37 critical supplies to stockpile

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37 prepping supplies to hoard before crisis

If you've read our free guide on the 37 Foods to Hoard Before Crisis, then you'll want
to take a peek at this free guide of 37 things to hoard that aren't food. You'll be happy
that you planned ahead by stocking supplies for survival and comfort. This list does not
include first aid inventories (unless they have multiple uses), fishing or hunting
equipment, camping equipment or security and shelter tools. These are everyday
supplies which have a multitude of uses.

Remember, this free list is what a prepper needs beyond beans and bullets! Print this
list and head to store now, before disaster strikes.

37 Supplies to Hoard that Aren't Food
The number one item to hoard for survival is water (because you can live only three
days without it) and next is food! This list of 37 Supplies to Hoard in Crisis, does not
include food or water. Here are the 37 other things to store for survival:

#1 Supply to Hoard: Aspirin.
Aspirin is a pain reliever with many useful applications for preppers beyond relieving
headache pains.  When directly applied to skin, aspirin will relieve a bee sting or a bug
bite. Some say aspirin can help plants fight infection! Aspirin applied orally can protect
your heart by keeping your blood flowing freely, so for heart attack mitigation it's
highly effective! Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your
doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

#2 Supply to Hoard: Baking Soda.
Technically, baking soda is a food (and doesn't belong on this list); however preppers
have many uses for baking soda, which go well beyond baking applications. You can
brush your teeth with baking soda, and even slug a slug with it.

#3 Supply to Hoard: Bleach.
Another prepper favorite is bleach. Preppers have plenty of uses for bleach, which go
beyond washing clothes; however, before you get too much bleach, understand the
10 things to know about bleach.

#4 Supply to Hoard: Borax.
Sure Borax deodorizes and freshens, but it's also quite a handy thing to have in post
apocalyptic times. Learn the many
prepper uses of Borax.

#5 Supply to Hoard: Buckets.
You'll need plenty of buckets in addition to the food grade buckets you store your
freeze dried emergency foods. Not all plastics are created the same. It would be a
shame to only have toxic plastic buckets available when you need to transport water
or food. You'll need food-grade buckets to collect water or crops, like apples from the
orchard. Save the other buckets to collect grey water for your other uses, such as
washing clothes or handling sewage.

#6 Supply to Hoard: Bounce and Bug Spray.
Keep the bugs at bay, and here's how:

  • Bounce laundry sheets. Don't waste bounce sheets in the dryer, save them to
    repel insects, which will be important when you butcher wild game or eat or
    prepare foods outside! Hang Bounce Laundry where you don't want bugs to bug
    you. The other brands simply don't work.

  • Bug spray: Mosquitoes are a problem for spreading West Nile Virus. Ticks and
    chiggars spread diseases. Prepare by securing a supply of bug spray to keep
    your family and pets safe:

#7 Supply to Hoard: Can openers + Lid Openers (extras).
You'll have a difficult time opening buckets and cans without the proper tools. They will
break eventually, so be sure to have backups!

#8 Supply to Hoard: Cat litter.
Mind you, the suggestion of kitty litter is not for your cat. Instead, kitty litter has many
alternative uses for preppers. Use kitty litter to:
  1. Deal with human waste in an off-grid situation. Just pour the cat litter into your
    portable toilet to keep down the smells.
  2. Aid tire traction on icy roads to get you out of a sticky situation in Winter.
  3. Keep potted plants moist. Use equal parts kitty litter and soil to retain moisture.
    This will provides the added benefit of helping root them.
  4. Clean up an spill after an automotive oil change.
  5. Reduce mold and moisture around your essential prepping supplies. If you're storing
    gear in basement or damp storage area, lay it on a bed kitty litter to keep the
    equipment dry.
  6. Plug a mole hole. If you have a cat, use it for litter, then pour the soiled litter
    down mole holes to get rid of the pesky little critters your cat didn't catch.

#9 Supply to Hoard: Charcoal + Lighter Fluid + Matches.
You'll need a variety of ways to cook your food and charcoal is quite handy. Even if you
don't have a fire pit or charcoal grill, charcoal provides an easy storage answer.
Though it's not a long term solution, you'll want charcoal as you can dig a fire pit.

  • Charcoal: Costco sells two huge Kingston Charcoal bags for $20. Store them in
    a few 5-Gallon buckets.

#10 Supply to Hoard: Commercial Firewood and Tinder.
Wood needs time to age, your stash might get wet. Adding a few logs of commercial
firewood to your prepping list will ease your mind a bit about warmth in the coldest
months. Stack up on some Duraflame logs.

#11 Supply to Hoard: Cotton Balls and Ear Swabs.
For application of ointments and creams, cotton balls and ear swabs are essential first
aid supply, but there are many more applications useful to preppers:
  • Gun cleaning: If you don't have a gun cleaning swab, the next best thing in an
    SHTF scenario are ear swabs. Clean your equipment any way you can.
  • Pest deterrent: Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil make a wonderful
    deterrent for pests, particularly spiders and mice.
  • Fuel / Tinder:

  • NOTE: Do not use cotton swab sticks in the ear canal as it could cause injury. To
    remove ear wax, apply hydrogen peroxide drops into the ear to flush the wax.

