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Tips on creating a prepper list


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A prepper is someone who purchases, creates, collects, and stores everyday items in case the unthinkable should happen. Have you ever thought about where you would take your family or how to hunker down in the event of a natural or man-made disaster? The best way to be prepared is to create a complete set of prepper lists.

It’s easy for beginning preppers to feel overwhelmed when first starting out on the prepping path. With so many things to consider (power, cooking, hygiene, etc.), and so many products to choose from, a prepper list can seem like a daunting task to someone who’s just getting started. While prepping won’t be exactly the same for everyone, there are some tips that will help you create a list of items and supplies that everyone will need for emergency preparedness.

Basic steps to think about as you begin your prepper lists:

  1. Build a solid personal finance and health foundation
  2. Get your home ready for two weeks of self-reliance (short term)
  3. Be able to leave your home with only a moment’s notice 
  4. Prepare for emergencies that happen away from home 
  5. Learn core survival skills and practice with your gear
  6. Share ideas and wisdom with others while continuing to learn and going beyond the basics


Plan on using an emergency folder with the prepper lists as a guidebook, as well as a check list that is updated and revised on a regular basis. Consider sharing it with your family members and perhaps a small group of other preppers who are creating their own lists. This exercise is not a one-time project. It is a commitment to being prepared at all times as conditions change. 

The 13 main prepper lists

Each one of these categories also needs to have as much written down in terms of instructions, strategies, and plans. Plan your various lists around a 72-hour emergency, 2-week plan if you have no outside support, and a long-range plan.

  1. Water list: how many jugs per person per day, large quantity storage, where do you get more, filtration system, etc.
  2. Food list: both a short-term prepper shopping list and a long-range survival list including seeds, dried food, etc.
  3. Medical and First aid lists: include both minor and major situations and the resources you will require for both
  4. General hygiene list: must include dental care, as well as toilet paper and feminine products
  5. Shelter list: include any maps and a plan of action
  6. Power and Heat list: have available options
  7. Cooking gear list: to include fire starter tools, matches, and repair guides
  8. Tools and other essentials list: include things like rope, duct tape, etc.
  9. Communications gear list: must include emergency contact information, local authorities
  10. Safety, security and personal protection list: many preppers include guns and ammunition
  11. Books and training manuals list: for skills and how-to manuals
  12. Personal data and legal documents list: such as passport, driver’s license, birth certificates, etc.
  13. Cash and silver or gold list: how much, where is it stored, etc.

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