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10 Everyday and 10 Unusual Items for a Survival Prepper Cache

10 Everyday Survival Prepper Cache Items

When it comes to stockpiling everyday items for survival prepper cache/stockpile, it’s important to focus on essential supplies that can help sustain you during emergencies or challenging situations. Here are some items that are commonly recommended for stockpiling:

1.  Water: Store enough clean water to cover your basic needs, such as drinking, cooking, and hygiene. The general guideline is to have at least one gallon (3.8 liters) of water per person per day for a minimum of three days.

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2.   Non-perishable food: Stock up on non-perishable food items with a long shelf life, such as canned goods, dried fruits and vegetables, granola bars, nuts, and rice. Choose items that provide essential nutrients and are easy to prepare.

3.  Medications and first aid supplies: Keep a well-stocked first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic ointments, pain relievers, prescription medications, and any necessary medical supplies for your specific needs.

4.   Personal hygiene products: Maintain an ample supply of toiletries like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and diapers if needed.

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5.   Lighting and power sources: Have alternative lighting options like flashlights, batteries, lanterns, and candles. Consider investing in a portable generator or solar-powered chargers for electronic devices.

6.    Warmth and shelter: Keep blankets, sleeping bags, extra clothing, and sturdy shoes in your emergency supplies. If you live in a cold climate, consider stocking up on firewood, portable heaters, or alternative heating sources.

7.   Tools and supplies: Include basic tools such as a multi-purpose knife, duct tape, rope, a can opener, and a battery-operated or hand-crank radio for receiving emergency information.

8.    Personal documents: Make copies of important documents such as identification papers, passports, insurance policies, and medical records. Store them in a waterproof container or a secure digital format.

9.    Cash and important contact information: Keep a small amount of cash on hand, as electronic transactions may be unavailable during emergencies. Maintain a list of important phone numbers and addresses.

10.  Sanitation and waste disposal: Stockpile garbage bags, disinfectants, and cleaning supplies to maintain hygiene and handle waste appropriately.

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Remember to regularly check expiration dates on perishable items and rotate your prepper cache stockpile to ensure freshness and effectiveness. Additionally, customize your survival Prepper cache/stockpile based on your unique needs and the specific risks you may face in your region.

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10 Unusual Survival Prepper Cache Items

When it comes to stockpiling items for your survival prepper cache, it’s important to prioritize necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies. However, there are a few unusual items that could prove helpful in certain survival situations. Keep in mind that these items might not be necessary for everyone, and their usefulness can vary depending on specific circumstances.

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Here are a few unusual items you might consider adding to your survival cache/stockpile:

  1. Duct tape: Duct tape is incredibly versatile and can be used for various purposes like repairing gear, creating makeshift shelters, or even medical applications.
  2. Aluminum foil: Aluminum foil has numerous uses in survival situations. It can be used to cook food over an open flame, create reflectors for signaling, and even form makeshift containers.
  3. Ziplock bags: These airtight bags are lightweight and can be handy for storing and protecting important documents, and electronics, or even keeping food dry and organized.
  4. Paracord: Paracord, or parachute cord, is a lightweight and strong cord that can be used for a multitude of tasks such as building shelters, creating snares, or securing gear.
  5. Super glue: Super glue can be useful for emergency repairs, sealing wounds (under medical supervision), or even creating improvised tools.
  6. Safety pins: These small, lightweight items can serve various purposes like fixing clothing, creating fishing hooks, or makeshift needles.
  7. Plastic sheeting: Plastic sheeting can be used for creating temporary shelters, protecting gear from the elements, or even collecting rainwater.
  8. Multi-tool: A sturdy multi-tool with various functions like pliers, a knife, screwdrivers, and more can be incredibly useful in a survival scenario.
  9. Fishing gear: In addition to traditional food supplies, having some fishing gear like hooks, lines, and sinkers can provide an additional food source if you’re near water.
  10. Solar charger: A solar charger can harness the power of the sun to recharge small electronic devices like phones, radios, or flashlights.

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There are numerous types of survival prepper kits listed on Wikipedia. One of the kit ideas is below.

Get-Me-Home Kit

Some survivalists also recommend keeping a get-me-home kit in the car and/or at work. This is a kit to enable a person to get back home from work in an emergency where all transport cars and public transport have broken down. It is designed around personal circumstances where, for example, a walk of 25 miles might be required from work to home. The get-me-home kit can include, for example, enough water to get home, suitable walking shoes, a map (not electronic), enough food for 12 hours, clothing for adverse weather, etc.

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By Mikhail (Vokabre) Shcherbakov – originally posted to Flickr as Moscow Polytechnical Museum, cosmonaut’s survival kit, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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Remember, the most important items for survival are the basics: food, water, shelter, and medical supplies. Unusual items like those mentioned above can supplement your stockpile, but they should be considered based on your specific needs and circumstances.

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