Essential Prepper Items

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Preparedness
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The art and science of prepping basically comes down to having the right gear, the right skills and the right mindset to survive when disaster strikes.  There are literally hundreds of items that are essential and worthwhile to stock up on; but to get you started, here is my list of essential items to have on hand if disaster strikes.

  • Drinking water – at least a 3 months supply per person.
  • Food – at least a three months supply per person.  Don’t forget to have food and water for your pets as well.
  • Firearms for self defense – shotguns, rifles, and handguns along with proper training are essential.
  • Ammo and Mags – As much as possible in the proper calibers with mags as needed; to handle any self defense situation.
  • First Aid Kit – With enough vital medical supplies to handle most medical emergencies.
  • Generator with proper wiring – to run your entire house should the power fail.
  • Gasoline – Minimum of 100 gallons safely stored.
  • Firewood – For cold weather use to stay warm and for emergency cooking.
  • Communications gear – including cell phones, CB’s, 2 way radios, shortwave and backup computers with alternative recharging methods.
  • Bright Flashlights – As many as possible along with plenty of replacement batteries.
  • Fire starting capabilities – such as matches, lighters, strikers, etc.
  • Assorted variety of proper clothing – to handle all types of good as well as bad weather. Clothing items should be seasonally specific.

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  1. Brittius says:

    Tools. Rope. Blunt instruments. Entrenching tools that can double as weapons.

  2. phoebe53 says:

    I have to take issue with your continued plugging of generators, if someone hears a generator it will bring them running to you knowing you have supplies. I prefer an inverter and batteries, you don’t need to run a whole house just essentials, my inverter can pull a washing machine so I’ll just swap appliances as needed. They also suck up a lot of gas so is the expense worth the short amount of time that your fuel will last?

    • rmactsc says:

      In a normal power outage situation where law and order is still intact and there are not hordes of marauding looters; generator is in my estimation, for me, the best option for that scenario.

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