37 critical supplies to stockpile

Critical Supplies to Hoard (non-food)
37 prepping supplies to hoard before crisis

If you've read our guide on the 37 Foods to Hoard Before Crisis,
then you'll want to take a peek at our guide of 37 things to
stockpile that aren't food. You'll be happy that you planned
ahead by stocking these prepping supplies for survival and

Our prepper's shopping list does not include first aid
inventories (unless they have multiple uses), fishing or hunting
equipment, camping equipment or security and shelter tools.
These are everyday supplies which have a multitude of uses.

Remember, this free list is what a prepper needs beyond beans
and bullets! Print this list and head to the store now, before
disaster strikes.

Big List of 37 Critical Supplies to Hoard
that Are NOT Food
The number one item to hoard for survival is water (because
you can live only three days without it) and next is food! This
list of 37 Supplies to Hoard in Crisis, does not include food or
water. Here are the 37 other things to store for survival:

#1 Supply to Hoard: Aspirin.
Aspirin is a pain reliever with many useful applications for
preppers beyond relieving headache pains.  When directly
applied to skin, aspirin will relieve a bee sting or a bug bite.
Some say aspirin can help plants fight infection!

Aspirin applied orally can protect your heart by keeping your
blood flowing freely, so for heart attack mitigation it's highly
effective! Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to
talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. Here
are the
11+ Weird (and Not so Weird Uses) of Aspirin.

#2 Supply to Hoard: Baking Soda.
Baking soda has been important to man since antiquity.
Egyptians used natron (a second cousin to baking soda -
hydrated sodium carbonate), settlers travelled hundreds of
miles for saleratus (potassium carbonate), and today we have
many names for this crystalline white substance. Technically,
baking soda is a food (and doesn't belong on this list); however
preppers have many uses for baking soda, which go well
beyond baking applications!

Here is our article on the
10+ Unusual Uses for Baking Soda
(and why it makes sense to stockpile a little extra in your

#3  Supply to Hoard: Unscented Bleach.
Another prepper favorite is bleach. Preppers have plenty of
uses for bleach, which go beyond washing clothes. See #12
dishpan and you'll see how to use unscented chlorine bleach for
washing dishes in camp.

#4 Supply to Hoard: Borax.
Sure Borax deodorizes and freshens, but it's also quite a handy
thing to have in post apocalyptic times.

#5 Supply to Hoard: BIC Lighters.
A BIC lighter truly is more valuable than a generator and it's
the firestarter of choice for many famous survivalists, including
Mykel Hawke. So go ahead and flick your BIC!

An anyonymous survivor of the civil war in Bosnia wrote, "A
generator is good, but 1000 BIC lighters are better. A generator
will attract attention if there's any trouble, but 1000 BIC
lighters are compact, cheap and can always be traded."

#6 Supply to Hoard: Buckets.
You'll need plenty of buckets in addition to the food grade
buckets you store your freeze dried emergency foods. Not all
plastics are created the same. It would be a shame to only
have toxic plastic buckets available when you need to transport
water or food. You'll need food-grade buckets to collect water
or crops, like apples from the orchard. Save the other buckets
to collect grey water for your other uses, such as washing
clothes or handling sewage.

#7 Supply to Hoard: Can openers + Lid Openers
You'll have a difficult time opening buckets and cans without
the proper tools. They will break eventually, so be sure to have

#8 Supply to Hoard:  Seasoned Wood.
Grab whatever available wood you can to fuel your fires. I

#9 Supply to Hoard: Charcoal + Lighter Fluid +
You'll need a variety of ways to cook your food and charcoal is
quite handy. Even if you don't have a fire pit or charcoal grill,
charcoal provides an easy storage answer. Though it's not a
long term solution, you'll want charcoal as you can dig a fire pit.

  • Charcoal: Costco sells two huge Kingston Charcoal bags
    for $20. Store them in a few 5-Gallon buckets.

