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06-20-2007, 10:46 PM
I was looking for a list of items I need to start preparing my kit. Out of all the websites I've visited the list is thorough in that it has items to carry for bartering:. The link is: http://standeyo.com/News_Files/Hollys.html
1. Generators
(Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance, etc.)

2. Water Filters/Purifiers

3. Portable Toilets (Increasing in price every two months.)

4. Seasoned Firewood
(About $100 per cord; wood takes 6 - 12 mos. to become dried, for home uses.)

5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps
(First choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)

6. Coleman Fuel
(URGENT $2.69-$3.99/gal. Impossible to stockpile too much.)

7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats and Slingshots

8. Hand-Can openers and hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!)

9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugars

10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
(White rice is now $12.95 - 50# bag. Sam's Club, stock depleted often.)

11. Vegetable oil (for cooking)
(Without it food burns/must be boiled, etc.)

12. Charcoal and Lighter fluid (Will become scarce suddenly.)

13. Water containers
(Urgent Item to obtain. Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY)

14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat a room.)

15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)

16. Propane Cylinders

17. Michael Hyatt's Y2K Survival Guide
(BEST single y2k handbook for sound advice/tips.)

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. Cook stoves
(Propane, Coleman and Kerosene)

22. Vitamins
(Critical, due 10 Y2K-forced daily canned food diets.)

23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
(Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.)

24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products

25. Thermal underwear
(Tops and bottoms)

26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets and Wedges (also, honing oil)

27. Aluminum foil Reg. and Heavy. Duty
(Great Cooking and Barter item)

28. Gasoline containers
(Plastic or Metal)

29. Garbage bags
(Impossible to have too many.)

30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towel

31. Milk - Powdered and 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: 1(800) 835-3278

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 and vinegar, baking supplies

40. BIG DOGS (and plenty of dog food)

41. Flour, yeast and 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. Work boots, belts, Levis and durable shirts

46. Flashlights/Light Sticks and torches, "No.76 Dietz" Lanterns

47. Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks
(Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences: Historic times!)

48. Garbage cans Plastic
(great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)

49. Men's Hygiene: 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 and Duffle bags

58. Garden tools and supplies

59. Scissors, fabrics and 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 and Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc.

65. Sleeping bags and 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 and cockroach magnets

70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks...)

71. Baby Wipes, oils, waterless and Anti-bacterial soap
(saves a lot of water)

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

73. Shaving supplies
(razors and creams, talc, after shave)

74. Hand pumps and siphons
(for water and for fuels)

75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillons/gravy/soup base

76. Reading glasses

77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

78. "Survival-in-a-Can"

79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

80. BSA - New 1998 - Boy Scout Handbook
(also, Leader's 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 and carts
(for transport to and from open Flea markets)

87. Cots and Inflatable Mattresses (for extra guests)

88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

89. Lantern Hangers

90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts and 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 and cotton neckerchiefs

100. Goats/chickens

06-22-2007, 03:03 PM
Not a bad list. Seems like to put canning supplies on one line, then a few lines down put paraffin wax. Redundant. There are actually several redundancies, like work clothes then wool clothes. By all means there is good stuff, if you use it Tkake said list and categorize it. puts you back at 50. Then start adding again. I am not sure what to think of the original author of the list. One source of fats? Beans? Where are the medical items?

Kimmy, if you are looking for compiled lists that offer a basline on what to buy for your own preparedness try equipped.org. Those are in categories.

Anyway nice first post. :)

06-27-2007, 01:11 PM
During Hurricane/flood of Floyd and Fran we were without power for over 30 days. While the flood did not damage anything at our place the roads around us were flooded leaving us on an island. We could get about four miles in any direction but that was it.
We found that a small generator was next to useless. Fran hit us when the temps were in 90's in the day and about 95% humidity heat was a big factor. Water never ran out and cold showers became a norm but the toilets would flush. Ice for coolers was in high demand. Battery operated camping fans worked great to help you sleep at night. We cooked the stuff in the fridge and freezer first. All in all we faired well. The above list is great for a long term event. I would add a battery powered tv and am/fm/sw radio a hand crank powered radio would be good too. If you plan on having ammunition for the long run a reloading press would be handy. A couple of bricks of .22 rimfire are cheap even for someone on a tight budget.

06-27-2007, 01:22 PM

I would have had them wet wipes/ baby wipes up higher on my list, they are the shiznit in the field. ;) ;D 8)


07-02-2007, 12:10 AM
This isnt really off-topic... just a scenic detour, so please bear with me. I manage in a Home Depot in the midwest. Last fall, we had a major storm which caused massive power outages (over a million people); with some areas predicted to be out for at least two weeks due to so many trees taking out so many lines. It was late fall, and quite cold out. The following is a list of items which we ran out of, and the speed of such:

1. Generators. Sold all we had within hours. Two truckloads from our supplier arrived within 24 hours, and were sold as they came off the trucks, with a number of people getting quite ugly about the dwindling choices, as the cheaper ones went first.

2. Propane. Sold out within hours and wasnt available to us from our supplier to restock.

3. Batteries and flashlights, by the middle of the second day were completely gone.

4. Fuel cans were gone as fast as the generators.

5. Prepackaged firewood, fire logs, fire starters, those long barbeque lighters, charcoal all gone within hours.

6. Every piece of candy in the building, the middle of the following day.

7. All coolers, within hours.

8. All bleach within hours.

9. All heavy duty extension cords by the end of the second day.

10. *Duct tape and clear plastic by the end of the second day.

11. Anything battery operated, such as fans, radios, etc. by the end of the second day.

12. Battery operated DVD players (in stock for Christmas), by the end of the second day (people were getting bored).

13. Antifreeze and marine antifreeze, by the end of the second day.

14. 20 pallets of bottled water, by the end of the second day.

And in our area (we didnt carry) there was no ice, anywhere. One of our employees drove a hundred miles away from the area to bring ice back.

By the third day, people were buying brand new 2x4 boards and asking us to cut them into 16" to 24" lengths, for firewood.

For everything that ran out fast, we had literally hundreds of people looking for them. We could have sold thousands more of some of the items, like batteries, propane, and firewood.

Even a week later, a steady stream of people would come in looking for batteries, wood, generators, etc. and would just look at me glassy-eyed when I said we were out indefinitely. Some became quite angry and/or quite insistent when we werent a "cure-all" for their lack of preparedness.

This mini-event was an eye opener for a lot of us!

07-06-2007, 08:48 PM
A good friend of mine left Alaska and moved to Florida. We keep in contact weekly.
He is blown away by the yard sales at the end of hurricane season. All of the above mentioned are for sale at pennies on the dollar.
Every year people will panic and go out and buy it all over again.
He has built a new storage area from all the plywood people have gotten rid of, which was to board up their windows, but dont want it sitting around during the winter. A new 5 kw. generator for a $100..
It's crazy.....Dennis