First things First: Supplies
#1 August 8, 1:02 am
First things First: Supplies
What’s up guys! I’m writing this post today to list off your basic needs for a general apocalyptic situation. (Or any that requires the conservation of resources and limited movement for extended periods of time without regular replenishment of supplies)


First off (and technically most important) is food. Without it, you’re screwed in less than a week. Getting ahold of foods that are both nutritional and can last for extended periods of time is essential to long term survival so here goes:
CANNED/BOTTLED FOODS:
- Soups: Condensed: Tomato, Vegetable, and Mushroom – Avoid meat soups or plan to eat them first. They tend not to last well – even in cans. Also remember to ONLY get condensed soups. You can add water later. If you have watered down soups now, you’ll loose valueble space for whatever else you need to store.)
-Beans/Peas: Green, Soy, Baked, Black, Great Northern, Black eyed Peas, Kidney, Pinto, String, Chick Peas, Lima – They’re all good and you can get them all. For efficiency in nutrition though, you may want to consider them by protein content per cup Soy (29), Lentil (18), Navy (16), Black (15), Great Northern (15), Pinto (14), Kidney (13), Baked (12), Chick Peas (12), Black-Eyed Peas (11), Lima (10), Green Peas (4), and finally Green/String (1.5-2.0). If I were you, I’d stick with the first 4 or 5 if you need variety. However, nothing comes close to soy. (I’ll probably keep a few lentil soup cans on the side myself.)
- Fruits: Oranges, Fruit coctail, Peaches, Pears, and Pineapples – Anything else is nutritionally impractical. Especially focus on oranges and pineapples. They have Vitamin C. Without it, you face scurvy. Peaches and oranges have good amounts of vitamin A – necessary for vision and proper immune system fuctions.
- Vegetables: Corn, Sauerkraut, Tomatoes, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes – Anything else is nutritionally impractical. Sauerkraut and corn both have Vitamin A but sweet potatoes are incredibly high in Vitamin A (1 cup is 359% of your daily needs). Tomatoes are best if you can get them condensed. Get vegetalbes saltless if you can. You can put spices and salt in it afterwards but it’s better to be in control of how much salt you’re getting.
- Oils: Olive, Corn, Vegetable, Peanut, Cooking Spray – There’s a lot of controversy about which is healthier. At this point, buy your damn oil and cook with it. Other oil uses in areas besides cooking may come up later so keep in mind it could be a very valueble investment.
- Condiments: (Squeeze bottles only; it reduces the chance of spoiling and disease.) Honey, Syrups, Soy Sauce, Vinegar (very important for multiple things), NO VINEGARETTES (they go bad easily), Mustard (lasts forever really), Ketchup, Tabasco, and Mayonaise (which I don’t recommend because it has dairy in it and therefore is more subject than the others here to spoil)

BOXED/BAGGED:
- Snack Foods: Crackers, Popcorn (if you can find a suitable heat source), Nuts, Pretzels, Raisins (make sure they’re sealed well), Chips (Get pringles if you can. Otherwise, you have half a bag of air.), Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups
- Cooking and Baking: Flour, Rice, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cornstarch, Oatmeal, Cocoa, Yeast, Pasta (spaghetti is most space efficient)
- Seasonings: Condensed, cubed Buillion, Salt, (Note that the rest of these don’t really matter but they’re small and don’t take up space) Pepper, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder, Ginger, Oregano, Onion Powder, Basil, Vanilla Extract, Bay Leaves, Curry, Allspice, Tumeric, Cumin, Parsely, Chili Powder, Sage, Nutmeg, Coriander, Poppy Seeds (no, not for heroin)
- Cereals: sugarless is better, you can add sugar after. Still, it doesn’t affect space. Buy whatever. It’s cereal. It’s good.
- Protein: (Whether you like these two or not, they’re REALLY essential. You need at least 50g a day to sustain muscle mass – maybe less if you’re stationary. Top athletes may need up to 120g) Powdered Eggs and Powdered Milk (get it with calcium)
DRINKS:
- Water, Soda, Condensed Milk (if you really cannot stand powdered but it will take up WAY more space)
- Flavor: Coffee, Kool-Aid/Juice Flavorings, Tea (Don’t buy juices. They’re way more expensive than plain galloned water. Flavor the water after and save a buck or two.

