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Posted: 3/9/2013 6:51:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2013 12:18:55 PM EDT by Stripeknight]
I wanted to put together a SHTF essentials starter lists for those on a budget, everything on the lists is fairly cheap and is a good starting point that everyone should at a minimum have.

Please feel free to add anything I missed to the list!:

First Aid Kit (GET ONE NOW!!!!)
Batteries (As many as you can afford).
Flashlights (2 for each member in your household).
Candles (Get a box of them).
Rice (20 lb bag).
Beans (20 lb bag).
Cans of fruit (20).
Cans of Vegetables (20).
Cans of Meat (20).
Powerdered Tang, Gatorage or Tea (family pack)
Flour (2 Bags).
Salt (1 Bag).
Sugar (1 Bag).
Rolled Oats (1 Bag).
Olive Oil (freeze 1 gallon).
Water and 2 forms of filtration (added Bleach, for water purification).
Fire starters (2 ways to start, include flint or steel/magnesium fire starter).
Corded Phone (in emergencies they will work without power).
Hand Crank Radio
Wool Blankets (Down Sleeping bags if you can afford them).
Vitamin Supplements (400 Pills)
Guns & Ammo (Rifle, Handgun & Shotgun).
Axe (good for wood and looters!)


Edit: AR15.Com Members added suggestions:
Toilet Paper
Propane / Gas
Local Topographical maps & Compass
Multi tool.
Coleman stove and lantern with fuel.
Reading material both educational and entertaining (survival books are highly important).
Dutch oven (camp stove).
Extra eyeglasses if you wear them.
Prescription meds.
Food Gathering Equipment (Fishing Rods & Hunting Traps).
Tent, Backpack & Rain Gear.


I spent $240 at Costco yesterday and fulfilled 80% of my starter list. I'll be adding to this ever month! I also built a really nice bug out bag!



Link Posted: 3/9/2013 6:52:14 PM EDT
Toilet paper
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 6:52:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By nchapa:
Toilet paper


added, good one!
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 6:52:58 PM EDT
Sanitary products for the ladies.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:00:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:00:26 PM EDT by EvanWilliams]
Gum and hard candy.
In between meals it helps you
Instant iced tea
Extra propane.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:01:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:03:33 PM EDT by scubadilla4545]
Your list is way better than the "37" essential food items for sale online. One thing I might suggest is a few bottles of EverClear. They are good for watered down drinking, antiseptic, lighter fluid, bartering, etc... Also a few traps for catching food. During the great depression animals became so scarce in the daytime they would only move at night and trappers had better luck than hunters. In SHTF wild animals will be scarce regardless but this may be something you can add to the rice here and there.....

BTW if I had one gun in my collection to keep it would be my SOCOM II
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:03:04 PM EDT
Wow! Great suggestions guys, I am deffinitely adding most of your comments!
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:03:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By nchapa:
Toilet paper


gotta have those shit tickets
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:03:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By scubadilla4545:
Your list is way better than the "37" essential food items for sale on line. One thing I might suggest is a few bottles of EverClear. They are good for watered down drinking, antiseptic, lighter fluid, bartering, etc... Also a few traps for catching food. During the great depression animals became so scarce in the daytime they would only move at night and trappers had better luck than hunters. In SHTF wild animals will be scarce regardless but this may be something you can add to the rice here and there.....

BTW if I had one gun in my collection to keep it would be my SOCOM II


I actually agree, if I could only keep one gun it would be the M1A Socom, tragically lost in a boating accident
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:06:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LuvBUSHmaster:
Sanitary products for the ladies.


ditch the ladies, they will only get in the way during shtf
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:07:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Stripeknight:
Originally Posted By scubadilla4545:
Your list is way better than the "37" essential food items for sale on line. One thing I might suggest is a few bottles of EverClear. They are good for watered down drinking, antiseptic, lighter fluid, bartering, etc... Also a few traps for catching food. During the great depression animals became so scarce in the daytime they would only move at night and trappers had better luck than hunters. In SHTF wild animals will be scarce regardless but this may be something you can add to the rice here and there.....

BTW if I had one gun in my collection to keep it would be my SOCOM II


I actually agree, if I could only keep one gun it would be the M1A Socom, tragically lost in a boating accident


Umm you better rent some suba gear and find it!!!!! Now I'm curious to hear the story.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:08:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Stripeknight:
Originally Posted By scubadilla4545:
Your list is way better than the "37" essential food items for sale on line. One thing I might suggest is a few bottles of EverClear. They are good for watered down drinking, antiseptic, lighter fluid, bartering, etc... Also a few traps for catching food. During the great depression animals became so scarce in the daytime they would only move at night and trappers had better luck than hunters. In SHTF wild animals will be scarce regardless but this may be something you can add to the rice here and there.....

