Top 10 Prepper Checklist Items For Beginners


A Good Prepper Checklist Can Help Ensure Your Survival!

Putting together a good Prepper checklist is a task that is often overlooked by Preppers and Survivalists. So many Preppers talk about how much they want to get off the grid and be self-sufficient, yet they don’t take the time to setup systematic procedures such as a basic Prepper checklist to follow that will help ensure their existence.

Without a good Prepper checklist, survival gear and emergency supplies are often stored in a totally disorganized and haphazardly way which makes trying to put everything together in an organized and quick way during a real SHTF emergency situation become an event full of stress and confusion.

If you’ve done nothing for your survival until today, Dan Sullivan at Survival Sullivan offers this as the perfect way start.

Talk is cheap so let’s get down to business…

Big Agnes Scout 2-Man Tent

Accommodations for two at just 2 pounds.

#1. Shelter

Having shelter is more important than food and water because, in a survival situation, you need to protect yourself from cold, rain, wind, snow etc. Your best choices are:


#2. Water

According to the rule of threes, you can only survival for 3 days without water so it only makes sense to talk about it first. You should have:

  • one bottle of water in your bug out bag / per family member
  • a water filter such as the LifeStraw
  • a water stockpile inside your home (ideally you’ll want a 55-gallon BPA-free water barrel but 5-gallon containers are ok too)
  • water purification tablets

For more information on how to purify water, check out 4 Must Know Life Saving Ways To Purify Water In The Wilderness

#3. Food

If you’re just beginning, you don’t need to worry about having a huge food stockpile. Start slow and grow it gradually:

  • dried beans
  • white rice
  • canned fruits and veggies
  • canned meat
  • powdered milk
  • multivitamins
  • honey
  • peanut butter

If you would prefer added convenience, have some nutritious emergency food rations to your list.

prepper-checklist-bugout-bag#4. A Bug Out Bag (B.O.B for short)

I wrote in-depth articles on the best backpack as well as the bug out bag essentials but the essentials are that:

  • you need a smaller one if you plan to bug in or have a bug out location nearby
  • OR you need a bigger one with an internal frame and padded shoulders
  • and you need to fill it with essentials but, at the same time, to make sure you keep it light enough to be able to carry it:
  • a first aid kit
  • a water filter
  • 2-3 ways to start a fire (bic lighters, blast-matches etc.)
  • food (hard candy, energy bars, freeze-dried food etc.)
  • cooking utensils
  • topographic maps of the area
  • a AM/FM radio
  • Paracord
  • …and more

#5. Clothes

This is easy. You will need:

  • a good pair of hiking boots
  • trainers (for your survival fitness workouts but also as a back-up)
  • regular warm-weather clothes
  • regular cold-weather clothes

#6. Lighting

You will need:

  • an LED flashlight (preferably hand-crank)
  • a headlamp
  • candles
  • and means to light them (Bic lighters etc.)

#7. A good survival knife

You just can’t call yourself a Prepper without a good survival knife! My weapon of choice is the Morakniv Companion MG made of carbon steel but feel free to explore other choices.

Gerber Parang Machete

Bigger than a knife and easier to conceal than a sword.

#8. Self-Defense

You need several ways to protect yourself:


#9. A DIY First Aid Kit

You need basic supplies to deal with small injuries, headaches, allergies and so on:

  • bandages
  • Ibuprofen
  • aspirin
  • antibiotic cream
  • wet wipes
  • finger splints
  • hand sanitizer
  • …and more

For more information on first aid survival prepping, see Survival Prepping: What To Include In A 3-Day Disaster Emergency Survival Kit

#10. Communications

You don’t need to get a HAM radio license just yet, just make sure you have these:

  • an extra cell phone
  • extra cell phone battery
  • a solar charger
  • an AM/FM radio
  • and walkie-talkies for all your family members

Final Word

Of course, these are only the beginning. Keep in mind that after you complete this checklist, you’re going to have to focus on things such as survival skills, a bigger food stockpile as well as getting into shape. Sometimes you can find great bargains for essential Prepper items just around the corner. Check out our article on how savvy Preppers shop at 14 Emergency Preparedness Items Preppers Look For At Garage Sales.

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