Whether you’re a master prepper or this is the first time because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no better time to set yourself up for success in case things get even worse.
What really matters will always come down to the basics of food, water, shelter, and a means to protect yourself and your family. The following is a list of items to stockpile for emergencies and other survival situations. Including items that could be useful during weather emergencies and longer-term grid-down situations.
Must-Have Items to Stockpile
Water is the most valuable item on this list. The human body can last weeks without food, but only 3- 5 days without water. The body is made up of 50-75% water. It is the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine, and perspiration. It’s important to know, that without water, your body will shut down. If you still need a little convincing, I’ve listed a few ways water provides us with essential nutrients.
- Water is essential to most bodily functions.
- The body has no way to store water and needs fresh supplies every day.
- The best source of fluids is freshwater.
- Dehydration can happen when the body’s fluids are low. It can be life-threatening, especially to babies, children, and the elderly.
- Water loss needs to be replaced.
- Maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body.
- Keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels.
- Help eliminate the by-products of the body’s metabolism, excess electrolytes, and urea, which is a waste product formed through the processing of dietary protein.
Don’t limit yourself to just water itself, though. Anything that can help locate, contain, or purify water will also be a huge hit. Try items like filters, water purification tablets, and desalination kits.
Food stockpiling is the second most important item needed for disastrous situations. At the very minimum, you should have a 30-day stockpile of food on hand. stick to dense foods like cans of beans and bags of rice, These items last longer and don’t take up as much space like a bag of potato chips.
Focus your attention on calorie-dense and processed foods that can last years. Dehydrated, freeze-dried, canned, and smoked goods will fetch a high price. Save lots of room for protein bars, and protein powder.
Meat is so incredibly difficult to have a long-lasting shelf-stable supply of. Traditional meat preservation methods have been lost because of the fear associated with food poisoning and spoiled meat. And if we are honest with ourselves, it is so easy to just store meat in the freezer.
Salt For Meat Preservation
No matter which meat preservation method you choose, you will need to keep salt on hand. Canning or freeze-drying are the only ways to preserve meat without salt, and it is actually recommended that you use at least a little bit. Salt draws out moisture and binds to the remaining water molecules in the meat. This creates an inhospitable environment for microorganisms.
Most importantly, salt actually kills many microorganisms that may be contaminating the meat through a process called osmotic shock. This basically causes a dramatic loss of water in their cells. If they don’t outright die, they certainly suffer and cannot grow as fast.
If you have the space and the ability, you can attempt to grow fresh foods. Carrots, potatoes, and wheat store the longest and have multiple uses. Consider saving seeds to insure a constant supply of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Got room for small livestock? Chickens are a great option if you have space. They’re hardy, surprisingly loyal, and great foragers and composters that’ll help with your garden. When they stop laying eggs, drop them in a pot and you’ve got dinner. Eggs and chicks are both invaluable bartering items.
Heat or Light
Survival lighting is an often overlooked yet vitally important consideration for preppers. Overall, solar lanters, headlamps and electric lanterns are the safest and most useful types of survival lighting. However, these will eventually run out of batteries or need to be recharged, so you’ll want a backup option for long-term preparedness.
Ideally, you would get several types of survival lights to ensure all of your needs are covered.
I recommend investing in a quality medical pouch or kit itself. It’s important your kit contains bandages, gauze, wraps, creams, and ointments are supplied. You’re going to use them once and then eventually you’re going to need more.
Also, you can trade medical supplies in a pinch, so it’s a great supply for bartering. Because if somebody doesn’t have any medical supplies and you have extra, you could trade for more food or water.