Updated: Sep 2, 2021
In a survival situation, if the stores are inaccessible, dangerous or just simply don't have anything in stock, a stockpile can be an excellent safety net. With everyone's situation being different, this list isn't all inclusive, but it's a good starting point! A few of these I've found some great deals to buy in bulk and I've included them, below!
With 2020 now passed, a lot of people have realized how important keeping a stockpile, no matter how small, in their homes. 2020 (and 2021) saw empty shelves, food shortages and hyper inflation. Many have turned to stockpiling to prepare for these emergencies.
I created a list of 100+ items to stockpile to get you started!
Having a variety of food will be important for morale. It's possible to only stockpile beans and rice, but if SHTF, you'd quickly grow tired of only eating these.
Salt (this is one of the few things that is almost impossible to produce yourself) (bulk)
5 Gallon Jugs of Water
1 Gallon Jugs of Water
Do not take medication without a doctor's supervision. When COVID hit in 2020, store shelves were wiped from everything from cold medicine to vitamins. Preparing a stockpile of medication can't hurt!
Vitamin C (bulk)
Cold medicine (bulk)
When we think of preparation, we often think of the basics: food, water and shelter. The everyday things that keep us comfortable are neglected. We can't forget to stockpile for our homes, too!
Blankets (all sizes)
Glass Jars and Jugs (and extra lids!)
Cleaning Rags (bulk)
Tableware (preferably aluminum)
Toilet Paper (bulk)
Diapers (or reusable diapers)
Baby Wipes (or reusable baby wipes)
Baby Oil (bulk)
Body Wash (bulk)
Hand Soap (bulk)
Wash Cloths (bulk)
Aloe (bulk) (I recommend an aloe plant)
Cotton Balls (bulk)
If your digital sources of entertainment were cut off, what would you do? You'd eventually want something to stay occupied! Even if you don't know how, it would be a great time to learn a useful skill such as sewing, crocheting or looming! Who knows? These skills may come in handy some day!
Decks of Cards
Classics (To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, etc.)
Your Favorite Genre!
Magazines(even old ones)
Thrift-Store Novels (for bartering purposes)
Quick tip! Dollar tree has a great selection of books, all for $1
It's never a terrible idea to keep tools and hardware around the house! You never know when something may break.
Tools (all of various sizes and uses)
Axe Heads (and handles for that matter)
Fence Mending Supplies (this depends on the type of fence you have)
Flash Lights (bulk)
Solar Powered Lights (here)
Battery-Powered Lanterns (here)
Variety of Seeds (I bought this survival pack about a year ago, and they're currently growing!)
Pocket Knives (I have this knife, and I love it- it's a great multipurpose knife)
Bows or Crossbows (Matthews and Bear are two brands I know and trust)
Gun Cleaning/Oiling Supplies
Plastic Tubs (various sizes)
(even the $2 kind)
Almost anything bought in excess can become a bartering tool in hard times, especially medications.
I wanted to include this in here, because in the event of a total economic collapse, a stockpile will only go so far. You'll eventually need to grow a garden, hunt and fish for your food. You'll need to become self-sufficient in your own way. I included bows in here, since in such a collapse, ammo will be scarce.
Fishing Line (bulk)
Lures (bulk) or find worms/grasshoppers
Bow Hunting Guide
*Please do your research. Depending on the bow you have/buy, you'll need to purchase the proper weight of arrows or risk injury. You will also need to purchase the proper string.
Hunting/Fishing knife (this is mine, and I love it)
Preserving Food Guide (without canning)
Solar Panel Kit (battery included)
In the event of hard times, stockpiling is better used as a bridge to cross the gap, or as a backup plan. It's better to learn how to produce most of your own goods and to become self-sufficient in your own way, rather than depending on a stock pile for necessities. Even most of the "non-perishables" are eventually perishable. Knowledge is power and it is the key to survival! You can only do what you know.