#10 Supply to Hoard: Commercial Firewood and
Wood needs time to age, your stash might get wet. Adding a
few logs of commercial firewood to your prepping list will ease
your mind a bit about warmth in the coldest months. Stack up
on some Duraflame logs.

#11 Supply to Hoard: Cotton Balls and Ear Swabs.
For application of ointments and creams, cotton balls and ear
swabs are esential first aidssupply, but there are many more
applications useful to preppers:

  • Gun cleaning: If you don't have a gun cleaning swab, the
    next best thing in an SHTF scenario are ear swabs. Clean
    your equipment any way you can.

  • Pest deterrent: Cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil
    make a wonderful deterrent for pests, particularly spiders
    and mice.

  • Fuel / Tinder:

  • NOTE: Do not use cotton swab sticks in the ear canal as it
    could cause injury. To remove ear wax, apply hydrogen
    peroxide drops into the ear to flush the wax.

#12 Supply to Hoard: Dishpans or camp sink.
Ideally you'll need three dishpans for your off the grid kitchen:
one filled with water to scrape off the food particles, the next
to wash the dishes clean, and finally a chlorine bleach and
water rinse. Be sure to add a final rinse with chlorine bleach
(unscented). You'll need one good squirt from a bottle if you've
transferred the bleach (or about a cap-full directly from the
bleach container) in a Rubbermaid dishpan filled with water is

The correct scouting way to clean your dishes in the great
outdoors is:
  1. Scrape off the food debris (paper towels make it easy).
  2. Pre-rinse in a tub of water with a squirt of bleach and
    water mix.
  3. Hand wash in hot soapy (biodegradable) water.
  4. Final rinse in warm water to get off the soap.
  5. Dry by hanging in a mesh bag.

Dishpans would also be helpful for rinsing fruits and vegetables
and collecting water in the absence of buckets.  Ideally you
need three buckets and not two! You may as well get two of
the double wash basins. The extra can be for washing hands.

#13 Supply to Hoard: Duct tape, Cable Ties and
Super Glue.
Be a fix it prepper! Mending things is a prepper skill.

  • Cable Ties: Cable ties are an essential for your bugout
    bag to fasten camping equipment. You'll find cable / zip
    ties handy for automotive repair, too!Of the many creative
    uses for a cable tie, we've seen it used as a hair fastener,
    tourniquet, kindling tie, food sealer.

#14 Supply to Hoard: Dish Washing Soap (liquid) +
Dish Washing Gloves.
Prepare for an off the grid cooking scenario by stocking up on
dish washing soap for cutting boards, dishes (when you run out
of the paper ones), utensils and pots and pans. Just, don't
scrub your cast iron pans with liquid soap or you'll provide an
unsavory soapy seasoning to your food. Dawn contains a
biodegradable surfactants, and contains no phosphate, making
it an ideal choice. It's not for vanity's sake that you will need
dish washing gloves. In doing the dishes you may cut yourself!
Minimize the risk, so you won't get an infection.

#15 Supply to Hoard: Facial Tissues.
Preppers hoard toilet paper, but they often forget about facial
tissues, which are generally softer on the nose. You won't want
to rough it out on your nose during a cold or flu. Facial tissues
will provide comfort in uncertain times, but ultimately, they will
also help prevent the spread of sickness, which would be
particularly important during a pandemic.

#16 Supply to Hoard: Fever Reducer and
The single most urgent medicine in your prepper's medicine
cabinet to own is a fever reducer. Children's Advil suspension is
a fever reducer and pain reliever contains ibuprofen to
temporarily reduce fevers, relieve minor aches and pains due to
the common cold, flu, sore throat or headaches and
toothaches; however ibuprofen may cause a severe allergic
reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. Ask your doctor
what fever reducer is appropriate for you.

