Disaster Survival Supplies
Recommendations Based on Real Life Experiences...

Disaster Survival Items Proposed By Survivors of War and Hyperinflation Disasters

These lists are subject to change as we find additional items in our collective search when and where they make sense. So, keep checking back for additional items.

This list was prepared from the merged recommendations of survivors of the recent war in the Sarajevo and the hyperinflationary disaster in Argentina. We have categorized their suggestions and supplemented with some additional details based on new items currently available.

Categorized Survival Items That Disappear First in Major Disasters or Troubled Times

The survivor's admonitions were to buy these items now while relatively cheap and store for future use. For food items, rotate and replace the more perishable items over time to keep them safely consumable.

Buy items on sale and/or in bulk now, while no one is paying attention to your purchases.


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Goats and Chickens for milk, cheese, eggs, and meat. (Part of food category)
Milk and/or beef cows if possible (Part of food category)
Big Dogs for Protection
Little Dogs for Alerting (Also, Min-Pins and Rat Terriers are great for rats !)
Cats (Great for bug and mice control!)

Food Equipment

Hand-Can Openers
Hand Egg Beaters and Whisks
Grain Grinder (Non-Electric)
Coleman Fuel
Charcoal and Lighter Fluid
Cast Iron Cookware
Canning Supplies (Jars/Lids/Wax)
Paraffin Wax
Knives and Sharpening Tools (Files, stones, steel)
Paper Plates/Cups/Utensils (Stock up heavy on these)
Canning Book(s)


Well (alternative)

Water Equipment

Water Filters/Purifiers/Chemicals
Water Containers (Any size. Small: Hard clear plastic only and food grade for drinking fluids)

Medicines & Vitamins

Vitamins-D 5000IU, C 500mg, Fish Oil 1000mg, Multi-Vitamin.
Aspirins, Ibuprofen
First Aid Kits
Personal Rx
Hydrogen Peroxide
Antiseptic Creams


Cots & Inflatable Mattress's
Sleeping Bags and Blankets/Pillows/Mats


Seasoned Firewood (6-12 months)
Mini-Heater Head for Propane Room Heating
Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur)
Camping Cook stoves (Propane, Kerosene)
Matches (Strike anywhere boxed wooden type)

Fuel & Containers

Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal Jerry Cans)
Kerosene Cans
Engine Oils


Lamps, Lamp Oil, Lamp Wicks
Kerosene Lanterns Mantles-Aladdin or Coleman
Coleman Pump Repair Kit
Lantern Regulators
Lantern Hangers
Flashlights, Light sticks, Torches (No. 76 Dietz Lanterns)

Personal Protection

Pepper/Wasp Spray
Bats & Slingshots
Bulgary Alarm (battery powered backup)
Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
Fire Alarms (battery powered)
Mosquito Coils/Repellent, Sprays/Creams
D-Con Rat Poison, Mouse Prufe II, Roach Killer
Mouse and Rat Traps, Ant Traps & Cockroach Magnets
Cell phones (may not work at all times)
Land phone (may not work at all times)


Thermal Underwear (Top & Bottoms)
Work boots, Belts, Levis & Durable Shirts
Rain Gear, Rubberized Boots, etc.
Woolen Clothing, Scarves, Ear Muffs, Mittens
Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. extras
Gloves: Work/Warming/Gardening
Hats & Cotton Neckerchiefs

Personal Hygiene

Portable Toilets/Chemicals
Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin Products
Baby Diapers
Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/Paste, Mouthwash, Floss, Nail Clippers
Shaving Supplies (Razors & Creams, Talc, After Shave)
Laundry Detergent (Liquid)
Bleach (Plain, not scented: or 4-6% sodium hypochlorite)
Baby Wipes, Oils, Waterless & Antibacterial Soap (Saves on water)
Atomizers (For cooling/bathing)


Wagons and Carts (For transport to and from)
Bicycles (Tires/Tubes/Pumps/Chains, etc)

Electrical Energy

Generators (propane/diesel)
Deep Cell Batteries
Solar Panel(s)
Batteries (all sized buy furthest out expiration dates)

Knowledge & Recreation

Survival Guide Book
Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
Journals, Diaries, and Scrapbooks
Boy Scout Handbook and Leaders Catalog
Reading Glasses
Board Games, Cards, Dominos, Dice

Home Equipment

Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Small Cylinder Use Dangerous without this device)
Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer for laundry
Bow Saws, Axes, Hatchets, Wedges, Honing Oil
Power Saw, Files, Chains, Oils, Gas (Nice to have)
Aluminum Foil (Regular and Heavy Duty for Cooking and Barter)
Garbage Bags (Impossible to have too many)
Clothes Pins/Lines/Hangers (A must)
Fire Extinguishers (or large boxes of baking soda for each room)
Plastic Garbage Cans (If clean can be great for storage, water, transporting if with wheels)
Fishing Supplies/Tools
Insulated Ice Chests (Keeps items from freezing in winter)
Duct Tape
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
Garden Tools & Supplies
Scissors, Fabrics & Sewing Supplies Hand Pumps and Siphons (For water and fuels)
Roll-On Window Insulation Kit (Manco)
Plastic 6mil. Black & Clear
Lumber (all types)
Screen Patches, Glue, Nail, Screws, Nut & Bolts
Mechanical Tools-Metric/U.S.
Power Tools-Drills & Bits, Power Hand Saw, Jig/Blades

Barter Items

Cigarettes (Great barter item)
Wine/Liquor (For bribes, medicinal, barter)

Forms of Currency

Money-cash and coin depending on economic state
Gold bullion coins
Silver bullion coins

(We'll discuss the issue of bullion coins on anther page later, but for now, it is best, in most expert's opinions, to buy coins minted by the nation you live in, if possible.

Gold coins can be used for large purchases and silver for smaller but exchange for fiat currency will generally have to be outside retail stores at banks or bullion dealers unless a business owner knows their current and true value.

Gold and silver are for capital preservation if inflation is in play like mass and hyper-inflation periods.

Most gold will be better used for rebuilding society and economy after troubled times end. You'll want to be cautious of displaying such coins to people. Owning them can make you a target of robbers and killers.

Stay away from collector coins and bulk bullion unless you have a lot of money you have invested and in that case, such metals should be vaulted some place very safe from both governments and people.)

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