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When you first become interested in preparedness and you’re not quite sure where to start. It can become a little overwhelming looking through all the different articles about what prepping supplies you need to have to be better prepared.
I even have this article that goes over 12 of the most important survival supplies and skills for preppers. The article goes over the supplies that are truly important in preparedness.
As great as all these articles are it can be a little difficult to pick and choose between prepping supplies you need right now, and prepping supplies you will need later.
So in this article, we are going to go back to the basics and help you write out a beginning prepper’s 30 day shopping list that will help you get the supplies you need to become prepared for at least a month.
If you have been putting off prepping for a while, or you are not quite sure how prepared you actually are, if you only buy the food and supplies listed in this article you will be better off than most of the population.
NOTE: The reason we wrote this article and dedicated a podcast to it is because with all the events that could unfold in September I have gotten a little concerned. Because of that I decided to take a deeper look and ask myself “how prepared am I…really?”
If nothing happens this month then good for us, but even if you are reading this after September it never hurts to make sure you are actually as prepared as you think you are.
SPP113 Beginning Preppers 30 Day Shopping List
The Beginning Prepper’s Shopping List
Alright, now let’s get into the meat of this article, let’s assume you have absolutely nothing, and you are completely unprepared. That would mean you are just like 99% of the population, but you don’t want to be part of that statistic so you need a shopping list.
Here is a shopping list for preppers with all the fat trimmed off and slimmed down to the very basics you need to become better prepared. This might be a little long, but we have a preppers shopping list PDF that you can download at the end.
This shopping list is for 2 to 4 people, if you have more or less family members you will need to adjust accordingly.
Food & Drink
Water: First and foremost you need to store water. You are going to need 1 gallon a day minimum per day per person. I suggest at least having 20 gallons stored, but store as much as you can.
Water containers: You can buy bottles water, use old 2 liter bottles or even buy water bricks that are easier to store than round bottles.
Flour: Grab about 20 or 30Lbs of flour. Even if you don’t use much flour today, you would be surprised at how quickly if goes when you are making bread and pancakes. Flour is also a great way to extend your food supply if you happen to get unexpected house guests.
Sugar: Grab 10Lbs of sugar. Sugar is another staple of baking and can also be used to sweeten many other bland food. Coffee, tea or cool aid? You’re going to need sugar if you plan on drinking something other than water.
Salt: Pick up 5lbs of salt. Our bodies need salt to survive, although too much can be bad for your health. Salt also makes some of the bland foods we might be eating a little more palatable.
Other spices: I love pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, if you have spices that you just can’t live without grab some of those too. Just like a lot of the items on this list you can get these at the dollar store pretty cheap.
Milk: Grab 2 boxes of dehydrated milk (32oz) these are not the best tasting all by themselves, but it can also be used for baking. I still remember using dehydrated milk on my cereal as a child, it’s not very good, but it worked.
Rice: Grab 20Lbs of rice. Brown rice is better for you, but white rice tastes better, regardless what you choose make sure it’s the kind you and your family eat right now.
Beans: Pick up 20Lbs of different kinds of beans. Even if you don’t make a lot of beans these days, they are really simple to make, have a lot of calories and go a long way. Go ahead and grab a few different kinds, there are quite a few things you can make with beans.
Honey: Grab a couple 12oz jars of honey. Honey isn’t exactly a “staple food”, but it is a great alternative to sugar. It also has medicinal benefits along with its health benefits.
2 Quaker Oatmeal (42oz): You are going to want something for breakfast and although unopened boxed cereal will last about a year, it’s much less than that once it is opened.
Cooking Oil: Pick up a gallon of cooking oil. Olive oil is much better tasting and better for you than regular oil, but is much more expensive. To save some money, get some lower cost vegetable oil and some olive oil.
Pasta: Gab about 10 boxes of your favorite pasta. Pasta goes a long way, and is a low cast way to feed a lot of people.