BTW if I had one gun in my collection to keep it would be my SOCOM II


I actually agree, if I could only keep one gun it would be the M1A Socom, tragically lost in a boating accident


How many guns must we lose!!!!!
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:09:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:12:12 PM EDT by nade-em]
maybe some rope? or paracord?


ETA: good knife
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:10:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By popsickles:
Originally Posted By LuvBUSHmaster:
Sanitary products for the ladies.


ditch the ladies, they will only get in the way during shtf


Soccer mom harem, I dig it.

Have fun with your sausage fest.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:10:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By popsickles:
Originally Posted By LuvBUSHmaster:
Sanitary products for the ladies.


ditch the ladies, they will only get in the way during shtf




They won't get in the way if you are the man prepared and can send their husbands into the field to work while the serve your personal needs.........
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:11:13 PM EDT
I would scratch "corded phone" from your list. Many people are dropping home phone service and going cellular phone only. Then those who have signed up for a bundle package with cable/internet probably have digital phone, which also will not work with the power is out.

You could replace "corded phone" with way to recharge cell phone. Solar pannel, charged battery back up, etc.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:12:58 PM EDT
Looks like the list of items needed to survive the Oregon Trail.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:13:15 PM EDT
What are your 2 forms of water filters?
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:13:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Eli822:
I would scratch "corded phone" from your list. Many people are dropping home phone service and going cellular phone only. Then those who have signed up for a bundle package with cable/internet probably have digital phone, which also will not work with the power is out.

You could replace "corded phone" with way to recharge cell phone. Solar pannel, charged battery back up, etc.



In post hurricane Ivan, the only ones that had phone service were those with corded phones.

The cell towers were blown all over the county.


Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:14:51 PM EDT
A good road map of the local area. Or print out a topographical map from USGS.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:16:03 PM EDT
No knives?

Folder, fixed blade, multi tool.

Machete.

Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:16:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
A good road map of the local area. Or print out a topographical map from USGS.


Excellent! I'm adding it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:16:27 PM EDT
Bleach, for water purification.
Coleman stove and lantern with fuel.
Reading material, both educational and entertaining.
Bow saw.
Dutch oven (camp stove).
Extra eyeglasses if you wear them.
Prescription meds.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:18:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:19:16 PM EDT by JakeThePimp]
big bucket of aspirin, acetaminophen ect. they are cheap and useful.
eta antacids
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:18:56 PM EDT
Fleshlight/porn. 100% serious.

Good way to blow off steam if your a single guy and people are trying to kill you, burn one right before bed or right after you wake up, it'll set the tone for the day.

Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:19:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By robertl:
Bleach, for water purification.
Coleman stove and lantern with fuel.
Reading material, both educational and entertaining.
Bow saw.
Dutch oven (camp stove).
Extra eyeglasses if you wear them.
Prescription meds.


Added most of these.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:19:44 PM EDT
Pallet of bottled water + friends = Done
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:20:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:28:13 PM EDT by Stripeknight]
Originally Posted By Gruntling:
Fleshlight/porn. 100% serious.

Good way to blow off steam if your a single guy and people are trying to kill you, burn one right before bed or right after you wake up, it'll set the tone for the day.





You should add lube to your list
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:21:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:22:26 PM EDT
Olive oil, yes... but why frozen?

Supplement first aid kit with an bottle of aspirin or painkillers (kits only include a small packet). Also, an extra tube of antibiotic ointment.

Fresh toothbrushes to maintain oral health.

If you wear glasses or contacts, have spares.

This is still in the budget category.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:23:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
A good road map of the local area. Or print out a topographical map from USGS.

and the ability to actually read the map, being able to do land nav is a bonus
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:26:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BikerNut:
Olive oil, yes... but why frozen?

Supplement first aid kit with an bottle of aspirin or painkillers (kits only include a small packet). Also, an extra tube of antibiotic ointment.

Fresh toothbrushes to maintain oral health.

If you wear glasses or contacts, have spares.

This is still in the budget category.


You can get plenty of mileage out of a toothbrush if you boil it periodically.


Op, there's plenty of good info in the survival and outdoor forums here. I spend lots of time reading and learning there.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:27:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BikerNut:
Olive oil, yes... but why frozen?

Supplement first aid kit with an bottle of aspirin or painkillers (kits only include a small packet). Also, an extra tube of antibiotic ointment.

Fresh toothbrushes to maintain oral health.

If you wear glasses or contacts, have spares.

This is still in the budget category.


Frozen Olive oil keeps much longer.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:27:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cableguy221:
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
A good road map of the local area. Or print out a topographical map from USGS.

and the ability to actually read the map, being able to do land nav is a bonus


I hesitated to mention compass, as fewer people know how to use them nowadays....

