Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency


In addition to food reserves, there are a host of other items that will be incredibly valuable if the supply chain breaks down due to a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or other national emergency. If you wait you could risk never being able to obtain many of these essentials or be forced to prices beyond what you’d ever dream possible.

You should avoid that risk and get started collecting them now. Not only are these items great to have on hand even if the crisis is short term, they could save your life in a variety of ways.

So as you move through this list, make a note of the items you still need. If there’s anything you don’t yet have in storage, add it to your shopping list and pick it up the next time you’re out.

Many of these items can be found at big stores like Wal-Mart, Target or K-mart, but there are a few you will need to get at a big box or local home supply store. Still others must be obtained other, less traditional places.

Here’s the list, and if you think of something not here, tell us about it in the comments section below:

1. Generators. (They go quickly when natural disasters are approaching or have already hit.)

2. Water filters and purifiers.

3. Portable toilets.

4. Seasoned firewood. Wood takes about six to 12 months to become dried for home uses.

5. Oil lamps, lamp oil, wicks.

6. Coleman fuel. (Impossible to have too much.)

7. Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, bows, arrows, knives, clubs, bats and slingshots.

8. Hand operated can openers, egg beaters and whisks.

9. Honey, syrups, white and brown sugar.

10. Rice, beans and wheat.

11. Vegetable oil (for cooking)..

12. Charcoal, lighter fluid (will become scarce suddenly).

13. Water containers, any size. Use food grade if storing water for drinking.

14. Tents and shelter-making materials.

15. Rope, paracord and binding straps. (Can’t have too much as these have hundreds of uses.)

16. Propane cylinders.

17. Survival guide book.

18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)

19. Baby supplies: Diapers, formula, ointments, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.

20. Washboards, mop bucket w/wringer (for laundry).

21. Cook stoves (propane, Coleman or kerosene).

22. Vitamin and mineral supplements.

23. Book on edible plants in your region.

24. Feminine hygiene, hair and skin care products, lip balm.

25. Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms).

26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges (also, honing oil).

27. Aluminum foil; regular and heavy duty (great cooking and barter item).

28. Gasoline containers (plastic and metal).

29. Garbage bags (impossible to have too many).

30. Toilet paper, facial tissue and paper towels.

31. Milk—powdered and condensed (shake liquid every three to four months).

32. Garden seeds (heirloom only)

33. Clothes pins, line and hangers.

34. Coleman’s pump repair kit.

35. Tuna fish (in oil).

36. Fire extinguishers (or a large box of baking soda in every room).

37. First aid kits.

38. Batteries (all sizes… buy furthest-out for expiration dates).

39. Garlic, spices, vinegar and baking supplies.

40. Big dogs (and plenty of dog food).

41. Flour, yeast and salt.

42. Matches. (“Strike anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first.

43. Writing paper, pads, pencils and solar calculators.

44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in wintertime).

45. Work boots, belts, jeans and durable shirts.

46. Flashlights, light sticks and torches (No. 76 Dietz lanterns).

47. Journals, diaries and scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience, historic times).

48. Garbage cans, plastic (great for storage, water, transporting—if with wheels).

49. Men’s hygiene: Shampoo, toothbrush and paste, mouthwash, floss, nail clippers, etc.

50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient, but heavy if on the move).

51. Fishing supplies and tools.

52. Mosquito coils, repellent, sprays and creams.

53. Duct tape.

54. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes, etc.

55. Candles.

56. Laundry detergent (liquid).

57. Backpacks and duffel bags.

58. Garden tools and supplies.

59. Scissors, fabrics and sewing supplies.

60. Canned fruits, veggies, soups, stews, etc.

61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6 percent sodium hypochlorite).

62. Canning supplies, (jars, lids, wax, etc.)

63. Knives and sharpening tools: Files, stones, steel, etc.

64. Bicycles… tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc.

65. Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, mats, etc.

66. Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered).

67. Board games, cards, dice, etc.

68. d-con Rat poison, Mouse Prufe II, roach killer, etc.

69. Mousetraps, ant traps and cockroach magnets.

70. Paper plates, cups, utensils (stock up, folks).

71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless and antibacterial soap (saves water and can be used as a fire starter).

