Prepping Supplies You Can’t Skimp On…And Some You CanWhen it comes to prepping supplies that will “save your life” there is literally no end to what we can buy. While we all know that skills will be more valuable than gear in a disaster situation, there are some supplies that we shouldn’t skimp on.

When it comes to buying supplies that help you become better prepared, there is a difference between getting a good deal, and skimping. Price doesn’t necessarily equal quality. You can spend $100 on a few Sawyer Mini water filters, but if you live in an urban environment, it won’t do a thing for you.

On the other side, you can find some great deals at thrift stores, garage sales, eBay and Craig’s List. The bottom line is, if the product fits your needs, and is going to work when you need it to, that’s more important than what you paid for it.

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A SHTF or survival scenario is no time to find out that that cool little gadget that you just had to have is not all it’s cracked up to be. Most of the time, the tried and true method is the simple one, and the more we know, the less we need.

Today in the show we talked about some of the prepping supplies we shouldn’t skimp on (or be cheap like me sometimes) and some that we don’t need to break the bank on. We also mentioned a couple buying tips to help you make good purchasing decisions.

Buying Tips

Do Your Research: When you are making a purchase, don’t just take the manufacturers word for it, they are trying to sell you on their product. Look for honest reviews from people who have used the product. Amazon has a good review system, and if the product has enough reviews, you can get a good idea about the product.

Impulse Buying: Before you buy something “you just have to have” give yourself a little time to think about it. The same principal applies at your local grocery store. They put chips, gum, candy and gadgets in your face while you are waiting in line to try and get you to buy 1 more thing before you leave.

I try to give myself a full day to think about something before I buy it. During that time, I might decide I didn’t really need it, or find something else “I had to have”. Sometimes these companies will even send you an email saying you forgot something in your cart, and offer you a discount.

Check Expirations:  The fact that we can but just about anything on line these days is both good and bad. People can sell things online at a super low prices when they get their hands on something that is expired, or near expiration.

Water purification tablets, MRE’s and medical supplies are all examples of supplies that the seller should disclose the expiration date. If they don’t, you should probably move on.

Gimmicks & Hype: Because we get advertised to just about everywhere we go these days, it’s harder than ever to avoid hype, scams and gimmicks. This is where doing your research and avoiding impulse buys is important.

We have all probably been burned a time or 2 in the past, and we will probably get burned in the future as well…I’m pretty use I will haha. If we take our time, and do our research, we can save some time money, and headaches down the line.

Skills: This probably goes without saying, but knowing how to use your supplies is more important than the item itself. If you don’t have a lot of knife skills, you can get away with a lower cost model…for now. The one exception would be if you need the supplies to learn something. I did this with my DIY solar generator.

Supplies you shouldn’t skimp on…

Water Filters: There are a bunch of water filters out there ranging in price from $20 to well over $100, but not all water filters are created equal. A low country water filter (urban) will do much more than a high country water filter.

Water Storage in General: Water storage is pretty simple, but it needs to be put in the proper containers, and stored in the right conditions. Putting water in 2ltr bottles is OK for a shorter term fix, but quality containers and water treatment are important for long term water storage.

Food Storage in General: If you buy long term food storage buckets like we sell at the, the work is already taken care of. For DIY food storage buckets, you need to have quality Mylar Bags (4.5 Mil or better) oxygen absorbers (check expiration’s) and food grade buckets.

With food storage, it’s also important not to skimp on investing time into inventory and rotation. This is not a big deal for the super long shelf life foods, but canned foods and pantry foods tend to get lost in the clutter.

First Aid Supplies: When it comes to first aid supplies there are some you can skimp on, and some you shouldn’t. The main thing is not to skimp on the amount of supplies you have. Unless it’s a minor injury, the odds are, you are going to use a lot more than you planned on.

Some of the first aid supplies you shouldn’t skimp on are quality band aids, tourniquets, and having items like Kerlix gauze along with some of the lower cost gauze. Not everything in your first aid kit(s) needs to be top quality, but some of it should.

Flashlights: If you are like me, you probably have about 15 flashlights around the house. Not all of these need to be “top of the line”, but you should have 1 or 2 that you can totally depend on. Headlamps are also important because of their versatility and convenience.

Batteries: If you have ever bought some “low cost” rechargeable batteries, you know where i”m going here. A SHTF event is no time to find out that the 20 D size batteries you have only last 15 minutes. Rotation and expirations are also important with batteries.

Solar Power: I have purchased a few low cost USB solar chargers, and NONE of them stack up to my Goal Zero. Solar power, or any alternative energy source is going to be invaluable in a grid down scenario. This is something we will be happy we put an extra few dollars into.

Your Car: None of us plan on hoofing it if we don’t have too, and making sure your car is in good running condition at all times is very important. Not only that, but if we neglect the minor repairs, they could turn into major repairs down the line.

Bug Out Bags: When you are first putting together a bug out bag, top of the line supplies aren’t completely necessary or affordable. Along the way, you should be upgrading supplies, and maybe even passing down supplies. If you find yourself in a bug out situation, you want to be damn sure your supplies are going to work like you planned on.

Your Feet: Your feet are like the tires on your car. Your car might be able to go a couple of miles with flat tires, but eventually that will come to an end. Taking care of your feet (and your body in general) means having good shoes and the right clothing.

Cleaning Supplies: When I say don’t skimp on cleaning supplies I don’t mean buy the name brands, I just mean have some in the first place. This is an overlooked area of preparedness, and possibly one of the easiest to tackle. Bleach and other cleaning supplies last forever, and take up very little space.

Skills: The best part about learning survival skills is they don’t cost a dime. We need to learn as much as we can, while we can, because when the cards are on the table, we need to make good, educated decisions.

Something to Add?

I’m sure there is a whole lot more that I didn’t cover here, and if you have something to add let us know? Just leave a comment 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

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