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Prepper Items You Must Have

Prepper items you must have is a subjective list, but there are many things that all preppers must have to survive. You will have to determine your total needs. No one can do that for you.

We all need food. Warmth in the winter. Shelter. Water and some method of treating sickness and injury. All of these things are necessary to survive. Survival is important. The alternative is unacceptable. I can't speak for you but as for me, I not only want to survive, I want to thrive!

This is not a shopping list of prepper items you have to go out and buy. Many of these prepper items you already have. Some only take your time. Skills are one of those things that only take some of your time. Time to research and read. The knowledge you gain is only the first step. You must put this knowledge to use and practice. Knowledge put into practice, becomes a skill.

Prepper Items You Must Have

There is a necessary order of importance of survival and in turn, prepper items you must have.


Water is, and will always be, the most important prepper item. It is said that you can go 3 days without water and 30 days without food. Of course, these times are only approximate, depending on many factors but, the general idea is non the less true. Water is the most important prep and it must be addressed first.

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Water is used throughout your home or homestead. Drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothing. All of these functions of water are important for your survival and health. If you haven't already, "GET YOUR WATER PREP'S TAKEN CARE OF!" Prepper items you must have. It's that important. Don't depend on a municipal water supply. Obtain the knowledge and skills of how to make your water safe to drink. All of the water you use doesn't have to be purified. Water used for bathing, washing clothing, or for anything else you will not be consuming, doesn't have to be purified. Water used for drinking, washing dishes and cooking does. Learn how to filter or treat you water supply, to make it drinkable. Use a filter or treat your water with bleach or with calcium hypochlorite it you are planing on using any surface or rain water. If you have a good deep well and some way to pump water, you often do not have to treat the water unless you pump it into an above ground tank.


Keeping a years supply of food stored away is always a good idea. Enough of long term storage food to get you through until the next growing season when hopefully, you can grow enough fresh vegetables to feed your family and have enough left over to store. Enough  to get you through the next winter and into spring.

Garden Tools And Seed

If you have a tractor or garden tiller. Great! I hope you make good use of those tools and already have a garden. Also store a years supply of fuel for that tractor or tiller.


As anyone who gardens will tell you, the learning curve for gardening is very sharp! Some people think all they will have to do is dig a hole and plant the seed. It's not that simple. Preparing the soil for a productive garden is a several year process. You can clear a garden spot and plant vegetables. It will produce some food but it's not likely to be very productive. Also you will need to store some fertilizer or have plenty of chickens. Chicken poop makes a good fertilizer. Chicken is a great source of eggs, meat and protein in general. You will also need some way to preserve all of the bounty you have produced. Canning jars and lids. Salt for curing meats. Smoke house. Root cellar. Any and every way possible to preserve and store food.


A good knife is an asset. Several good knifes is better. Having a good knife with you is necessary for work around a homestead. It will be used numerous times throughout the day. Knifes are an important tool. I refuse to use any good knife for rough cutting. For rough cutting or to lone out, I have numerous cheap knifes. (17 to be exact. I just counted them.)

Know How To Make Fire

You must know how to make fire and cut wood to cook, make hot water to wash laundry and for washing dishes.

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Those are all year around chores that take wood and the ability to make fire. Lighters are a good thing as are matches. They won't last for ever. Practice you fire making skills with flint and steel, ferrocerium rod and magnifying glass along with char cloth and tinder. You also need saws and a few good axe. You also need a wood heater and the pipe for long term needs. Keeping warm in the winter is third in survival importance.

Mattress Money

Mattress money. Yep, just as it sounds. Years ago, long before there was a bank on every street corner and especially after the depression, people often kept their savings at home. Often under or in their mattress. (I suggest to not keep any money under your mattress. It's one of the first places a criminal looks.) Part of prepping is being prepared for a sudden economic downturn. A severe downturn in the economy would be followed by the banks shutting their doors, cutting off your ability to use the money you thought was yours. Keeping some money around home is a good idea so you can buy any other supply's you may need. During a short term disaster, this money can help get you through. If the disaster is a sudden economic downturn, I suggest to buy everything you want or could trade quickly. In this circumstance, the money you possess will likely become worthless in a day or two.

Antibiotics and Herbal Medicines

Buying Fish antibiotics and learning about herbal medicines and the dosages of both, can save your or the life of someone you love. This goes without saying. It is that important.

Produce Power by Solar

Having a small solar setup and some storage batteries would make life much easier on your family. Charging a batteries for usage in a radio or flashlight would be nice in a disaster. Having a fan running would be good too.

Printed Information

Printed information about the many skills you will need is good. Information about how to charge batteries. Information on how to work on small engines. How to produce drinkable water and many other things you will need to know. You will never remember everything so print out the information you may need.