Perhaps each survival group needs an Army 2nd Lt to run the map and compass for them.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:27:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Stripeknight:
Originally Posted By Gruntling:
Fleshlight/porn. 100% serious.

Good way to blow off steam if your a single guy and people are trying to kill you, burn one right before bed or right after you wake up, it'll set the tone for the day.





Then I'll be napping all day!
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:27:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:38:57 PM EDT by fxntime]
Loperamide Hydrochloride or some other form of anti poop meds.

Small sewing kit.

Couple superglue tubes.

Zip top plastic bags in quart and gallon size.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:29:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
Originally Posted By cableguy221:
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
A good road map of the local area. Or print out a topographical map from USGS.

and the ability to actually read the map, being able to do land nav is a bonus


I hesitated to mention compass, as fewer people know how to use them nowadays....

Perhaps each survival group needs an Army 2nd Lt to run the map and compass for them.


I forgot about this and actually own one, you can get a nice one under $40, adding it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:30:35 PM EDT
A big fuckoff machete.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:30:58 PM EDT
550 cord
duct tape
zip lock baggies in various sizes
water proof matches
flint or steel/magnesium fire starter
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:31:23 PM EDT
small, single use trauma kits. Essentially a clotting agent and a compress.

Not too expensive, less than $20 each. In a worst-case scenario, it could buy you some time.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:32:05 PM EDT
Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned.




Comes in handy for baby sitting.



Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:32:49 PM EDT
A good way to get started is to pick one item on your grocery or walmart list each week and stock up on it. For instance, this week do green beans. Instead of buying one or two cans, buy ten. Next week it's canned tuna and the week after that it's toothpaste and so forth and so on. Stock up on the items you actually use and build yourself a nice survival pantry in the process. Just replace the items as they're used and add an item or two as finances allow. We've done this for years and almost anything we use with any regularity is stocked on shelving in the basement.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:33:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By macgyvers_twin:
Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Duct-tape.jpg/300px-Duct-tape.jpg


Comes in handy for baby sitting.

http://thumbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/duct-tape-baby.jpg



babysitting.... daaaayyyyum that's funny
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:34:04 PM EDT
Bull Whip
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:35:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
Originally Posted By cableguy221:
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
A good road map of the local area. Or print out a topographical map from USGS.

and the ability to actually read the map, being able to do land nav is a bonus


I hesitated to mention compass, as fewer people know how to use them nowadays....

Perhaps each survival group needs an Army 2nd Lt to run the map and compass for them.


LOL!

My dad said several times that no one will ever be as lost as a group led by a butter bar with a map and compass!
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:36:10 PM EDT
I don't know what the shelf life of steel cut oats is but I just ate some the other day that I bought 2 years ago. $1.00/lb at this local bulk food place. can't beat that.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:36:36 PM EDT
A simple bandana. Cheap, light, and has many uses.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:36:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2013 7:45:54 PM EDT by Stripeknight]
Originally Posted By robertl:
A good way to get started is to pick one item on your grocery or walmart list each week and stock up on it. For instance, this week do green beans. Instead of buying one or two cans, buy ten. Next week it's canned tuna and the week after that it's toothpaste and so forth and so on. Stock up on the items you actually use and build yourself a nice survival pantry in the process. Just replace the items as they're used and add an item or two as finances allow. We've done this for years and almost anything we use with any regularity is stocked on shelving in the basement.


Words of wisdom, I actually got off the phone with my Mother a few days back telling her that I was stocking up on this list and suggested that she should as well. She actually laughed at me and said she had 90% of the items I mentioned and had made a practice of doing so since we were kids..
Pawned by mom once again

Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:37:16 PM EDT
Pornography, for bartering/rental of course.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:41:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Stripeknight:
Originally Posted By robertl:
A good way to get started is to pick one item on your grocery or walmart list each week and stock up on it. For instance, this week do green beans. Instead of buying one or two cans, buy ten. Next week it's canned tuna and the week after that it's toothpaste and so forth and so on. Stock up on the items you actually use and build yourself a nice survival pantry in the process. Just replace the items as they're used and add an item or two as finances allow. We've done this for years and almost anything we use with any regularity is stocked on shelving in the basement.


Words of wisdom, I actually got off the phone with my Mother a few days back telling her that I was stalking up on this list and suggested that she should as well. She actually laughed at me and said she had 90% of the items I mentioned and had made a practice of doing so since we were kids..
Pawned by mom once again



My family has kept stocked pantries as far back as I can remember. My great-grandfather had a tornado shelter stocked with canned goods that I remember playing in as child. They had never heard of Survival Preparedness, they called it common sense.

Link Posted: 3/9/2013 7:41:59 PM EDT

Wheelbarrow to carry all your stuff.
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