As a neophyte in the prepping world you probably find that you have a lot to think about. For me there was a deep fear that all my worries and fears about the collapse of society werea lot closer and more possible than I’d ever believed. There was also a new feeling of interest and community that came with being a prepper. Suddenly you are part of something bigger than yourself. Along with those feelings there is also the sense that this new undertaking must be kept quiet. It’s not like veganism, where you can buy a witty T-shirt and wear that to work.
The Panic Purchase
When you’re in the grip of this new enthusiasm you feel the urge to do something. If you aren’t being pushed in the right direction you will make what I call a “panic purchase,” and as preppers we have all made at least one. In fact, given the attitude towards the 2nd Amendment over the past 10 years, many gun owners have made them as well.
This list is designed to give you some ideas on what things you really need to buy in your first days as a prepper. I will give you my suggestions and what I think is most important. Here are 34 items to get in the first month of prepping that will make a real and dramatic difference to your ability to survive the worst.
Some of the first purchases that you make should be to ensure you have access to clean water, no matter the disaster. There is a strange contradiction that I have noticed in the survival and prepping world. The basics steps of surviving in the wilderness are finding water, building shelter and making fire. Many prepping articles leave water out of the equation and focus more on things like food storage (which you probably also need water for), firearms, bullets and bugout bags.
Make sure that water storage, filtering and purification are all taken care of early on. Remember, you can survive for three days, max, without water. That water also has to be safe; if it hasn’t been properly purified, drinking water is always a gamble. If luck isn’t with you, contaminated water can easily leave you too sick to take care of yourself.
#1. Purifying Tablets
#2. Water Filter
#3. Titanium Cup
First Aid is always a good thing to invest in. First aid purchases help us meet our overall prepping and self-sufficiency goals, although the purchases aren’t enough on their own – you do need to pick up some basic knowledge, and practice using those items that you purchased for first aid.
Most basic first aid kits are going to deal with minor scrapes, cuts and other ailments like burns, stings and sprains. You will want to have an expanded trauma kit for serious gunshot wounds or other damage. Remember, your job is to keep the blood inside the body. Also, have a set of first aid procedures to refer to. Even if you’re a first aid expert yourself, remember that one day a less knowledgeable person might be using the kit on you.
#4. Basic First Aid Kit
#5. Car First Aid Kit
#6. Travel Trauma Kit
#8. First Aid Procedures
Eventually the rubber will meet the road in a collapse. Whether you bug out safely, or stay quiet and inconspicuous in your own home, there’s always a possibility someone will approach you. This could be a desperate person looking for help, or it might be someone who plans to do you harm. Either way, your family will look to you for protection. All the preps in the world will be useless if you can not defend them.
While you can certainly purchase firearms in your first month, they require a lifetime of practice and safety precautions.
#11. Home Defense Shotgun
#12. EDC Folding Knife
As you can see our fourth section is food. It is not our first or second. Food is a priority, but it is not the highest on the list. There are eight items in this list that hit the concept of food sourcing from nearly every angle. I want you to be able to buy some food, preserve some food, and even go get some food if you need to.
Depending on multiple food sourcing methods will give you options if you have a wholesale failure on one opportunity. Your home could be destroyed, and that means your dry food storage is likely gone as well. Evacuation also puts you in a bad place with things like a garden or food storage. Steel traps work no matter where you end up.
#14. 1 month of dry food storage
#15. Millennium High Calorie Bars
#16. Canning Jars
#17. Pressure Cooker or Pressure Canner
#18. Stainless steel traps
Related: DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket
An integral part of any preppers plans is the Bugout. The bugout should be a well-thought-out procedure that is practiced and planned well in advanced. Even then, you will need some gear that will get you through. You could be covering tens of miles over several days. There is a chance of injury, and you could even get lost.
This list should be combined with other items listed above to create a true bugout bag. Still, these items are critical for the type of travel you will be undertaking.
#19. Quality Backpack
#21. Comfortable Hiking Boots
#22. Duct Tape
#23. Foot Balm
POWER & FIRE
As preppers and survivalists it’s easy to shy away from technology and electronics. Of course, much of this attitude comes from the risk of a solar or nuclear generated EMP strike. In most cases our technology will survive a disaster, and some piece of it will be incredibly helpful. Don’t forget, there was a time when a stone axe was advanced technology.
Today’s tech needs power, and you should have some answers for that. Of course knowing how to make fire is also a very important art of survival, and can also generate power, heat and cook our food.
#27. USB Power Source
#28. Solar Array
#29. Solar Generator
#30. Gas Powered Generator
#31. Ferro Rods
#33. Waterproof Matches
#34. Prepping is a journey. It’s a long journey with many stops. If you are smart you will spend time at these stops and take an interest in what you find there. Prepping touches many subjects, and the more expansive your mind the more adaptable you will be when the world starts crumbling around you. Adaptation is the key to survival.
Now you have a list. This list is merely for suggestion. Be thoughtful about the modifications you make. There may be things to add and some to take away. You may also find that you have some of these items on hand already. In that case, you are ahead of the game.
Editor’s note: Thank you so much your comments and for bringing this to my to my attention. It was an oversight on my part. I’ve edited the article and we don’t recommend fireproof matches anymore 🙂
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