The List: A to Z Survival for the Abysmal Times Ahead
In a follow-up
to his wildly popular article discussing How
Horrific It Will Be For The Non-Prepper, contributor Be
Informed provides SHTFplan
readers with an extensive list of preparedness and survival keywords
and concepts for beginners and seasoned preppers alike.
It seems like
no matter how well someone prepares, they inevitably find out they
have forgotten something. That all important item or items that
arent remembered, that merely only have to be
mentioned by name to remind a person of what they needed. Most of
the time when someone forgets an article of clothing or other minor
object after beginning a vacation they can easily replace it or
live without it. After a calamitous event, however, anything that
a person has forgotten to store will likely be be impossible to
obtain. What someone has in their possession at the time of the
event is probably the ONLY thing they will be able to get.
list of A to Z survival items and survival related concepts details
what one may have simply forgotten because theres so much
to prepare for. Kind of like; oh yeah, I am glad that something
reminded me of what I need, or thats something
I never thought of and I will need it. Most everyone will,
of course, not be able to amass everything on this list, and there
will of course be items and ideas not mentioned here, but it should
be a good place to start for beginners and seasoned preppers alike.
A person can always add more to any list of their own essential
needs, as lists such as this are almost endless. It should also
be realized that no list of survival items and ideas are perfect
for any individual, and just because someone has just a portion
of what is on it doesnt mean that they are not prepared.
The goal here
is to have a general inventory of key words that have
to do with prepping and survival that have very brief descriptions
and short reasons behind why they are so important regarding survival
preparedness. The aim is to keep each survival and prepping word
or set of words as compact as possible that is, to not bog
down anyone with lengthy explanations that could easily fill an
encyclopedia size book. When the prepper/survivalist sees a word
in relation to preparing it can and does trigger an automated response
that brings thoughts of whether they need or do not need to do something
about it in their own planning.
This A to Z
list of survival should help in that process.
and adept the more skills you have the better.
- Able bodied
being physically fit helps anyone.
tiny amounts eventually add up to a lot.
you should not put off what you need to do.
to survive people will need to adapt.
there is much good sound advice out there, seek it out.
this is what is the longest and most difficult to survive.
- Air circulation
plan for this in ALL environments.
both drinking and rubbing alcohol for sterilizing, wonderful
something to alert you to potential hazards
the more supplies someone has to more likely they will say alive.
prepare for this possibility of being completely without anyone
the higher up someone can be within reason to more they
wrap uses from wrapping up items to EMP protection to cooking.
prepare for this possibility when you are venturing outside.
for your own firearms to fantastic barter item, get as
much as you can.
the likely scenario after most wide spread catastrophes,
prepare for it.
something that most be guarded against, preventable with good
any radio needs extension receiving or transmission of
natural or synthetic are an absolute must to store up.
consider fish farming, hydroponic vegetable growing if
theres nearby water.
pain killer and blood thinners will be high in demand after
keeping an upbeat mood with help those around you.
everything to keep it running as far as possible, a car
first aid kit.
make sure these are sturdy and dont stress out your
everything from trash, storage, sandbags, space bags.
- Baking soda
cooking and many other uses including helping to neutralize
- Band aids
there will be many cuts that need to be covered up.
this can be fire pits, gas grills, or whatever to cook
and heat up something.
and baskets so many uses from water storage to collection
of so much you need.
this is anything such as barbed wire to slow or stop an
the new business for many that everyone needs to become quite
rechargeable are the best batteries but disposable ones
are also good to have.
- Beasts of
burden may be the ONLY way to move anything heavy, the
increase the yield of crops and get honey if you can care for
so many different varieties with so much fiber and protein to
try to aim for the better good of yourself and your survival
actually the bicycle is one of the most efficient vehicles
aim for the most light gathering models, usually
with the larger lenses.
prepare yourselves for the ultimate weird and totally unexpected.
worth their weight many times over.
probably one of the top survival items that there is.
this can be canoes, kayaks, etc. to transport you and your supplies
still one the best ways to kill bacteria and other pathogen in
- Booby traps
to protect yourself and your supplies, but watch out for
them set by others.
there was something that people used before the internet, which
a good cleaner for many items.
too many uses to mention.
