I’ve noticed that on several Prepper discussion boards people are looking for an extensive Prepper Supplies Checklist, a way to organize their preps, wishlist, and survival goals. If you are one of the many looking for a way to organize your preps then I hope this article and checklists will help get you organized and stimulate new ideas. If you haven’t thought about getting organized here are some reason to consider it:
- Checklists can help you to know what essentials you have and what necessities you still need to get.
- It can provide direction. Documenting your inventory makes it easier to prioritize needs/wants and set goals.
- In an emergency, being organized and having a checklist will make things easier to find.
- It can help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your emergency plan.
- So you don’t become a hoarder. Hoarders like to buy and collect items but rarely do they know where essential items are located, they keep acquiring the same items which is a waste of time, resources, and money.
At the end of the article (on page 3) is a PDF link to 13 page prepper’s checklist including a blank checklist that allows you to completely customize your supplies. My recommendation is that they be printed and organized in a binder (binders still work after an EMP). The 13 categories are: Food, Water, Energy/Fuel, Warmth/Light, First Aid, Hygiene, Communication, Financial, Kitchen Supplies, Protection & Hunting, and Bug Out Bag. The Food & Water Checklists include formulas to determine how much of each you will need depending on the size of your family/group. Below you’ll find links to blog articles in each category (just click on the picture).
Preppers List of Must Haves:
Food Supplies Checklist
Minimum: 1 gallon of water per person per day.
Total family members ____x 1 =_____ x by ____ days supply =______gallons
O Large Capacity Water Purification Method (example: filter)
O 2nd Water Purification Method (example: water distiller)
O 3rd Water Purification Method (example: bleach)
O Containers for Collecting/Transporting Water
Alternative Energy Checklist
O Off-grid Energy Source (example: generator)
O 2nd Off-grid Energy Source (example: solar panels)
O 3rd Off-grid Energy Source (example: wind turbine)
O Extension Cords
O Landscape Lighting Using Rechargeable AA Batteries/Solar Battery Charger
O Rechargeable AA Batteries
O Regular Batteries AAA, AA, C, D (flashlights, radios, etc.)
O Charcoal Briquettes
O Firewood + Chainsaw, Ax & Hatchet
O Fire-starters (magnesium, lint, tinder, lighter fluid)
O Fuel Stabilizer
O 5 Gallon Gas Cans
O Gas Siphon
O Off-grid Warmth Source (example: fireplace)
O 2nd Off-grid Warmth Source (example: propane heater)
O 3rd Off-grid Warmth Source (example: solar windows)
O Coats (for below zero degree weather and waterproof)
O Insulated Boots
O Wool Socks
O Off-grid Light Source (example: kerosene lamp)
O 2nd Off-grid Light Source (example: crank lantern)
O 3rd Off-grid Light Source (example: solar light)
First Aid Checklist #1
O Allergy Medicine (Antihistamine)
O Antacid & Nausea Medicine
O Anti-Constipation Capsules
O Anti-Diarrhea Pills
O Aspirin (Heart Problems)
O Cranberry Pills (Bladder Infections)
O Cough, Cold, and Nasal Medicine
O Cough Drops
O Ibuprofen® (Anti-Inflammatory)
O Tylenol® (Fever Reducer)
O Charcoal Capsules (Poison Absorber)
O Pain Killers