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The 100 Items that will Disappear First

November 12, 2008

Tough times, again.

Watching the Federal Reserve’s hysteria, I cannot envision an outcome that will not, sooner or later, lead to riots, probably as bad or worse than the 1965 Watts riot and 1992 Rodney King riot.
The trucking industry has a motto: if you have it, it came by truck.

Even if you live in a quiet, remote place where your physical safety is not an issue, you could still be affected by shortages. Cities are transportation hubs, and your supplies of food, medical products and other necessities come through one or more of these hubs. The turmoil could halt rail and truck shipments.

I believe a 30-day stockpile of all of life’s necessities is a must and, if you can afford it, a lot more.
This is not just for an economic emergency. We never know what life will throw at us. Almost every spot on earth is vulnerable to some kind of disaster: floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, plagues, famines – the possibilities are endless. It is good judgment to always be prepared.
Unless, of course, you expect to be quickly rescued by the government.

Food, prescription drugs, toilet paper, fresh water and matches are a good place to start.
Don’t forget cash – small bills and coins. Banks might close for a while, and if you need to buy something, the seller may not be able to make change.

Jim Powell of GLOBAL CHANGES AND OPPORTUNITY REPORT is an expert on emergency preparedness. Jim says Mountain House freeze dried food is the Mercedes Benz of the emergency provisions. You don’t need to cook it, it’s reasonably palatable, and the #10 cans have a shelf life of 30 years if stored in a cool, dry place.

Alternately, if you’d rather not spend money on food we hope you will never need, make a list of all the canned goods and other well-preserved foods you normally eat, stock up on them, and rotate.
If you do live in a place where self-defense could be necessary, there is, in my opinion, no substitute for a 12-gauge pump shotgun loaded with #4 buckshot. Not number #4 shot, #4 buckshot.

If you are not well trained to use a firearm safely, call a local gun club or gun shop and ask about safety courses. Look in the Yellow Pages under Guns.

Ammunition will last at least 50 years if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
I am not predicting the end of the world or anything remotely like it. I’m just saying, be prudent, be prepared – unless, again, you know for a fact that no matter what happens, you will always be promptly rescued by the government.

–Richard Maybury

The first 100 Items to Disappear

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.) If it is just an ice storm you need one of these and they sell out on the first hours in the day they are needed.
2. Water Filters/Purifiers. Large pour over water filters that can produce 20 Gal a day and have cleanable filters like a BERKEY BRITISH BERKEFELD WATER FILTER
3. Portable Toilets. Any alternative to a flush toilet, pit toilet or some method
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..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, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience;
Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers,
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can”
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens (funny)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2008 12:37 am

    If you are a dental flosser, buy a Gripit Floss Holder for your emergency kit. The come with a years supply of floss and the holder portion of the tool eliminates having to put your fingers into your mouth. You can see Gripits in action at

  2. Admin permalink
    November 13, 2008 12:50 pm

    I came across your blog in my google reader and LOVE this list. My sister-in-law and I do a food storage and preparedness blog ( and talk about this stuff. I wanted to ask your permission to share this list with our readers! It’s amazing. (we’ll link to to this post as a reference). Let me know if it’s okay 🙂

  3. Admin permalink
    November 13, 2008 12:50 pm

    p.s. we have the same wordpress template as you.. kind of neat.


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