When disaster strikes, you are on your own. You must be capable of defending yourself. Having guns for home defense is a must. Store plenty of ammunition. Learn how to safely use a firearm. Practice often.

Short Term Disasters

More often used, prepper items needed for a short term or local area disaster, are a little different but some prepper items are the same.

  • You will need to cook and make coffee. I want my coffee in the morning! A camp stove, propain or gas, would be a great asset. When your power goes off for a few hours, it's not that big of a deal. When it's off for a day or two, you will want to have a warm meal.
  • When it's 10 degrees outside, you need some kind of back up heat. For the short term disaster, a kerosene heater is just the ticket. Be sure to store some kerosene.
  • A generator is nice to have when the power is going to be off for more than a few hours. Store enough fuel to get you through a short term disaster.
  • Battery backup system is good for the times the power will be off for several hours. You can run a radio or small low power TV to keep abreast of whats happening in your area.
  • Charging cables for lap top computers, phones and tablets.
  • Portable, self contained charger, like a power bank, for your cell phone will keep you in touch with friends and family.
  • Board games and decks of cards to keep children and yourself occupied.
  • Flashlights. Lots and lots of cheap flashlights. Having light in the darkness is a comfort. It's even more so with children. Buy several 10 packs of the LED flashlights. Don't forget the batteries.


This is by no means a complete list of prepper items you must have.

What else can you think of that you might need?


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Improvise To Survive-Learning To Make Do

Improvise. Perhaps the most important survival skill of skills is the ability to improvise. Adapt and overcome. Repurpose. To think outside the box. In our disposable world, life comes easy compared to times past. This easy existence can be taken away in less than a minute. The important skill of knowing how to improvise is being lost with each passing year. Learning how to adapt and overcome is the most important skill you will ever possess.


Our Existence Is Only a Disaster Away

In today's society, there is an over abundance of cheap consumer goods although most people think little of throwing something out if it's torn or broken instead of repairing it. Most people give little thought to clean water to drink, the shoes on their feet and the availability of medical supply's. In our throw away advanced society's we can easily replace a broken tool, repair plumbing and buy medical, food, fuel and other supply's. In our not to distant past, our family's had to "make do" with what they had. You would never throw anything away. You repurposed it. Flower, cornmeal and other cloth sacks were made into underwear, shirts, dresses, dish towels and wash clothes.

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You repaired your own shoes or took them to a shoe cobbler for repair. Shoe irons were a somewhat common sight in the homes of people back then. My father still has a shoe iron that belonged to his grandfather but it is never used. Shoes were that important to them as they are today with ourselves although most people buy shoes and dispose them when the sole becomes worn.

Underdeveloped Nation's

In underdeveloped nation's, much like our own in the past, there is not the availability or disposable income to just go out and buy the supply's you need. You "make do" with what you have. In our past, transportation was an issue. You traveled by foot, horse or mule and wagon. Often an entire day was spent going to town. A day better spent in the upkeep of the family farm or ranch. You had to get each and every penny to stretch as far as you possibility could. You only bought what you couldn't make or repair. Everyone had to improvise. While city dwellers had better availability of products, money was not to be wasted. In the cities, you still made do with what you had. You still had to improvise.

In rural areas, not so very long ago, there was not a store on every street corner. Supermarkets in every town. Specialty stores selling only one type of product. In the past, most stores were general merchandise stores. You bought cornmeal, nails, shoes, paint and beans in the same store. These stores were small and brought a whole new meaning to "one size fits all". The selection of products was limited. Even with general merchandise stores in most small towns, most people could not afford to buy tools, equipment and supply's they could make or repair themselves. You learned to  improvise.

Improvise To Survive

In order to survive, you must learn to improvise. The end of the world as we know it and the end of our own lives are only one disaster away. Sudden economic upheaval, sever wide spread earthquake, nuclear mishap and many other disaster's can easily put us back a hundred years. Putting us back to using our skills to improvise and survive another day.

Most people don't realize how delicate our existence is and how quickly TEOTWAWKI can strike.


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The Federal Reserve and The Comming Economic Collapse

The Federal Reserve and The Coming Economic Collapse

Before we get into this discussion, let me preface this article with the understanding that the Federal Reserve is a private organization that is not federal nor does it have a reserve of anything other than computer keystrokes.

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The Federal Reserve makes money, not by printing it. Not by having anything to stand behind it, other than the faith that product producers and consumers have in the money system, but by simply keying in a computer entry that says the money is there.





Yes, you read that right. Money is made out of thin air.It is no more than a debt entry made on a computer at the Federal Reserve.

