29 Everyday Items to Stockpile For Survival

When an emergency event happens and throws us into survival mode, items will quickly disappear from the shelves of your local store. 

29 Everyday Items to Stockpile

Depending on the severity and scale of the event, it may be a long time before you start seeing shelves restocked. Many stores now depend on our modern infrastructure to be supplied almost daily to keep shelves restocked. It has been said that without resupply, most stores will become completely bare withing three to five days. You won’t realize how much you use or need certain items until they become unavailable.

There have been many great lists published concerning how to build up emergency supply items (we did one on 100 items that disappear first in a scenario).

And while I have no issue with the majority of those lists, they sometimes focus on items that are not used on a daily basis. Because of that, I wanted to come up with t a list of items that people use daily or that are so important will be used daily in an emergency. So, without further ado, here is my list of 29 everyday items you should be stockpiling. 

29 Everyday Items to Stockpile

1. Spices. Will help give some flavor to an otherwise bland food menu.

2. Water. Water itself, ways to collect it, containers to store it in, filters, and purification methods should all be stockpiled. Check out this guide on urban water purification myths.

Ideally though having an abundant and renewable resource for water is important. To build such a device, you should watch this video presentation.

3. Salt. It can be used for seasoning, a disinfectant, and several other uses.

4. Cooking Oils. You may not realize how much you use this until it is gone. Without this, some foods may have to be boiled. It also has several different uses besides cooking, including one as a fuel source. 

5. Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil. Will help in cooking certain foods and aid in alternative cooking methods like grilling, cooking over a campfire, or constructing a solar oven. 

6. Lighters and matchesYou may not use these every day but being able to create fire is important. Using a lighter or matches is the easiest way to do that so you can never have enough of these. 

7. Candles. In case the power goes out you will need a light source once the sun goes down. 

8. Lightbulbs. A simple yet incredibly useful item that we take for granted. I suggest stockpiling LED bulbs because they will last the longest. 

9. Nails and Screws. You never know what a survival event will throw your way and having some simple hardware can help in a variety of ways. 

10. Duct Tape. Has a million and one uses. During a time when items cannot be properly fixed, duct tape will become king. 

11. Batteries. These will be one of the first items to fly off the shelf during an emergency. When purchasing, look for packages with the longest expiration date. It would also be worth wild to invest in different types of rechargeable batteries. 

12. Trash Bags. Following many emergency events, trash bags become a premium due to their wide range of uses. I suggest purchasing heavy-duty bags and a lot of them. Simply taking care of sanitation needs will eat up this supply.  

13. Paper Towels. They have a variety of uses as filters and in first aid. Additionally, sometimes it is better to throw away a dirty towel than to try and wash it which will eat up other resources.  

14. Coffee Filters. Not just for making coffee. They can be used to filter other substance, fire tinder and has an impromptu plate or bowl.

Did you know you can use coffee filters to extent the life of your water filters?

15. Disposable Plates and Utensils. These save precious water from being wasted in cleaning up or in the event water running water is not available. Disposable items like these are another reason why you are going to want extra trash bags around. 

16. Hand soap. Washing your hands is the number one way to prevent spreading germs, so make sure you have plenty of soap on hand (no pun intended…)

17. Laundry detergent. Being able to clean your clothes not only keeps them smelling fresh but decrease certain health issues. 

18. Toothbrush and paste. Poor dental hygiene can lead to other health issues. Keeping up with this personal care task is quite important. 

19. Feminine Hygiene Products. Make sure you have what you need in this category to cover a minimum of several months. 

20. Vitamins. You probably will not be eating well in a survival situation and a daily vitamin can help to keep the body balanced. Be sure to do your research as all vitamins are not created equal. 

21. Common Medications. Open your medicine cabinet and take inventory of what you have and what you use. Whether it be cough drops, fever reducers, anti-inflammatories, etc. Over the counter medications will be at the top of the list of items that disappear first. 

22. Bleach. A great disinfectant and can be used to purify water. Just make sure it has more than 4% chloride and it is unscented. 

23. First-aid supplies. When health care services become limited or unavailable you will have to take care of yourself. You really cannot have too many first aid supplies. 

Check out our first aid kit buying guide.

24. Firewood. Firewood may not be a daily item for many people but in a survival situation, it will become one. If you are in a position to store and use it, I would recommend doing so.  

25. Fuel. Other than gasoline, consider fuels used in cooking and those used in alternative light sources. 

26. Defensive tools. Firearms, bows, slingshots, knives, blunt tools, and plenty of ammunition. 

27. Seeds. Seeds are essential if you want a renewable food source. When shelves are not restocked promptly, people will be looking for a long term solution for food. How many seeds should you have? The sky is the limit.  

28. Clothes. I do not know about you, but I think clothes are pretty important. They protect against the elements and help in regulating body temperature. But they ware out. Given the scope of the disaster, the clothing industry may be at a standstill. It would be smart to have extra clothing set side especially for children that are still growing.  

29. Stationary. During a disaster, electronic devices may become unusable. When this happens it will be time to get back to pen and paper for sharing information. It would also be a good idea to have several solar-powered calculators set aside. 



Written by Bryan Lynch

Bryan grew up in the Midwest and spent every waking moment outdoors. Learning how to hunt, fish, read the land and be self-reliant was part of everyday life. Eventually he combined his passions for the outdoors, emergency preparedness, and writing. His goal was to spread positive information about this field. Recently, Bryan authored the book Swiss Army Knife Camping and Outdoor Survival Guide. Read more of Bryan's articles.

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