- Bow and
arrows silent and can be a good alternative to those that
cannot get firearms.
even the cardboard type offers economical ways of storing your
consider them to vertically help in stacking of supplies.
your best asset with prepping and survival.
dont be without it, especially if you have much disaster
debris to clean up.
everything from hair to paint to scrub brushes, dont
be without them.
always try to put extra items for survival into the family budget,
it will be worth it.
- Bug out
and Bug in think this over a lot before SHTF.
large items can be cheaper, but some may be too large and cant
be used at once.
consolidate as much as you can to save space.
- Bungee cords
good for securing things down, especially when travelling.
still one of the best ways to hide what you consider valuable.
find a way to keep yourself from becoming bore to death after
and slaughter an unpleasant task for many but a skill people
know how much you have and how long it will last.
the more relaxed you can remain the easier you can handle a true
intake make sure you are getting enough food so you dont
and concealment one of the top aspects of survival, dont
most of what people experience camping can help them in
this is something that you just cant have enough
not much nutrition but can be uplifting and a good barter item.
- Canned goods
so much comes in cans, even butter and cheese.
excellent economical way of storing food, especially from
- Can openers
the manual ones everyone should have lots of.
still an excellent way of carrying smaller amounts of water.
clothes that take a beating from the elements and keep on going.
empty gelatin capsules are good ways of swallowing things
that tastes bad.
- Carbon monoxide
detector battery operated, wise choice to get one.
even cash money will have some use from some merchant willing
to take it.
being careful is most of the time the most logical course
being aware of hazards in caves, still can be the safest place
to shelter someone.
not usually a long term survival item, but still not bad for several
wonderful item for cooking as it can be used under primitive
younger people need more care and understanding to get
through bad times.
has some health properties and is a good sweet to trade
equipment dont be without it.
this is something that someone that smokes must have and
will barter to get.
make sure your body gets exercise; sitting around for days
is not good.
- Civil defense
an art almost lost that communities need to begin practicing
the cleaner you, others and the environment is the less problems
you will have.
know where you are or where you are going, understand the
lines and clothes pins many uses with them.
dont forget what you need to wear and keeping your
clothes clean as possible.
dont forget to include those items that can cheer
you up during bad times.
likely going to be down, people need to prepare for this.
if you plan on growing anything, learn how to compost what
even cheap ones, because this may be the only way to travel
yourself try to acclimate yourself to wherever you are
or going to.
there are going to be some very bad germs everywhere, ready
using your imagination for your needs you will find you
need many containers.
even if you have no use for them, many others will and
will barter for it.
and cookbooks simply put, dont be without them, especially
not just for keeping things cold, can also be used to keep
things from freezing.
evaporative cooling and good air circulation can aid a
lot in keeping people cool.
everyone in a survival group needs to work together for
even fold up beds to get people off the ground when sleeping or
very breathable material, cotton balls also have many uses.
just like money, the more you use the more of something
else you can afford.
equipment like chopping devices, almost a certain survival
- Death and
dying something people must handle after a disaster, prepare
it may be necessary to prevent spread of germs and toxins.
something that must be planned for by all in a survival
food drying foods with a dehydrator or using the sun, even
some people will continue to deny it has happened,
something to deal with.
- Dental care
toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, and others, dont
be without it.
it makes a confined stay much easier when bad smells are
and despair an issue everyone will face either with themselves
you should be able to know what is around you that can
any infant in the group needs these, still a very good
it is awful to have to eat everything without forks, knives,
this is going to be rampant everywhere, take precautions
- Dishes and
glasses plates, bowls, glasses and cups from eating and
to prevent disease and sickness, from hand sanitizers to
try to hide yourself by also your retreat the best you
can from others.
dont put all your eggs in one basket; have back up
plans and places.
for guarding and watching along with companionship to consider.
try not to be downwind with any smells that alert others
to what you have.
- Dust pans
mini shovels, sturdy enough to help collect debris and
dirt and dust.
