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19 ‘Must-Haves’ Most Everyone Forgets To Stockpile

19 ‘Must-Haves’ Most People Forget To Stockpile

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For the dedicated homesteader or prepper, stockpiling isn’t something with a beginning or an end, it just is. You start your adventure by building a stockpile of food and you never really end it. While the heavy push for stockpiling might come to an end, the reality of stockpiling never does. You just find more and more things that you should add to your stockpile, wondering why you hadn’t thought of them before.

The thing is, without knowing beforehand what sorts of emergencies we might be faced with, there’s really no way of knowing everything we are going to need. So, we have to make some assumptions and build our stockpile based on them. But those assumptions can change with time, which means that our need for certain supplies might change, as well. So, we just keep adding and adding, making sure we have what we’ll need, when the time comes.

There are countless lists out there of things you should stockpile. Most have more or less the same things on them — perhaps because we tend to learn from each other. That’s good on one hand, but it means that everyone is likely to be forgetting the same things.

That’s where this list comes in. I’ve been at this for a while, and I’ve collected some things in my stockpile which I’ve discovered others tend to forget. So, I’m going to try and plug those holes. Hopefully, you’ll find a few things on this list which you hadn’t thought of before. Even better would be to find that you’ve thought of the same things that I have, and you don’t have any holes in your stockpile. Either way, I expect this to be useful for you to check yourself against.


Food is where we all start, but have you thought of these?

19 ‘Must-Haves’ Most People Forget To Stockpile

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1. Spices. Your meals are going to get awfully bland if you don’t have spices to flavor them. What you have in your kitchen might last a few months, but that’s about it.

2. Salt. Everyone has salt in their stockpile, but do you have enough? Salt isn’t just necessary for flavoring our food; it’s also for preserving meat. If you’re going to hunt at all, you need a couple hundred pounds of salt on hand for meat preservation.

3. Bouillon. Otherwise known as soup starter, mixed with water, this provides you with the stock. Somehow, I think soups are going to be a big deal in any post-disaster menu.

Food Production

Most of us are planning on producing at least some of our own food, if not all of it, in the wake of a disaster. But do you have everything you need to expand your garden to that size? A 20-foot garden plot isn’t going to be enough; you’re going to need to turn your entire backyard into a garden.

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4. Fertilizer. Few people bother stockpiling fertilizer, but if you’re going to have to expand your garden rapidly, you’re going to need a mountain of it. The best, of course, is a mountain of compost.

5. Animal feed. Those chickens, rabbits or goats you have are going to need to eat — or you won’t be able to eat them. Few people bother growing feed for their animals. So you’d better have something on hand.

6. Insecticides. The wrong bugs could cause you to lose your entire garden. I don’t want to think of how much I’ve lost to grub worms, let alone other types of pests. You probably won’t be able to find the insecticides – organic or otherwise — you need after a disaster.


We all know we need a first-aid kit, although most don’t go far enough in stockpiling replacement supplies for theirs. But there are a few other key items you might want to consider.

7. Vitamins. If your diet isn’t going to be as well-balanced as it should be, a good quality multivitamin might go a long way towards keeping your health up.

19 ‘Must-Haves’ Most People Forget To Stockpile

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8. Spare glasses. For those who wear prescription glasses, this will be a necessity if they are going to do anything to help keep their families alive.

9. Reading glasses. Even if you don’t need them now, don’t assume you never will. Reading glasses are great for any close-up work or working with small things.

10. Activated carbon (sometimes called activated charcoal). This is useful for a variety of things, such as making your own gas masks and purifying water. It also can be taken for stomach problems.

11. Spares for your first-aid kit. I know I just said this, but it can’t be overstated.


We all have pieces of equipment that we’re planning on using to help us stay alive after a disaster. But what if something happens to that equipment? Are you prepared to make even simple repairs? If not, that wonderful tool or other gadget might just turn into a paperweight.

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12. Coleman lantern pump rebuild kit. If you have the old style Coleman lanterns or their dual-fuel stove, you know about the pump in the fuel tank. These last well, but eventually need new seals. A rebuild kit doesn’t cost much and can keep that equipment working.

13. Small engine parts. If you’re planning on using any gas-powered tools, such as a chainsaw or a roto-tiller, you’d better have at least the basic parts, such as spark plugs, air filters and priming bulbs. That way, you can keep them running.

14. Specific parts for critical equipment. Everything has critical parts and short-life parts in it. The manufacturers should be able to tell you what those are and be selling spares. Make sure you put in a good supply.

15. Water filters. If you’re using any sort of water filtration system which has filter cartridges, figure out how many filters you need to have and then multiply it by about 10. You can’t have enough.


Few people think about stockpiling clothing — which means that there will be a lot of people wondering what to do when the time comes. A few specific things you need to think of are:

19 ‘Must-Haves’ Most People Forget To Stockpile

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16. Kids’ clothing. Kids grow a lot, and you need to have larger sizes on hand than what they are using now.

17. Work gloves. I guarantee you, you’ll need them. But they tend to wear out, so have some spares.

18. Rough clothing. Most of us don’t wear very rugged clothing. If you don’t, stock up.

19. Work or hiking boots. Especially important if you have to bug out.

That’s our list – what would you add to it? Share your tips in the section below:

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  1. Good info. Stockpiling is good; skill acquisition is better.