#17 Supply to Hoard: Freezer bags.
Freezer bags are stronger than ordinary plastic bags and have a
multitude of uses for preppers. Not that you'll be freezing in an
off the grid scenario, but freezer bags will help you preserve or
re proportion food. In your bugout bag, these bags will keep
your contents dry and may even help you collect more food and

#18 Supply to Hoard: Garbage bags.
You'll be using garbage bags more often in uncertain times,
including sanitation of human wastes and even for use in
burying the dead. Costco and Home Depot carry large garbage
bags in bulk by the rolls and at very reasonable prices. Stock up
while they are still available.

#19 Supply to Hoard: Hand sanitizers.
Minimize water use in times of drought by keeping hand
sanitizers handy. Stocking up on hand sanitizers will help you
through pandemics, and for cleaning hands after meat handling.
Handy indeed.
Learn how to make your own hand sanitizers.

#20 Supply to Hoard: Hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is essential in first aid, but Hydrogen
Peroxide has so many other applications including water
purification and cleaning kitchen tools.

#21 Supply to Hoard: Lamp oil, Candle Wax and
Candle making and lamp making will be essential when the
lights go out permanently. You can "mind your own beeswax"
by stocking up on supplies.

  • Did you know beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke
    or scent and clean air by releasing negative ions?

#22 Supply to Hoard: Lip balm, Lotions and Creams.
Skin hydration will be key, particularly when water is at a
premium or when you reside in arid areas of the country as
Arizona. Don't overlook these inexpensive finds at the dollar
stores, including Blistex and Chapstick lip balms, cocoa butter
creams. The bonus of packing a petroleum based lip balm, such
as Chapstick is that the balm itself may be used as a

#23 Supply to Hoard: Lysol.
You'll appreciate keeping cold and virus flus at bay with Lysol.
Having spray is also effective in combating lice, which may
spread rapidly in uncertain times. Lice is more of a nuisance
than a survival problem, but certainly you don't want to have
them around when SHTF.

#24 Supply to Hoard: Matches.
Matches are easy enough to procure at the market. Stash them
in a mason jar with a sandpaper striking lid to keep them dry
and ready for use. Want to make your matches waterproof for
your bugout bag? Coat them with nail polish!

#25 Supply to Hoard: Paper cups, Paper Plates and
Paper Bowls.
For your hot beverages (coffee, tea, cocoa), using paper cups
will save on the precious resource of water and is far more
healthy than drinking from Styrofoam. You'll likely need more
paper bowls than you think as they are ideal for soups, cereals
and chili, as well as freeze dried pasta and rice dishes. Get a
few sizes of paper plates to accommodate your meal size.

#26 Supply to Hoard: Paper Towels.
If you're short on space, consider Shop Towels, pictured
immediate right. These strong, absorbent towels are great for
wiping hands and cleaning up grease, oil, grime, and fluids.
You'll need fewer than ordinary paper towels, so it will take up
less space.

#27 Supply to Hoard: Paracord.
Paracord is cordage crafted from parachute material. It's strong
and has many uses for preppers and survivalists. An essential
for your bugout bag, paracord will also provide entertainment.
It's a favorite pastime of military and a good
prepper skill to

#28 Supply to Hoard: Plastic Cups + Utensils.
Plastic cups will hold up better than paper cups. Mark plastic
cups with a Sharpie to ensure water glasses are used to their
full potential. Save your water in using disposable utensils as

#29 Supply to Hoard: Propane + Propane Tanks.
One of your most essential prepper fuels, stock up on the
propane for generators and cookstoves. Left, the Vocano stove
takes three kinds of fuel - propane, charcoal and wood.

#30 Supply to Hoard: Mouthwash, Shampoo, Soap
+ Deodorant.
In an off the grid scenario, like an EMP, there won't be much
opportunity for bathing unless you've made plans, such as a
solar shower or a galvanized tub. For an economic collapse;
however, you'll be glad you stocked up on shampoo, soaps, and
deodorants. You'll want your money spent acquiring fresh
meats, produce or other essentials.

