1. Head to the nearest Wal-mart, B J’s, Sams Club or wherever and pick-up 20 lbs of white or brown rice and 20 lbs of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits.
2. While you’re there grab 10 lbs mixed beans, 10 lbs of white sugar, 10 lbs of iodized salt, two or three gallons of olive oil, 10 lbs oats, 10 lbs each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.
3. Head over to the canned foods and pick-up at least 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Throw in a couple of cases of Ramen noodles.
4. Next over to the canned meats. Pick-up at least 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Grab an assortment of Campbell’s chunky soups 20 cans or so. All of these are pre cooked and can be eaten right from the can.
5. Now to the peanut butter and grab 4 or 6 big containers two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.
6. Get as many cases of bottled water as you feel like lugging to your basement. Get some powdered drink mix pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Then grab 8 or 10 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix. Also grab 5 or 10 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent in canned milk.
7. Go to the vitamin and supplement aisle and pick up 400 tablets of “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. Get the biggest bottle of Tylenol or Aspirin they have. And remember your first aid kit.
8. Now since you are close by go to the TP aisle and pick up a few cases of your favorite brand. Ladies get enough of your products to carry through the next 3 to 6 months.
9. Before you leave the grocery store get a few bars of soap, a good supply of paper plates and plastic utensils. Grab a couple of boxes of wooden matches and a multi pack of bic lighters.
10. Next off to the sporting goods store. Go to the camping aisle and pick up four 5gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home and store in the basement. While you’re there buy 5 boxes or more of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon! Also a good cleaning kit if do not have one already. And lastly pick up the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb.
Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started.
Now what would you add to the list?
Radio, Medications, extra eyewear, special needs items, baby items, etc.
This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not be signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote by Adlai Stevenson
On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.