#12 Supply to Hoard: Dishpans.
Ideally you'll need three dishpans for your off the grid kitchen: one filled with water to
scrape off the food particles, the next to wash the dishes clean, and finally a chlorine
bleach and water rinse. Be sure to add a final rinse with chlorine. One cup full in a
Rubbermaid dishpan filled with water is sufficient.
Dishpans would also be helpful for rinsing fruits and vegetables and collecting water in
the absence of buckets. In an off grid world, you may find them helpful for bathing.

#13 Supply to Hoard: Duct tape, Cable Ties and Super Glue.
Be a fix it prepper! Mending things is a prepper skill.

  • Cable Ties: Cable ties are an essential for your bugout bag to fasten camping
    equipment. You'll find cable / zip ties handy for automotive repair, too!Of the
    many creative uses for a cable tie, we've seen it used as a hair fastener,
    tourniquet, kindling tie, food sealer.

  • Super Glue will repair shoes and will help you fit together any piece of plastic.

#14 Supply to Hoard: Dish Washing Soap (liquid) + Dish Washing
Prepare for an off the grid cooking scenario by stocking up on dish washing soap for
cutting boards, dishes (when you run out of the paper ones), utensils and pots and
pans. Just, don't scrub your cast iron pans with liquid soap or you'll provide an
unsavory soapy seasoning to your food. Dawn contains a biodegradable surfactants,
and contains no phosphate, making it an ideal choice. It's not for vanity's sake that
you will need dish washing gloves. In doing the dishes you may cut yourself! Minimize
the risk, so you won't get an infection.

#15 Supply to Hoard: Facial Tissues.
You won't want to rough it out on your nose during a cold or flu. Facial tissues will
provide comfort in uncertain times, but ultimately, they will also help prevent the
spread of sickness, which would be particularly important during a pandemic.

#16 Supply to Hoard: Fever Reducer and electrolytes.
The single most urgent medicine in your prepper's medicine cabinet to own is a fever
reducer. Children's Advil suspension is a fever reducer and pain reliever contains
ibuprofen to temporarily reduce fevers, relieve minor aches and pains due to the
common cold, flu, sore throat or headaches and toothaches; however ibuprofen may
cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. Ask your doctor
what fever reducer is appropriate for you.

#17 Supply to Hoard: Freezer bags.
Freezer bags are stronger than ordinary plastic bags and have a multitude of uses for
preppers. Not that you'll be freezing in an off the grid scenario, but freezer bags will
help you preserve or re proportion food. In your bugout bag, these bags will keep your
contents dry and may even help you collect more food and water.

#18 Supply to Hoard: Garbage bags.
You'll be using garbage bags more often in uncertain times, including sanitation of
human wastes and even for use in burying the dead. Costco and Home Depot carry
large garbage bags in bulk by the rolls and at very reasonable prices. Stock up while
they are still available.

#19 Supply to Hoard: Hand sanitizers.
Minimize water use in times of drought by keeping hand sanitizers handy. Stocking up
on hand sanitizers will help you through pandemics, and for cleaning hands after meat
handling. Handy indeed.

#20 Supply to Hoard: Hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is essential in first aid, but Hydrogen Peroxide has so many other
applications including water purification and cleaning kitchen tools.

#21 Supply to Hoard: Lamp oil, Candle Wax and Wicks.
Candle making will be essential when the lights go out permanently. You can mind your
own beeswax by stocking up on supplies.

#22 Supply to Hoard: Lip balm, Lotions and Creams.
Skin hydration will be key, particularly when water is at a premium or when you reside
in arid areas of the country as Arizona. Don't overlook these inexpensive finds at the
dollar stores, including Blistex and Chapstick lip balms, cocoa butter creams. The bonus
of packing a petroleum based lip balm, such as Chapstick is that the balm itself may be
used as a firestarter.

#23 Supply to Hoard: Lysol.
You'll appreciate keeping cold and virus flus at bay with Lysol. Having spray is also
effective in combating lice, which may spread rapidly in uncertain times. Lice is more of
a nuisance than a survival problem, but certainly you don't want to have them around
when SHTF.

#24 Supply to Hoard: Matches.
Matches are easy enough to procure at the market. Stash them in a mason jar with a
sandpaper striking lid to keep them dry and ready for use. Want to make your matches
waterproof for your bugout bag? Coat them with nail polish!

#25 Supply to Hoard: Paper cups, Paper Plates and Paper Bowls.
For your hot beverages (coffee, tea, cocoa), using paper cups will save on the precious
resource of water and is far more healthy than drinking from Styrofoam. You'll likely
need more paper bowls than you think as they are ideal for soups, cereals and chili, as
well as freeze dried pasta and rice dishes. Get a few sizes of paper plates to
accommodate your meal size.