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

73. Shaving supplies (razors, creams, talc, after shave, etc.)

74. Hand pumps and siphons (for water and for fuels).

75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions, gravy, soup base, etc.

76. Spare glasses and reading glasses.

77. Chocolate, cocoa, Tang, and punch (water enhancers).

78. Survival-in-a-can.

79. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens, etc.

80. Boy Scout handbook, also leader’s catalog.

81. Roll-on window insulation kit (MANCO).

82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix, jerky, etc.

83. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts, etc.

84. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. (extras).

85. Lumber (all types).

86. Wagons and carts (for transport to and from).

87. Cots and inflatable mattresses.

88. Gloves: Work, warming, gardening, etc.

89. Lantern hangers.

90. Screen patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts and bolts.

91. Teas.

92. Coffee.

93. Cigarettes (barter item).

94. Wine and liquors (for barter, bribes, medicinal uses, etc.)

95. Paraffin wax.

96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

97. Chewing gum and candies.

98. Atomizers (for cooling and bathing).

99. Hats and cotton neckerchiefs.

100. Livestock.

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  • independent thinker

    I may have overlooked it but did not see propane lighters listed.

    • RC_Pilot

      Did you see matches??? They work to light any propane fueled lanterns, torches, or stoves. You don’t need any special propane lighters, and if you meant like a Bic lighter, they are Butane, not propane, and matches do the same thing.

      • independent thinker

        Matches and lighters are NOT the same. Besides, you should have more than one fire source just like you should have more than one light source (oil lantern, propane latern, candles, battery operated lights). I also did not see “flint and steel” type firestarters listed.

        • Wellarmed

          Agreed Independent thinker. Everyone should ask themselves what is the likely duration of the event that is about to occur? Plan your contingencies based on the likely duration and beyond, if it becomes protracted. Do not sell you self short, or get caught with your pants down if that is your preferred analogy.

          Fire is key, and everyone who wishes to survive should learn how to use it. IT IS A TOOL OF SURVIVAL AND WARFARE! do not discount its use. One must learn multiple ways to make, nurture, and promulgate it. You get to pick if it is your enemy or your friend once you master it.

        • RC_Pilot

          I agree with your point, but I’ve NEVER heard of anything of a “Propane Lighter.” so I was assuming you meant something to light a propane torch or camp stove, in which case either a basic match or bic lighter would work.

          If you meant a “propane lighter” as something that can light a propane fuel source with no matches, then that would be a self-igniting Propane Torch, in which case, MANY options are currently available, but I have found NO NEED since even though I DON’T SMOKE, I STILL have ALWAYS had some igniting source I could use to start a fire on ANY of my Propane Fueled devices whether used for supplemental heat or for cooking food.

      • Dadwasright

        Strikes anywhere are good tho nowhere as good as they were many many years ago. Stormproof are much better. Regular book or stick matches will not work without the chemically impregnated striker , sandpaper will not work. Butane lighters are great barter items, easy & very space efficient to store & carry. No lighters really work well in very low temperatures noticeably butane, wear around neck inside clothes for the warmth. Empty butane lighters can be partially dissembled & the sparks can be used to ignite some materials. Careful removal of the flint & other pieces can be used in a zippo, or some other form of spark producing machine . Lighter or matches will not work when wet, i believe the lighter will dry out sooner. Careless handling of strikes anywhere may produce unintended & unwanted fires, a former friend set his pants on fire, oh he is ok, just was not a very good friend.

  • skippy

    why tuna in oil!!?? i always get tuna in water!!
    great list……..but WOW, that’s a lot of STUFF!!! :)

    • steve

      yeh. and once others see you have all of this stuff your life will be in danger. better live deep in the woods so no one knows .

      • FreedomFighter

        “once others see you have all of this stuff your life will be in danger. better live deep in the woods so no one knows .”
        If you don’t have it you will be one of those endangering those that do. So do you want to be the guys with the secret stash that eats and lives or be the starving zombie trying to rob everyone because if you don’t your gonna die?
        Laus DeoSemper FI

    • 45caliber

      Tuna in oil has more food value than tuna in water – although I prefer the tuna in water too. Spam is also good … it was originally used as military rations.