Boxed Meals: Pick up about 10 boxes. Boxed meals are not the healthiest, but this is not a long term shopping list. Some of these meals like the Banquet Homestyle Bakes already have the meat (canned) included with them.
Canned Fruit: Just about everyone loves one kind of fruit or another, pick up around 20 to 30 Canned Fruit. Unlike vegetables, fruit will go a little faster so you might as well get a few extra.
Canned Veggies: Also get 20 cans of Vegetables, just make sure they are vegetables that you already eat. If you get 5 cans of asparagus and your family doesn’t eat them you’re going to have 5 cans of expired asparagus in a couple of years.
Canned meat: Get about 20 cans of assorted meats. Without refrigeration it will be hard to keep meat from spoiling, and that’s if you can get it in the first place. There are quite a few options, SPAM, Ham, Beef, Chicken, Tuna and sardines, but remember buy what you eat now. Also make sure you have a manual can opener, your electric can opener might not work.
Peanut butter and Jelly: Grab a few jars of peanut butter and jelly. Of the 2 peanut butter is more important because of its nutritional value, but it gets pretty boring without some jelly.
Flavored Drinks: At some point you might want something other than water or powdered milk, pick up some Mio, Tang or Kool-Aid. We use Mio quite a bit, but tang is much cheaper. The kids love Kool-Aid, but you need about 800 cups of sugar for Kool-Aid…maybe not that much.
Coffee: If you are a coffee drinker you better get some! Here at the house we always have 2 extra cans and rotate them constantly. Be sure to have a coffee percolator or you will be pouring hot water through a filter by hand which might be messy and dangerous.
Vitamins: Pick up 2 bottles (200 tablets) of One a Day multi vitamin’s, there are many different kinds of these, men’s, woman’s, pregnant, elderly, just make sure and get the type that is right for you.
First Aid Supplies
Some of the first aid supplies listed here can be purchased from the dollar store which will save you some money, but the quality is not going to be as good as the more expensive supplies. This might not matter for Ace wraps, but you might want better scissors than you can get from the dollar store.
- 10 4 x 4 gauze pads (sterile 2 per pack)
- 3 Ace wraps (2” X 5 yards)
- 32 oz Isopropyl alcohol (2) also known as rubbing alcohol.
- 2 boxes Band aids (100 each) assorted sizes.
- 2 tubes of Silvasorb gel Silvasorb is a little more expensive, but worth it. There are lower cost alternatives.
- 3 packages of vet wrap (3” x 5 Yards)
- Bandage scissors. You’ll want a good pair, trust me.
- 12 pack Roll or cling gauze (4” X 5 Yards)
- 6 each Steri Strips (Sm, Med and Large)
- 2 (30 oz) Hand sanitizer You can never have enough.
- 1 roll of Duct Tape Good for everything, including first aid.
- Over the Counter medications ASA, NSAIDS, Benadryl, antacids, anti-itch cream etc.
- 1 Head lamp If you want to see what you’re working on get a good head lamp.
- 1 box (200) Nitrile gloves Avoid latex gloves because of possible allergic reaction.
- 1 boxes (10) Medical masks Just the basic medical masks work.
- 3 month supply (at least) of all prescription medications
When you are talking about 30 days most of these items are not essential, other than toilet paper and feminine products that is. That being said life will be a lot more pleasant with deodorant around.
Soap: This can be a couple of bars or a couple of bottles of soap, just make sure you have some. The longer something goes on, the bigger an issue sanitation and health becomes.
2 Tubes of Toothpaste: Again, not a necessity but a toothache in a SHTF situation can become unbearable.
3 Boxes Feminine Products: If you’re a woman you already know how important this is, if you’re a man it might be even more important to make sure these don’t run out…Just saying. 3 boxes are more than enough for a month, but they have more than one use.
10 Disposable Razors: Again, not an essential but at the very least you will feel a little more normal if you are able to shave every once in a while.
2 Deodorants: If we lose the ability to take a shower everyday deodorant is going to be our best friend. Get 2 for each person in the house, I don’t like the idea of having to use someone else’s deodorant or toothbrush.