Okay, so now you have your food. The second (and almost as important) thing is Medicines. You’re screwed if anything goes wrong without them.
- General: Disinfectant Soap, Bandaids, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, Isopropyl Alcohol, Bandages, Sterile Gauze, Medical Tape, MultiVitamins (Get a good supply but be wary of the expiration date.), Thermometer (Get the glass ones, they break easier but they don’t depend on battery power.) NonLatex Gloves
- Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Aspirin
- Gastro Intestinal: AntiAcid, AntiGas, AntiDiarheal, Stool Softener
- Cough and Cold: Decongestant, Cough Drops/Syrup, Antihistamine, Non-Alcohal
- Diabetes: Glucose Tablets/Testing Supplies
- Eyes: Eye drops
- Ears: Ear drops
- Burns: Aloe, Burn Relief Cream
- Itch/Fungus: Hydrocortisone, AntiFungal
- Radiation: Iodine Tablets (Take these immediately after a bomb or leak. They fill up your thyroid gland so it’s saturated and cannot retain radioactive particles. That way, the radiation will leave you after you’ve discontinued exposure to it.

What would we all be without a little personal hygene? Dirty and disease prone… Need I say more?
HYGENE:
- Hair and Nails: Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Razor, Shaving Cream, 2 in 1 Shampoo
- Skin: Moistureizer (never used it in my life), Aloe, Barsoap, Deodorant
- Mouth: Floss, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste – You can make mouthwash with the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide if you don’t want to buy it separately. Just remember 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 parts water. DON’T SWALLOW. If you do, try to vomit, then drink a large amount of water. Don’t keep it in your mouth for more than 20 seconds. It bleaches for much longer than that.
-TOILET PAPER!!! If you value your butt-health. You might also want to consider a bucket. It doesn’t disappear when you’re done with it.

Now we move onto the Misc. Section. These are little tools and things you might find handy in the right situations. Keep in mind, this is for more stationary people. Some of this might have to be left behind if you’re on the move. It’ll weigh you down to much if you don’t.
MISC.
- Tools: Scissors (heavy duty), Various Screwdriver Sizes(flat and phillips), Allen Wrenches, Adjustable Wrench, Pliers, Hammers, Nails/Screws (of various sizes ¾ ‘, 1’, 1 ½ ‘, 2’, 2 ½ ‘, 3’, 4’, 5’), Rope, Twine, Tarps, Tape Measures (25’ for smaller things but keep a 100’ or 150’ in case you need it), Duct Tape (You might need a lot of this), Stakes, Shovel, Spade, Saws, Knives, Buckets (Good for a number of things), Staple Gun, Staples for your staple gun
- Batteries: AAA, AA, D, C, and hearing aid/watch batteries if you need them
- Light Bulbs: 25W, 40W, 60W, 100W (If you can get a couple spotlights, they might come in use.)
- Cleaning: Bleach, Detergent, Handsoap, Mr. Clean, Scrub Brush, Mop, Sponge, Steel Wool, Broom, Febreze/Deodorizer, Disinfectant
- Plastic Bags: Freezer Bags, Sandwich Backs, Trash Bags (Outdoor/Heavy Duty), Paper Towels, Tissues, Aluminum Foil, Cellophane/Plastic Wrap
- Heat and Light: Matches, Lighters (Be generous, they don’t take up space), Flashlights, Fire Extinguishers
- Pets: Food, Heartworm, Anti-Flea-Tick, Litter
- Blankets/Towels/Clothing/Scrub-board (Make sure blankets are fireproof)
- Food: Can Opener, Utensils (Spoon, Forks, Knives, Spatulas, Ladels, Rollers), Strainers, Water Filters/Tablets
- Communication: Multiple Portable Transistor Radios, Whistles
- Makeshift Shelter: Plastic Sheeting, Staple Gun, Duct Tape, Staples
Last update on August 8, 1:06 am by Mike Huff.
--Mike
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