If life as we knew it was coming to an end, could you confidently say you’re prepared?
You may have tentative plans to get yourself through the downfall of society, but what good are your plans if you don’t have the equipment to back them up?
The first thing you’ll need is a prepper’s list full of things to help you survive!
The Ultimate Prepper’s List
It doesn’t hurt to have a plan! Preparing for the downfall of society is the practical thing to do. You need a SHTF plan that includes these basic survival items.
Even a minor scrape can turn into an infected problem. Knowing basic first-aid and having the materials necessary to patch up wounds is necessary for any person claiming to be prepared.
Your first-aid kit should include bandages, sterile gauze, a needle and thread, antibiotic ointment, and any medication you might need. Have vitamin supplements if you’re worried about not being able to maintain good nutrition.
You’ll want to stockpile at least a year’s supply of food. This will give you enough time to begin growing and preserving your own if need be.
You’ll also want flint, steel wool, and firewood so you can cook your meals. Fire will also provide you with heat if you’re in a pinch.
You’ll need preservatives, canned goods, and MRE/dehydrated meals. Having grains, coconut oil, pasta, and flour will last and make it easier to do some cooking while the world is falling apart.
Energy bars and peanut butter will give you endless energy and are able to be carried around easily.
Learn how to grow your own crops, fish, and raise livestock. Then, your supplies will last you for the first year while you are preparing for the future.
On average, humans can only survive three to four days without water. It’s imperative you have a plan for keeping and obtaining water before society collapses.
Having bottled water is a great way to prepare. Not only will you have water now, but you’ll have containers to fill with more water later.
If you can, try to find a clean water source in your area. If you don’t know of one, collecting rainwater is another option.
If you’re worried about harmful bacteria in the water, invest in iodine tinctures or tablets to purify it. You can also buy a filtration system. Boiling the water for one minute will work if you don’t have access to these things.
Water will keep you alive, but staying hydrated has other benefits!
You’ll want to have several sets of clothing for all kinds of weather.
Hats, scarves, and gloves are necessary for cold winters and light clothing that keeps the sun off will be essential during the summer. Multiple pairs of sneakers, hiking boots, and rain boots will ensure that you never have to postpone a trip due to distressed footwear.
Keep a sewing kit handy to make repairs to your own clothes.
Even if the world doesn’t end in a zombie apocalypse, you’ll need to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Having a guard dog will warn you of oncoming predators and offer you companionship. A dog will stave off loneliness and could even attack threats.
Firearms and ammo are standard to protect yourself from threats. Additionally, they give the option to hunt for food.
It’s a good idea to have more than a gun, however, because ammo runs out. You’ll need a melee weapon like a sword, spear, or sturdy baseball bat.
Get creative! Hatchets, machetes, and hammers are multi-functional.
Gasoline and a Vehicle
You’re going to need a dependable vehicle and a store of things to take care of it because AAA isn’t going to come to your rescue. Oil, washer fluid, spare tires, tools, and extra fuel are all important! A backup vehicle doesn’t hurt, either.
If you can’t operate a vehicle, a bicycle is good for short distances. You’ll just have to pack light and plan accordingly. You’ll need a bicycle repair kit that has spare tubes, duct tape, tools, a patch kit, and a pump.
Tent or Other Portable Shelter
If you have to get from Point A to Point B and it could take all night, having shelter is imperative. You don’t know what you’re going to encounter.
A tent will suffice for a few nights, but if you’re taking a longer trip, you’re going to need a sturdier survival shelter that will keep you safe out in the elements. A tarp and sleeping bag will help protect you from the rain and the cold.
If you’re preparing for the worst, batteries are a must-have. They power everything from flashlights to can openers and are convenient enough to carry with you.
Gas masks, camouflage face paint, compass, maps, rope, and self-defense umbrellas may go overlooked but will be handy to have.
You can find a lot of miscellaneous survival supplies on this site.
Being a Sensible Prepper
When shit hits the fan and you’re all out of umbrellas, these tools are necessary to add to your prepper’s list! They’re basic supplies that will give you time to adjust to your new routine as the world falls apart.
These items will give you a year to figure out your next move. You can figure out what it will take to stay where you are or relocate to a more livable area. The choice is yours.
If society is going to collapse, chances are it’s not going to fix itself overnight. We’re in this for the long haul.
Once you’ve drafted your prepper’s supply list, you’ll need to think of ways to maintain your energy levels. You’re going to need it!