  • CLK

    You’ll want some cash as ATM’s will not be functioning. Also, good idea to get in the habit of not letting your vehicle get past the half full fuel mark.

    • FreedomFighter

      Toilet paper
      Example: Turn off the electric, turn off the water, now go without TP for a week.
      Its something your going to want to have every day, every single day, and if you don’t…lets just say you will wish you did. IMHO people will trade you gold for it
      Laus DeoSemper FI

      • 45caliber

        I was raised in the country. Leaves and grass work fine. Some people like corn cobs. Just be sure the leaves you use are NOT poison ivy or poison oak! One popular toliet paper was newspapers and advertising literature like Sears catalogs. So it can be done.

  • Geri Treme

    Let me add the following to his list: pressure cooker, canning jars, water bath canner, entrenching tool (great for digging a keyhole for cooking) some sort of steel grate to lay over the keyhole and skillets can be used on top. hand tools, screwdrivers, files, wrenches, hammers, etc. Heavy duty black plastic bags for heating water by the sun, dish pans, a supply of sand for use to make a water filter, an item called blood stop for your first aid kit (not normally found in one) bandages of all sizes, slings, etc. One might also want to stock cigarette lighters, flints, lighter fluid and wicks.
    save old phone books, they can be used for several purposes, toilet paper when all else is gone, can be used to add extra insulation to a wall etc.
    bar soap, borax, washing soda for making laundry detergent,
    cheese grater for grating bar soap to go into laundry detergent (use 1 tbsp. per load)
    napkins, baggies for food storage and freezing,
    lots of dehydrated fruits, lard, hand mills for grinding wheat and other grains

  • JimH

    I’ve never heard of a big run on livestock after an emergency.

    • Dadwasright

      Chance favors the PREPARED !! In a long term incident, a renewable supply of fresh meat is very healthy. Livestock covers many different animals, sometimes it includes dogs & cats & even rats.

  • 4Recon

    #90 & #96 are the same. I changed # 90 to read: “90. Screen patches, Duct tape, WD-40, and hand tools.” I also stock coffee filters to clean water, used and dry ones serve as TP or as a good fire starter.

  • Wellarmed

    I agree with the poster that a remote bug out location would be in your best interest, but unless you have cached sufficiently you may never make it there when all hell breaks loose.

    One must learn to hide their cache in plain sight and if you cannot get your neighbors on board en mass then know that your home will need to be abandoned when the time comes. Come to grips with it, as your life is worth more than your material belongings.

    Good list though Mr. Livingston.

  • 45caliber

    Wood does not have to be cured to burn. When I was growing up, we used dry splinters for starting a fire (gasoline, kerosene, etc. also help but be very careful) with dry wood for quick hot fires and green wood to hold a fire. True, sap can damage chimneys after a time (soot) but this works very well. Green wood will hold a fire for three to five times longer than dry wood.
    Generators are noisy. Keep that in mind if there are people around who are willing to take what you have.
    Oil lamps and candles work fine and can use various fuels. You don’t need propane anything. Candles and the stuff to make them are also good. They aren’t as bright but you don’t need bright. Instead of propane lighters, get one that uses a liquid fuel like a Zippo. I’ve even used gasoline in one of these although it isn’t as safe. Lamp oil, kerosene, etc. will all work. Keep flints handy. It is better to have a big knife and a little one. Both have uses. You will also need a whet stone, preferably a medium and a fine. Diamond is best but any will work. Diamond uses water to cool while most others use oil. A good common caliber rifle (such as .22) is also very handy and both it and the ammo are light. A small one edged hatchet is handy but for long term you need a two handed double bladed axe. Bow saws are nice but a wire saw is much easier to carry. Any type of food preservation is excellent. Learn to smoke meat. Garbage bags can make excellent rain protection if outdoors, including rain wear. Good leather boots are better than shoes, particularly tennis shoes. Pepper and herbs are excellent if you have to eat the same thing all the time. Iodine tablets, although not as good as filters, are excellent to have on had for water treatment in a hurry. You can make a fair water filter by filling a bucket with fine sand and pouring water through it although it will not kill bacteria. Boiling will do that – but it is better to beat the water after boiling as it has no oxygen in it. Livestock is needed for long term survival but a horse can be handy immediately if you have to travel. A folding (military style) shovel is best to have around. Hygene can include slit trenches to bury wastes. Sumps for trash can also be dug. Any item can be used as a trade item. If you can get them, aspirin, ibuprophen, penicillin, and codine are excellent and will last a long time. Any solid pill will last several years if kept dry. You will probably have to get codine and penicillin from Mexico or Canada. Shaving supplies are nice but we men can last without them. Soap, on the other hand, we need. Learn to make lye soap from ashes and fat. Most of these items do sell out fast but aren’t necessary for survival.

