Emergency Supplies List and Must Have Survival Gear

Welcome to My Emergency Supplies, my name is Kevin. During my time in the Marine Corps I learned a lot about surviving in adverse conditions, and some must have survival gear you should have to increase your chance of survival during an emergency or natural disaster in 2017.

The world is a crazy place nowadays. It’s a good idea to invest a little time and money now preparing for what might happen down the road.

Heck, if you have everything on this list you’ll be living comfortably while your neighbors are struggling to survive. If you like them you’ll be able to help them out, otherwise you’ll have peace and quiet going forward.

The rest of this page will cover a good general emergency supplies list. The list will cover each item in order of importance, with the top items being most important.

Emergency Food Supply

Valley Food SuppliesHaving a long term food supply when an emergency situation arises is vital. We have all seen what happens when even a minor storm or threat is coming. People immediately go to store and stock up on everything they need in case they won’t be able to make out for the next few days.

The store shelves quickly thin… I’m from Pennsylvania, and even when a minor snow storm is coming this happens.

Most people buy enough food to make it for maybe… a week comfortably. Now think about how things would change if a more serious threat or natural disaster hit. In many cases, getting to the store for a long period might not be possible.

Even if you could, those store shelves might not be getting restocked. I mean, if the semi-trucks and transport vehicles can’t get the supplies to stores… you can imagine how things would quickly get crazy.

In the United States, we have already seen this happen many times when hurricanes or other natural disasters hit. You see people looting stores and burglarizing their neighbors to make ends meet.

Bottom Line:

Most people just don’t think ahead, and they pay the price down the road. It doesn’t cost much and it’s a good idea to have at least a few months food supply. Keep reading to learn your options.

#1 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)

MREs Meals Ready to EatA MRE is an individually packed dehydrated meal that lasts a very long time (typically 5 years or more depending how they’re stored).

They’re very nutrient/calorie dense, and are designed to provide the body with essential nutrition when traditional food supplies are not available. They usually consist of a main meal along with several accessories, such as muffins, cookies, fruit, etc.

If you want a very in-depth review of MREs check out my everything you need to know about MREs page here.

Where to Buy MREs:

There are many types of MREs. I don’t sell any on this site, but I have listed some good Meal Ready to Eat suppliers below. To see what is in each menu item, check out my everything you need to know about MREs page (link above).

To buy genuine US military surplus MRE menu items 1-12 check out this supplier.

To buy genuine US military surplus MRE menu items 13-24 check out his supplier.

They usually have competitive prices and reasonable shipping. And most importantly, you can rest assured they were stored correctly and are fresh.

#2 Freeze Dried Food

Freeze Dried FoodBuying freeze dried food is a great way to enhance your emergency food supply, and it stays good for up to 30 years!

Freeze drying is an old technique that allows food to retain its nutritional value and taste over extended periods of time.

Keep reading to find out how freeze drying works and two good companies you can buy from.

How it Works:

Freeze drying is a three-step process. First food is frozen, then placed in a low heated vacuum chamber, causing frozen water crystals to evaporate directly from ice to vapor in a process called sublimation.

Next, the food goes under a “second drying” where any residual water molecules are removed at increased temperatures.

The food is then sealed with nitrogen for storage to prevent any water or oxygen from getting inside, thus preventing the food from spoiling.

Where to Buy Freeze Dried Food:

Option #1: There are a couple products I recommend, the first is the Mountain House Just in Case Bucket. The company has a 30 year taste guarantee… One case provides 12 meals, which is a 3.5-day supply for a single person. There are many different great meal combinations, and they’re very affordable. Click here to read reviews and more about the Just in Case Bucket. All you need to do is add water to each individual packet, and you can eat right out of the packet so there is no mess.

Option #2: If you’re looking to buy a bulk long term food supply, Valley Food Storage offers healthy freeze dried survival food for emergencies. Each box provides a 3 month supply for one individual. The company ensures quality by not using harmful ingredients like monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrogenated oils, or GMOS. The packets are lightweight, making them easy to transport and store. The bags are resealable, so you can rest assured your food will stay fresh even after opening. Click here to see more about Valley Food Storage freeze dried food.

#3 Canned Food Supply

Although I am not a Mormon, I know they believe everyone is responsible for having at least a 1 year food supply so they can remain self-sufficient in case of emergency.

So why am I telling you this? Well, you can take advantage of this. What my family does is hook up with a local Mormon food storage facility that allows us to go in and can all types of foods, such as various types of wheat, beans, fruit, etc. This is one option you could explore. You can also just go there and purchase the food by the can or case.

You can check out the food storage section of their website here they have 101 locations in the United States, so you should be able to find a facility near you.

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Water Supply and Water Filters

Survival StrawsHow long you can survive without water depends on where you live and other factors. Under ideal conditions people are recorded living up to 10 days without water.

Exposure to heat and activity increases the about of water that leaves the body, thus increasing the amount you’ll need to take in.

Under extreme conditions an adult can lose up to 1.5 liters of water through sweat in an hour.

There a many ways to ensure you’ll have enough clean water.

Using the products below, in conjunction with bottled water will ensure you’ll have a sustainable water supply.

Bottom Line:

Ensuring you have clean water and the ability to filter and/or sterilize water is very important. Purchasing a water filter and/or water purification tablets will increase your chance of survival in an emergency situation. To find the best products in each category, keep reading.

