37 critical supplies to stockpile

Critical Supplies to Hoard (non-food)
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.
Baking soda has been important to man since antiquity. Egyptians used natron (a
second cousin to baking soda - hydrated sodium carbonate), settlers travelled
hundreds of miles for saleratus (potassium carbonate), and today we have many
names for this crystalline white substance. 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!

#3  Supply to Hoard: Unscented Bleach.
Another prepper favorite is bleach. Preppers have plenty of uses for bleach, which
go beyond washing clothes. See #12 dishpan and you'll see how to use unscented
chlorine bleach for washing dishes in camp.

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

#5 Supply to Hoard: BIC Lighters.
A BIC lighter truly is more valuable than a generator and it's the firestarter of choice
for many famous survivalists, including Mykel Hawke. So go ahead and flick your BIC!

An anyonymous survivorof the civil war in Bosnia wrote, "A generator is good, but
1000 BIC lighters are better. A generator will attract attention if there's any trouble,
but 1000 BIC lighters are compact, cheap and can always be traded."

#6 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.

#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 esential
first aidssupply, 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

#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 bleach
(unscented). You'll need one good squirt from a bottle if you've transferred the
bleach (or about a cap-full directly from the bleach container) in a Rubbermaid
dishpan filled with water is sufficient.

The correct scouting way to clean your dishes in the great outdoors is:
  1. Scrape off the food debris (paper towels make it easy).
  2. Pre-rinse in a tub of water with a squirt of bleach and water mix.
  3. Hand wash in hot soapy (biodegradable) water.
  4. Final rinse in warm water to get off the soap.
  5. Dry by hanging in a mesh bag.

Dishpans would also be helpful for rinsing fruits and vegetables and collecting water
in the absence of buckets.  Ideally you need three buckets and not two! You may as
well get two of the double wash basins. The extra can be for washing hands.

#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.

#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

#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

#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 wood.

#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 toothbrushes and toothpaste cheaply
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 a
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 twigs!

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

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

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 crisis.

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.

Happy Endings...
What you hoard will help ensure you live happily ever after. There are many things
you could hoard, and we have more related articles, including the most overlooked
preps, and where to stock up on the preps for just a buck!

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