Prime Day is a one-day shopping event on Amazon that takes place today -July 15, 2015, and they are advertising “more deals than Black Friday”. Prime members can shop exclusive deals from electronics, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more. If you are a member of Prime and have been looking for an opportunity to get some of the prepping supplies you have been looking at, today could be a great opportunity for you to save money. If you want to register for Prime the cost is $99 per year which at first glance sounds like a lot, but if you shop on Amazon frequently, it can quickly pay for itself. Christmas alone we save that cost in shipping plus anything that is Prime gets free two-day shipping so for those impatient people, Prime is a nice feature.
For those who are members of Prime, I have included a very large list of the prepping supplies we have recommended here on the Prepper Journal in the past. Some of these items you probably already have, but there might be some new ideas below. The supplies are all broken down into categories to hopefully make browsing simpler. Some of the links aren’t on Amazon, but I wanted to leave these in there anyway for ideas. Remember the sale on Amazon is only for Prime items.
Even if you don’t want to purchase any of these prepping supplies, you can print this list off and save it for later.
- Disinfecting or Filtering Water
- Big Berkey Light or similar gravity fed water filter (capacity 2.25 gallons).
- Paint or coffee filters – to remove sediment from creeks, lakes or streams prior to filtering. This will keep your water filters working much longer if your source is murky. Bandannas or old t-shirts can be used too.
- Backpacking/ Camping Water Filters – MSR Miniworks, Sawyer for individual use or travel. Gravity filters like the Platypus are fastest and have less moving parts to break.
- Bleach – Non-scented or Calcium Hypochlorite is a better long-term option that won’t go bad. For additional instructions on treating water, you can read this article.
- Water purification tabs – These are last on my list because they do not last long. Polar Pure is an iodine based disinfection method that will last far longer than any water tablets.
- Carrying water
- Plastic Nalgene Bottles or Stainless Steel water bottle for each individual if you plan on needing to boil water for individual use.
- 5 Gallon water jugs – These are pretty heavy when full. Get the heavy plastic ones not the collapsible bladder type. These will need to hold up to a lot of abuse.
- Yard wagon or wheel barrow to haul the water jugs and reduce trips to your water source if it is remote.
- Obtaining/Storing additional water
- Assuming you don’t have running/well water on your property…. Rain Barrels are best in most climates if you plan ahead, or you can build your own DIY Water Well.
- Find additional water sources by exploring your neighborhood
- 55 Gallon Storage barrels are easy to set up and forget.
- WaterBOB is great for emergencies with warning you are about to lose water.
- Short Term Food Items – This should be the food you eat every day. Just ensure you have 30 days’ worth of food storage at all times at the minimum. Build out to one year as your resources allow.
- Long Term Food
- Ultra-Long Term Food
- Personal/Home Defense
- Identify what you will use to protect your family if a bad guy is beating down the door. For me I have chosen several firearms and you can read what I consider are the top 5 firearms you need here, the best gun for home defense if you can only afford one and how to find the best handgun for self-defense in other articles on the Prepper Journal.
- Door Security – EZ Armor Door Security Kit
- Sandbags – great for protection from water and bullets.
- Camouflage clothing – This can have multiple advantages
- Body Armor in either Soft or Hard panels
- Heavy Duty Knife
- Holster for Pistol
- Ultra bright flashlight
- For firearms purchase additional ammo and use our Ammo inventory spreadsheet to help keep track of what you have
- Firearm Safe bolted to the floor
- Extra weapon cleaning supplies
- Make sure you have appropriate clothing to be outdoors. Trendy stops being cool when you have to live outside in the elements. This goes for children too.
- Layers are key in winter, wicking garments in the summer. If you have plenty of camping gear you should be set.
- Sturdy Work Boots
- Heavy Duty Socks – Wool Blends like Merino are my favorite for winter.
- Heavy Duty Gloves
- Repair Materials if needed
- Temporary Shelter
- Heat Source
You can read more about cooking when the grid goes down in this article.
- Gas Grill
- Camp Stove
- Rocket Stove like the EcoZoom
- Fire pit
- Solar Oven
- Spare Propane Cylinders
- Disposable lighters/ Matches
- Manual Can Opener – or you can use this method.
- Butane Stove – Spare fuel Canisters
- Cast Iron Cookware – The best option for cooking when the grid goes down.
