“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

-Benjamin Franklin

DIY Prepper – How to Start Prepping

Beans, Bullets, & Band-aids

Creating a comprehensive survivalist prepper checklist for a 1-year survival period requires careful planning and consideration of various scenarios. The following is a basic spreadsheet outlining the essentials that a survivalist prepper needs to consider during such a time. Please note that this is just a starting point, and additional items may be needed based on individual preferences, local conditions, and specific survival strategies.

This checklist is not exhaustive and additional items like specific medications, tools, or equipment may be required based on your individual needs and circumstances.

Regularly review and update your prepping supplies, and ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to use them effectively during a survival situation.

FoodNon-perishable food (canned, dehydrated, etc.)Plan for a balanced diet with long shelf life
Freeze-dried meals
MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat)
Grains (rice, wheat, oats, etc.)
Beans and legumes
Dried fruits and nuts
Canned meat and fish
Cooking oil and seasonings
WaterWater storage containersPlan for at least 1 gallon per person per day
Water purification tablets/filters
ShelterTent(s)Consider capacity and durability
Sleeping bags and blanketsSuitable for local climate
Tarp and paracordMultipurpose use
ClothingSturdy, weather-appropriate clothingLayering is key
Boots and durable footwear
Rain gear and cold-weather clothing
First AidComprehensive first aid kitIncluding medications and medical supplies
Prescription medicationsSufficient for the duration
Tools and GearMulti-tool
Survival knife
Firestarter (lighters, matches, etc.)
Flashlights and headlampsExtra batteries
Portable solar chargerFor charging devices
Whistle and signaling devices
CommunicationHand-crank or solar-powered radioFor weather updates and emergency broadcasts
Two-way radios or walkie-talkies
Hygiene and SanitationToilet paper and sanitation suppliesIncluding waste disposal bags
Soap, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies
Menstrual products (if applicable)
SecurityFirearms and ammunition (if legally allowed)
Pepper spray or other non-lethal options
Self-defense training and tools
Misc SuppliesCash in small denominationsIn case of power outage or limited access to ATMs
Important documents (IDs, passports, etc.)Stored in a waterproof container
Maps and navigation tools
Entertainment items (books, cards, games)Mental well-being during isolation
Gardening seedsPlanting a home garden & barter

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