The vast majority of Americans don’t have enough supplies to last for an extended period of skipping the grocery store. You have surely also heard that the countries distribution systems have trimmed in store inventory to be 3 days. Meaning if semi-trucks can’t drive a grocery store will empty in less than 72 hours.
Here is a list of items that are going to go first when a disaster happens and people make a run on the grocery store. Take a look at them and let us know if we are missing something here or need to move items up or down by level of importance.
1. Generators 2. Bottled water 3. Toilet paper, tissues like Kleenex, paper towels 4. Water filters, purifiers, treatment options 5. Propane Cylinders for gas BBQs 6. Dry firewood 7. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps Buy clear oil 8. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much 9. Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats & slingshots 10. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks
11. Honey, syrup, white & brown sugar
12. Rice – beans/legumes – wheat 13. Vegetable or olive oil for cooking 14. Charcoal, lighter fluid 15. Water containers- any size, food grade if used for drinking 16. Medication, pain killers 17. Survival guided 18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. 19. Baby Supplies: diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc. 20. Washboards, mop bucket with wringer for doing laundry 21. Cook stoves like Coleman & kerosene
22. Vitamins & supplements
23. Propane cylinder handle-holder 24. Feminine hygiene/haircare/skin products 25. Thermal underwear 26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges 27. Aluminum tin foil – great utility 28. Gasoline containers (plastic & metal) 29. Garbage bags 30. Portable toilets 31. Milk – powdered & condensed 32. Garden seeds – non-hybrid heirloom 33. Clothes pins/line/hangers
34. Coleman’s pump repair kit
35. Tuna fish – in oil 36. Fire extinguisher or similar device 37. First aid kits 38. Batteries – all sizes 39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies 40. Big Dogs with plenty of dog food 41. Flour, yeast & salt 42. Matches, strike anywhere 43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators 44. Insulated ice chests – good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime 45. Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts 46. Flashlights/lightsticks & torches 47. Journals, diaries & scrapbooks to jot down ideas, feelings, experiences 48. Garbage cans, plastic which are great for storage and water
49. Men’s hygiene, listed at https://www.hillsdentaldesign.com.au/: shampoo, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
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, non-scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) 62. Canning supplies 63. Knives & sharpening tools: files, stones, steel 64. Bicycles with 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 69. Mousetraps, ant traps & cockroach magnets 70. Paper plates, cups, utensils 71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & antibacterial soap which can saves a lot of water 72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc. 73. Shaving supplies like razors & creams, talc, after shave 74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels) 75. Soy Sauce, vinegar, bullions, gravy, soup base 76. Reading glasses 77. Chocolate, cocoa, tang, punch 78. Multi-tool like Gerber or Leatherman 79. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens 80. Boy Scout Handbook – older version the better 81. Roll-on window insulation kit for broken windows 82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix beef jerky 83. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts for protein 84. Socks, underwear, T-shirts, etc. 85. Lumber, find dry spot for it to sit 86. Wagons & carts for transportation 87. Cots & inflatable mattress’s 88. Gloves: Work, warming, gardening, etc. 89. Lantern hangers 90. Glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts 91. Teas 92. Coffee 93. Cigarettes 94. Wine & liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,) 95. Paraffin wax 96. Food storage when stocked at local store 97. Chewing gum/candies 98. Atomizers for cooling and bathing 99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats, chickens, or other useful animals
So what do you think? Anything not on the list that you think it should be? Something not in the right order? Let us know in the comments below of what will disappear first!
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