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The world can be an unpredictable place. Natural disasters, man-made disasters, and civil unrest can happen anywhere, at any time. It’s important to be prepared for anything that may come your way.
This can mean having a plan of action and the right supplies to ensure your safety and survival. Here are the 99 survival items to help you survive when disaster strikes.
Introduction to Survival Preparedness
When it comes to survival preparedness, it’s important to remember the basics. This means having the essential survival gear on hand to be able to handle any situation. This includes food, water, shelter, clothing, tools, and medical supplies.
It also includes lighting, fire, communication devices, navigation equipment, self-defense items, hygiene items, and personal items. Here are 99 survival items to help you survive when disaster strikes.
What Are The 99 Survival Gear / Item Ideas?
1. Bottles of water
You can store cases of water that will be come in handy if your water becomes undrinkable or unavailable. Cases of water are cheap, so stock up every time you go to the store.
2. Rain Barrels
These can be used to collect rainwater and can give you a nice backup water source in the event of an emergency. You can find these on amazon or in most big box stores.
3. LifeStraw Personal Water Filters
These personal water filters are very convenient to have on hand and are very easy to use. You can throw one in your bag and be ready to go.
4. Water Purification Tablets
These tablets are very easy to use, and you can throw them in your water that needs to be purified. They are also pretty cheap and easy to find on amazon and survival stores.
Bleach can be used to disinfect water that is unpotable. There are different charts that will show you how much bleach to use to disinfect your water. This can also come in handy with disinfecting other things in your house. Here is a link to an article that I wrote about this.
6. LifeStraw Water Bottle
If you need to carry water with you and won’t be near a body of water that you can use the personal water filtration straw on, then LifeStraw also make a water bottle that has a filter on it. This works out well since you can fill it with non-potable water and when you drink through it the filter does its magic.
7. LifeStraw Community Water Jug
Along the same kind of lines, LifeStraw makes a large water jug that can be filled up and used to make larger volumes of water drinkable. These are meant to be more stationary and not carry around with you.
8. 55 Gallon Drum
You can buy 55-gallon water drums that you can fill up and store larger amounts of water in. These can be useful if you have the room to store them. Just make sure you get the kind that water can safely be stored in.
9. Bathtub Liners
There are products out there that are made to line your bathtub and to keep water longer term. The idea is that when you see a disaster coming on, you can place this in your bathtub and fill it up while you still can.
10. Stackable Water Jugs
There are several different products out there that you can stack on top of each other, and they take up less room than 55-gallon drums. This can be a good alternative if you have a smaller space to work with. They also can be portable depending on the size you get.
This kind of goes along with the LifeStraw community water system. This also is made to be more stationary and purify large volumes of water at a time. This could be very convenient to keep in your house.
12. Water Cans/Pouches
There are several companies out there that offer long term storage water cans and pouches. These can come in handy if you are going to be out and about and don’t want to have to worry about if your bottle of water is too old or not.
13. Desalination Water Systems
These systems take the salt concentration out of sea water. They could come in very handy if you live in a place that only sea water will be available in an emergency situation.
14. Canned Foods
This is an easy and effective way to store up some extra food. All you have to do is grab a couple extra cans of your favorite foods when you go to the store and before you know it you will have a little stockpile.
15. Canned Meat
On that same line of thought, there are also companies out there that sell cans of meat that are meant for long term storage. These can come in handy to add to your protein needs in an emergency/disaster situation.
16. Bulk White Rice
White rice is fairly cheap and can be bought in large quantities. If stored properly it can last a long time and provide you with the necessary energy needed to navigate an emergency situation.
17. Bulk Beans
Along the same lines you can store beans in bulk and if stored properly they can also last a long time. They can provide carbohydrates and other nutrients to help keep you healthy while under stress.
18. Bulk Sugar
Oh sugar. Imagine a life without sugar. That would be a sad place. Not only can this give you a quick mental and physical pick me up, but it can also be traded to others to get essentials you might need.
19. Bulk Salt
Along with sugar, this can also be traded in an emergency situation. There are also many different uses for salt, from preserving meat to seasoning your food.