#26 Supply to Hoard: Paper Towels.
If you're short on space, consider Shop Towels, pictured immediate right. These strong,
absorbent towels are great for wiping hands and cleaning up grease, oil, grime, and
fluids. You'll need fewer than ordinary paper towels, so it will take up less space.

#27 Supply to Hoard: Paracord.
Paracord is cordage crafted from parachute material. It's strong and has many uses for
preppers and survivalists. An essential for your bugout bag, paracord will also provide
entertainment. It's a favorite pastime of military and a good
prepper skill to develop.

#28 Supply to Hoard: Plastic Cups + Utensils.
Plastic cups will hold up better than paper cups. Mark plastic cups with a Sharpie to
ensure water glasses are used to their full potential. Save your water in using
disposable utensils as well.

#29 Supply to Hoard: Propane + Propane Tanks.
One of your most essential prepper fuels, stock up on the propane for generators and
cookstoves. Left, the Vocano stove takes three kinds of fuel - propane, charcoal and

#30 Supply to Hoard: Mouthwash, Shampoo, Soap + Deodorant.
In an off the grid scenario, like an EMP, there won't be much opportunity for bathing
unless you've made plans, such as a solar shower or a galvanized tub. For an
economic collapse; however, you'll be glad you stocked up on shampoo, soaps, and
deodorants. You'll want your money spent acquiring fresh meats, produce or other

#31 Supply to Hoard: Nails, Bolts, and Screws.
You will need to repair and rebuild at some point. Having the necessary nuts and bolts
will get you through the job.

#32 Supply to Hoard: Sewing Materials.
A survival sewing and repair kit is essential for a well packed bugout bag. Tents tear,
equipment may rip and clothes will eventually wear. Make do with what you have by
fixing it.

#33 Supply to Hoard Steel Wool.
Steel wool is an excellent supply to help you scrub pots, but did you know that steel
wool is an excellent fire starter? All you need is a 9-volt battery and some steel wool.  H

#34 Supply to Hoard: Toilet paper.
Preppers often find toilet paper high on their personal prepping supply list! Proper
sanitation, including adequate supply of toilet paper is essential.

#35 Supply to Hoard: Toothbrushes + Toothpaste.
Buy one toothbrush per month for each family member and six toothpaste tube per
family member for a one-year supply. Get them cheaply: see the
99-items to buy at
the dollar stores.  Don't have a dollar store handy, no worries. You can get four Oral-B
toothbrushes with included shipping for under $5 (pictured right).

#36 Supply to Hoard: Vaseline (Petroleum jelly).
Vaseline or the generic equivalent is an ideal fuel when combined with cotton balls as
firestarter. Petroleum jelly helps protect minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, and also
protects skin from wind burn and chapping. Use petroleum jelly as a lip balm! To help
heal chapped hands, load a generous portion on hands, then cover hands in plastic
bags to keep them moistened for 20-minutes.

#37  Supply to Hoard: Writing instruments and pencil sharpener.
Pens, pencils and paper will be a luxury in an off grid world; however, they are also
essential to providing an education, fighting boredom, and providing a record for future
generations. A Sharpie pen will help you label food expiration dates on cans and shelf
stable items. Additionally, it will help identify assigned cups and plates. If you
anticipate a home school scenario, consider getting chalk and a chalk board.

  • Pencil sharpener use: A good quality manual pencil sharpener will become a
    precious commodity at home, but you should also consider having a small pencil
    sharpener in your bugout bag. A pencil sharpener can help make tinder from

In case you think we forgot about water, read on! We recommend you store distilled
water or bottled water to sustain you. Read more in  37 Foods to Hoard Before Crisis.

and water to clean utensils you'll need...
* a half gallon of water just to boil noodles
* 1 cup of water for each individual serving of freeze dried food.
* 2 cups of water for every cup of rice
* Cover dried beans with three inches of water to soak
Add up your inventory and you'll be surprised where you stand.

The time to build a well is not when you're thirsty. A family of four needs five 55-gallon
barrels to help survive three months. Learn the seven lessons of
Water for Survival.

What are the most hoarded items in an emergency?
Preppers can learn from disasters of the past (hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and
tornadoes) about the things that disappear first from a grocery store before and after

We gathered a list of the top ten things to disappear in crisis by following news
clippings, consider these the last-minute provisions for prepping!

Top Ten Things to Disappear from Grocery Shelves in Crisis
  1. Bottled water (learn the bottled waters to avoid.)
  2. Soft drinks (learn the 8 kinds of drinks to hoard in crisis).
  3. Bread
  4. Chips and crackers (American's eat 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips
    annually according to National Geographic).
  5. Snack bars and energy bars
  6. Medications
  7. Diapers
  8. Alcohol
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Garbage bags (used to loot the wares).

Will you be hoarding food and supplies? Preppers have the right to gather supplies for
their survival.  The United States Constitution guarantees this right. Arm yourself with
knowledge! The Fourth Amendment  prohibits unreasonable search and seizure for
concerned citizens of the United States of America. Have the constitution on hand to
defend your rights.

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