  2. Old fashioned ways of communicating pre cell phones. Landlines, cb radios, ship to shore, mores code, walkitalkies. Bottled water, chlorine tablets, toilet paper, sterile sheets, surgical instruments, antibiotics, disinfectants, antivirals, binoculars, waterproof matches, candles, lamp oil, canned heat. Books on survival tips, medical emergencies, maps, atlases, family plan for reandevue.

  3. I agree on most of these. salt by the bag at big box stores is cheap. 200 lb would cost about 30-40 dollars. Insecticides and Fertilizer I don’t agree as much, learn to compost and how to keep bugs away with plants that attract their predators and also how to make your own deterrents with things like soap,ash and chili powder. I would also add hand tools and the skills to use them. Things are going to break and wear out.

    • Re: salt-purchase pure salt lick at your local feed store.

      • Ok, so i know this is going to sound funny, but is livestock salt food grade? Yes, i realize its salt no matter what bag it’s in, but i’m more concerned with how its processed. We have a small family farm with around 25 cows, so we always have salt blocks. is this salt processed in a way that its ok for human consumption. I have considered myself a prepper for going on 5 years now, but using cattle salt blocks had never occurred to me.

  4. If your primary source of heat/cooking is going to be a wood stove, you’re going to want to have extra parts on hand: pipe, heat cement/putty, replacement seals for the doors, extra catalytic converters, fire bricks, chimney brush, high heat rust stop paint, fire extinguishers, etc. Life or death could be determined by the proper maintenance of your wood stove or fireplace.

    Now add to this extras to keep what you need for wood cutting, hauling, and storage in proper order as well.

  5. something I have noticed is always missing – SEEDS. for longer term planning, especially for people who plan on gardening, just having compost and insecticides won’t grow shit. a good mix of calorie and nutrient dense seeds should be kept on hand at all times, and a seed crop should always be growing. Most seeds don’t last forever, but if you do your research, you will find some seeds can last decades in cold storage. Cheers

  6. Plastic and duct tape in case your told to stay indoors. Duct tape can help put shelter up. Patch backpacks. Gun or guns and ammo. People who havent stock piled or run out will be wanting to steal what you have. An old dvd disc wont break in your pack like a mirror but wil signal for help. Knife to cut food and tender. Ok sorry guess I could go on.

  7. Excellent article to get use thinking outside the typical stockpiling box. I would add learning how to PROPERLY sharpen knives and store the proper equipment for the task. Yes, most sharpening stones will last for years under normal use but in a survival situation you will use your knives more than normal and need to sharpen them more often so get a few sets of quality water stones. Oil stones are good too and it’s not my intention to start a debate on that subject but with oil stones you will need to have a stock of oil to use them while with water stones all you need is some small amount of water that could afterwards be used to water plants or some other non potable water use.

    Also, the proper way to sharpen blades is often simply the way that works best for you that will get the blade to the sharpness needed for that blade and it’s intended uses.

  8. Dental hygiene items -especially floss and toothbrushes. Food left too long on and between teeth leads to cavities, gingivitis and eventually either an abscess in the tooth and/or gums. Dental infections are extremely painful, can escalate into migraines, swelling of the muscles in the face, jaw and neck, and eventually a fever if not properly treated. The only practical treatment at this point would be extraction of the tooth -which any of us can guess wouldn’t be very pleasant.

    • I recently had success treating my own dental infection (local dentist was booked) with Golden Milk made with turmeric. The pain I was able to control with whole cloves laid on the side of the offending tooth. It worked to numb the pain and along with some aspirin, kept the pain subdued so I cold sleep. Several nights of the Golden milk with turmeric and cinnamon, and the infection itself petered out. Not suggesting a person skip the dentist but in a situation where none is available, it is possible to stop the infection with natural medicine.

  9. Good list. Can’t stress enough the need for salt. Most, not with the iodide(food stores). If inland might want to find out where your salt mines are located. Not to find fault(too much) with the “today prepper”. But hard copy all information. In the area of “kept meats” that is chickens, goats and such. Select those which can live off the land. During the great depression my grandfather kept a pigeon keep. Fly away in the morning and came back at night. Remember the more non-traditional meat sources also. Dog tastes good too. Tools? Stockpile hand tools. Learn to use them. All machines break down. Medical? Better plan for births of little ones. Old words like “wet nurse” need to understood. Kids clothing. Learn the use of a spinning wheel, knitting and such. A beginners loom will help one to understand the time and labor involed. Kids cloths? Purchase bib’s. Can be passed down thru a large family. Great barter item also. Water filters: Learn how to make beer, wine and mead. Alcohol KILLS many bad things found in water.

  10. Toothbrushes, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut oil. Toothbrushes wear out and get loaded with bacteria. Soak them often with peroxide and use a new one when they get limp. There’s nothing worse than having dental issues even when a dentist is available, imagine when you won’t have access. Maintaining oral heath is of utmost importance. Bacteria in your mouth can get in your gut flora, which when disrupted, can cause all types of health issues. A tooth infection can affect your heart and can be deadly. Oil pulling on a regular bases consists of swishing your mouth with coconut oil for up to 15 minutes. It pulls bacteria and toxins out of your teeth. After swishing, spit it out in a trash can. DO NOT spit it in the sink as cocnut oil can harden if the pipes are cold and back up your pipes. Hydrogen Peroxide is also good for swishing to kill oral bacteria.

    Also, coconut oil is good for cooking, spreading on toast, moisturizer, and making fat bombs for when you want a sweet treat that’s satiating.

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