Somewhere in the world, there’s a survival expert who doesn’t need anything to survive with. The rest of us need to have the right equipment and supplies. When we talk about prepping supplies, the first thing that most people think of is food and water. While those are certainly at the top of the list, they aren’t the only supplies that we need.
Think about this for a moment; how many different things do you use in the course of a week? I’m not talking about things you use for your job, but things that you use for your life. Now, add in all the things that you get from the infrastructure that serves us all. By the time you’re done, you’ve got a pretty lengthy list. Well, if the supply chains are down, as they usually are after any sort of a disaster, you’ll need all those things as part of your prepping supplies, since you won’t be able to buy them.
As you can see from this little exercise, the list of prepping supplies you need to stock is lengthy and varied. You may never have absolutely everything you need, simply because life has a way of throwing curveballs at us. But the more you have, the better off you’ll be. Here are some of the “biggies.”
The Number One Prepping Supply – Fuel
Let me start off by saying that most people wouldn’t agree with me on this. That’s because when most of us use the word fuel, we’re thinking of fuel for our vehicles. While that is important, that’s not what I’m focusing on; I’m talking about fuel to heat and cook.
Hypothermia (loss of body heat) is the fastest way to die in a survival situation. If you happen to live in a hot climate, like I do, that may not seem like much of a big deal. But the vast majority of the country actually has four seasons and the temperature drops at night to a level that is outright cold. In that case, it’s actually rather easy to get hypothermia.
Fuel is needed as a part of our prepping supplies to keep our homes warm, so that our bodies will be warm as well. If your furnace is not working, you’ll need an alternate means of heating your home, as well as the fuel to burn. In fact, you’ll need a lot of fuel to burn.
We can’t really talk about fuel for a fire, without talking about a way of starting that fire. Fire starters are one of the most important prepping supplies you can have. With them, you can make good use of that fuel to keep you warm. Without them, you’re going to be out begging for a match.
We live in a society which is addicted to electric power. So much of what we do and what we use is powered by those moving electrons. Without them, we lose much of what makes us a modern, civilized society.
Take electric lights for example. The humble electric light bulb has extended our day, allowing us to burn the candle at both ends and get more done. Without it, we are limited to working in daylight hours and sleeping at night. Considering how much it takes to survive, light is an important priority. Whether through oil burning lamps, candles or flashlights, we all need some way of lighting our way as part of our prepping supplies.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Personal cleanliness and the cleanliness of your home may not seem like important survival priorities, but they are. Dirt and filth are excellent breeding grounds for germs, increasing our chances of sickness. Likewise, a dirty home is a breeding ground for rodents and insects, who will try to pillage our food and make us sick. Having the necessary prepping supplies to keep ourselves and our homes clean is an important part of keeping healthy in a survival situation.
Medical services are usually stretched in a disaster situation, making it hard for people to get the help they need. On top of that, just getting to a doctor will be a challenge when we can’t find gasoline for our cars.
Don’t forget first aid supplies either. If you can’t get to a doctor easily, you might just have to take care of some things yourself. An extensive first aid kit is an important part of anyone’s prepping supplies. But having the right supplies is only half the battle; the other half is learning how to use them correctly.
Yes, batteries are an important prepping supply. I mentioned a moment ago how much we depend upon our electronic devices. Well, without batteries, those electronics aren’t going to do us much good. On the other hand, if you’ve got the batteries, there are a lot of things you can keep working; things that just might make your life easier.
Many types of disasters can cause damage to our homes. Living in a damaged home can be difficult and can actually lower your chances of survival. Including home repair materials as part of your prepping supplies can make a world of difference, especially for those of us who have the knowledge to use those supplies.
Actually, not a lot of different materials are needed. We’re talking about emergency repairs here, not repairing or remodeling your home. A damaged roof can be covered up with a tarp and nails, making a good temporary patch. Windows which have been blown out can be covered with plastic, tarps or even plywood. For that matter, holes in the wall can be patched up pretty good with plywood and some nails.
While these sorts of repairs may not meet building code requirements, they will help keep the inside of your home warm and dry. Besides, who is going to be doing building inspections anyway?
No matter how good a job you do in preparing, you’re going to find that you forgot something that should have been included in your prepping supplies. It might be something that you didn’t realize you’d need or something that wasn’t available. It might even be a need that arises while you’re trying to survive. In that case, your best chance is to trade something for it.
Many preppers talk about keeping barter goods as part of their prepping supplies. That way, they have something to use as currency, when people aren’t accepting dollars. Even if the economy remains intact, people aren’t going to want to accept dollars, if there’s nothing they can spend them on. However, if you have something they need more than what you want from them, there’s a good chance they’ll be willing to trade.
That’s Not All
Don’t take the things in this list as being anywhere near conclusive. The list of prepping supplies that you need is longer than I can cover in one article. All I was really trying to do here is to broaden your thinking, so that you could see that you need much more than food.