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Survival Top 100 Items List

Survival Top 100 Items List – What Disappears First in a Disaster?

By Joseph Almond

The survival top 100 items list are important to consider obtaining and storing prior to needing them.

1. Generators

All Power America APG3014 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable GeneratorGas Powered Generator

2. Water Filters, Purifiers

3. Portable Toilets

4. Seasoned Firewood

5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps

6. Coleman Fuel

7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots

8. Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks

9. Honey, Syrups, white, brown sugars

10. Rice – Beans – Wheat

11. Vegetable oil

12. Charcoal & Lighter fluid

13. Water containers

14. Mini Heater head (Propane)

15. Grain Grinder (Manual)

16. Propane Cylinders

17. Survival Guides

18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)

19. Baby Supplies: Diapers, formula, ointments, aspirin, etc

20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w, wringer (for Laundry)

21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)

22. Vitamins

23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder

24. Feminine Hygiene, Haircare, Skin products

25. Thermal underwear

26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets & Wedges

27. Aluminum foil Reg. & Hvy. Duty

28. Gasoline containers

29. Garbage bags

30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels

31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)

32. Garden seeds (Non-hybrid)

33. Clothes pins, line, hangers

34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit

35. Tuna Fish

36. Fire extinguishers

37. First aid kits

38. Batteries

39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies

40. Large Dogs (and dog food)

41. Flour, yeast & salt

42. Matches (3 box, $1 .44 at WalMart: “Strike Anywhere” preferred. Boxed, wooden matches will go first.)

43. Writing paper, pads, pencils, solar calculators

44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime)

45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts

46. Flashlights, Light sticks & torches, “No.76 Dietz” Lanterns

47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks

48. Garbage cans Plastic (for storage, water, transporting)

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. Liquid Laundry Detergent

57. Backpacks & Duffle bags

58. Garden tools & supplies

59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies

60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

61.Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)

62. Canning supplies (Jars, lids, wax)

63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, 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 magnets

70. Paper plates, cups, utensils

71. Baby Wipes, oils, waterless & Anti-bacterial soap (saves a lot of water)

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)

74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillons, gravy, soup base

76. Reading glasses

77. Chocolate, Cocoa, Tang, Punch (water enhancers)

78. “Survival-in-a-Can”

79. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens

80. Boy Scout Handbook

81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)

82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix, Jerky

83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc.

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 (for barter, medicinal, etc.)

95. Paraffin wax

96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

97. Chewing gum, candies

98. Atomizers (for cooling, bathing)

99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs

100. Goats, chickens

Survival Gear List

Survival Gear List

A List of General Supplies for Emergency

This is a list of general survival gear and supplies that are the emergency essentials you will need for your own emergency preparation. It is best to begin with your 72 hour survival kits first. Once those are complete begin to work on your long term disaster preparedness planning. We deal with survival Survival Gear List gardens, emergency food supplies (for your survival food storage), and water supplies, separately. This “survival gear list” is based on 4 people, and should be refined to suit your own needs. It’s based on information from Holly Deyo.


36 each Candles 200 each Fire Starters (jelly, ribbon, tablets, impregnated peat bricks, wax-coated pine cones, magnesium block, flint) 1 each First Aid Kit 1 each Fuel Refills (for each type, propane, sterno, diesel, gas) 2 each Fishing Kit 4 each Foam Mattress Pads (for under sleeping bags, swags, etc.) 4 cans Insect Repellent 1 each Kettle, huge, with lid (at least lobster pot size) for boiling water 18 each Light sticks (12 hour) 4 each Lighter (butane) 4 bottles Liquid Detergent for clothes and dish washing 1 each Mosquito Netting 4 each Plastic Sheeting or Tarps (waterproofing between sleeping bag and ground) 2 each Propane Lanterns and Extension Poles 2 each Propane Tank (20 lb or 9 Kg) 4 each Propane Wicks or Socks 1 each Portable Clothes Line and Pegs or Clothes Pins 2 each Prescriptions for current medications 2 each Sleeping Bag, Bedroll, Swag or Wool Blankets 1 each Snake Bite Kit 4 each Space Blankets (reflects up to 90% of your body heat and only weighs 20 oz) 2 each Tents (2 person) 5 each Trash Bags* 1 each Wash Board 1 each Wash Tub for laundry 10 boxes Waterproof Matches * Purchase the heaviest, largest trash bags available for countless uses like an extra tent, emergency wind/rain protection or keeping pack and contents dry


4 each Backpack for supplies 4 each Fanny pack for short excursions 4 each Five Gallon Pail with Lid 4 each Water Canteen


24 each Bandanas (inexpensive shield face, head cover, wash cloth, bandage, etc.) 12 each Complete Change of Clothing* (3 for each person) 2 each Current Prescription Glasses 12 each Dust Masks 12 each Extra 3 sets of underwear (3 for each person) 1 each Gas Mask if you are living in one of the top 120 major cities 8 pair Heavy Socks for boots 4 each Rain Poncho OR Rubberized Parka and Rain Pants (oversized to layer clothing underneath; these are preferable over Rain Ponchos-offer more protection) 4 each Sturdy Boots 4 each Sunglasses 4 pair Tennis Shoes 4 pair Work Gloves, heavy duty *Most people will need to consider seasonal changes. Every season, update your stored change of clothes for appropriate weather conditions. In winter, include coats, hats, gloves, thermal underwear, snow boots and clothes for layering.


