100 Items that disappear first in a panic

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by melbo, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance ect.)
    2. Water Filters/Purifiers
    3. Portable Toilets
    4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
    5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
    6. Coleman 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 ect.,)
    12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
    13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
    16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
    17. Survival Guide Book.
    18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, ect. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
    19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, ect.
    20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
    21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
    22. Vitamins
    23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
    24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
    25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
    26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
    27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
    28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
    29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
    30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
    31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
    32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
    33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
    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 (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
    39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
    40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
    41. Flour, yeast & salt
    42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
    43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
    44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
    45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
    46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
    47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
    48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
    49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, ect
    50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
    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, Duffle Bags
    58. Garden tools & supplies
    59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
    60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, ect.
    61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
    62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
    63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
    64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, ect
    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 (saves a lot of water)
    72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, ect.
    73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
    74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
    75. Soysauce, vinegar, boullions/gravy/soupbase
    76. Reading glasses
    77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
    78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
    79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
    80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
    81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
    82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
    83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
    84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, ect. (extras)
    85. Lumber (all types)
    86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
    87. Cots & Inflatable mattresses
    88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, ect.
    89. Lantern Hangers
    90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
    91. Teas
    92. Coffee
    93. Cigarettes
    94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, ect,)
    95. Paraffin wax
    96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, ect.
    97. Chewing gum/candies
    98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
    99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
    100. Goats/chickens
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  2. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Thanks to Melbo for this great list
  3. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++


    I hadn't thought of mop bucket with ringer for a laundry machine. What a great idea.
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I use a 7 gallon bucket, the size those pool tablets come in, and a plunger for a washing machine. So far, I have tested and used this for the past 2+ years, and it really works great! (Really dirty/greasy clothes? Use Fel's Naptha soap!)
    Additional items I've found is those egg crate style foam pads, for the military style cots. Lots of blankets, sleeping bags and pillows.
    For the past 7+ years, I have slept on an original military cot, and found it takes little getting used to, and never breaks down like mattress', like those air types!
    Lots of storage underneath too!
    Storgae of fuels even with "stabil", (stabilizer), is dicey at best.
    We lost 15 gallons of gas, and 5 gallons of diesel, as the stabilizer last only for so long....Kerosene storage is a real problem, it goes bad, faster than the rest.
    We maintain a LOT of buckets in assorted sizes, and large galvanized wash tubs.....
    Recently acquired an "immersion heater" military spec, from ebay, they work great, "IF", you have liquid fuels, and a 32 gallon sized galvanized trash can!
    (Have to keep a minimum of 22 inches of water in the cans, and they will boil a LOT of water in a hurry.)
    Steel 55 gallon drums are a good thing to obtain IF you can find clean ones...
    They make great stoves, BBQ's, heaters, and meat smoker units!
    The really clean ones are good for the immersion heater as well!
  5. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    I have at least some of each thing listed and a few I have more then I will probably ever need. It ended up being about ½ the list, so I am getting there.
  6. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    #14 and #15?
  7. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I showed the list to others and the question arised....
    WHY do I need Cigarrettes, and wine and liquor?
    I explained they were more than likely to be used in a barter scenario....
    It went off the cliff from there!
    (How many of this is equal to how many of those...?)
    Sort of discussion then began.
    I bailed on that one!
    Reminds me of a 3rd grade rhyme:
    "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood"?
    Well "He could chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood"!
    Ok, I'm going to my room now ,and have myself a good cry!
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  8. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++


    Used 2 or 3 liter pop bottles:

    Advantages: Free after using the soda pop; fairly rugged containers that can stand freezing with sufficient headroom; will stack somewhat if laid on their sides (although I wouldn’t stack them more than 2-3 high); small size makes it easy to store.

    Disadvantages: Takes a large number of containers for any significant amount of stored water; can take up the previous contents taste; requires thorough washing/rinsing to minimize residual taste; have no handles and therefore difficult to carry more than a couple at a time without something to hold them; clear plastic makes it mandatory to protect from light.

    On this list it says clear plastic??? I would think you wouldn't want clear plastic.
    So which is it?
  9. OzarkSaints

    OzarkSaints Monkey++

    I would also think that you would not want clear plastic if you have a choice....but remember, I am a newb to this...

    also, I thought kerosene stored twice as long as diesel? what is the longest storage fuel that'll burn in a diesel engine in that case?

    thanks for the list!
  10. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    refined biodiesel stores for a good while. I'll do some research on this and post in a new thread, give me a day or two.
  11. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Clear plastic is undesirable, as it requires mandatory light protection.
  12. Sharpie44

    Sharpie44 Monkey++

    Many of those things i can make or have made. Including liqueur/beer. Many of those things i also already have. My only problem is there at two different property in two different states. I guess If I had good reason to think Everything was about to go to heck I would jump in my car and get everything I could out to the farm.
  13. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    My personal favorite on this list is

    #40 Big dogs and dog food

    Do they eat the dogs?
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017
  14. Tempstar

    Tempstar Monkey+++

    Great post Melbo!
    Around here I guess folks are much shorter term in their thinking. Bottled water, bread, milk and cereal go first, followed by gasoline and gas cans. The mere mention of a hurricane empties the shelves of these items in just a few hours. Then flashlights and batteries. Just about everything else on the disaster list is still here after the 'cane. Then the beer sells out.
    I'm guessing the list is about a long term end of the world scenario.
  15. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    On top of that fine list ,
    I have included materials for building and repairing things as they deteriorate,
    and or barter for goods and services down the line.
    I am learning gardening and building a green house (long time in the works Aqua ponics )
    Water is probably going to be the most important commodity on the list , I include coffee filters for pre filtering the water before going through my more sophisticated ones. helps them last longer.
    Even foods one does not normally like are important for community contribution sake and or the fact that those thing we don't like are not consumed like bacon so that last longer, theoretically .
    How long can you store bacon ?
    long as you can keep it alive.
    Just to include a little more reality here,
    The old world was very competitive , more so than we would like to think.
    One did not share secrets of survival or their trade. these were the essence of life and giving those things away was a threat to ones own life .
    Black smith family was spared during an invasion because it was the family secret that elevated them above others with out that skill.
    I you had no skill any one wanted/needed, you were eliminated. fact of life.
    If your skills dependent on electronics, and there are no electronics your useless .
    If your skills are only mechanics, and the group your trying to join already had all the mechanics they want, you are useless.
    "But I can make fire with two sticks !" ,
    Ya so can the rest of us.
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