- Rechargeable Batteries X 2 for the important items (radio, lights)
- Battery Charger w/ solar or vehicle adapter for batteries and cell phones
- 1000 Watt Inverter connected to car battery for charging devices/running small appliances
- Spare fuel to run vehicle (min 25 gallons)
- 5 – 5 Gallon gas cans
- PRI – G gas treatment for long-term fuel storage.
- 3000 W Generator
- Tri-fuel generator (gas, propane, natural gas)
- Spare fuel for generator (min 90 gallons)
- 7 – 14 gallon gas cans
- 100 Watt Solar Panel kit
- Deep cycle Batteries
- Siphon pump to acquire additional fuel
- LED Flashlight with spare batteries – 1 per person
- Candles – 15 Hour Emergency candles
- Battery powered lantern for common areas
- Headlamps for each individual – infinitely easier and more practical than flashlights. Allows for hands free tasks.
- Propane lanterns – great outdoor lighting option or use within well-ventilated area.
- Oil lamps – the right kind can provided plenty of light and last longer than batteries, or should according to use.
- Lamp Oil
Survival Manuals – Introduction to concepts
- SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea – by John Lofty Wiseman
- How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times – by James Wesley Rawles
- When All Hell Breaks Loose – by Cody Lundin
- Surviving Doomsday – A Guide for Surviving an Urban Disaster – by Richard Duarte (You can read our review here)
Homesteading / Self Sufficient Skills
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living – by Carla Emery
- Stocking Up: How to Preserve the Foods You Grow, Naturally – by Carol Stoner
- Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – by Suzanne Ashworth
- Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game – by John J. Mettler
- Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition – by Abigail R. Gehring
- The Outdoor Knots Book (Mountaineers Outdoor Basics) – by Clyde Soles
- When Technology Fails (Revised & Expanded): A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency – by Matthew Stein
- Cookin’ with Home Storage – by Peggy Layton
Natural Remedies / First Aid
- The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs, with More Than 250 Remedies for Common Ailments – by Penelope Ody
- The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II – by Prevention Magazine
- Curing Everyday Ailments (Readers Digest) – by Readers’s Digest
- Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places – by Steve Brill
- Emergency War Surgery – by Nato
- First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival – by James Hubbard (You can read our review here)
Tactical Methods / Strategies / Security
- Special Forces Guerrilla Warfare Manual – by Wimberley Scott
- Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How to Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills – by Gabriel Suarez
- Boston’s Gun Bible – by Boston T. Party
- Build Your Own underground Root Cellar – by Phyllis Hobson
- The Secure Home – by Joel Skousen
- Strategic Relocation–North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition – by Joel Skousen (You can read our review here)
- You & the Police! – by Boston T. Party
- One Nation, Under Surveillance — Privacy From the Watchful Eye – by Boston T. Party
Fiction – Philosophy – Foreshadowing
- Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse – by James Wesley Rawles
- Atlas Shrugged: (Centennial Edition) – by Ayn Rand
- Holding Their Own: A novel of survival – Joe Nobody
- Brave New World – by Aldous Huxley
- One Second After – William R. Forstchen
- Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank
- Going Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series) – by A. American (You can read our review here)
For tools, these will be basic and not specialized. There are a lot of people who don’t live where there are any trees for example and most will not be building their own log cabin even if they do. Buy the best quality you can afford. You will feel the pain in your wallet one time, but the tool should last long enough to offset that.
- High quality non-GMO seeds.
- Large Pry Bar
- Med-Large Bolt Cutters
- Plastic Zip Ties – Various sizes
- Plastic Bins – 5 Gallon buckets
- Chain Saw – Good for clearing roads or closing roads.
- Heavy Work Gloves – Several Pairs
- Oils and lubricants – Chain oil, motor oil, two cycle oil, WD40
- Wheel Barrow or Yard Wagon
- Full set of wrenches (metric and standard)
- Good Hammer
- Ratchet Straps
- Bungee cords
- Quick Lime
- Spare 5 Gallon Bucket with Toilet Lid
- Trash bags
- Hand Sanitizer
- Bleach – Non-scented or Calcium Hypochlorite is a better long-term option that won’t go bad.
- Latex or Nitrile Gloves
- Camping Shower
- World Band Radio
- Ham Radio – HT (BaoFeng BF-F8HP 8W High Power)
- Base Station Short Wave Radio
- Spare Batteries for HT and Radio
- Solar Charger
So there is the list of ideas for prepping supplies. I know that I missed a million things that people will think is important but I tried to only include items that might make sense to purchase on Amazon today.