- Eye glasses
extra prescription glasses for those that need it, sunglasses
- Ear and
eye protection loud noises can deafen and loose particles
being frugal has many advantages as everything lasts longer.
find out in your area everything you can that is eatable and safe.
continue to find out as much as you can about everything
can be raised yourself and/or found in nests around your area,
can be generated from wind, water, solar, or other means.
kits many on the market or you can build one yourself.
electro-magnetic-pulse guard against it, Faraday cages
especially for children, games, something to break up boredom.
everywhere something can get in is a potential danger spot,
storage of records, papers, information, seeds, many others.
know it well wherever you are.
- Epsom Salts
one of the best items for infections and cleansing.
having plans to get out of situations is wise.
the more someone can get the more natural problem solving
that little more that is added to what someone considers adequate
no matter what someone believes, this higher power can give strength
and bomb shelter these structures are excellent for other
and harvest equipment if you plan to grow crops you need
foods the more enjoyable some of the food you have, the
stressful it will be.
- Fear and
panic it is likely to be intense with almost everyone,
prepare now for it.
needs without these bacteria septic problems can develop
constipation is something no one needs to go through on top of
there is much that needs to be kept, like medical records, safe
from water to coffee to anything, filters are needed for
know how to start one and maintain one.
the more the better.
- First aid
kit the more elaborate the kit is the more people you can
treat with quality care.
knowing how to fish well will be a survival skill most
can use for food.
equipment everything that goes with it, fishing line also
has many other uses.
LED, it just seems like you can never have enough.
almost everyone can use flour and a lot of it.
one of the most important survival traits.
store it and then store more.
terrains mean different shoes, boots, socks, and foot padding.
- Four food
groups the more balanced someones diet is the less
- Four wheel
drive if you can get it or know someone trustworthy with
you, do it.
like the animals that make their living off it, become an expert
consideration, most people have one nearby, good place to hide
and find food.
a prepper philosophy, never to pass up an opportunity to get usable
things for free.
- Freeze dried
foods can be expensive, but are lightweight and very convenient.
never forget to try to get some fruit in your diet, edible berries
are in nature.
- Fuel, fuel
storage gas, propane, whatever powers machines are nice
to have in reserve.
makes pouring liquids and even powders so much easier into
- Garage sales
estate sales, auctions, flea markets, to get good survival
and trash find safe ways of disposing of it before it becomes
a big problem.
- Garden tools
planning to grow food even on small scale, you will need
like foraging, there is plenty in the outdoors that can
- Glue and
adhesives people will need to stick many items back together.
they are everywhere and will spread rapidly with everything dead
not just for warmth, also for hand protection from picking up
even when it seems like no money is accepted, someone will accept
might be harder to obtain after a wide spread disaster, good item
- Grain mill,
manual when you have grains you likely will have to mill
them down for use.
- Grief and
sorrow expect to lose those around you; family, friends,
what some group may have to do 24 hours a day, animals can help
in the duty.
stun guns, air guns, hand guns, shot guns, cant go wrong
with more self defense.
everything from screws to nails, just look at your local
the head is the one part of the body that some people forget needs
axes if a person only gets one chopping tool, let it be
an ax of some sort.
this is essential to keep someone going, much attention must be
given to this.
almost every place gets cool enough to be uncomfortable, take
this into account.
the more you have available, the quicker anyone is sick
is going to heal.
- HEPA air
filters there will be a lot of air toxins, filtering that
air is important if you can.
can help cure ailments and make food taste much better.
- Hide and
hideout many people will need to hide to stay alive for
makes lifting something heavy much easier.
a lot easier to carry fire arms or other self defense on
can be stored almost forever, many uses like treating bee and
what having survival supplies gives people.
learn as much about growing food as possible.
a very important factor with dehydration and staying warmer
in the cold.
peroxide still one of the best first aid remedies there
health care, the cleaner your body is the less chance of illness.
always look for new ones to help your survival and preparing,
they are out there.
the faster someone deals with sickness the less drastic
it will be, dont let it go.