1 set $1000. in cash and change 2 each Compass of good quality 6 each Notepad 2 each Map of your local area 4 each Pen 4 each Pencil 1 set Phone numbers and addresses of friends and family 1 set Pre-addressed, stamped postcards of friends and family out of state 1 each Radio (solar, hand cranked or battery powered) 8 each Road Flares 1 each Short-wave Radio (plus extra batteries) 12 each Signal Flares 4 each Signal Mirror 4 each Signal Whistle


2 rolls Aluminum Foil, heavy weight 2 each Boning Knife 2 each Bread Loaf Pan 1 each Butcher Knife 1 each Camp Stove 1 each Can Opener, manual, heavy duty 1 each Corkscrew 6 each Dish Cloths 1 each Dutch Oven, large with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*


3 sets Baby Clothes 2 bottles Baby Powder 2 bottles Baby Wash 2 each Blankets 3 each Bottles 26 boxes Diapers, disposable (24 count) 1 bottle Diaper Rash Ointment ? cans Formula 2 bottles Lotion 1 each Teething Ring 2 boxes Towelettes, Premoistened Toys


12 pair Surgical Gloves (these are inexpensive and can be obtained in discount stores) 1 each Camping Potty 2 bottles Disinfectant 3 gallons Liquid Bleach and Eye Dropper 4 bottles Liquid Detergent for clothes and dish washing 4 each Sponges 2 boxes Steel Wool Pads like Brillo 40 rolls Toilet Paper, rolls flattened 2 boxes Towelettes, Premoistened (in addition to ones for infants) 120 each Trash Bags, large (for human waste and misc. rubbish) 4 bottles Vinegar


1 each Bible 1 each Board Games: Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, Backgammon, Checkers 8 each Books for pleasure 1 set Certified Copies of: wills birth, death, marriage certificates and divorce decrees house and life insurance policies inventory of valuable household items deeds and contracts stocks and bonds charge card account numbers and their “lost or stolen” notification numbers bank account numbers medical records including immunizations social security numbers passports, where pertinent for each family member

*Keep these items in waterproof containers. Many survival and camping stores sell flat, water tight pouches. If you have a food vacuum sealer, this is a great use for it.

Ammunition, if firearm is selected 1 each Clock, wind-up manually like Big Ben and Baby Ben 2 each Firearm, (pistol and rifle recommended, personal choice item) 1 each Hunting Knife 2 decks Playing Cards 1 each Magnifying Glass 1 box Paper Clips, assorted sizes 1 box Rubber Bands, assorted sizes 1 box Safety Pins, assorted sizes 1 each Dare To Prepare book


1 bottle After Shave 2 months Birth Control 2 bottles Body/Hand Lotion 4 each Comb and Brush 1 set Cosmetics 2 each Dental Floss 2 bottles Body/Hand Lotion 4 each Comb and Brush 1 each Cosmetics 2 each Dental Floss 4 each Deodorant 3 bottles Liquid Soap for personal washing 1 box Panty Liners 1 bottle Perfume 3 pkgs Razor Blades (10 count) 3 bottles Shampoo 1 box Tampons/Sanitary napkins 4 each Toothbrush 3 tubes Toothpaste 1 each Tweezers, pointed 8 each Wash Cloths & Towels


2 each Batteries for Wheelchairs and Hearing Aids 1 each Crutches or Walkers, Tips and Pads 2 boxes Denture Care Items 1 spare Eye Glasses 2 months Heart or Blood Pressure Medications 2 months Prescriptions Special Dietary Items 3 sets Warmer Clothing


2 each ABC Fire Extinguisher (check expiration date) 1 each Axe 6 each Bungee Straps (variety) 1 each Bush or Tree Saw 1 set Buttons, assorted sizes 1 each Crowbar 1 each Drill, Hand-operated 3 rolls Duct Tape 4 each Flashlight (extra batteries, bulbs) 1 each Generator, diesel preferably 5 KW 1 each Hammer 1 each Hatchet 1 roll Masking Tape (for labeling, etc.) 1 box Nails, assorted sizes 1 pkg Needles and Thread (assorted) 1 box Pins 1 each Pliers, needle nose 1 each Pliers, regular 1 each Post Hole Digger, auger type 100′ Rope, Nylon 1 each Scissors 1 each Screwdriver, Phillips 1 each Screwdriver, Flat Head 1 each Shovel, Rounded V-shaped for digging 1 each Sledgehammer 1 each Staple Gun and Staples 1 each Swiss Army Knife 100′ Twine or Heavy String 1 each Vice Grips 1 each Wire Cutters 1 each Wench and Cable, manual 1 each Wrench.

Once you have filled your list of survival gear for your family,  considering adding some extra for neighbors, extended family, friends, or people who need help.


Cooking Supplies List

Cooking Supplies List

A list of food preparation supplies for emergencies.

Cooking Supplies

Food and Water Supplies

Fuel for Camp Stove
1 each Grater
1 each Grain Grinder, manual
1 each Hot Pad
6 each Melamine Plates and Cups
1 each Metal Coffee Maker or Billy Can
1 each Mixing Bowl, Large
1 each Mixing Bowl, Small
2 each Pancake Turners, metal not plastic
1 each Paring Knife
1 roll Plastic Wrap
2 each Quart Containers with Lids (for purifying water, you need 2 so water can be poured back and forth to re-oxygenate)
1 each Sauce Pan, large with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
1 each Sauce Pan, small with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
1 each Spoons, Metal
2 each Spoons, Wooden
1 each Skillet, large with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
5 pkgs Water Purifying Tablets (50 count)
2 each Water Purification System (see article water purifiers)
2 boxes Ziploc Freezer Bags, gallon
2 boxes Ziploc Freezer Bags, quart
*If you elect to cook outside, cover food to guard against insects. Using lids will also expedite cooking and water boiling times which reduces fuel consumption.