We all love lists, there are big out bag lists, food storage lists, lists for fuel storage and supplies, lists for different disasters and so on. But the only prepping supply list you need is the one you make.
Prepping is such a personal thing that we cannot just take someone else’s list and think it will work for our needs. We need to develop a plan and have supplies that work for us given our needs and unique situation. If we live in an urban area our needs will be different than someone who lives on a farm,we might feel the need to have a bug out plan in place while others plan on staying put.
So should we just disregard these lists and make your own? Absolutely not, these lists are a great way of getting some ideas about something you had never thought about.
But like I said, prepping is a personal thing, so you need to pick and choose what items on these lists apply to you and create your own list.
I’ll leave a few links below where you can find some great lists and also a worksheet that you can use to start a list that works for you along with a few other free downloads that will help you create that list. Because before we start a list of supplies we need to take a look at our personal situation and decide what supplies we might need.
Update: Make sure and check out our What Prepping Supplies Do I need Series here. I goes through all the supplies you need from bug out bags to car kits as well as how to proceed after you have all of this done. Getting started prepping is one thing, knowing how to continue without getting overwhelmed is another.
I Break My Supplies Down Into Three Categories.
1. Supplies for survival: These supplies are probably the most important, these items include but are not limited to water storage, food storage, electricity, light, cooking and shelter.
2. Supplies for sanity: Just because the SHTF doesn’t mean we need to depend on the bare essentials and feed our family beans and rice every day. When the SHTF we are going to be stressed enough as it is so having some supplies like coffee and sweets will help take the edge off, at least until you become more accustomed to the new lifestyle that was forced upon you.
3. Supplies for bartering: These are my lowest priority but it never hurts to have a little extra of something that could be useful for bartering in the future. But remember your situation is different from mine. You might not have the room to store hundreds of gallons of fuel or water, so you might want to stockpile supplies that take up less room like batteries, lighters or water purification tablets that can be used to barter with in the future.
Starting Your List
As you start your list you should keep in mind what event or disaster you are preparing for, how you are going to keep those supplies organized and rotated and what supplies can be designated multi use supplies. An example of a multi-use tool is a canteen, a metal canteen can be used to store water, to boil water and to cook in as well.
These free downloads will give you a better idea about where to start and how to keep your preps even, organized and rotated without putting yourself in the hole.
Cause and Affect Worksheet
This might seem pretty simple, but you might be surprised by the results. We all basically know what we are preparing for but this worksheet might give you some ideas for multi use items to start stocking.
Short Term Food Storage Worksheet
You have to start somewhere and starting with storing what your family actually eats is a good place to start. There are sample items on this list, but you can double click that cell and replace it with what you want.
Long Term Food Storage Worksheet
Once you have figured out your short term needs it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Keep in mind it doesn’t do you any good to store 100 lbs of flour if you don’t know how to use it. Learning new skills will help you become more self reliant and gives you a reason to have these supplies.
Prepping Budget Planner
A while back I wrote an article about 10 ways to reduce debt and went into how this budget tracker works. I also did a video about how to use it because it’s an excel file and excel can be a little tricky the first time you use it. This budget tracker works great for me because I don’t like my information all over the internet.
Food Storage & Supplies List
Building your supply list take a little more effort than just downloading someone else’s list. But we can take all that information we find and create our own list that works for our preparedness needs. You can either print this worksheet out or simply fill it out and save it to your computer.
Organization and Rotation Worksheet
Organizing and rotating your preps is not only important to help you keep track of what you have and keep your preps even, it also help you use the items you have stored before they expire. Sometimes it can be hard keeping track of all the different areas you have supplies stored and this worksheet might help with that.
Links to Prepping Lists
LDSavow.com LDS Preparedness Manual
SurvivalCache Uncommon Supplies
TheSurvivalistBlog Comprehensive supply list
SurvivalCache 100 Items that will disappear first
SurvivalistPrepper.net Our First Aid list
SurvivalWeekly Basic First Aid Supplies
ThePrepperJournal Power outage
eFoodsDirect Personal Hygiene
Prepping 101 Course
We have also put together a prepping 101 course for anyone just getting started in preparing and self reliance. If this is you head over and check it out. It’s 100% free and has quite a bit of valuable iformation to get you off on the right foot.