- Immune System
the stronger it is the stronger and more likely to fight
off becoming sick.
be inventive and find solutions, this takes practice.
always the goal is to make your preparedness better, more
- Insect repellent
this is an item that everyone will be so thankful to have.
food products much of this is sold in the supermarket,
it is easy and lightweight.
learning how to use insulation on a person and a place
is so important.
this is all that you have stored up, real tangible life
this is using your wits and that something that tells you
it is wrong or right.
with 12 volt batteries you can power small devices that
are plugged in.
salt this is a necessary nutrient that keeps a person alive,
dont be without it.
probably the best idea in most situations, less competition
for what remains.
- Itch remedies
there are plenty of things that are going to make you itch
- Jack of
all trades may be no one to fix what breaks, become diverse
at repair work.
a good jack that can lift your car quickly to fix it makes practical
sense to have.
and coats all weather, especially water repellent, and
heavy jackets for the cold.
it people will need to come up with all sorts of contraptions
and be good at it.
always use good judgment and think before you leap and
nutrition can be obtained through canned and bottled juices, good
item to store.
know how to collect and what to look for to start a fire.
there are many utensils to make cooking a lot easier.
including machetes, folding, for cutting foods, try to have all
the more you know and can retain, the more likely you will
most forget about this one, folding and compact ladders
are a good choice.
battery operated, gas or other fuel, even wind up, are
nice sources of light.
accessories probably no washing machines, clothes should
still be washed.
dont depend on the police to protect you, it likely
your freedom depends on not selling yourself to someone
else to eat.
your supplies and what you can make, find, trade for, etc.
is your lifeline.
dont take for granted that there will always be light, well
stock anti-dark supplies.
lighter fluid without chemical help, wet conditions make
it hard to start a fire.
not just water can hydrate a person, other liquids such as milk,
juice, others can.
eventually survivors are going to be keeping animals for
food, learn how to.
people need to ready themselves for some loss of something dear
fire starters a survival item that gets a lot of use for
minimum money spent.
glass every survival kit needs at least one of these.
probably forget about GPS, the old fashioned maps to know where
you are going.
gas, respiratory both (N-95 and N-100), your lungs and breathing
paper and wood types, this is something that everyone must
devices weight, distance, size, and people still will have
to know how big it is.
even vegetarians might have to eat some form of meat, have meats
- Meat grinder
one tool that will be much appreciated to own.
know how repair work on any machine still working is inevitable.
knowledge and medical equipment all too important.
people that can weld and shape metal will be a lot better
well organized preparation and supplies saves time and
in cans, powdered form, or dairy cows and other mammals such as
proper nutrition and very survival depends on humans getting
for signaling, but also for seeing where the eyes cant
such as behind you.
people may have to remain moving with hopefully your supplies
going with you.
as situations change your plans will also likely change, be ready
whatever someone else will accept in payment, precious metals
or meals ready to eat these keep for many years and are
small enough to carry and so many uses all in a fold up
an excellent supplement to what you might not be getting
- Nasal spray
especially saline solution, one of the best ways of cleaning
out the sinuses.
become as familiar as a native to any new area as possible.
try to live off it as much as you can, as it is renewable.
learn how to use landmarks, the sun, and the stars to guide
prioritize what you need the most; try to stock up on these
items the most.
- Nest egg
what you have stored and can immediately be made available
as in never should you stop stocking up when you can and have
the room to.
try to keep yourself as updated as you can, you dont want
to be caught off guard.
good kindling and insulation, also good for wrapping things
plan for the darkness and the fact that many predators
stalk those at night.
- Night vision
equipment being able to see more at night gives anyone
try your best to keep any sound to the minimum and sound travels
far and away.
- Noise makers
whistles, horns, anything with sharp piercing decibels
are a defense.
EVERY survival food supply should take this essential need
high protein and excellent calorie counts, plus they keep usable
for longer times.
obtain as much as you can perceive; sight, sound, smell,
all sorts for; cooking, heating, lamps, lubrication, and many
often someone to move on anything has to be open to it
uses color coding, numbers, anything to know what you have.