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When that money, made out of thin air, is produced in excess or money isn't reinvested, once it makes the cycle of debt and repayment of debt, (recycling of debt),that excessive amount of money devalues the money that you have in your pocket, (an over supply of money), inflating the cost of everything you purchase due to the money having less value.





You, as an individual, do not have the ability to keep pace with inflation because the more you demand for your labor and services, the more the manufacturer has to pay for the cost of manufacturing to increase the wages of the worker and pay material producers. It's a vicious cycle.


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Economist claim the economy must grow or the economy will dip into depression. I agree, wide spread deflation would cause depression. I am not an economist but I have lived longer than a minute or two.

I think a healthy dose of controlled deflation, in the end, would be very healthy for the economy, but would cause depression along with the accompanying deflation of product prices.

An economy is supposed to cycle up and down into times of great abundance and times of great depression. That is normal.

Our economy has been, and is being propped up by the extraordinary measures of the Federal Reserve and the United Stated Government. They are trying to avoid or delay the inevitable. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news and no political party wants to be in office when the house of cards falls.

Our economy is headed for a fall that I can only describe as catastrophic. A coming economic collapse, the likes of has never been seen. The coming economic collapse will be more damaging than the Great Depression because most people are living in an urban environment and are no longer taught how to provide for themselves.

Do you know what to do to prepare for economic collapse?

Are you prepping for economic collapse?

Are you slowly, and without debt, putting away survival supplies?

Are you learning, and putting into practice, the skill sets that will help you further your prepping survival.

Doing all the survival prepping in the world will not guarantee your survival but it will give you a leg up and increase the odds that you and your family will survive.

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Self Sufficient Living Survival

Today I'm going to talk about living a modern survival existence.A modern survivalist is liberty minded and does not want any government interference in their life. They enjoy living in a self-sufficient way. Can produce a large amount of the food their family consumes. Can make water drinkable either by deep well, filtration, heat or treating the water with bleach. Knows how to repair almost anything in the home or on his property and is constantly learning something new. We want self sufficient living. Survival.

One of the most important things to do in your self sufficient life style is to constantly learn something new and put those in skills in the action. The old saying, if you don't use em' you lose em', is true.

The modern survivalist may not use all these skills in their day-to-day life. We will more times than not take advantage of today's technology and let it carry us as far as possible, still knowing that we can survive even without today's modern technological advances. We can be self sufficient.

Whether its producing our own food through gardening and permaculture. Storing that food by canning, dehydrating, vacuum sealing or sealing with mylar bags, oxygen absorbers and five gallon buckets. Just having that food is a great insurance policy against the small and some major disasters that may happen in your life.

Some of the smaller things like loss of a job, or even worse, the loss of your and your spouse's job, is tough. Just having food stored for least 6 months or more gives a great deal of relief, psychologically and financially to you, your spouse and your family. Knowing where your next meal is coming from is one less thing to be concerned about during this time of stress. You were self sufficient as far as food goes, for 6 months .

Having other items, whether it's feminine products for the women in the house or other paper goods and household supply's, would make life easier when something does happen.

Not to mention the larger things that can happen, such as a loss of a spouse, divorce, earthquakes, severe storms and floods. Some of these can be catastrophic. The damage to those around you and your family would be a major disaster. Having those food and other supply's in your home is quite a comfort. Be self sufficient it these areas.


The regional disaster of Hurricane Katrina was not minor to them. It was a major disaster. For the rest of the country it was a news item. All of the reports you heard and saw in the media were, "all those poor people. It's so horrible. Why isn't the government doing more"? The government has a finite amount of resources. They can only bring to bare so many of those resources when a disaster happens. Just think. This was a disaster only in the Gulf Coast. It wasn't nationwide. It took several weeks for the government to come with "some" assistance. Electricity, water and food supply lines were out for months for many people in the stricken area.

The media and some people, don't understand that even in a regional disaster, the resources necessary just to come to their aid is unbelievably large. The people in the damaged area did not have drinkable water due to the flooding in the areas of New Orleans. You could not just stick a cup out of your window and drink the water. Flood waters have sewage and other microbes in it that make it very difficult to treat. You need to have a water filter.

Do not let yourself be found in this kind of situation. Prepare for life's emergencies. Remember this disaster was regional. You, yourself, could be self sufficient with your water.

The government could not help the people quickly enough to satisfy a lot of people. They could not provide for their protection. They could not provide them with food nor water.

In a major disaster, the learning curve for your survivability will be extremely steep. There will be no help coming from the government for a long time. It's up to you to attain water, food and security. So how important is your life and the life of your loved ones to you.

Prepare. Learn to survive. Most of all never, never, never give up.

Failing to plain is planing to fail.

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