20. Bulk Flour
Imagine not having the ability to make pancakes or any type of cake. Along with sugar being gone this would be a very sad day. This also makes it onto our list of things that can be traded in an emergency situation.
Oh that morning caffeine rush….. Now picture yourself waking up with no electricity and no back up coffee. After a day or so the headaches kick in. What you would do for a cup of coffee. Store some coffee or buy some long term storage coffee and make sure you are never in this situation.
You can go the military route and grab yourself some tasty mre’s. Personally, I have never tasted these, but I imagine if I am starving then I am not going to care what they taste like. Check out your local army depot or many websites online.
23. Survival Tabs
This is a very versatile product that can be tucked away and supply you with essential nutrients in a survival situation. I personally keep these in my car survival kits. They have a long shelf life and don’t take up much space.
As the title implies this is a ready-made kit that will give a single person 6 months of nutrition. This is very convenient because they come in food grade buckets and can easily be stored on top of one another.
25. Nutrient Survival 3 Month Bundle
Nutrient Survival is another company you can check out in the premade survival food arena. This particular one is the 3-month bundle. Most of these companies offer several different kits, depending on your needs.
26. Legacy Food Storage
Just to give you another option, you can check out Legacy Food Storage. They also have several different options to fit your particular needs. There are several other companies out there. Check them out and see which one works best for you.
27. Harvest Right Food Freeze Dryer
Now if you want to grow your own food and freeze dry it, Harvest Right makes an awesome product that will allow you to freeze dry all your own food. This can be a great option especially if you have picky eaters in your house and need to make sure you will like the food you are storing.
28. Food Storage Containers
There are many different food grade containers on the market. You can find anything from buckets to large totes to mylar bags. These will help you keep your food safe from rodents and some of the elements.
29. Oxygen Absorbers
If you are going to store a lot of these foods in bulk, then you will need to make sure you get as much oxygen as possible out of the packages. This is where these come in.
There are many charts out there that will show you how many of these to use for the amount of food you are storing.
There are tons of varieties of tents out there depending on your needs. These can be a great way to get out of the weather or sun if needed. Again, there are tons of different sizes and variations, so find the one that suits your situation.
Tarps can be used to make an impromptu shelter in an emergency situation. They can also be used to create a moisture barrier between you and the ground.
32. Mylar Blankets
These blankets care literally be a life saver in an emergency situation. If it is cold outside, you can use these to cover yourself with or to line your shelter to keep the heat in. They also take up very little space when you are storing them.
33. Sleeping Bags
Along the same lines, a sleeping bag can help you stay warm in a cold weather situation. Of course, this will all depend on where you live and what time of year it is. Just like tents, there are tons of different varieties out there.
34. Battery Powered Fan
On the opposite side of the coin, you also have a warm weather emergency situation. I this kind of situation a battery powered fan with extra batteries could make things a lot more comfortable for you and your family.
Ponchos can be very inexpensive, but they can keep you dry and warmer when out and about. The last thing you want to be is cold and wet. Again, these are cheap but can be invaluable in an emergency situation.
36. Waterproof Boots/Shoes
To go along with the poncho, you don’t want your feet to become cold and wet. I don’t know about you, but I hate the feeling of cold or wet feet, let alone both.
I have used these a few times while out hunting or just being at an event where I had to be out in the cold for a long time. There are the staple hot hands kind, or they make fancy rechargeable ones. The only problem with those is that you have to have an electricity source.
38. Layers Of Clothes
You are going to have to think through what kind of climate you live in and what time of year it is. You never know when an emergency will happen, so it is best to have options for all times of the year if possible. Layers are good because you can add or take away depending on what you need at the time.
Ideally a jacket that has different layers to it and is waterproof. This will help keep you warm and dry on top of having a poncho. An extra layer of defense. I survival prepping the more options to work with the better.
You can have several different kinds of gloves. Everything from waterproof winter gloves to work gloves. Just think through what you will see yourself using in your situation.
41. Toboggan/ Facial Protection
Remember that a lot of your bodies heat escapes from your head, so keep it covered if it is cold outside. Also, a hat can help protect your head and face from the effects of the sun…
42. Warm Socks
This goes along with the waterproof boots/shoes. A good pair of socks or two can go a long way in a cold emergency situation.