- Out of the
way the outback and away from high density populations
are good options.
something anyone may have to live and deal with, learn
how to live it.
any good survival plan has a well defined structured summary
of what to do.
many safe places lack air for all the people, these needs to be
it can be a solar, brick, gas, wood, Dutch, an oven is an excellent
can at very least slow down a thief or intruder from getting
a full pantry is one of the most secure feelings.
people will need to write down information, write down without
- Paper towels
here is an item that filters, cleans up messes, so many
cord paracord is extremely strong and thin enough for many,
for making candles with and for sealing off foods with
wax such as cheeses.
long shelf life and can be combined with lots of different foods.
for fruit preserves and other foods, also quite effective controlling
and pens what people will need when there are no modern
- Pepper spray
non-lethal stopping power, especially for areas that prohibit
- Pest control
so necessary to control disease, every survival supply
- Pet preparation
for those with pets, they need to have food and needs stockpiled.
the drug stores will be closed and ransacked.
fit the more in shape your body is the more you can take
safety and regular straight pins for fastening objects.
- Plant life
know what you can eat and cant and the medicinal
benefits of plants.
still one of the precious metals that can be used to purchase
what you need.
iodine (iodide) after radiation starts this must be used
to protect the thyroid.
using pressure cookers, fermentation pots, pickling, drying,
absolutely essential, consider all sorts of weapons and
people around someone are going to freak out and have to
to get liquids to where you need them to go, non-electric hand
- PVC piping
this to hide your valuables vertically in the ground, with
try never to get bogged down anywhere that is no longer
safe to be.
you usually get what you paid for, the better quality usually
the longer it lasts.
the more you have, the longer you will last before times
a sign put up with this on it can and does deter people
from your place.
- Quick action
the more rapid you can move, the quicker you can establish
as little noise as possible as sound will travel much distance.
- Quik clot
hemostatic agent this is something that can stop bleeding
from deep wounds.
knowledge detection and knowing how to shield yourself
shortwave and conventional may be the ONLY way to get information
everything to keep someone dry, excessive moisture leads
to skin problems.
every survival plan should have a way of dividing up food and
in all forms, the sharper the better in many cases for cutting
the more prepared someone is the more likely they will
be part of the recovery.
even without electricity you can keep things cold, ice
house is one way.
sporting goods still will not be around; your ammunition might
be used quickly.
there are natural and manmade ones that can lives, read
up of them.
parts spare parts are so valuable, especially when there
are no stores.
always try to replace what supplies you use while you still
dont expect to be saved for indefinite amounts of time,
be well prepared.
one food that can be bought and stored in large bulk.
every firearm stockpile needs one or more, high powered air rifles
are good also.
- Risk management
know what endangers you and your groups and act accordingly.
different strands and strengths for different projects.
can be difficult but it is so worth it to keep what should be
fresh when you need it.
some of this is necessary to accumulate supplies to survive
always aim for the safest path for everyone in you survival group.
always look for anything to alert you to when you can save money
even bags of rock salt will be very high in demand where salt
is not readily around.
there are many very usable parts in what others would consider
much effort MUST be contributed to this essential survival
what was once plentiful will be little or nothing in supply, stock
up before this.
for tying down things, along with being used for neck and
and scrounge learn to see what you can use for later just
and math problems are easier to solve with good science
and math know how.
small to large, cutting is usually made easier with sharp
keep out insects, sieve things, metal screen can be used
to protect from EMP.
all sorts of uses but especially to plug leaks.
always look for ways to better secure yourself and what
if you plan to grow anything, get good quality seeds and airtight
never underestimate just how horrible a disaster can become.
- Sewing equipment
thread, needles, etc., and possibly even a manual sewing
direct sunlight can drive up the temperature a lot; think about
the issue of shade.
your hair needs to be cleaned occasionally when there is
extra water to do so.
cutting equipment that is sharp cuts down on time and effort
armor, barriers, anything to safeguard against projectiles
and other threats.
- Shoe laces
nice to have when shoes laces on shoes and boots wear out.
range become as proficient with your firearms as you can,
practice a lot.
all sizes and very necessary, dont forget show shovels
are not just for snow.
good way to stay clean, camping solar showers type bags or make
devices flags, mirrors, noise, bright lights, anything
to get attention.
a precious metal that is going to be accepted by some merchant.
getting liquids to where you need it.
horns, anything to create a lot of sudden noise.
- Skin care
so many different irritants that can cause skin problems,
how aliments stored.
