A prepper takes the necessary measures to prepare for an emergency or a disaster before they happen. Most people assume natural disasters, world war, electricity going out for an extended period of days or even something like a sudden layoff won’t happen to them. So they don’t prepare. Preppers don’t fall into that category, because they are people who are proactive about the future. If you want to get prepared for any situation, follow this preppers checklist to get you started.
Water is the most important thing on your list. A human being can last a few weeks without food but only a few days without water. You should store one gallon of water per person per day. For a one month supply, that’s 30 gallons of water per person.
You’ll need at least a 30-day supply of food. Things like salt, sugar, flour, rice, beans, pasta, energy bars, and canned tuna. Even better, invest in civilian meals, ready-to-eat, meals that are shelf-stable and have a shelf life of approximately five years. They are a wide variety, taste better than freeze-dried, require no refrigeration, and you can eat them immediately.
Don’t forget to include pet food in your stash. Canned pet food can last one to two years.
3. Cooking Tools
Without power, you’ll need alternatives to cook your food. A traditional campfire or something like a solar oven or a wood burning stove to cook food if you’ve chosen traditional food to store will do. Make sure you have firewood for the wood burning stove option. Cast iron skillets and pots are versatile cookware that can be used over a wood burning stove or a fire. With civilian meals, ready-to-eat, a flameless ration heater, that typically comes with these meals, can heat up the meals with water from any source, whether clean water or not.
4. Dishes and Utensils
You’ll need unbreakable dishes, such as plastic or paper. Also, you’ll need plastic or paper cups, paper napkins as well as plastic utensils.
5. Medical Kit
Every preppers checklist should include a medical kit. It should consist of at the minimum hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, bandages of every size, antibiotic and antiseptic ointment, scissors, tweezers, masks, rubber gloves, aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamine, sun block, insect repellant, lip balm, cotton balls, and a first aid manual.
6. Shotgun or Handgun
Every prepper understands the need to protect oneself from danger both non-human and human. A handgun, at the minimum, should be in your possession. But a shotgun is best if all you have is one weapon. Be sure you have ammunition as well.
Depending on the circumstances, credit cards, ATM cards, and cash station machines may no longer work. Banks may be shut down. Have at least $500 worth of cash on hand.
You’ll need flashlights and batteries. Stick to flashlights that use the standard AA batteries. Candles and oil lamps are also good to have on hand. Make sure you have matches.
9. Tents, Sleeping Bags, and Backpacks
A good sleeping bag that will keep you warm is essential for a prepper. Today, sleeping bags come lightweight while still keeping you warm. However, include blankets in your stash as well. Have tents on hand as well as backpacks.
10. Spare Fuel
You’ll need gas cans filled with spare fuel. Also, you’ll need gas stabilizers so that you can store gas for an extended period.
When other communication fails, you need the old standby. A HAM radio will serve you well.
A multi-tool is an all-purpose tool that comes in handy especially during emergencies.
This list is by no means complete, but it will get you started so that you can have the most basic survival equipment for almost any situation. As you learn more, you can add to your checklist and keep your supplies updated.