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Top 100 Things You Should Start Stocking Up On for When SHTF - The Survival Prep Store

Top 100 Things You Should Start Stocking Up On for When SHTF


You could also call this “the top 100 things you should start stocking up on” for any survivalist scenario (doomsday, government shutdown, etc).  Even if you don’t need more than 2 (you should always have 2 of everything) each item on this list will be great for bartering. The list is in no particular order.

Stockpiling can be a challenge. What should you include? How much of each item to include? Where to store everything? All tough questions.


1. Generators
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps, Lanterns
6. Camp Stove Fuel – Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat

11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid
13. Water Containers

14. Mini Heater head (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)

15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book
18. Lantern Mantles
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Propane Cookstoves
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear / Polypropylene
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels (as evident by the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020)
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests
45. Workboots, belts, jeans & durable shirts
46. Flashlights, Lightsticks, torches, Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks
48. Garbage cans Plastic
49. Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash, floss
50. Cast iron cookware
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel.

64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Boy Scout Handbook
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Reading glasses
81. Window Insulation Kit
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens

101. Gasoline
102. Prescription medications
103. Over the counter medications
104. Antibiotics
105. Wire and pliers
106. Hand-crank or solar-powered radios
107. Hand sanitizer
108. All medical supplies
109. Lighters
110. Canned goods
111. Light bulbs
112. Chargers for electronic devices

113. Condoms and Birth Control Pills (for family planning)

114. Sewing kit

115. Solar panels and chargers

116. Radio Communication Devices

117. Cash and Precious Metals


Items for Bartering:

  1. Alcohol – Beer, wine, and spirits

  2. Tobacco products – cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco

  3. Coffee and tea

  4. Sugar, honey, and syrup

  5. Salt and spices

  6. Soap and hygiene products

  7. Fuel – gasoline, diesel, and propane

  8. Ammunition and firearms

  9. Medical supplies – bandages, antibiotics, and pain relievers

  10. Tools – knives, hatchets, and saws

  11. Seeds and gardening supplies

  12. Fishing and hunting supplies

  13. Clothing and shoes

  14. Batteries and electronics

  15. Water filtration and purification systems


Top 50 Things to Keep Stocked in your Car

  1. First Aid Kit: A first aid kit is one of the most important things to have in your car, as it can help you treat injuries sustained during an emergency. The Be Smart Get Prepared First Aid Kit is a top-rated product that includes all the essential items for first aid emergencies.

  2. Water: Water is crucial to survival, and having a supply of it in your car can be lifesaving. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a compact, lightweight water filtration system that can filter up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water, making it an excellent choice for an emergency.

  3. Non-Perishable Food: In case of an emergency, it's essential to have non-perishable food that can provide nourishment for an extended period. The CLIF Bars are a top-rated option that is easy to store and can provide energy in case of an emergency.

  4. Flashlight: A flashlight is a must-have in any emergency kit. The GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight is a top-rated product that is waterproof, durable, and can provide up to 10 hours of continuous lighting.

  5. Blanket: A blanket can provide warmth and comfort in case of an emergency. The Arcturus Military Wool Blanket is a top-rated option that is warm, durable, and can provide insulation even when wet.

  6. Multitool: A multitool can be a lifesaver in a survival situation. The Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool is a top-rated option that includes 15 tools, such as pliers, wire cutters, knives, and more.

  7. Fire Starter: A fire starter can help you create a fire in case of an emergency, providing warmth, light, and a way to cook food. The Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter is a top-rated product that is compact, waterproof, and can start fires in any weather condition.

  8. Hand-Crank Radio: A hand-crank radio can help you stay informed about the situation during an emergency. The RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio is a top-rated option that includes a flashlight, USB charger, and SOS alarm.

  9. Duct Tape: Duct tape is a versatile item that can be used for repairs and emergency fixes. The Gorilla Tape is a top-rated product that is waterproof, durable, and can adhere to almost any surface.

  10. Maps: In case of an emergency, having a map of the area can help you navigate and find shelter. The National Geographic Road Atlas is a top-rated option that includes detailed maps of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

  11. Compass: A compass can help you navigate when you're lost or stranded. The Eyeskey Multifunctional Military Lensatic Tactical Compass is a top-rated product that is durable, waterproof, and includes a sighting window and lensatic function.

  12. Gloves: Gloves can protect your hands from the cold and other hazards during an emergency. The Mechanix Wear FastFit Gloves are a top-rated option that is comfortable, durable, and includes touchscreen compatibility.

  13. Rain Gear: Rain gear can keep you dry and comfortable during inclement weather. The Columbia Watertight II Jacket is a top-rated option that is lightweight, waterproof, and includes a packable design.


When preparing for any survivalist scenario, having a well-stocked supply of essential items is crucial. The top 100 items listed above cover a wide range of needs, from food and water to tools and medical supplies. It's important to keep in mind that the list is not exhaustive and can be modified to fit your unique needs and circumstances.

In addition to the items listed above, it's also essential to consider items that can be used for bartering. These items can be used to trade for other essential goods and services in a post-collapse world.

Remember that stockpiling is not just about buying items and hoarding them away. It's also essential to have a plan in place for storing and managing your supplies. Make sure to rotate your stock and check expiration dates regularly to ensure that your supplies remain viable.

In summary, the top 100 things to stock up on for when SHTF include a wide range of essential items, from food and water to tools and medical supplies. Additionally, having a well-stocked supply of bartering items can help you trade for other essential goods and services in a post-collapse world.


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