Master Supplies List for an EOTWAWKI Scenario

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Master Supplies List for an EOTWAWKI Scenario

Please post your preferred supplies for an End Of The World As We Know It scenario, I shall maintain a compiled list here in this post.


Safety Items

  • Reflective Safety Vest
  • Glow Sticks
  • Flashlights (LED)
  • Batteries
  • Israeli Civilian-Use Gas Mask
  • Solar / Crank Radio with Weather Bands
  • Shortware Radio
  • Family Radio System walkie-talkies

Medical Items

  • Prescription Drugs
  • Potassium Iodate Tablets
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Bandages, Tape
  • First Aid Kit
  • Immodium (Anti-Diarrhea)

Pet Items

  • Pet Food
  • Pet Medicines

Personal Items

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Gel
  • Razors
  • Toilet Paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Sanitizing Gel

Food (staples)

  • Rice
  • Beans (pinto)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Food (emergency)

  • Freeze Dried meals (mountain house, etc)


  • Extra Clothing
  • Extra Shoes


  • Wool Blankets (good quality ones)
  • sturdy pots/pans/utensils that you can use over a fire

​Guns & Ammo

  • This is your personal preference but this thread's commenters have suggested:
  • Saiga 12 Gauge
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Great idea Pablo, I'll

Great idea Pablo,

I'll add:

Water purification unit  (the Berkey is highly recommended)

Precious Metals ;)


Swing trade indexed ETFs. Long physical gold, silver, and 1 miner.

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G & A is a given

Saiga 12 Gauge :)

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More to the list

A good first aid and survival handbook
Good people you can trust
Flint or good spark maker

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Heating, Cooking, Lighting, H2O, ...

Passive and active heating: sleeping bags, "space blankets" (light-weight, not the thin aluminum, but thicker); indoor safe heaters,

Cooking: camping style stoves, alchohol type, wood burning,

Lighting: solar recharge, LED self-charging, candles,

H2O: as much as possible (100 gallons per person per year - just for drinking alone - does not include cooking, bathing, washing dishes, etc.),

lots more, ...

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Good idea Mr Newcombe.Maybe

Good idea!

Maybe we should probably have two or three lists, for different grades of end-of-the-world.

List #1 is for the Mad Max "every one has a cool car and an Australian accent" total breakdown in society.  Everyone is armed, and Zombies/looters roam the street.  This scenario is what a lot of people think the EOTWAWKI might be like.

In this situation people stock up on food, water, medical supplies and lead. Lots of lead.

List #2 is for an Argentina-style Devaluation writ large, where fiat currency has collapsed and the middle class all but wiped out.  For about a decade things are pretty bad. Civilization is still going, but there's much more crime than there used to be. People get kidnapped so often it's not even news. Handguns and knives are more important than rifles, because you can't conceal a rifle.

In this situation people stock up on the essential 'Mad Max' stuff - but also DVDs (really!), cigarettes, mini-bottles of scotch become must-haves. I say DVDs because peoples' taste in entertainment changes during an 'Argentinean' event: it becomes simply too dangerous to go to nightclubs or cinemas and people prefer a quiet night in front of the TV

I think a 'List 2' catastrophe is more likely long term, but for some people in big cities right after the collapse of the dollar, I have no doubt that it will be like Mad Max .

Hope this is helpful

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Seeds Fertile soil Food


Fertile soil

Food dehydrator

Vacuum packer



"It's called the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." ~George Carlin

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Pb Cu and Zn

In large amounts, preferably cartridge form.  Battle packs would be very nice.

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Berkey filters

Berkey or other filters are great. You can save yourself about $150 by buying just the filters and making your own system with food grade 5 gallon buckets, lids and spigots. Mine works fine and can be broken down to carry as just a regular bucket instead of looking like a water filter. Will post the how to's if anyone is interested later, going to watch my son's varsity baseball game.

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Home made Berkey


I'd appreciate your how-to instructions for your water filter.

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Home-made Berkey

To make the home-made berkey you need two 5-gal plastic buckets, food grade. In the bottom of one bucket drill two holes to receive the Berkey carbon filters, and drill two matching holes in the lid of the other bucket. You will need the rubber washers and nuts to tighten the filters in (these are available from Berkey). You will then have a bucket with two filters with a lid on top and a lid fastened to the bottom. In the bottom bucket drill a hole in the side near the bottom for the spigot (also available from Berkey). Then all you have to do is stack the filter bucket on top of the spigot bucket and pour some water in the top.

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100 Hot Items


While everyone will have unique needs, depending on their unique situation, here's a handy list of the 100 items likely to disappear first in a crisis.  Plan accordingly, then go shopping.

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. 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 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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Two excellent links

Top 100 things that disappear first when the bad Stuff happens:

Also: there is a priceless Preparedness Manual (created by the LDS) that you can download from:

The LDS manual in particular contains excellent advice.  You do get hit with bible quotes pretty early on: this may bother some readers. If so I highly recommend that you plow on regardless and persevere with the PDF.

Hope this is helpful

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F it. I am going out with a bang.

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Whey protein powder is a

Whey protein powder is a great item to stock up on.

If you have some land - cows are great. No refrigeration needed until slaughter. Network with like minded neighbors so you can carve 'em up at your convenience.

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Lessons from Argentina's

Lessons from Argentina's economic collapse

This is the classic essay written by an Argentinian citizen who lived through the devaluation of the Peso, and the increasingly violent, dangerous years afterwards.

This is what is coming to America and the West. I highly recommend reading the whole thing. (The guy also wrote a book, which is more coherently written).

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Water filters   Make your own water filters.

Also a great site for other survival/prepping

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2 Books that are a must have

Boy scout handbook and the SAS survival guide.

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Treats -- for more realistic "Argentina"-style crash

I read an interview of a well-to-do attorney who rode out the Argentinian collapse in 2001.  His suggestion was to use really rare "treats" for bartering, and for his own psychological comfort:

- Chocolate

- Coffee

- Cigarettes

- Wine (my wife will be so sad..)

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