100 Items a Prepper Must Have for Survival and Barter

by suburban on October 7, 2011 · 11 comments


I was cleaning off the hard drive of my notebook computer, and found a list that I copied and pasted to Microsoft Word a few years ago.  I don’t know where I picked it up, but thought I would share it with everyone…

Updated: 3/16/2014:  I am adding links to the products so you do not have to go looking for them where they may apply…

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)

16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can”
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tami October 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

Grr this makes me crazy. I enter the correct Captcha but it says its wrong and then have to retype. It doesn’t save it when you hit back arrow.
This list is very useful but I had a couple of questions. Why liquid laundry detergent? I find I get more uses per container of powdered detergent and its cheaper. Next, what is survival-in-a-can?
Something I would add to this list is shoelaces. For both your workboots and tennis shoes or any other sturdy shoe that uses laces.


suburban October 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

@Tami – I hate the Captcha too, but the spammers kill the blog if I do not have it..

Not sure why they say liquid… I copied the list from somewhere a couple years ago and found the file on my hard drive… Simply sharing it… Survival in a can is also probably like an altoid can survival kit. I am going to do a post in a week or two on mine, what is in it, how to pack it tight, and why I carry it… There are a couple posts already here with the contents if you are interested: http://suburbansurvivalblog.com/my-altoids-edc-emergency-kit


MiGonz12 April 13, 2012 at 12:16 am

Liquid, probably, because it is easier to use and clean up. Growing up we washed our clothes by hand with liquid detergent (I’m 21, when I tell people this online they instantly assume I’m 60). Now, I find powdered to have more uses if you have a washing machine. I think liquid also comes in handy when it comes to washing other things especially if you run out of certain items – ie. dish detergent, soap, cleaning products. Also, there are people who have allergies or get rashes (my bf cannot touch powdered or he gets a rash).Survival-in-a-can in tiny version of what people call a bug out bag. Medical supplies (aspirins,bandaids, alcohol), food (soup, sugar, tea), and survival items (matches, duct tape, compass) usually found within. Instead of 72 hours with a bug out bag, it is geared toward the first (or last) crucial hours (up to 24 hours).


JohnQ October 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Good list, a few things I never thought of, glad you posted this. What is “survival in a can”?


suburban October 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I think they meant an altoid kit. Not sure though…


bob122 October 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

This list is from survivalcache.com

They have several good lists including 100 more things to stock.


suburban October 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

@bob122 Ah, you are probably right. Those guys are awesome… Have never spoken to them, but their posts are usually fantastic. Thanks for clarifying.


Prepography January 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

One of the few items I’m considering just for barter is storing tobacco seeds.  Seeds are to grow…tobacco is to barter.


suburban January 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

@Prepography I agree.  I have a friend who is growing his own tobacco in the Northeast and drying it to use for barter and prepping…


Jennifer Caskie April 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Thank you for this extensive list.


shirley June 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for the infro.


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