    • Wellarmed

      A lot of good tips, I must say. I agree with you strongly about motorized contraptions. Power if you can’t live without it is best supplied by solar or micro-hydro depending on where you live.

      I did not mention small scale wind systems due to their high decibel level, as they will give away your position just as fast as a gen-set. People should also look into solar ovens for cooking, and they can be made inexpensively with scrap materials if one is on the move. Smoke can give away your position and fires should be avoided unless you are certain that you are in safe territory.

      Every one should try living without power and running water for a week. Most won’t make it past two days, but I believe it is a necessary drill that acts as a wake up call for what it will be like when the SHTF.

      Be sure to keep lots of distilled water for your batteries as they will consume it and they cannot live without it. Using water with mineral content will short out your batteries in short order. Sealed batteries should be avoided unless you adopt more sophisticated charge controllers such as MPPT which stands for maximum power point tracking. Please remember that this will be one more component to break or fail and should not be relied upon. Get to know your power system and do not leave lights on past dusk unless you are completely bunkered up (aka below earth).

    • $9913635

      You scared me about bearded hairy women. I see you had some experience with them. Other then that fine tips!

  • $9913635

    Thanks! But you mentioned everything known to mankind! But still worth copying.

    It still bothers me just because I use the proper word “negro” you do not allow me to subscribe to the site.

    I would like to mention that not anywhere did I say to hate negroes nor implied it. But methinks you are so scared of being labeled a racist by the racist themselves (usually liberals and negroes) that you are wary of me.

    People seem to forget that Barry Saetoro wished to be known as negro in his biography and even said he did not care for his “white” side and that in so many words he wish he could purge his “white” blood from him.

    So he wants to be known as negro and I call him out on that. Black is not a race! To add injury to insult he also stated that if the “wind” changes direction he would side with the Muslims. So what you really have here is a racist negro traitor. He said that, not me!

    • 45caliber

      The real reason that “black” is the popular name is that most “blacks” in the US are less than quarter African blood. All other races in the US (Indian, Asian, etc.) are no longer considered that race if they have less than a quarter of that race. In a comment I saw a few years ago (a woman who was less than 128th black was suing the government to get her race of record changed) only about 10% of the blacks would qualify. The black agitators would have a fit if most of their backing went away.

      • $9913635

        What about whites? Are they 128th negro too? How about a white 3/4 negro? Or 1/4 white negro?

        Can you imagine a “white” guy writing a biography like Barry Saetoro did? He would of been crucified! But because “they” practice racism they let him get away with it.

        When I call them out on it Personal Liberty kicks me out!!! Sooo, afraid of being labeled racist by the racist themselves.

        CALL THEM OUT ON IT like I’m doing! Don’t be a ‘fraidy cat.

  • Alisha Hutson

    I heard liquid bleach breaks down after about 1 year, and to stock up on pool shock instead… Can’t hurt :)

    • Dadwasright

      Question, When you say pool shock are you referring to the liquid or powder form ? I see advantages to the powder form. PLEASE NOTE some pool shock is made of different chemicals that i have read may not be fit for human consumption.The article was very clear .only the same as what is in regular bleach but much more concentrated. just a heads up

      • Alisha Hutson

        I expect it’s the powder form. I’d think any liquid chemical of that sort is going to break down sooner or later, depending on storage conditions. As a reference, you should check out, which is where I recall having found the recommendation.

  • KG

    Let’s not forget the one commodity that will be in very short supply if any SHTF stuff happens. Francis Bacon one said “…nothing is more uncommon than common sense.” Don’t be so “open minded” that your brains fall out. However, if people take to the streets with their AR-15’s, I’m afraid that’s the first casualty we will see.