The Big Incomplete List of Prepper Items

It seems there are literally hundreds of excellent prepper lists out there and as part of our journey we have started our own. We hope to use this as an inventory/wish list to help us stay on track as well as (hopefully) helping others develop their own.

Happy prepping!


  • We keep extra cash ($20-$25) in each vehicle as well as some loose change
  • $20 stashed behind our cell phone covers
  • $200 in the prepper closet (stuffed inside an old can of peanuts)


  • Cases of water
  • Large treated water storage ( stackable cubesor 55 gallon barrels)
  • Water filter
  • Drink mixes (Kool-Aid, lemonade, Tang, etc)
  • Coffee
  • Tea Bags we store black, green and a variety of herbal teas
  • Powdered milk
  • We also reuse milk jugs, 2 liters to store water for cleaning and flushing the toilet


  • Canned Fruits – peaches, pears, apples, applesauce, fruit cocktail
  • Canned Veggies – green beans, corn,
  • Canned Beans – baked, vegetarian, chili beans, black-eyed peas, etc
  • Soups & Chili
  • Dried Beans
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Corn meal
  • Honey – lasts forever
  • Raisins – lasts forever
  • Dehydrated fruit
  • Canned meats (yuck)
  • Canned pickles, olives, peppers
  • Condiments – mustard, ketchup, salsa, taco sauce
  • Molasses
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes
  • Mac and cheese and other box meals
  • Peanuts – my personal addiction, walnuts, almonds, etc – freeze or vacuum seal is best
  • Jerky
  • Trail mix
  • Popcorn
  • Pancake mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Jams, jellies, preserves
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Yeast
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Garden seeds! We also save as many as we can from the garden.


Some think the freezer is a bad idea and granted in an extended power outage the freezer will become useless when your generator runs out of fuel. However, a large freezer full of goodies can help get you and your family through a financial hit (job loss, large unexpected bill, etc) while allowing you to stock up on items when they are least expensive. Picking up those pizzas at 4 for $10 or freezing corn from the farm stand when they’re $4 a dozen can save you loads of cash in the long run. If you’re like us, the freezer gives us another option for saving produce from our garden. Our main freezer is now fully stocked for the winter and we are considering purchasing another. Note: the bottom of our freezer is also lined with 2 liter bottles of water – can never have enough water!

  • Frozen veggies – corn, green beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes, stir fry, carrots
  • Frozen fruits – apples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
  • Burgers, hot dogs, steaks
  • Waffles
  • Sausage, bacon
  • Frozen juices
  • Pizza!
  • Popsicle’s –we make our own using these and real fruit juice

Cleaning Supplies

  • Bleach – lots and lots of bleach
  • Bar Soap
  • Soft Soap
  • Dish soap
  • Ammonia
  • Window cleaner
  • Mr. Clean or similar
  • Laundry soap

Medical/First Aide

  • Prescription Medications
  • Baby Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc
  • Band-Aids
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Triple Antibiotic creme
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cold medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Orajel for tooth pain
  • Charcoal capsules
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Latex gloves
  • Vitamins
  • Cold packs
  • you may consider a First Aid Kit

Personal Care

  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dental floss
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap-stick


  • Gasoline – 5 gallon cans
  • Kerosene – 5 gallon cans
  • Propane – 20 gallon tanks
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • Firewood if appropriate
  • Fuel stabilizer
  • Siphon for transferring fuel
  • Keep your car’s tank full
  • Extra fuel for vehicles


  • Paper goods – toilet paper! Paper towels, napkins, paper plates
  • Plastic knives forks spoons
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bug repellent
  • Wasp/Hornet killer


  • LED lanterns
  • Flashlights
  • Headlamps
  • Emergency candles
  • Solar lights
  • Batteries– lots of batteries
  • Gas/Propane generator depending on your situation
  • Oil lamps/oil
  • Solar charger for cell phone/batteries
  • Power inverter – charge or run small items from your car’s electrical system
  • We are currently looking into larger solar and wind options – suggestions welcome

For our furry friends (if you have some)

  • Food and water for them
  • Medications they may take
  • Flea and tick protection
  • Grooming tools
  • Treats (they get stressed too)

Optional (not completely sold on this yet)

  • Alcohol, cigarettes, other barter goods
  • Silver or other precious metals

 Equipment and tools

Last but not least – firearms and ammo – lots of ammo!

Finally, be sure to rotate your supplies; first in, first out.

Hope you find this useful; please feel free to suggest other items for the list!

Happy prepping!

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