30 Rolls of Toilet Paper: I don’t really think I need to explain this, but if you run out you’re going to be using books, leaves and old phonebooks.
1 Box Contractor Trash Bags: These are not your regular kitchen trash bags, these are huge and heavy duty. These can be used as raingear, shelter and a better barrier against smells in an SHTF situation.
2 (30oz) Hand Sanitizer: There are a few things on this list that carry over to other areas, sanitizer is one of those. Keeping the family healthy will solve problems before they become bigger issues.
General Prepping Supplies
When it comes to these supplies, just imagine you are going camping, but instead of camping outdoors, you are camping at home. Depending on where you live (rural or urban) these supplies might be a little different.
For an even more detailed shopping list have a look at the “What Prepping Supplies do I Need” Series I wrote a little while ago.
Fixed Blade Knife: When it comes to fixed blade knives a good quality knife will last you forever. There are also some lower cost knives that will do the job, a low quality knife is better than no knife at all.
2 Folding Knives: These don’t necessarily need to be expensive because these will be more for convenience and utility. Folding knives are easier to carry with you and can be concealed, but won’t be able to handle the hard work a fixed blade knife will.
Camp Stove: If your gas or electric stove is not working you are going to need a way to heat your food. Coleman stoves, Sun Ovens and BBQ Grills will help keep you from eating straight out of the can.
Sleeping Bags: Blankets are great, but sleeping bags will retain more body heat if the heat is not on in the house. It’s also good to have these around just in case you do need to bug out.
Flashlights & Lanterns: If the grid goes down it’s going to be really dark at night. Solar lanterns, Oil lanters and flashlights will help you to see what you are doing at night.
Batteries & Fuel: Make sure you have batteries and fuel for everything that needs them. Fuel includes Kerosene, lamp oil and even solar power. There are even some great rechargeable batteries these days.
10 Bic Lighters: It’s great to know 100 different ways to start a fire, but having a Bic lighter handy will make life much easier. Make sure it’s a Bic, the cheaper lighters are just not reliable.
Paper and plastic ware: You are going to want to save as much water as you can, so having disposable dishes will leave you more water for drinking and cleaning.
Assorted Tools: Tools like hammers, screwdrivers and plyers are all tools that you really miss when you don’t have them. These can be found at garage sales and thrift store fairly cheap.
Solar Chargers: The price of a solar charger depends on what you are going to use it for. You can get low cost USB chargers for around $20 or you can get something with a little more power that will run small appliances. At the very least have a couple of the low cost USB solar chargers.
Weather Radio: The television might not be working so you want to get an NOAA radio to get important information if it’s available.
Flash Drive and/or Binder: You will want to have some of the important information or articles you have found at your disposal in a disaster situation. You can put survival manuals, PDF’s or articles on a flash drive, but make sure you have a way to get to them (USB Charger)
A better idea might be just to print them off and put them into a binder, that way you don’t need to rely on electrical devices.
Water filter (small and/or large): If you have enough water stored a large filter is not necessary at first, but having a couple of the smaller Sawyer Mini Water filters and some water purification tablets are good to have just in case.
Extra Cloths and Blankets: Get a couple of plastic bin or cardboard boxes and store some of your unused cloths and blankets away just in case they become useful in the future.
Cordage: You can never have enough cordage. Us preppers all love our paracord because of its cost, strength and versatility, but if you have twine or rope that’s great too.
Duct Tape: Just like cordage you can never have enough duct tape. You can fix anything (temporarily) with duct tape.
Super Glue: Just in case your duct tape and cordage are not going to do the job you want to have some super glue handy. This is another one of those supplies that you won’t miss until you don’t have it.
Conclusion and PDF
This seems like a lot of stuff…and it is, but this is why we buy a little here and there and try to become more prepared over time. This is a lot of prepping supplies, but honestly they are all necessary to have.
Here is the link to download the Food Shopping List portion of this article.
Academy members can get the rest of the shopping list here.
Also From the Podcast…
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