The Survivalist’s Prepper Checklist
A prepper’s checklist is an essential tool for all doomsday preppers and survivalists. If you want to be fully prepared for any kind of natural or man-made disaster such as a major fire outbreak, EMP, flooding, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or wind storm, you should take a close look at the checklist provided here. The items have been grouped under five main sub-headings to make it easier for you to read and organize your preparation effectively.
Food and Water
Food and water are essential for your survival and health. Immediately after a disaster, access to food supplies and treated water may be cut off completely.
As a survivalist, you can put together food and water supplies that will help you survive for for any time from 3 days to several months. Each day, you will need food that provides at least 500 calories and a minimum of 8 ounces of water to prevent dehydration.
If you have children, you should increase the quantity of food and water to cater to their needs as well. Note that if you are preparing a small survivalist kit, you can make do with energy bars for up to 72 hours. Here is a list of food, water and kitchen supplies.
- Vegetables: dehydrated potato flakes, canned green vegetables.
- Fats and Oils: salad dressing, butter, olive oil, cooking oil, peanut butter
- Meats: tuna, ham, chicken and beef (all in cans)
- Dairy Products: condensed milk, powdered milk, cheese
- Grains and Legumes: rolled oats, pasta, rice, popcorn, corn meal, kidney beans, split pea, lentils
- Sweeteners: canned fruit, fruit mix, jellies, honey, brown sugar, granulated sugar.
- Water Supplies: water purification tablets, filled water reservoirs 100 oz., filled water bottles 32 oz., water siphon.
- Cooking Supplies: Propane gas cans with burner, firewood, lighter fluid, lighter, matches, propane grill, cast-iron cookware, stew pot, pressure cooker, solar oven, kitchen knives (carbon steel), can opener, disposable utensils, disposable bowls and plates, disinfecting wipes, dish soap, Ziploc bags, garbage bags, hand crank food grinder.
Hygiene and Sanitation
Natural disasters could destroy your home and make it impossible for you to use your bathroom for sanitation. However, you need to put together items that you will use to maintain your personal hygiene to prevent infection and diseases. You can create a personal hygiene kit, which should contain the following items:
- Soap: laundry detergent, antibacterial soap, body wash, bathing soap, hair shampoo.
- Toiletries: toilet tissue, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, straight razor, tweezers, nail clippers.
- Cosmetics: deodorant, hand lotion, body lotion.
- Others: sanitary pads, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, off grid toilet bucket, fecal matter decomposer, infectious waste bag, bucket with cover designed like toilet seat.
A sudden disaster like an earthquake may cause major or minor injuries. A first-aid kit will help you to treat minor wounds, burns and relieve pain before you receive full medical attention. It will also enable you to put together any supplements, pills or prescription drugs you will need to stay in good health. That is why you should arrange for a well stocked first-aid kit, which should include the following items.
- Wound Treatment: surgical gloves, medical scissors, medical tape, instant cold packs, gauze pads and rolls, burn cream, waterproof band aids, bandages, antiseptic, antibiotic cream, hemorrhoid cream, petroleum jelly, razors, scalpel blade, snake bite kit, sewing kit.
- Pills: vitamins, analgesics (pain killers), charcoal capsules (to absorb poison), anti-diarrhea,anti-inflammatory pills, cough drops and expectorant, anti-cold medicine, antacid, antihistamine (for allergies).
Light and Communication
If your normal power supply is cut off due to the breaking of power lines or damage to voltage transformers, you will need to have rechargeable gadgets for radio communication, charging of mobile devices and lighting. These gadgets must not depend on batteries which could get flat in storage. Instead, you should buy a crank operated radio with a flashlight or stock up gadgets that have solar panels on them.
- Light: crank flashlights, glow sticks, solar light, crank lantern, headlamps, 30-hour emergency candle.
- Communication: Address book (with entries written using waterproof ink), list of radio stations, crank operated radio with AM/FM/SW, whistles, walkie-talkie, NOAA weather radio, back-up mobile phone, solar phone charger, notepad, help flag.
Shelter and Warmth
You should prepare to create a temporary shelter and use special sleeping equipment to protect yourself from harsh weather. A tornado or hurricane may leave you without a comfortable room to sleep at night. Your makeshift shelter and sleeping equipment should keep you warm at night and reflect heat during the day. The sleeping bag you choose should be of the same quality as the one originally designed by NASA. It recycles up to 90% of the heat from the users body. Here are some items that will help to provide warmth and shelter:
- Shelter: Tent (to be assembled with a tent kit), flares, solar flashlight with hand crank.
- Warmth: Candles (placed in Ziploc bags to prevent wax leakage), matches, lighter, hand and foot warmers, lightweight emergency blankets, sleeping bag, fireplace, solar windows, cold weather clothing, wool socks, insulated boots.
The severity of some events like tornadoes and hurricanes could prevent rescue workers from reaching you promptly. In such cases, you may need some hand tools to break some parts of your home and rescue neighbors or family members who have been trapped. You should also stock protective equipment. If you are working in a very dusty or polluted environment, you may also need to use a breathing aid or respirator. The following items should be part of your preppers checklist:
- Tools and Materials: Multi-function hatchet (with hammer and pry-bar), multi-function knife, packet of nails, quick-hold putty, duct tape, tarpaulin (5 x 7), para-cord (at least 50 feet), hand gloves, safety goggles, and respirator.
Is YOUR Family Safe?
This preppers checklist is not exhaustive, but it is a good starting point for you to arrange and organize your preps properly. With this list, you should be able to group and locate your items quickly. Remember that many supplies including those for feeding and first-aid will have expiry dates. So ensure that the food supplies you keep have an extended shelf-life and you check them regularly to verify that they are safe for consumption.
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