Prepping Essentials: Items Everyone Should Be Hoarding


( – Preppers often get mistaken as hoarders due to their stockpiles of food and essential supplies. In most cases, this label isn’t correct. However, with a few key items, it should be.

To explain why preppers may want to consider hoarding a few key supplies, Survival Dispatch has provided the following video:

Some items are so important that a good case could be made for hoarding them. After all, in a grid-down environment or even a full-blown end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) event, these items will likely not be available to purchase anymore. Here are the top 15 such items as presented by Survival Dispatch:

  1. Toilet Paper. After the panic buying of toilet paper (TP), this can be a bit of a sore subject. However, it’s better to have a lot of it on hand in a bad situation (like during the great TP shortage of 2020) than to run out. There aren’t a lot of pleasant alternatives out there to replace it.
  2. Duct Tape. As the saying goes, “If it can’t be fixed with duct tape, you aren’t using enough duct tape.”
  3. Firestarters. You can never have enough matches and lighters. Yes, you can start a fire by rubbing sticks together, but it’s time-consuming and difficult.
  4. Batteries. Definitely a top priority, batteries can power a slew of tools in a pinch. Don’t depend too much on rechargeable batteries, either. Yes, they are nice to have, but if the grid goes down they won’t do you much good.
  5. Flashlights. If the grid does go down, being able to see at night will be a big deal. Not only will these allow you to see in the dark, but they also double as weapons in a pinch. Besides, you need something to use all of those batteries on.
  6. Candles. Having a secondary source of light is a good thing. Prepper circles preach redundancy for a reason.
  7. Unscented Bleach. Having unscented bleach on hand is incredibly important. Not only can it disinfect surfaces, it can also disinfect water.
  8. Plastic Bags. Heavy-duty trash bags have a wide variety of survival purposes. From makeshift ponchos and tarps to keeping actual garbage contained, these are a good investment.
  9. Tarps. Need a quick shelter? Want to collect rain? A tarp can do both of these things and so much more. Camouflage tarps can cover supplies to hide them from prying eyes, and the weather as well.
  10. Socks. Extra socks can be a game-changer in a long-term disaster scenario. Socks wear thin quickly, more so when you have to hunt your meal each day. They also keep your feet warm in cold weather.
  11. Salt. Keeping a stockpile of salt is a no-brainer. Too much salt can be bad for your health, but it’s a necessary nutrient for good health. In addition, salt has been used for centuries to preserve food.
  12. Heirloom Seeds. In a long-term survival scenario, having the ability to grow food that is sustainable will be vital. Many store-bought seeds nowadays may be non-GMO, but they are hybrid seeds that will not reproduce after one season. Heirloom seeds, on the other hand, will produce vegetation that can be replanted year after year.
  13. Propane. There are dozens of items that can run on propane — most notably lamps, stoves, grills and heaters.
  14. Oil Lamp Supplies. Wicks and oil to operate old school oil lamps are a great investment. If the power goes out, these can create a great deal of light for working or security purposes.
  15. Paracord. Another prepper staple, paracord has more uses than can easily be counted. In conjunction with a tarp, survival shelters can be constructed with it. Paracord has multiple strands built in, which work for fishing lines, bowstring or even snares.

Although there are countless other items that could be added to this list, these 15 are a good start toward preparing for a long-term survival situation. You never know when a disaster will strike, or when panicking people will buy out the supplies of odd items.

For more items that should be on a prepper’s list of essential supplies, check out our article here.

Do you think these items are worth stockpiling for a future emergency? Do you have any other items you would add to the list? Reply to your email and let us know, we would love to hear from you!

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