Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Stockpiling common supplies for any type of disaster or survival scenario can pay massive dividends when the time comes. You can use these supplies for your own uses, bartering, and just helping your family through a hard time. Continue reading for 10 items to stockpile.
1. Food / Water
Food prepping is one of the most obvious things to stockpile. Some great food items are canned foods, rice, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and many more. You really can’t go wrong with food! (Pro Tip: Remember to pack a quality can opener with your can goods.)
Water is the most essential prep because you cannot last longer that approximately 3 days without it. It should be one of your very first preps along with something that can purify water that is not immediately drinkable. Also you will needs a way to store water if power is down for an extended amount of time.
2. Medicine / First Aid Supplies
Medicine is one of the most important items you can stockpile because of the necessity of such items for first aid. Stocking up on medicine you currently take should be your first priority. If someone gets a nasty cut and doesn't have something as simple as antibacterial ointment, things can get really bad really quick. You can’t go wrong with stocking up your current prescribed medication and other over the counter medicines and medical supplies.
3. Alcohol (Booze)
Alcohol can serve many purposes in the prepper’s stockpile. It can be used as a drink, as an emergency sterilizer, or for bartering. In a grid down scenario, those with stronger alcohol urges may be willing to trade more than the average person. In stressful situations like emergencies, some people turn to a nightcap to take the edge off. People will always want alcohol, period.
4. Seeds (Heirloom)
Seeds are a great item to stockpile, because if a bad enough emergency occurs, grocery stores won’t be selling fresh produce anymore. The current shortage of meat production and other food items is already inflating prices. Some states have started to BAN the sale of seeds. It’s necessary to start buying seeds now and to learn how to grow them as this issue continues to worsen. Heirloom seeds are preferred because after they harvest you can take the seeds from your crops and replant them for your next harvest.
Tobacco also has some different uses. It can be sold to tobacco enthusiasts for smoking or chewing. The tobacco leaves, if kept dry, can also be wonderful fire tinder. Much like alcohol, those with stronger tobacco urges with become more giving traders if you have what they need which makes tobacco great for bartering with.
Firearm ammunition is huge. It’s so important to stockpile ammo whether you own a weapon or not. People will always need ammunition for hunting and protection. Buy it to use and to trade if you have to. (Pro Tip: Only trade ammunition with those you know and trust. If times worsen, you don’t want this trade to come back to bite you in the butt.)
Spices make bland survival food much more edible and will always be in demand. Spices drove early explorers to find new land, and there will always be a demand for it. The urge for flavor and additions to things like sugar will become in high demand,
Batteries are not going to last forever, so make sure you have a ton on hand. Batteries are used in countless things we use, so there will always be great demand for them. During an emergency, people will need to power a radio for valuable information or batteries for a flashlight. Having an assortment of sizes, a battery tester, and a way to recharge batteries will come in handy.
Toiletries are always great items to stockpile. As we’ve recently seen from the COVID-19 pandemic, toilet paper was one of the first items gone.
10. Hygiene Products
Hygiene is very important in emergencies. Good hygiene makes you less likely to get an infection or illness, and can keep your family disease free. Stores can be closed indefinitely because of things like power outages, bad weather, supply chain distruptions, or an economy collaspe just to name a few. Make sure you have backup supplies for you individual needs.
11. Bonus Item To Stockpile: Coffee / Tea
For those of you that are coffee and tea drinkers, you know how hard it is to get going in the morning without your cup of joe or evening tea! Now think about the not having it for a few days, a week, a month, or longer! That awful feeling is something you should plan for. Just as much as that thought freaks you out, others will go through those same withdrawals. This is what makes it an incredible item to stock up on. Not just for you, but also for your barter and trade needs.