Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Survival list...recommended basics
Basic Survival Items Checklist
You can think of more items than are on this list depending on where you live and your personal situation.
Stock up on large quantities of basic foods plus:
Canned meats such as Spam and canned hams etc. to flavor beans
Seeds for the garden
A 2 year supply of dehydrated food (I have a friend that sells it at a discount if you're interested and will ship)
Beaucoup ammo of all calibers w/weapons of same (military and hunting)
Reloading bench with dies, powder and bullets etc.
First aid supplies and manuals
Camping gear (lanterns, cookstoves, Coleman fuel, oil lamps and oil, tentage, sleeping bags, tarps etc.)
Water filtration equipment, with extra water cans to carry water
A 4 wheel drive pickup
Hunting and utility knives
Maps and compasses (local areas)
Walkie talkie radios
Good boots and heavy socks
Heavy winter coats
Matches and heat tabs or fire starter to start cooking fires
A portable generator that will also recharge car batteries and run radios (1KW)
Manual can openers
Tarps and tent pegs
A cooking grill for a campfire
Supply of extra pots, pans, skillets, kettle, utensils
Towells and toiletries (male and female)
Washing soap powder
Unscented bleach (to purify drinking water)
A gravity water filtration system (Berkfield/Berkey)
Extra cots for friends and family if any show up
Fresh batteries of all sizes for portable radios and flashlights
Solar cell to recharge 12Vcar batteries
Rope and twine of various lengths
Tools (Garden and mechanic)
Chain saw with supply of 2 cycle oil and gas
Hand tree saw and axes/hatchets (for firewood)
Large water cans to store water
Matches in water proof containers
AM/FM portable radio
Solar powered flashlights
As for firearms, a minimum of a rifle with scope, small semi-auto rifle or carbine, two pistols (semi-auto and revolver), a .22 rifle, and a shotgun. I prefer a pump 12 gauge since it is reliable. A .45 1911 and a .357 magnum are good pistol choices. For the rifle, a good all around caliber is .308, but .30-08 is good too. Ammo for all the above is plentiful. My small semi-auto carbine is a Ruger Ranch Thirty (7.62x39 Russian ammo).
I don't keep many canned goods as they don't store well and are heavy.
A list of friends locally who are like minded and will work together, and an "alert roster" of phone numbers for same.
I keep the rice and beans in plastic drums with diatmaceous earth scattered inside to stop insect problems. I keep the pasta in sealed vacuum packed bags. I also vacuum pack coffee, Tang, dried mixes, oatmeal, spices etc.
I don't think you can have too much, and there's always something else you wish you had, but you have to work with what you can obtain and afford. Any preparation is better than nothing, and "you fight wars with what you have, not what you wish you had," to quote a Marine officer.
Keep your supply in more than one place. Stash caches away from your main residence so you can move to those locations with the minimum and still be equipped.