LONG TERM STORAGE
GENERAL SUPPLIES

Updated February 13, 2003


NOTE: THESE PAGES HAVE BEEN DRAMATICALLY UPDATED
IN
DARE TO PREPARE — 4th EDITION


CAMPING GEAR (Based on 4 people)

36
each
Candles
200
each
Fire Starters (jelly, ribbon, tablets, impregnated peat bricks, wax-coated pine cones, magnesium block, flint)
1
each
First Aid Kit (see list)
1
each
Fuel Refills (for each type, propane, sterno, diesel, gas)
2
each
Fishing Kit
4
each
Foam Mattress Pads (for under sleeping bags, swags, etc.)
4
cans
Insect Repellent
1
each
Kettle, huge, with lid (at least lobster pot size) for boiling water
18
each
Light sticks (12 hour)
4
each
Lighter (butane)
4
bottles
Liquid Detergent for clothes and dish washing
1
each
Mosquito Netting
4
each
Plastic Sheeting or Tarps (waterproofing between sleeping bag and ground)
2
each
Propane Lanterns and Extension Poles
2
each
Propane Tank (20 lb or 9 Kg)
4
each
Propane Wicks or Socks
1
each
Portable Clothes Line and Pegs or Clothes Pins
2
each
Prescriptions for current medications
2
each
Sleeping Bag, Bedroll, Swag or Wool Blankets
1
each
Snake Bite Kit
4
each
Space Blankets (reflects up to 90% of your body heat and only weighs 20 oz)
2
each
Tents (2 person)
5
each
Trash Bags*
1
each
Wash Board
1
each
Wash Tub for laundry
10
boxes
Waterproof Matches
* Purchase the heaviest, largest trash bags available for countless uses like an extra tent, emergency wind/rain protection or keeping pack and contents dry)
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CARRYING ITEMS

4
each
Backpack for supplies
4
each
Fanny pack for short excursions
4
each
Five Gallon Pail with Lid
4
each
Water Canteen
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CLOTHING

24
each
Bandanas (inexpensive shield face, head cover, wash cloth, bandage, sanitary pad)
12
each
Complete Change of Clothing* (3 for each person)
2
each
Current Prescription Glasses
12
each
Dust Masks
12
each
Extra 3 sets of underwear (3 for each person)
1
each
Gas Mask if you are living in one of the top 120 major cities
8
pair
Heavy Socks for boots
4
each
Rain Poncho OR Rubberized Parka and Rain Pants (oversized to layer clothing underneath; these are preferable over Rain Ponchos-offer more protection)
4
each
Sturdy Boots
4
each
Sunglasses
4
pair
Tennis Shoes
4
pair
Work Gloves, heavy duty
*Most people will need to consider seasonal changes. Every season, update your stored change of clothes for appropriate weather conditions. In winter, include coats, hats, gloves, thermal underwear, snow boots and clothes for layering.
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COMMUNICATION ITEMS

1
set $1000. in cash and change (during times of disaster charge cards and checks will not be honored*
2
each Compass of good quality
6
each Notepad
2
each Map of your local area
4
each Pen
4
each Pencil
1
set Phone numbers and addresses of friends/family
1
set Pre-addressed, stamped postcards of friends and family out of state (if a disaster is widespread, you'll want to contact someone out of the area)
1
each Radio (solar, hand cranked or battery powered)
8
each Road Flares (these are not legal is Australia)
1
each Short-wave Radio (plus extra batteries)
12
each Signal Flares (these are not legal in Australia)
4
each Signal Mirror
4
each Signal Whistle
*Money is always hard to tuck away and pretend it isn't there, but in this instance, it is a necessity. One can't depend on merchants accepting credit cards during a crisis. Think about it. Whenever you make a purchase, it is always verified by a telephoned authorization number. If phone lines are down and these numbers are not obtainable, chances are your proposed purchase won't be allowed.
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COOKING ITEMS

2
rolls Aluminum Foil, heavy weight
2
each Boning Knife
2
each Bread Loaf Pan
1
each Butcher Knife
1
each Camp Stove
1
each Can Opener, manual, heavy duty
1
each Corkscrew
6
each Dish Cloths
1
each Dutch Oven, large with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
Food/Water Supplies (see Long-Term Storage suggestions)
Fuel for Camp Stove (see Propane Tank listed in Camping Gear)
1
each Grater
1
each Grain Grinder, manual
1
each Hot Pad
6
each Melamine Plates and Cups (aluminum gets too hot)
1
each Metal Coffee Maker or Billy Can
1
each Mixing Bowl, Large
1
each Mixing Bowl, Small
2
each Pancake Turners, metal not plastic
1
each Paring Knife
1
roll Plastic Wrap
2
each Quart Containers with Lids (for purifying water, you need 2 so water can be poured back and forth to re-oxygenate)
1
each Sauce Pan, large with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
1
each Sauce Pan, small with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
1
each Spoons, Metal
2
each Spoons, Wooden
1
each Skillet, large with lid, stainless steel or cast iron best*
5
pkgs Water Purifying Tablets (50 count)
2
each Water Purification System (see article water purifiers)
2
boxes Ziploc Freezer Bags, gallon
2
boxes Ziploc Freezer Bags, quart
*If you elect to cook outside, cover food to guard against insects. In Australia there are nasty blowflies (blowies in OZ speak) which do rather rude things (lay maggot eggs) in any meat, given the chance. Using lids will also expedite cooking and water boiling times which reduces fuel consumption.
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INFANT SUPPLIES

