Compiling your lists and setting up a purchase plan is perhaps the most daunting task involved in being a true “prepper.”  On the other hand if you are a type A personality or just really enjoy strategy challenges like I do, this part can be really fun!  The one thing that can be said with certainty about the planning and prioritizing process is that not doing it will almost always lead to failure.  Some of the pitfalls people fall into are;

– Buying fun stuff only:  Normally it’s guys that load up on guns and knives and cool weapon accessories.  Security is hugely important but let’s have some balance here Rambo.

– Gaping holes: There really is a ton of stuff to think about and even seasoned preppers won’t remember everything and the stuff you forget can be really important.  In fact looking through my G.O.O.D. Pack, i just realized I have no toilet paper or baby wipes in there.  Good for a chuckle, but what a pain that could have been easily and cheaply avoided had I gone over my list!

– Instant Gratification Syndrome: Buying a whole bunch of little items and gadgets so you can have them NOW, when you should be saving up to buy more significant or higher quality items.  At Best Survival Deals we are all about value.  Value is not the same as cheap!

– Burnout: This happens most often when you get so Gung Ho about prepping that skip over budgeting and you over spend.  Other important things in life fall behind and a certain buyers remorse sets in making you question the whole thing.  Calm, rational planning will keep you clear of this very real psychological danger of prepping.

The List

We debated for quite a while about whether or not to post and actual priority list as no one’s can or should be the same.  Again I remind you that we are no experts and you should be doing your own homework on this stuff.  We decided to go ahead and do it though for a couple of reasons.  First, it will give beginners a starting point.  Second, it will hopefully spur some debate about priorities from the veteran preppers!

We begin with items everyone should start with regardless of your location plan;

1. Hand Gun – Easy to carry, basic self defense. Don’t forget ammo and cleaning supplies

2. One Week Food Supply – This should be simple canned or packaged stuff set aside from you normal pantry.  If it sits long enough to approach expiration dates, use it and replace it.

3. G.O.O.D Pack – M.O.L.L.E. Style Main Pack and back packs for the family.

4. Pack Contents #1 – AM/FM/SW/Weather Radio, Water Filter Bottle, Cold Gear, Fire Items, Lights, Pack Food – Energy Bars, Peanut Butter, MRE’s

5. One Month Food Supply – A bit more long term type of food and packaging, but still a lot of normal canned and packaged dry stuff.

6. Pack Contents #2 – Multi Tool, 2 Way Radios, Knife, candles, binoculars, first aid kit, poncho, rope, hygiene items, duct tape, pad and sharpie, Gatorade powder

At this point we have split the list based on your location plan.  There are a few different priorities if you’re staying put versus traveling to a different location to ride it out.


The Staying Put List

7.  Shotgun or Semi Auto Rifle – More significant defense and hunting.  Don’t forget ammo and cleaning supplies.

8.  Large Scale Water Filtration – Well situation?  Rain water collection?  Big Berkey water filter system?

9.  Stock of Batteries and a Way to Charge – Gadget batteries and larger deep cycle/12 Volt battery bank.  Solar panels, hand crank, gas generator, wind turbine, etc

10.  Propane Grill – stock of propane, or other cooking solution, wood burner, fire pit…

11.  6 month food supply – Getting more into long term stuff, MRE’s, freeze dried, Mountain House, Bulk Buckets.

12.  Cleaning, Hygiene, & Sanitation – toilet solution, bleach, cleaners, soap, etc

13.  Printed Manuals backed up on USB drives

14. Collection of Hand Tools – Possibly including some battery or motorized tools depending on you battery charging and fuel situation.

15.  Hunting and Fishing Items – including cleaning equipment, you’ll need to butcher it yourself!

16.  Gardening Items including non Hybrid Seeds – start gardening now so you learn the tricks of the trade and what you’ll need.  Great hobby!

17.  Stock of Firewood – equipment to get more, safe place to burn it for heat

18.  Additional Medical Items – minor surgery, drugs, dental, glasses…This one could be a LOT higher depending on your current health!

19.  1 Year Food Supply – Long term stuff

20.  Food Storage Items – buckets, visqueen, jerking, dehydrating, canning supplies and manuals on how to do it if you’re not experienced!

21.  Barter Cash – Ammunition, Silver, Gold, Pre 2011 Nickels, – Think trade not buy.

22.  Comfort Items – portable DVD, hand held video games, board games, books, sports items


Hit The Road List

7.  Fuel Considerations – Gas Cans, Stored supplies along the route, cash for purchase

8.  Maps / GPS – GPS should be an outdoor handheld.

9.  Semi Auto Rifle – Maybe shotgun, but distance capabilities would probably be more important.  Again, ammo and cleaning supplies are a must.

10.  Pack Contents #3 – Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat, Camp Ax, Pocket Chain Saw

11.  Car Storage – Easily packable bins, trailer, roof luggage mount, ties

12.  Barter Cash – Ammunition, Silver, Gold, Pre 2011 Nickels, etc

13.  Pack Redundancies: food, water, batteries, cold gear, etc

14-27. Continue with home stocking priorities


Again, this is just a guide to get you pointed in the right direction.  Your individual priorities will vary.  Maybe you already have some of this stuff or maybe you found a deal on something you can’t pass up that is later on down the list.  Life happens and all plans should be flexible.  I would LOVE to hear some thoughts from the community on this topic.  You can use the comments section for now until we get our chat boards up and running!

In the next sections we will talk about various plans for various budgets…

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