If you are just getting started with emergency preparations, or if you have been prepping for awhile, chances are there are certain items you have on your “wants” list to add to your stash of supplies. These could be big ticket items, or smaller gadgets. This list could also include items you have heard friends or family rave about and want to try too. Here are 10 prepping “must haves” to add to your wish list this year.
We all know that Life Straw products get rave reviews, but this family size filtration system is a great must have. It can give a family of five clean water for drinking and cooking for up to THREE YEARS. That is awesome! If you have a really large family, consider getting a couple of these for your emergency kit.
If you don’t have a lot of space to store a food stockpile, consider getting some of these ready to eat meal packages. This particular kit from Wise Foods has 84 meals, including some for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, it has a 25 year shelf life, which means you don’t have to worry about it going bad for a long time. This would also make a great gift for someone who isn’t a natural cook or would needs meals that were ready to eat.
One group of items you definitely want to include in your emergency preps are power outage supplies. This kit from Emergency Essentials can give you everything you need to make it through when the power goes out. It has battery powered flashlights, lanterns, and even has an AM/FM weather radio. There are also emergency candles and the matches are waterproof! How cool is that! This kit would be an awesome addition to your emergency kit, and even your camping gear!
This budget friendly LED flashlight is costs less than $5 so it would make the perfect addition to your bug out bags. Add a few to your larger emergency kit, too, as well as the one you keep in your car. It even comes with batteries!
A great water bottle is a must have for a prepper, but also for anyone who spends a lot time outdoors or on the go. This Life Straw bottle can filter up to 264 gallons of water before the filter needs to be replaced, and it even has a lanyard to attach it to your backpack. This would make a great gift for the hiker or athlete on your list as well as purchasing one for everyone’s bug out bag.
If you haven’t added a tent to your supplies, you definitely want to add one to your wish list. This particular tent from SnugPak can be set up quickly, and it is very lightweight at less than 5 pounds, it won’t weigh down your bug out bag. I like this tent because it has 2 entrances, and it is made of a coated material that helps repel the heaviest of rain. It comes with a repair kit, too, so you can make any needed repairs while you are on the go.
A good sleeping bag is another welcome addition to a prepper’s emergency gear. When choosing a sleeping bag, you want one that will keep you warm in the coldest temps. This bag is good for temps that get as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit and can be zipped up for one person, or zipped to an identical bag to make a double sleeping bag. It is budget friendly, too, at less than $30.
One of the things that a lot of people don’t like about traditional hand warmers is that they only have one use. These reusable hand warmers from Emergency Zone can be reused by simply putting them down in some hot water. They also give you 45 minutes of hand warmth. It is a good idea to get some of these for every bug out bag, and keep some in your car glove box, too.
A good portable grill or camp stove should be on every prepper’s list of supplies. You never know when you might find yourself in need of one, and you can’t always depend on your electric stove, especially after a disaster. This portable grill is lightweight at less than 2 pounds and will have you set up and ready to cook in no time. It is budget friendly, too, at around $60.
A good first-aid kit is essential to every prepper’s emergency supply stash. This kit is a good beginner kit that will help a family of four with minor injuries for a day or two. It has all the basic supplies you would need to treat many minor cuts, burns, and other injuries. It only weighs a pound, too, so you can easily stick one in your car trunk or glove box as well as your bug out bag.
You could search for days for people’s must haves when it comes to prepping supplies. Hopefully this list of 10 will get your started building your own stash of survival gear!