- Sleep aids
natural and others can also help with depression.
try to aim for anti-bacterial based soaps, learn how to make your
know it well before attempting to grow crops.
- Solar power
from cookers to recharging to immediate power, something
good way of adding what you have to make a meal, also canned soups.
know how much space you have to work with people and supplies.
use for cleaning and for sponge baths when there is little
try to make it airtight and cool and dry as possible.
many are on the market, people can build their own out of scrape
find out beforehand the best way to help people in your group
how to handle it.
so many disasters come on without warning and instantly,
get ready for this.
this has to be one of the top items used and sought after by others.
think about angles when planting, times between sunrise and sunset,
few people deal with the unexpected unless they ready themselves
stores they are going to sell most of what youre
going to need, check them out.
folding and sturdy enough to hold some weight and not wobbly.
from duct to masking to scotch and others, dont be without
(tarps) can be used to collect water, cover things, and
many other uses.
really tough meat needs this, medical uses also.
try to go with canvas, other tents rip too easily.
protection hot pads, guards against flames, anything to
prevent being burned.
to tell someones temperature, to tell any temperature.
getting good used survival supplies when you can at cheap
especially plastic ties that lock, ties help keep objects bundled
together and in place.
know where to look for tinder and what to look for to help start
having extra tires for your escape vehicle is a good idea and
a tire inflating pump.
chemical toilet, composting toilet, anything to safely dispose
of human waste.
- Toilet paper
the more you have the better, easily also a top barter
- Tomato related
tomato sauce and pieces is so versatile with cooking, have
lots of it.
everything you get will help someone fix something.
know how to read a topographic map and know the terrain
times are going to be really tough, try to become mentally
you may not be able to do much wash, having extra towels will
there will be plenty after most disasters and must be avoided
if at all possible.
both livable and those that allow you to move your supplies.
whatever you can use to get your message out; CB, ham,
this can be for animals and for people also, much caution here
must be taken.
expect this when you have something someone desperate needs.
goal is should be to have everything you need or most of
it, good goal to aim for.
survival may depend on as much mass between you and the
long johns can keep a person warm; keep underwear as clean
each survival group and their planning and what they have.
an important issue that people should get along well in any survival
the more adaptable parts are the easier to fix devices
it will be.
like on a computer, try to keep yourself updated about what is
try to remain upwind from any potential threat to you.
and depressions is where cold air sinks, water collects
rapidly, be careful here.
always look for the best possible value on anything.
for controlling air, gas, and liquid flows, having spare ones
is a very good idea.
this can save someone having breathing problems.
a secure fireproof safe(s) for what cannot be replaced, like your
in cans, growing them and finding them, a high priority
for any survival.
anything that can move you and your supplies.
animals no treatment at medical facilities, something to
be very wary about.
every survival plan needs vinegar, for treating people
to cleaning to much more.
people need to get enough vitamins or they develop life
can help move a lot, not just a childs toy.
everyone needs to be kept warm enough, supplies should address
one of the items that everyone should have, it works.
something that piles up and leads to vermin and disease, and must
be dealt with.
and clocks wind up are best, you will still need to know
make sure you have access to a dependable constant source, no
the more moisture you can keep out the longer your supplies
attempt to find them and fix them as fast as you can.
on top of the obvious, use your imagination for some other
learn how to forecast it with a decent degree of accuracy,
get a barometer.
proving hold back as much of the outside elements as possible.
one way of having a possible dependable source of water.
where you get your bread from.
- Wind break
something to think about to reduce the cold and severe
one of the most vulnerable part of any survival retreat,
need to be secured.
so convenient and makes clean up so much more efficient.
dried wood is still one of the best and most obtainable sources
of fuel there is.
makes clothes easier to dry out after they have been washed.
survival is going to mean being leery of others that want
what you have.
and yarn fabric to make clothes, blankets, coverings, and
- Year round
planning a survival plan should take into account all days
of the year.
bread and other baking will sometimes need yeast to help it rise.
- Zeal or
enthusiasm people that know their prepping is all worth
it, a good uplifting feeling.
- Zero hour
the time in which you hunker down and wait it out in safety
of your place.
- Zipper and
zip lock bags a true necessity for keeping items dry, clean,
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