Introduction

I am not a “Doomsday Prepper.” While the list below seems long, most of it is stuff you likely have lying around anyway, just perhaps not well organized. Because friends and others have asked me for my list when this has come up in conversation, I’ve decided to just put it up here. This isn’t about building an underground shelter in your back yard. It’s just about what a prudent family should have prepared in the not-so-unlikely event of modern services simply being unavailable for a time.

My assumption here is that this setup is for a family with a vehicle and home. It’s not meant to be some big all encompassing list for what to do while commuting should you need to eat fellow commuters if the train gets stuck. As a long time volunteer EMT, pilot, backpacker, etc., it’s just that over time I’ve come to collect what I believe to be the “table stakes” items one should have at home for basic self and family care. This isn’t just about terrorism paranoia. But stuff happens. Natural disasters; winter storms, hurricanes, disease outbreaks, etc. happen. Our brittle infrastructure risks long term power failures. And yes, there’s terrorism. It should be that a week or so without our usual services is just an inconvenience, not a life-threatening situation. Obviously, you have to adjust your own list for you own situation. I also understand that not everyone is into owning a weapon or wants to go to effort to get a pistol permit. Everything is optional. Everything depends on what you want / need.

EDC (Every Day Carry)

Personal
- Flashlight
- Multitool
- G-Shock watch

Medium Backpack (Bug Out / Go Bag)

(In the Bag… use Dry Bags)

Personal
- Personal Documents (ID / Passport / Copy of Birth Cert., Etc.)
- Prescription meds
- Cash
- Sunglasses
- Bandana
- Work Gloves
- Warm hat
- Cell phone w/Power cord and solar charger

Survival
- SAS Survival Guidebook
- Daytrex Calorie Bars (6 Bars = 18 Days for 1 person.)
- Gun – Both clips and 50 rounds
- Multitool
- SOG Knife w/cord cutter and window breaker (Escape Model FF-25)
- Two Nalgene Water Bottles
- Miox Water Purifier w/Salt Pellets
- Katadhyn Water Purifier
- Firestarter Flint
- Lighter
- Princeton Tec Amp 3 flashlight
- Survival blanket
- Compass
- Signal Whistle
- Emergency Guide
- 2 N95 Masks
- 2 Hot packs
- Mess Kit
- laser pointer

Medical
- First Aid Kit (from back of truck w/Sam Splint, EMT Shears, Steri-strips, triangular bandages, etc.)
- Sun Screen
- Chap stick
- Bug repellent
- Stitch Kit / Steristrips
- Rad Tablets (Potassium Iodide)
- Immodium / Antacid
- Claritin / Benedryl
- Advil / Aleve
- Antibiotic Creme
- Superglue for kit

Hygiene
- Toilet paper
- Soap / Hand Sanitizer
- Toothbrush / Paste
- Dental Floss
- Razor
- Towel

Clothes
- Safari Hat
- 2 pair underwear
- 3 pair socks
- 2 lightweight shirts (UnderArmor)
- 1 med weight layer (UnderArmor)
- 2 pair cargo shorts
- 1 pair cargo pants
- Rain gear
- 1 spare lightweight hiking shoes
- Spare Belt

Additional
- Marmot Tent
- Sleeping Bag (the lightweight one)
- 50′ Paracord
- Sewing Kit
- Duct Tape
- Pen and Waterproof pad
- Headlamp flashlight
- 2 Carabiners
- Camp Stove & White Gas
- Several Freeze Dried Meals

Medium Backpack 2
- If any kids: All kid stuff in 2nd pack.

Truck / Vehicle Evac – Add the Following

Survival / Critical:
- 2 Five Gallon Water Jugs
- Non scented bleach for H20 (filter, then 2 drops / qt or 8 / gal, double for cloudy / cold)
- All the gasoline cans we’ve got.
- Spare pocket knife
- Buck knife
- Breakdown Shovel
- Freeplay Flashlight
- Freeplay Radio
- ALL Freeze Dried Food / Canned Goods / Everything
- Camp Stove w/Propane  -   Back pack stove with white gas
- Cookware, Plates, Plastic Cups and Utensils
- Sharpening Stone
- Fire Extinguisher

Hygiene
- Medicated Wipes
- All toilet paper. Several paper towels.
- 2 Towels

Clothes
- 5 pair underwear
- 5 pair socks
- 2 pair long pants
- 2 shirts and 2 sweatshirts or sweaters
- lightweight jacket
- heavy jacket
- Boots
- Sneakers

Extra / Bonus Gear
- Bicycle and bike pump.
- All batteries (esp. C / AA / AAA and CR123 Lithiums)
- Whole case of hot pack hand warmers
- Gun bag with all 9MM ammo
- .22 Rifle with all 22cal ammo
- Plastic Tarp
- Tool Kit (with sockets)
- Crowbar / Bolt Cutters / Hammer / Nails
- Waste Bucket and heavy duty plastic bags
- Binoculars
- Folding Saw
- Large and Small Axe
- Zip ties
- Vitamin C / D3
- Jump ‘n Carry Charger
- Air Inflator
- Tow Strap

Home / Shelter in Place Items

- At least one month of food:
-  Shelf stable meals: Pasta, canned goods, backup freeze dried / MREs
- Manual can opener
- 2 – 5 Gallon Water Containers (Use Water Preserver / Bleach drops in a pinch.)
- Several rolls duct tape.
- Extra Candles
- Warehouse club sized packs of AAA, AA, C batteries.
- Several sheets of 4′ x 8′ plywood.
- Screws / nails for plywood.
- LIttle Giant ladder.
- Generator / Fuel / Oil
- Make sure at least one grill propane tank is full.
- At least two small propane tanks for camp stove.
- 2 large tarps.
- Chainsaw
- Powdered chlorinated lime – for disinfectant / hygiene

Other:
- Computers all backed up to cloud service backup drives.