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Emergency Survival Supplies Planning 101

In this article, I talk about how to approach the art of Emergency Survival Supplies Planning. This can initially seem to be quite daunting but worry not, this article should help get you started.

Emergency Survival Supplies Planning Rule Number One

So you’ve decided you want to prepare some emergency survival supplies in case you find yourself in the midst of a disaster or survival situation.

Before you head off and start randomly buying emergency survival supplies and kit that you think you might need. Stop and take a moment to think about what it actually is you are planning for.

Whether you want to be prepared for a natural disaster a terrorist attack or any of the many doomsday scenarios we preppers are preparing for. The most common and costly mistake for your wallet or purse is to start buying and building survival supplies that you haven’t properly researched.



My advice comes from personal experience so trust me when I say this. As the famous saying goes you learn from your mistakes, I have and this is one of the reasons I write these articles to share my experiences and to prevent you from making the same mistakes.

How to Plan Your and Research your Emergency Survival Supplies

With a bit of planning and research, you will make sure that you get the right kit for less outlay. A good starting point is to check out the growing number of prepper websites and forums available online. We are a community of preppers who all work together to share our knowledge.

Many of these sites will have a dedicated resources page similar to our prepping resources section which will contain things like preparedness checklists, eBooks, and links to informative emergency preparedness articles on how to build survival kits.

As you carry out your research make a list of the items you want to include in your supplies. Start this list off by adding the items you feel are a priority. For example food and water, survival first aid kit, urban and wilderness survival gear and so on.

Some of the supplies you collect may never be needed but as none of us have a crystal ball you need to hedge your bets and prepare for as many scenarios you can both think of and afford.

The first four items to tick off your list should be:

  1. Water – water is one of the most important survival supplies, you can only go 3 days without it. Remember to Keep some bottled water you can easily to grab and go both at home and in your car. For stockpiling water at home you need to allow for at least five liters of water per person per day.
  2. Food  – Whilst you can technically survive up to 3 weeks without food. I don’t know about you but I would prefer not to put this theory to the test. Having this amount of food reserves of the non-perishable variety will make sure you can survive any immediate needs and buy you some time.
  3. First aid – An emergency first aid kit coupled with some basic first aid knowledge is a must. Head over to our resources section where you will find some helpful downloadable content on this subject. Remember to keep adequate supplies of any medication that you or a family member is taking on a regular basis.
  4. Basic Survival Kit – This kit should include items like a flashlight, multitool, fire-starter, compass and so on.

Emergency Survival Supplies Planning – Tips

Before you go out and buy items, have a look around your home or workplace. You may find you have some of the items already.

Don’t just look for supplies or kit in dedicated prepping or survival stores. If you keep an open mind and are in constant prepper mode whilst going about your daily business. You will find items that you can adapt for prepping that are cheaper than their dedicated equivalent.

Whatever scenario you’re prepping for try to aim for supplies and kit that will help you survive for 3 days minimum.

This time period is often referred to as 72 hours when considering what to include in a Bug Out / 72hr bag.

Gradually build and tweak your kit, if you are starting from scratch buying everything at once will cost a lot and almost certainly put you over budget. From my personal experience, it will probably annoy your wife somewhat as well 🙂

prioritize your purchases and avoid impulse buy. You may hunger for the latest Letherman Multitool or Bear Grylls Kit but these come at a premium. Do you already have something similar you could use to stretch your budget further on other supplies.

“One is none Two is One”

I heard this phrase whilst watching an edition of doomsday preppers and it stuck with me. This is because it makes perfect sense. If you only have one of something and lose it, that’s it, but if you buy a reserve and thus have two you have a backup. If budget allows this is not a bad thing to aim for, its called redundancy planning.

Moving Forward with your Emergency Survival Supplies Planning

Always check your Supplies and kit, make sure it’s in optimum condition. Keep an eye on expiry dates of food and first aid items, replace and replenish as needed. Keep adding to your kit gradually until you are happy with it.

A good goal to aim for is to know off by heart all of the items in your possession. There is no point in having any supplies that you’ve forgotten about because you won’t remember them when you need them.

If you find yourself in an emergency situation the supplies you have built up will help you to survive and keep you safe.

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