#1 Water Purification Tablets

AquatabsThe active ingredient in water purification tablets is usually iodine, chlorine, or chlorine dioxide. These chemicals deactivate viruses, bacteria, and parasites that might be living in the water.

Drinking untreated water from rivers, lakes, wells, cisterns, or collected rain can make you sick, and can even be life threatening.

Water purification tabs are used by all major aid agencies, NATO, and other military organizations to purify water in emergency situations.

I recommend purchasing Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets. They have been around for over 20 years and have treated over 3 billion gallons of water.

The fast acting tabs make water ready to drink in 30 minutes. These tablets don’t make the water taste bad like many other products out there. Aquatabs have been used during hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods.

Warning: Taking iodine tables may be contraindicated for anyone with thyroid conditions, iodine allergies, or women who are pregnant. Water purification tabs are not 100 percent effective and may lose effectiveness over long periods of time.

#2 Water Distiller

Water DistillerAfter a natural disaster, many contaminants such as lead, salt, heavy metals, radiation, and/or other contaminants can taint previously safe drinking water supplies.

Distilling water involves boiling water and capturing/collecting the steam, leaving the dangerous contaminants behind.  There are many ways to make a water distillation system at home, but it’s much easier to just buy one.

You can read more about the nonelectric water distiller I recommend here.

The Waterwise non-electric distiller can distillate 3.2 quarts of water in 1.2 hours, which is equal to about 16 gallons in a day.

This product is great for camping or adding to your emergency supplies. Another plus is that it comes with a 2 year warranty.

#3 Survival Straws

LifeStraw Survival Straw

How survival straws work:

Survival straws are an easy way to filter water. The active carbon filter element found inside the survival straw filters out large pathogens and bacteria that might be living in the water. Another plus is they also remove bad odors and flavor from the water.

Lifestraw’s personal water filters are award winning and have been used around the world by millions of people since 2005. They remove 99.9999 percent of bacteria and protozoan parasites, which far exceeds EPA standards for water filters. Each Straw filters up to 1000 liters of water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. Each straw comes in a sealed bag, making them perfect to put in a backpack or storing for emergencies.

Check out the Lifestraw survival straw here.

#4 Boiling water

Boiling water kills parasites, bacteria, and other pathogens. Although boiling water does not remove heavy metals and other contaminants, it is still one of the best methods to make water safe to drink.

I recommend letting water boil for 5-10 minutes to ensure your water will be safe to drink.

As long as you have a metal pot and a butane burner, you’ll be able to safely boil a lot of water.

I recommend this portable butane stove burner.

Or if you already have a propane tank for your grill, this propane gas cooker is a good buy.

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Survival ShackA survival tent is a must have item on a emergency supplies list. In some cases your home may be destroyed, or you’ll have to relocate for a period of time. Having a survival tent will protect you from rain, wind, and sun.

Recommended Product:

I recommend buying the Survival Shack here.

It is made from a mylar thermal material designed by NASA to reflect up to 90 percent of body heat to keep you warm.

It is lightweight, compact, and easy to carry. It’s good for hiking, boating, hunting, backpacking, or just a good addition to your emergency gear list.

It sets up in minutes and comfortably accommodates two adults.

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Flashlights and/or Headlamps

Hand Crank FlashlightAnyone who has ever lost power quickly realizes how dependent we have become on electricity. Not being able to flip on the lights is very limiting.

Having a dependable flashlight that will keep working in adverse conditions is very important. Along with battery powered emergency flashlights, it’s also a good idea to have a solar powered and/or hand crank flashlight.

Having a headlamp flashlight is very nice so you can work hands free. You don’t need anything super expensive or fancy. The headlamp I recommend here is cheap and will do the job just fine.

A hand crank flashlight is nice because obviously, it doesn’t rely on batteries. One good hand crank flashlight can be found here. It also can be used as a mobile cell phone charger and radio.

One cool product to add to your house is a product developed by the Red Cross called the blackout buddy. When the power goes out the blackout buddy automatically turns on. If you lose power the blackout buddy will allow you to find other hand held flashlights and other things you might need.

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Other Supplies

The below items are not necessarily must have survival gear, but are definitely things you should consider adding to your emergency supplies list.

  • 550 Cord
  • Backpacks
  • Batteries
  • Battery Powered Fan
  • Duct Tape
  • Emergency Radio
  • Epirb
  • Fire Starting Materials
  • Firearms
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fix a flat
  • Flashlights and Headlamps
  • Gps
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hang crank battery charger
  • Hats
  • Heavy Duty Trash Bags
  • Hygiene Products
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Insect Repellant
  • Jumper Cables
  • Knife
  • Lip Balm/chapstick
  • Laminated list of phone numbers
  • Maps and Compass
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Pepper Spray
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Rope
  • Shovel
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Tarp
  • Toilet Paper
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Whistle
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Final Thoughts

You don’t have much control over the environment or when an emergency situation might take place. You do, however, have control over if you’re prepared and how you react to these situations. Spending a little time and investing in emergency essentials will save you time down the road… and possibly your life.

If there is anything you think should be added or changed on our list, leave a comment below. Always good to hear others thoughts. Thanks for visiting my site.

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