3
sets Baby Clothes
2
bottles Baby Powder
2
bottles Baby Wash
2
each Blankets
3
each Bottles
26
boxes Diapers, disposable (24 count)
1
bottle Diaper Rash Ointment
?
cans Formula
2
bottles Lotion
1
each Teething Ring
2
boxes Towelettes, Premoistened
Toys
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LATRINE AND GENERAL HYGIENE

12
pair Surgical Gloves (these are inexpensive and can be obtained in discount stores)
1
each Camping Potty
2
bottles Disinfectant
3
gallons Liquid Bleach and Eye Dropper
4
bottles Liquid Detergent for clothes and dish washing
4
each Sponges
2
boxes Steel Wool Pads like Brillo
40
rolls Toilet Paper, rolls flattened
2
boxes Towelettes, Premoistened (in addition to ones for infants)
120
each Trash Bags, large (for human waste and misc. rubbish)
4
bottles Vinegar
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MISCELLANEOUS

1
each Bible
1
each Board Games: Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, Backgammon, Checkers
8
each Books for pleasure
1
set Certified Copies of:
  • wills
  • birth, death, marriage certificates and divorce decrees
  • house and life insurance policies
  • inventory of valuable household items
  • deeds and contracts
  • stocks and bonds
  • charge card account numbers and their "lost or stolen" notification numbers
  • bank account numbers
  • medical records including immunizations
  • social security numbers
  • passports, where pertinent for each family member
*Keep these items in waterproof containers. Many survival and camping stores sell flat, water tight pouches. If you have a food vacuum sealer, this is another great use for it!
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Ammunition, appropriate to and if firearm is selected
1
each Clock, wind-up manually like Big Ben and Baby Ben
2
each Firearm, (pistol and rifle recommended, personal choice item, see Firearms Page if you don't know where to start)
1
each Hunting Knife
2
decks Playing Cards
1
each Magnifying Glass
1
box Paper Clips, assorted sizes
1
box Rubber Bands, assorted sizes
1
box Safety Pins, assorted sizes
1
each Dare To Prepare book
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PERSONAL HYGIENE

1
bottle After Shave
2
months Birth Control
2
bottles Body/Hand Lotion
4
each Comb and Brush
1
set Cosmetics
2
each Dental Floss
2
bottles Body/Hand Lotion
4
each Comb and Brush
1
each Cosmetics
2
each Dental Floss
4
each Deodorant
3
bottles Liquid Soap for personal washing
1
box Panty Liners
1
bottle Perfume
3
pkgs Razor Blades (10 count)
3
bottles Shampoo
1
box Tampons/Sanitary napkins
4
each Toothbrush
3
tubes Toothpaste
1
each Tweezers, pointed
8
each Wash Cloths & Towels
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PET CARE

18
each Chew Bones
10
bags Dog Food, dry (4 Kg or 10 Lb each)
2
each Food Bowl
2
each Leash and Collar
2
each Muzzles
5
bags Litter
1
each Litter Box
1
pkg Litter Box Liners
2
each Toys
1
each Water Bowl
?
gallons Water*, one gallon per dog per day. For a cat, it is about 1 pint.
*(Even if it is a small animal, plan on the unexpected. SOMEBODY will undoubtedly spill their day's ration and the pet's water can be used in emergency.)
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SENIOR CARE

2
each Batteries for Wheelchairs and Hearing Aids
1
each Crutches or Walkers, Tips and Pads
2
boxes Denture Care Items
1
spare Eye Glasses
2
months Heart or Blood Pressure Medications
2
months Prescriptions
Special Dietary Items
3
sets Warmer Clothing (generally the elderly have trouble with poor blood circulation and get cold easier)
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TOOLS & HANDYMAN ITEMS

2
each ABC Fire Extinguisher (check for expiration date)
1
each Axe
6
each Bungee Straps (variety of lengths)
1
each Bush or Tree Saw
1
set Buttons, assorted sizes
1
each Crowbar
1
each Drill, Hand-operated
3
rolls Duct Tape
4
each Flashlight (extra batteries, spare bulbs)
1
each Generator, diesel preferably 5 KW
1
each Hammer
1
each Hatchet
1
roll Masking Tape (for labeling, etc)
1
box Nails, assorted sizes
1
pkg Needles and Thread, assorted "eye" sizes
1
box Pins
1
each Pliers, needle nose
1
each Pliers, regular
1
each Post Hole Digger, auger type
100' (30m)
Rope, Nylon
1
each Scissors
1
each Screwdriver, Phillips
1
each Screwdriver, Flat Head
1
each Shovel, Rounded V-shaped for digging
1
each Sledgehammer
1
each Staple Gun and Staples
1
each Swiss Army Knife
100' (30m)
Twine or Heavy String
1
each Vice Grips
1
each Wire Cutters
1
each Wench and Cable, manual
1
each Wrench


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