
Cold and Flu meds
Arthritis cremes
Burn creams
Burn spray

VITAMINS and MINERALS

Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin A nd B 
Zinc
Niacin
Muti Vitamins are not as potoent but, you will want some of them as well.

Calcium
Fish Oils
Bone and joint compounds

FIRST AID

Bandages (Band Aids) many sizes
Chucks pads
Tampons
Ice and heat packs
ACE wraps
Splints
Crutches 
Walking cast
Arm sling
Eye patches
Burn creams and sprays
Enima and suppositories
Bed pan


AND YES, THIS IS AN EXTREMELY BASIC STARTING POINT!

​BUT START SOMEWHERE.












INTERMEDIATE ADDITIONS

In addition to the items at the left.
(of course you can add more or less foods and always buy what your family actually likes to eat)


EVERY ITEM IS IMPORTANT, but food and water should be number one priority. Now, consider these items as well.


DEFENDING YOUR PREPS / HOME

Only you can decide if and how to defend your family, yourself, your home and preps. Depending on WHERE you live, it may be an obvious and possibly ugly or scary scenario. So, a word about defense... 

You may or may not like firearms. If you chose NOT to have them and know HOW TO USE THEM, your chances of survival most likely will go way, way down if and when the world goes off the deep end.


AGAIN, ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE!

If you decide to go the firearms route... I suggest 3 "must haves"

1. 12 gauge shotgun.
versatile, easy to learn and use, multiple purpose rounds available.

2. 22LR semi auto rifle.
Again, versatile, easy to learn to use and you can get a varietuy of rounds for these as well. No, you won't go big game hunting with it, but small game and pest control is right up its alley... Plus with sub-sonic rounds, you are very quiet and stealthy. And I don't care what anybody tells you, they do not want to get shot by even a .22!

3. Revolver or Auto Pistol?

Revolvers are fool proof for the most part, limited really by capacity. 

Auto Pistols are great for capcity but may have issues firing if not maintained properly.

Either way, get a caliber for defensive take down. If you can only get one, do your reasearch. I like the .45 in either ACP (auto pistol) or long colt revolver. Both deliver a punch!

Of course you can get exotic and hot loads for almost any caliber these days.


Just know this...

The chances of you having to defend your house, yourself, your family or friends and maybe even your preps is going to be very high if you live in a city or even the suburbs.  Small towns will not be immune to violence and looting, gangs of bad people ready to do bad things... Rape, kill, steal, set fires... the list is ugly and long.

Don't believe me? Look at history.
Hurricane Katrina
ANY war
Mass power blackouts

UGLY THINGS HAPPENED!

They WILL happen again!


ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE IF AND HOW TO DEFEND YOUR HOME.


I pray for every one to be safe, may God have mercy on us all.



POWER / LIGHT / FIRE

One could and should argue that the above should be listed in the basic needs column. I figure MOST people do have some batteries, a flashlight, some candles abnd a way to light them.  So lets talk about each one in an advanced form.

POWER

Batteries of all sizes, even a few car batteries are good to have.

​One up that and get rechargeable batteries, I LOVE eneloop batteries. THEY LAST!

If you can get OPTIMA red or yellow car batteries, do so. If not a wet cell battery will still be very useful.

Get as many power inverters as you can afford. OR at least one or two high rated wattage ones.

You will want to power things that need AC power and an inverter is how you accomplish that (used with the car batteries)

NOW... you need a way to recharge those batteries (especially if there is no more electricity) so get a few solar chargers. They come in many forms to charge every type of battery!










INTERMEDIATE ADDITIONS

Light

I would use a blend of L.E.D. and regular flashlights of various sizes and ALWAYS have one by your bed.

Oil lamps are great for light, get several and extra wicks.

Candlles, of course, are almost a staple and be sure to have plenty of matches!

I have added skylights and sun tunnels in my home for daytime light as well as 12 volt lighting (you could use low voltage landscape type lamps)  Even solar lights could be a good fit. Charge them outside during the day and bring them in at night.

Chemical light sticks are good to have as well. And they are getting super cheap in bulk!

L.E.D. lamps use very little energy, so they are a great resource to have, especially if you have 12 volt ones you can run off your car batteries!