#31 Supply to Hoard: Nails, Bolts, and Screws.
You will need to repair and rebuild at some point. Having the
necessary nuts and bolts will get you through the job.

#32 Supply to Hoard: Sewing Materials.
A survival sewing and repair kit is essential for a well packed
bugout bag. Tents tear, equipment may rip and clothes will
eventually wear. Make do with what you have by fixing it.

#33 Supply to Hoard Steel Wool.
Steel wool is an excellent supply to help you scrub pots, but
did you know that steel wool is an excellent fire starter? All you
need is a 9-volt battery and some steel wool.  

#34 Supply to Hoard: Toilet paper.
Preppers often find toilet paper high on their personal prepping
supply list! Proper sanitation, including adequate supply of
toilet paper is essential.

#35 Supply to Hoard: Toothbrushes + Toothpaste.
Buy one toothbrush per month for each family member and six
toothpaste tube per family member for a one-year supply.

Get toothbrushes and toothpaste cheaply
at the dollar stores.
Don't have a dollar store handy? No worries! You can get four
Oral-B toothbrushes with included shipping for under $5
(pictured right).

#36 Supply to Hoard: Vaseline (Petroleum jelly).
Vaseline or the generic equivalent is an ideal fuel when
combined with cotton balls as a
firestarter. Petroleum jelly
helps protect minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, and also protects
skin from wind burn and chapping. Use petroleum jelly as a lip
balm! To help heal chapped hands, load a generous portion on
hands, then cover hands in plastic bags to keep them
moistened for 20-minutes.

#37  Supply to Hoard: Writing instruments and
pencil sharpener.
Pens, pencils and paper will be a luxury in an off grid world;
however, they are also essential to providing an education,
fighting boredom, and providing a record for future generations.
A Sharpie pen will help you label food expiration dates on cans
and shelf stable items. Additionally, it will help identify
assigned cups and plates. If you anticipate a home school
scenario, consider getting chalk and a chalk board.

  • Pencil sharpener use: A good quality manual pencil
    sharpener will become a precious commodity at home, but
    you should also consider having a small pencil sharpener
    in your bugout bag. A pencil sharpener can help make
    tinder from twigs!

In case you think we forgot about water, read on! We
recommend you store distilled water or bottled water to sustain
you. Read more in  37 Foods to Hoard Before Crisis.

On top of drinking water and water to clean utensils you'll
* a half gallon of water just to boil noodles
* 1 cup of water for each individual serving of freeze dried food.
* 2 cups of water for every cup of rice
* Cover dried beans with three inches of water to soak
Add up your inventory and you'll be surprised where you stand.

The time to build a well is not when you're thirsty. A family of
four needs five 55-gallon barrels to help survive three months.
Learn the seven lessons of
Water for Survival.

What are the most hoarded items in an emergency?
Preppers can learn from disasters of the past (hurricanes,
floods, earthquakes and tornadoes) about the things that
disappear first from a grocery store before and after crisis.

We gathered a list of the top ten things to disappear in crisis
by following news clippings, consider these the last-minute
provisions for prepping!

Top Ten Things to Disappear from Grocery Shelves in Crisis
  1. Bottled water (learn the bottled waters to avoid.)
  2. Soft drinks (learn the 8 kinds of drinks to hoard in crisis).
  3. Bread
  4. Chips and crackers (American's eat 1.2 billion pounds of
    potato chips annually according to National Geographic).
  5. Snack bars and energy bars
  6. Medications
  7. Diapers
  8. Alcohol
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Garbage bags (used to loot the wares).

Will you be hoarding food and supplies? Preppers have the right
to gather supplies for their survival.  The United States
Constitution guarantees this right. Arm yourself with
knowledge! The Fourth Amendment  prohibits unreasonable
search and seizure for concerned citizens of the United States
of America. Have the constitution on hand to defend your rights.

Happy endings...
What you hoard will help ensure you live happily ever after.
There are many things you could hoard, and we have more
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