List of Non-Food Survival Items to Stockpile

With the surge of disasters that have hit the country in the past few years, Americans are finally waking up to the need to stockpile emergency supplies.

Even if you can make it to a supermarket during a disaster, items are going to quickly disappear off the shelves – and you might even have to fight your way to get products.

So, you MUST have non-perishable foods, like canned goods, and a lot of water stockpiled to help you get through a disaster (get a list of foods to stockpile here).

But, sorry to break it to you: stockpiling food isn’t going to be enough to get you through a long-term disaster.

Here is a list of non-food items you will also need to stockpile.

Hygiene Items

Hygiene isn’t just a matter of smelling nice while you wait out a disaster. If you get dirty, then it can become a serious health risk.

Of these items, the most important is going to be buckets and trash bags to serve as a toilet. You can read more about survival hygiene and how to make an emergency toilet system here.

  • Toilet Paper: You can wipe with magazine pages or even pine combs, but do you really want to? Plus, you can use toilet paper to make an emergency heater.
  • Trash Bags and Buckets: For making an off-grid toilet.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Using this instead of soap will help you save water.
  • Female Hygiene Items: My wife uses a menstrual cup, which is reusable and lasts 5 years, so we don’t stockpile these.
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes: These are great for cleaning yourself when you can’t take a shower.
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors

First Aid Items

Please make sure you read our post about first aid items, and be sure to have a first aid kit packed at home, and a lightweight first aid kit for your Bug Out Bag too!

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend taking a course in first aid. Otherwise, all of these supplies will be pretty much useless in a true emergency situation. Learn skills like how to dress a wound, CPR, how to set a splint, and which medications to give.

Other Supplies

  • Duct tape and WD-40: Seriously, is there nothing that these two tools can’t fix?
  • Rope and cord: Have a variety of types of rope, including paracord in your stockpile
  • Tools: A box cutter, hammer, screwdriver, wrench, and other tools will come in handy if you need to make last-minute repairs or improvise a solution
  • Nails and Screws: You’ll want these for making furniture or shelters, or doing repairs
  • Candles, flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Plastic sheeting: Great for things like repairing a broken window or collecting water.  Read this post about survival uses for plastic tarps
  • Pens, pencils and paper
  • Entertainment: A deck of cards is small and can provide lots of entertainment. I’ve also included some How-To books and manuals in my emergency supplies stockpile
  • Socks and underwear: You can get by wearing the same clothes for a few days, but you definitely don’t want to wear dirty socks and underwear. That will cause some nasty chaffing and infections.
  • Water filters: Recommended reading – How To Choose The Best Water Filter
  • Bleach: This is useful for hygiene reasons, and also for purifying water if you don’t have any filters left
  • Lighters, matches, and firestarters
  • Fuel: Read this article about off-grid cooking methods
  • AMMO and WEAPONS! You might also want to stock up on supplies like barbed wire in case you need to set up a defense around your home.

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Barter Items

For a true SHTF situation, you will want to have some items to barter with. Ideally, a barter item should be something which is in-demand but you know how to make yourself, such as soap or candles.

Even if you have excess of something now, you might end up needing it later – so try not to barter away items that you can’t replace.

Read our post about the top barter items.

Getting Started with Stockpiling for Survival

As you can see, this list is pretty long – and this is only the non-food items you should be stockpiling!

Depending on your personal needs, you will probably want to add a lot of items to the list.

So how are you supposed to get started with stockpiling?

I understand that most people have budget and space constraints with stockpiling, but that shouldn’t prevent you from getting started.

Start slowly. When you go shopping and notice one of these items on sale, buy a few extra. Over time, your prepper stockpile will add up. You can also make a list of items by priority.

In terms of priority, you will want to focus on these items:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Toilet paper + buckets for toilet
  • Lighting
  • Heating/Warmth
  • First Aid
  • Hygiene items

As far as space goes, I’m lucky enough to live in a fairly-large home with a basement. But I used to live in a small apartment, so I know what it means to be restricted in terms of space.

Consider getting rid of all that clutter you have in your home and use the space for the survival items you really need.

What items did I miss? Let me know in the comments below or join the discussion on Facebook.

I’m Jacob Hunter, founder of Primal Survivor.
I believe in empowering people with the knowledge to prepare and survive in the modern world.

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  1. Not a necessity but might be nice to have a wind up click tucked away for grid down situation. There’s also many uses for coffee filters.

  2. Another great item to think about packing are menstrual pads (kotex etc). They can be used as a bandage to stop a wound has has excessive bleeding. Tampons are also a good item to have on hand for deep puncture wounds.

    • Good idea for everyone, condoms are also very versatile. For menstrual cycles you might want to consider making a few non-disposable pads that are washable. Depending on the situation, you could easily run out of single use items. There are many patterns on the internet and just a few could serve as a peace of mind back up.

  3. All these lists are very helpful. Would love to see you set these pages up so that we can just click on the list and print it off, rather than having to print off all the pages in the article where the Ads and such cover up half the list so it is unreadable and many, many pages long. I type out the lists myself, but it is tiring. Thank you for all the info.

  4. A map and a compass. And know how to read a compass. Signaling mirror. Flares, a rescue whistle. 4 days worth of high calorie protein food. A knife. Metal container for boiling water or cooking. Your cell phone, yes it can be useful. I also carry a charging brick for it. These are some of the items I have in my bug out BAG. Not if I had to move everything.

  5. Ham Radio- there are free study guides online – It took me 3 days studying to get my license . You will need a way of communicating. The hand helds you can get for about $45. I would suggest finding someone in your area that has a station and is very skilled to help teach you. Most towns have a Ham radio club. I live on a farm so we also have walkie talkies. Also the old CB’s are a good thing to have. We have a group of us that don’t live that far away from each other and we all use CB’s in the vehicles.

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