The Necessary Convenience’s for Preppers

With preparedness we are constantly thinking about things that will help us survive, or help us get through a terrible situation. It’s also important to remember that maintaining our sanity in these situations is just as important.

While a percolator will not “save your life”, it will give you a sense of normalcy, and possibly save your family from “the wrath of you” haha. Having some of the supplies listed below will also help keep everyone occupied, and in turn, keeping you sane.

As preppers we are blessed with the foresight to prepare for unforeseen events. This shouldn’t stop with the important prepping supplies. The goal in any disaster scenario is to not only survive, but thrive.

SPP224 The Necessary Conveniences


Some of the items listed below are pure convenience items, and some will make your life much easier. Just because It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) doesn’t mean it has to be “the end of the world” all together.

Manual Supplies

Almost every SHTF scenario we can think of as preppers involves some sort of power outage. When this happens we need our manual backups in place. In the show we talked about a few of the following.

Manual Can Opener

Coffee Maker (Percolator)

Manual Dough Mixer

Cast Iron (For Cooking Outside)

Take a look at anything electric in your home that you use on a regular basis, and try to figure out alternatives. Also pay attention to the tasks you do like making bread, or making coffee, and think about how you would do it without electricity.

More Than Just Water

While water is vital to our survival, having something other than water to drink is important as well. Keeping the family happy will help you maintain your sanity, and having something other than water can only help your cause.

Mio (Flavored Water)

Powdered Milk (Kids Love Chocolate)

Cool Aid (Requires Lots of Sugar)

Soda & Beer

Our Vices

As the saying goes, we all have our vices. Even if some of these aren’t all that healthy, they will give us a little normalcy in a tough situation. This could mean a beer at the end of a long day, a cigarette when your stressed, or a cup of coffee in the morning. Here are some of the vices we talked about in the show, and I’m sure there are many more.




Booze & Beer



Depending on the situation, there could be a lot of downtime. While there will be some important stuff to get done, we all need to unwind every once in a while. For those of you that have children, you know exactly how important this is.

Musical Instruments

Board Games (I Mentioned Axis & Allies in the Show)

Books (Fiction and Skills)

Photo Albums

Crafting Supplies

Breakfast Foods

Having breakfast is not only good for starting the day off right, some are almost like desert. While some people don’t like oatmeal or eggs, just about everyone loves pancakes and syrup. This is probably a little obvious, but here are some breakfast ideas.

Boxed Cereal (With Powdered Milk)

Pancakes & Syrup


Eggs (Fresh or Powdered)

Potatoes (Diced or Hash Browns)

Toast (Or Just Bread)

Powdered Butter

Cooking options

Having food and cooking food in a SHTF scenario are 2 different things. Without electricity baking anything is going to be a challenge. The good news is, there are a number of options depending on what you want to cook.

Sun Oven (Get One Here)

Dutch Oven

Backyard Grills

Cast Iron


Coleman Stoves


While some hygiene items are a necessity, some will help give us a sense of normalcy. Sometimes I disagree with Lisa about makeup and hair care stuff, but if that makes her happy, it means I stay happy. Having deodorant may not save your life, but it might save your marriage. On second though…It might save your life lol.

Toothpaste (And Brushes)



Hair Care Products (Other Than Shampoo)


I love my power tools because they make everything so much easier, but I still have the “old school” backups for them. Cordless drills and table saws are great, but you need options for grid down scenarios. A lot of tools rarely get used, but you’ll be glad you have them when you need them.

Yard Tools (Shovels & Axe’s)

Saws (Wood and Hack Saw)


Socket Sets

Manual drill

Hammer (And Nails)


When it comes to bartering, there are 2 schools of thought, “not a chance!” and “It could help my situation”. I personally think we need to have our situation covered before we start storing supplies for bartering, but there are some low cost items we could store a few extra of for bartering. Here are a few that come to mind.


P38 Can Openers

Expired Cans of Food (Lisa Does This)



More Necessary Conveniences…

In the past Lisa and I talked about some other prepping supplies that WONT save your life, and prepping priorities. If you have any idea I didn’t mention here, let us know in the comments below?


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    3 replies to "The Necessary Convenience’s for Preppers"

    • Papa J

      You have coffee and percolator – YES! but you need a manual grinder too.

      BTW, why are green coffee beans more expensive to buy?

    • Maria

      I live in Puerto Rico and what we are living after hurricane Maria is a challenging situation. Believe when I tell you
      ..all the information of this article is truth. You will need things you never needed before and you will crave things you usually don’t eat. And you will have a hard time to find what you need

    • John Taylor

      There ya go! We need alcohol so we can have lots of drunks with guns in a disaster.

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