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This was sent to me by a friend.. Thought I would share it with you. It's the start to anyone looking for a checklist when starting their prep, or someone already prepping and just a good read to see if you missed anything or may have something to add. This is not a complete list of everything you may or may not need but it's a great start for newb's..

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
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 (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"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/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel 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 (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial 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. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
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, / also Leaders Catalog
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. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
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 bribes, 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

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and
friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate
near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war
quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's the easiest to
do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without
heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of
the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs
enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in
6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more
valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival
guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll
have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many
people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of
toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to
lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches
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You forgot "bob's quick and easy guide on how to use the apostrophe"
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Excellent list, I particularly like the war survivors' list.

Canned gravy, hmmmm, never thought about that one.

You can bathe almost anything in gravy and make it taste good.
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Originally Posted by jordanmills View Post
You forgot "bob's quick and easy guide on how to use the apostrophe"

I guess he also forgot the Troll spray to keep creatures like you off of his thread.
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You forgot "bob's quick and easy guide on how to use the apostrophe"
lol. Always got to be a SA in the crowd.
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sheet plastic
older laptop with as many books downloaded to CD's as you can get (the most dense way to store them)
some type of recorded music and the means to play it
all family pictures and history stored electronically (will be important later)
topographic maps of your area
if children, appropriate school supplies
solar powered scientific calculator
DVD's and the means to play them, never underestimate the value of occasional entertainment

lots of paper and lots of pencils
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Pretty comprehensive list. The only thing I would change is to ditch the cegarettes (allergic to tobacco smoke) and replace it with lots and lots of fabric and sewing supplies--that way, you can always MAKE more clothes as the old ones wear out, or kids outgrow them.
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nice list! im gonna use it as another checklist, can never be too thorough!
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This is the nearly 10-year-old 'first 100 things to disappear in an emergency' list. While it's a good list in and of itself, as for anyone new to prepping, I'm not so sure it's a good starter list.

I'm no expert [and I'm sure that YMMV and opinions will be all over the map re: this list], but what I'd suggest is use this as a tertiary or quaternary list for barter goods, rather than a primary or secondary list when looking at things to acquire/stock up on.
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BrowserCat is correct. It is a list of things that will be bought up quickly after a disaster that you will not be able to find. I agree it's a wonderful cross reference. I also believe it is not a good list for beginers to use as a stock list of things they need first, second, etc. Take it for what it is. Great list tho thanks for posting it.
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In place of the generator( noisy and fuel dependant), I'm looking at wind, water and solar. Most of the ohter stuff, most folks have around the house anyway. I like the Serajevo survivor's notes.
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I disagree with #1 and strongly agree with #4 on the bottom list. I fail to see how electricity is necessary for survival unless one is dependant on an electric well pump for water or something.

I mean sure it's a great way to keep some semblance of normalcy through a 2 week power outage after an ice storm or something, but for anything long term, it's just a waste of money that could be better spent elsewhere in preparations. A/C would be nice in the summer, but our ancestors did just fine without it. Oil lamps are fine for light and inexpensive. As for heat, you can buy a small folding wood stove for every room and remove a window pane to vent them through, for the price of an alternative power source. If a person has everything else squared away 100%, and has money leftover for luxuries, I can see maybe adding electricity, but it sure isn't on my top 100.
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I'd like to add "survival laptop" to that list with a small portable solar powered battery charger, and cram it with music, books, and topo maps, that would be the ultimate in technological nomaditry.
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lol. Always got to be a SA in the crowd.
SA? Super ... rear orifice?

Seriously, isn't this just a repost of two lists from the past week?
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Originally Posted by jordanmills View Post
Seriously, isn't this just a repost of two lists from the past week?
Actually, this list has shown up on a fairly regular basis since well before I got here.
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mmmmm GRAVVVVYYYYY dont forget the gravy. Reminds me of the old "tom and jerry" cartoon lol
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I think you don't understand what this is a list of. If there is a natural disaster or otherwise, this is a list of the items that the STORES will run out of first; the items that people will grab off the shelves in hoards. It was not written as a list in order of thing you should make sure you have. It can be kind of used that way if you would like to due to the fact that YOU might find certain things on the list a neccessity. Therefore you might keep one or some around due to the fact that they will probably become unavailable.....ie "dissapear first". Good luck to all in their preps. Just trying to clear it up a bit.
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OK, I'm just guessing, but it seems this is a "Bug In" list and not a "Bug Out" list unless you have a freaking big trailer!!!

Maybe a list for each situation would be more appropriate and perhaps the newbs need to collect the basics first before the niceties?...........jmho.........
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This list keep popping up now and then and it is always just as bad as the time before. While there are some good items on the list it clearly was prioritized by someone who hasn't a clue.

Chickens and goats, which have kept humanity alive for thousands of years, are dead last-- #100 -- whereas feminine hygiene is #24. Male hygiene, however, is only half as important at 49 but more important than cast iron cookware, #50, virtually an essential item. When Europeans traded with North American Indians the most coveted item was a cast iron pot.

Matches, which should be near the top of the list are #42 directly followed by that all important multi-purpose survival tool, the solar calculator. A compass didn't even make the list. Roach powder is more important than rain gear, popcorn more important than underwear.

The whisk, that all important tool in the French kitchen, is #8. How could we survive without a whisk in the wilderness? Now there is a title for a book... The Whisk In The Wilderness... the true story of French Survival Chefs. The survival knife, by the way, is #63...


Clothes pins, which are described as an "absolute must" are #33. FIshing supplies, one of the prime ways to put protein into you diet, is 51. Portable toilets, which are absolutely unnecessary, are #3 whereas life-saving multi-use duct tape is 50 clicks down at #53. Your hat, which helps you keep 25% of your body heat in, and shades you from the sun -- read helps keep you alive -- is #99. And the expensive, loud, heavy, and ever-thirsty generator is #1.

Yeph... when the SHTF I am going to grab my generator, portable toilet and solar calculator and head for the hills. And if anyone tries to stop me I've got my whisk for protection.

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Maybe I'm missing something here. I see a list, not a prioritized list. Yes, it has numbers, but nowhere do I read that you have to do anything in any particular order. If you use it as a "Gee, somebody put together a list of stuff I might not think of, but will need if things go to pot" list, then there is no reason to carp about it. Everybody's list is different, my priorities will not match yours. And for very good reasons. There is no end all be all list to surviving other than (in order of priority):

1. Air to breathe
2. Uncontaminated water to drink
3. Food providing basic nutrition to eat.
4. Shelter and heat from the cold.

There, how's that?

Look, I don't mean to fuss, but I've seen it too many times to count. People start obsessing over the fine details "every jot and tiddle" and the real meaning is lost. We revert to the same arguments you can see over on the Religion board. It's not worth it!

I've been living the "prepping" lifestyle for over 40 years. It's been called everything from common sense to survivalism to wacko right-wing radical. It all boils down to what I was taught in Boy Scouts.... Be Prepared.

Guys and Gals, we are all of the same mind here. Let's keep an eye on the horizon and not bicker amongst ourselves. Lift up the new folks and help them. Not put them down and discourage them.
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