This could be invaluable in a windy and wet situation. These lighters make it easy to start a fire in these kinds of conditions. Throw one in your kit and add to your peace of mind.
44. Waterproof Matches
In the same line of thinking it is also a good idea to have some waterproof matches on hand.
Some of the wind/waterproof lighters require a battery to make the spark so it is advisable to always have at least one backup.
45. Fire Starting Kit
There are several different fire-starting kits out there. Most of these kits provide everything you need to get your fire going in an emergency/survival situation. If you don’t want to piece and part things together than you can pick up one of these kits and have everything you need.
47. Char and A Magnifying Glass
You can make your own char and carry a magnifying glass in your pack. You point the sun at the char and before you know it you have a flame. Besides it is just fun to do and works effectively.
48. Waterproof Fire Sticks
These things are really cool. They will burn in any kind of conditions. Rain, snow, or sun it doesn’t matter. They will burn and supply you with heat and also a way to cook food if needed.
49. Long Burning Survival Candles
These candles provide many hours of light and warmth. There are many different candles on the market that provide varying amounts of heat and hours of burning. They are really convenient and could help keep you warm in a bad situation.
50. Gas/Oil Lanterns
There are several different kinds of gas/oil lanterns out in the market. They are all different sizes and fuel sources available.
51. Battery Powered Lantern
I personally have several of these. They are battery powered, have LED bulbs, and are incredibly bright. I have used them many times when our power has gone out. Just make sure you have extra batteries on hand. Especially if you have young kids that like to play with them.
52. Solar Powered Lantern
These can be a good alternative if you don’t want to deal with batteries, gas, or oil. The only downside for me is that I haven’t yet found one that is as bright as my battery powered lantern.
53. Head Lamp
You can find these fairly cheap online or in a lot of different stores. I personally enjoy these lamps and have several of them stored at our house. I love the fact that my hands can be free to do whatever I need to do. Highly recommend picking up a few of these.
Along with a head lamp, there are all kinds of different flashlights out there. Find the one that works best for you and make sure it is a higher quality, so it will last longer and be ready to go when you need it.
It is nice to have some candles handy to fall back on if necessary. You can find these pretty cheaply and they are pretty easy to store away for a time they are needed.
MEDICAL SUPPLIES / HYGEINE
56. First Aid Kit
Go out and grab yourself a premium first aid kit. This could be literally lifesaving in an emergency situation. There are all kinds of different levels of these out there. I would recommend spending a little extra and getting a nice one of these if possible.
57. Hand Sanitizer
This can be used to cleanse your hands and other parts of your body if there isn’t any water available. It could also be used to clean out cuts and scrapes if nothing else is available. Just be ready for the screams.
58. Bars/ Bottles Of Soap
It is imperative that you stay as clean as possible. I know in an emergency situation cleanliness often takes a back seat, but you also need to stay healthy. Being sick or having an infection in a crisis can be detrimental.
59. Dawn Dish Soap
A long the same lines, dawn dish soap can be used for all kinds of different cleaning needs. From washing out dishes, to bathing, to cleaning out dirty wounds. This product can come in handy in many different ways.
These kinds of medications can be lifesaving in an emergency situation. Everything form strep throat to an infected cut can be treated with these kinds of medications. There are different companies out there that will allow you to stop up on these medications and to do it the right and legal way.
61. Over The Counter Pain Medications
From tylenol to IBprofen, these meds can be used for everything from fever reduction to pain relief. It is a good idea to have an ample supply of these on hand.
62. All Other Over The Counter Meds You Might Need
This could include nausea medication to allergy meds. Any kind of over-the-counter meds you could see yourself needing in an emergency. This could also include your daily vitamins. You want to be able to stay as healthy as possible in a crisis situation and your body will be under a lot more stress than normal.
62. Extra Hygiene Products
This can be a variety of things depending on your needs. Toilet paper, shaving cream, toothpaste, razors, bar soap as mentioned above, toothbrush. Basically, all the stuff you normally use to keep yourself clean and healthy. Just pick up some extra hear and there when you go to the store.
