Prep List For Disaster (6 Things Every Prepper Should Have)

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Whether it be an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, economic collapse, or any other number of disasters, being prepared for the worst to happen is what the prepper lifestyle is all about. No matter what happens in the future, you need to be prepared to head out and survive/fight for your life at a moment’s notice. Stocking up on supplies is a big part of this, and to do this, you should have a prep list for disaster.

There are certain items that seem like common knowledge to stock up on, but without making a list and going through everything that you need, chances are you’re going to forget something that could cause for serious problems if/when disaster does strike.

Thankfully, we’re here to help.

We’ve already got plenty of survival prepping tips on our website that you can read through, but when it comes to how to prepare for disaster survival, one of the biggest components is having all of the essential tools and items.

We don’t have time to list absolutely everything you should own, but here are some of the most important things that we recommend getting your hands on.


This is obvious, but having extra water is critical to your survival. Humans can go for weeks at a time without food, but when it comes to water, you won’t be able to make it more than three days without the stuff.

As such, having enough on hand is important.

Water should be the very first thing that you stock up on, and as a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you have at least one gallon of water per person per day. This is water that will be used for both sanitation and drinking, and it’ll give you enough water for 72 hours.

You can certainly (and probably should) stock up on more to go even longer with your water supply, but one gallon per person will get your started.


Food is another biggie, and we recommend getting as many non-perishable products as possible. There are ways to store and keep perishable food fresh in a survival situation, but for most people, starting off with non-perishable goods is the way to go.

We won’t get too specific here, but your options are quite vast. You can go for the likes of canned soup and meats that are available in just about any grocery store, but shopping around online will let you get survival kits that are designed specifically for fueling your body during a disaster.

A three-day supply is the bare minimum that we recommend getting, but stockpiling on more will never hurt.

Survival-focused food has gotten extremely good over the years, and while you might be a bit apprehensive to try it at first if you never have before, you really shouldn’t. There are still some options out there that really aren’t all that great, but the majority of products available are tasty, nutritious, and well worth their asking price.


Staying informed with what’s happening around you is cruical to knowing what’s going on with the world during a disaster situation, and the best way to do this is with either battery-powered or hand-crank radio.

A radio will let you tune into AM and FM channels to stay up-to-date with how good or bad things are getting in your immediate area and beyond, and in a SHTF scenario, information is everything.

In addition to this, it’s also a good idea to pick up a NOAA Weather Radio. This will keep you informed with your local weather conditions, and depending on the disaster you’re faced with, this could be critical to survival.


A flashlight is another common item, but it’s common for a good reason. A flashlight might be your only way to see your environment should the power go out, so having enough of these for everyone in your group (as well as batteries) is very important.

There are all sorts of flashlights on the market these days, each offering different features, brightness levels, and more. You can get really fancy if you like to, but you can also get something basic if you don’t want to spend a ton of cash. The choice here is really up to you.

First Aid Kit

Another important component to your survival list is a first aid kit. There’s a very real chance that you or someone you’re with could become injured, and should this happen, you’ll want to have the proper tools on hand to treat whatever injury you’re faced with.

Most first aid kits come with an ample amount of supplies and different tools, and while just one should be serviceable for a few days, it doesn’t hurt to buy two or three just to be sure that you’ve got more than enough protection on hand if something really serious happens to come up.

You’ll want to hope you never have to use these, but if you do, having more is way better than not having enough.

Personal Hygiene

Toilet paper, paper towels, soap, shampoo, deodorant, you name it. Personal hygiene may take a backset to your survival earyl on, but at one point or another, you’re going to want to start taking care of your body.

Along with keeping you feeling as clean and content as possible, hygiene products will also help to fend off any potential infections. A clean body is a healthy body, so keeping up with your regular cleaning and scrubbing should remain as a priority.

Final Thoughts

Although there are more items you can (and should) add to your prep list for disaster, this is a great way to get started with everything. It’s hard to know exactly what to pack and what to leave behind, but these six items are essentials that should get your creative and survival instincts working. Start with these, and you’ll then get the hang of things and know what’ll be best to pack for you and your group.