FIRE / HEAT / COOKING

Heat is good! Especially when it is cold! A fireplace is as good as gold if it is wood burning OR you have an older gas fireplace w standing pilot so you could still light without electricity (assuming there is still natural gas in the pipelines)

​Firewood is a must for wood burning in the fireplace or a wood burning stove (which I prefer).

a good minimum is 6 cords of wood and that may not last long depending on use!

The best thing about fire is it keeps you warm, gives light, comfort and you can COOK ON IT!

BUT SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS!

Propane is a great fuel source and NEVER goes bad, so keep as much as you can around to cook on your grill or if you have a good tank top heater, you will be super happy! (just be sure to have proper venting if used inside.) There are many specialy made to use inside.


A note about light and cooking and smoke...

When SHTF is all around you, visible light, smells and smoke are great indicators to others that you have stuff and are doing o.k.

BE AWARE of your situation and surroundings at all times, day or night. An unwanted guest or guests could spell disaster for you and your family!


FUEL & STORAGE

You may not be driving around much if things get super ugly (again, if you have a running car, someone else may want it and be willing to kill for it!) BUT for awhile, it may be ok and even necessary. 
Store extra fuel in five gallon cans with an additive ( i prefer PRI-G for gas and they have a diesel version too). Alway fill yopur car when at half. Keep it as full as posible always. Don't be caught in a no fuel situation. When there is no power, ther is no way to pump gas! SO HAVE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AFFORD TO STORE.

Propane, again, does not go bad so get as mauch as you can afford there as well.

--SAFETY--

I cannot stress ebough how important many fire extinguishers are. Get several. ABC rated.

KNOW HOW TO USE THEM!

First aid kits will be vital.
Get upgrades! surgical kits, masks, birthing kits, trauma kits, blood clotting kits, dental kits, mirrors, tools, pads, bandages, stethoscope, otoscope, AED (if you can) just about anything you can think of, may be needed... crutches, walking casts, splints, casting kit, the list goes on and on. BE CREATIVE.

WOOL BLANKETS, WOOL SOCKS

EXTRA SHOES AND BOOTS

EXTRA CLOTHING IN SMALLER SIZES






OTHER ITEMS of NEED

Rope of all kinds and lengths

Twine and string

Bailing wire

Electrical wire

TAPE!
Masking, duct, pvc, plumbing, medical,
and any other kind you can think of.

Trash bags of every size and get a lot!

Fishing supplies

Traps

Night Vision

Surveillance gear

Concealment gear

Distractions!
Smoke grenades, fireworks, flash bangs, flares

GAMES and CARDS

Notepads, paper, pencils, pens, coloring books.

RADIOS & COMMS
hand crank radio .
2 way radios.
C.B. radio
HAM radio gear
Sat-phone
Morse Key


Locksmithing tools

Chains

Power tools

Saws, axes, wedges

Pry bars, cutters

Brooms

Plywood to cover windows

Black out film

Tarps

Gardening supplies
Seeds, soil additives, etc

Cookbooks, recipes

Cast iron cookware

Sterno fuel

Camp stove

Tents and sleeping bags

Frame packs as well as backpacks and waste packs. MOLLE system gear is super helpful.

Winter clothing and boots

Big game bags (sad to say for use as a body bag)

Shovels, hoes, picks

LifeStraw water systems of all sizes

5 gallon buckets

Solar oven

Solar shower

Sand and sand bags

NBC suits and gas masks

Nuclear radiometer or geiger counter

Radiation blocking pills (there are a few, do your reasearch)

laundry soap, hand soap, hand sanitizer

washboard and clothes line or portatble washing system for clothes

Bicycles and extra tires, tubes, etc

Hand tools of various uses.

Plumbing tools and supplies

Drain and sewer drain caps, plugs

Cleaning supplies

Knives, scissors, sharpening stones or tools

Important files saved on flash drive

Faraday boxes for radios, comms equipment, laptops, hard drives, flash drives, watches, extra items you want to survive an EMP

Camera and extra storage cards or film

BE CREATIVE, THINK OF ANYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY EVER NEED TO USE.

Be sure to conceal and hide a lot of your preps. Do not dicuss with others what or how much you have.

Have extra items to barter with after SHTF as cash will most likely have little to no value. Alcohol, tobacco, medicines, canned food...you name it, someone will need to trade something for it!


NOW....get going and good luck to you all.






GET PREPPING!