These alarms are able to be placed on your windows and door and will alert you when someone has opened your window or door. These are really nice because they use batteries, so if the power goes out, they will still set off a loud alarm that will alert you and scare the intruder.
64. Door Bars
This product can be used to barricade your door and make it very hard to open your door. It can be helpful as an additional line of defense to help keep people from busting down your door.
65. Fire Extinguisher
In an emergency situation you are more than likely going to be heating your home in a different way than you usually do. Having a fire extinguisher on hand could help you protect your house from fire, especially since the fire department may not be available.
66. Plywood And Screws
This can be used to board up your windows if necessary. This can be especially useful in a hurricane or self-defense situation. You can cut the plywood pieces to fit each oof your windows and have them on hand.
There are many different kinds of tasers out there. This is a good thing to have on hand to keep bad guys at bay and do it in a non-lethal manner. You can check around the web and find one that will fit your needs.
68. Tactical Pen
These kinds of pens can be put in your pocket and look like any other pen. The difference is they are made to be used for self-defense. This could be a last line of defense if they were able to get that close to you.
69. Pepper Spray
Pepper spray can come in many different kinds of containers. You can get pepper spray that you can add to your key chain and have it there if it is needed.
There are several different sizes of handguns that you can find that will work out for your needs. You need to determine what kind of kick you can tolerate and how big your hands are. This can be an excellent way to stop and intruder and make them think twice.
A home defense shotgun can be an excellent deterrent to an intruder. Just think to yourself, what you would think if you heard a shotgun racking around the corner. I would be getting out of dodge. Again, there are all kinds of home defense shotguns out there. Go out and find the one you like.
72. AR 15
This is my favorite weapon for medium range protection. There is very little kick and are very accurate. It makes it easier to defend your property and keep you safe from a longer distance.
73. Rifle With A Scope
This can be used for long distance protection. You will be able to see far onto your property and see people coming from a long distance. This can also be used to hunt if you need the meat in an emergency situation.
Make sure you keep plenty of ammo to keep are of your firearms going. If you have no ammo, then your firearm is just a paper weight. Also, if you have ammo during a crisis situation then you may be able to use it to barter with.
TOOLS / GEAR
75. Survival Knife
There are all kinds of survival knives out there. From full tang knives with fire starters built into them. Just make sure you have a knife that will suit all your needs.
76. Pocket Multitool
I personally have carried the Leatherman Wingman clipped to my pocket for several years now. I got it as a Christmas present several years ago and it has come in handy more times than I can count. It has many different tools included in it and can be used for many different things.
77. Survival Hatchet
Step up from the knife and move up to the hatchet. The hatchet can be used for things you can’t use the knife for. Chop small branches and get firewood ready.
This can be used to split firewood and help keep your warm in the cold weather.
79. Hand Saw
These kinds of saws can be fold down to a small profile and can be used to cut branches off a tree. I keep one of these in my car survival kit in case I get stranded and need to cut some branches.
Especially in a jungle or forest environment you can use a machete to clear your path as you walk. Also in crisis situation, it can be used as a weapon if needed.
These kinds of shovels are very versatile. They can be used as a normal shovel, but they also include several other tools that can be used to help you survive an emergency situation.
82. Solar Power Bank
These are power banks that unfold and use solar power to charge the power bank. This can be very handy to help charge your electronics in an emergency situation or if you are out in the wilderness.
83. Walkie Talkie
It is good to have a couple sets of walkie talkies, so you and your family will be able to communicate in an emergency situation. Communication can be crucial in these kinds of situations.
84. Weather Radio
This kind of radio can be useful when the power goes out to be able to get important information you may need. I have one that has a solar panel, hand crank, and battery backup. This way there are multiple ways to power this thing.
85. Satellite Phone
If you can afford it a satellite phone can be an excellent tool. You would be able to still use this phone if all the phone towers go out. Of course, you will only be able to talk to others that still have phone service.
A compass can come in handy if you have no other way to figure out where you are going. With the days of GPS and all the toys we have it is still good to have a backup incase our other technology fails.
87. Survival Bow
This kind of bow can be used for hunting or if needed self-defense. It is another way to have a backup that will allow you to provide food and protection to you and your family.
GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD
88. Survival Heirloom Seeds
These kinds of seeds can be used to start your garden and help provide you and your family with much needed nutrients. The good news is that since they are heirloom seeds you can harvest the seeds from your produce and keep using them year after year.
89. All Of Your Gardening Tools
There are all kinds of different gardening tools out there and people have their different preferences. Just make sure you have the tools on hand that will allow you to get your garden up and running.
90. Canning Jars And The Know How To Use Them
If you have the knowledge of how to can foods, you need to make sure you have enough supplies to can the foods you are trying to preserve. Another alternative that I shared earlier is to get a home freeze dry like the Harvest Right and freeze dry your produce at home. Of course, you need an electricity source for this.
91. Netting Or Fencing To Keep Things Out Of Your Garden
You have worked hard to get your produce growing and your family counts on it for nutrition, so the last thing you want is for an animal to come into your garden and ransack it. Make sure you have some kind of way to keep them out.
HOME POWER BACK UP
92. Gas / propane / solar generator
There different kinds of generators out there that use different fuel sources based on your needs and preferences. You can get humongous generators all the way down to really tiny solar generators. You really just need to think through what you want to use it for and what your budget is.
93. Whole House Generator
This kind of emergency backup generator typically turns on automatically and runs off of natural gas or propane. They can be very handy because you don’t have to go out and plug in a portable generator, it just come on automatically, and typically runs your whole house. The only problem is you have to have a natural gas or propane source for it to work.
94. DIY Solar Kit With Battery Backup
Another route you could go it to order a DIY solar kit and install it yourself if you are handy. Obviously, there are companies you can go through that will do it for you, but if you are handy, you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. This way if the power goes out you aren’t affected.
RESOURCES / BOOKS
This book goes from start to finish of how to put together a square foot garden. From the soil mixture all the way to the spacing for different types of plants. This book is a great resource and has helped me and my wife grow some yummy vegetables.
This is an A-to-Z manual when it comes to being prepared. The author goes through all kinds of things that will help you be prepared when an emergency situation arises. I like keeping these manuals around in case the internet goes down and we no longer have access to these resources.
97. Backyard Foraging by Ellen Zachos
Let’s say your stockpile of survival food has run out. Would you be able to go out in your back yard and find plants and berries that you could eat. If so, this would open up a whole new world of nutrition for you and your family. Also, it is just as important to know the plants you can’t eat. That is where this book comes in.
98. The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide by Joseph Alton MD.
Imagine that there are no hospitals open and no emergency squads running. What would you do if you needed medical attention? Well in the absence of those things this book steps in and shows you how to take care of different things you way have to deal with.
99. The Bible by GOD
For me personally, this is the most important book I can ever have. I personally am a follower of Jesus Christ, and he gives me great peace through the words he gave us through the bible. Spiritual health is more important in my eyes than my physical and mental health. So, make sure you don’t neglect your spiritual health in all the craziness going on around you. In the words of Jesus:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you WILL have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33……
Being prepared is key when it comes to survival. Having the right supplies and knowledge is essential to ensure your safety and survival when disaster strikes. Here are 99 survival items to help you survive when disaster strikes.
From food and water, to shelter and clothing, to tools and equipment, to medical supplies, to lighting and fire sources, to communication devices, to navigation equipment, to self-defense items, to hygiene items, to personal items – having the right supplies is essential for survival.
The key is to be prepared. Having the right supplies and knowledge is essential to ensure your safety and survival when disaster strikes.
NOT SCARED ALWAYS PREPARED!!!!!!!
About The Author
My name is Robert and those that know me know that I like to research and to always be prepared the best I can for whatever life brings my way. This website was born out of putting those two things together. I am married with 3 children, a dog, 2 hamsters, 3 fish, and a gecko.
There is plenty of adventures and fun situations that happen at my house. We live in a rural down home town and like to enjoy lots of time with our immediate and extended family. My primary job is in the medical field which can be an adventure of it’s own at times.
My desire for this website is for it to be a place where you can come and find products and information that will help you be prepared for whatever life throws at you.
Thanks For Reading,
*All information in this post is my opinion and gathered through my own research. Please do your own research before following any information in this post. This is for information purposes only. Also consult your doctor before taking any supplements*