These items need to be on your holiday shopping list; this is no time to forget about being prepared for emergencies.
The holidays are a perfect time to stockpile a few things for emergency preparedness. The availability of certain items, plus the holiday sales, mean that you can get what you need for less money.
While the average shopper might not be aware of this, there are three types of products for preppers that should be snapped up now, while the getting is good.
Don’t forget to pick up extras. Having redundancy is important (read more about the importance of redundancy here). Make sure you have a basic supply of these items on hand before Christmas, and then go back to the stores after the holidays to add extra stockpile items that may be put on clearance.
What should you purchase for prepping? You’ll need the following 36 items, which we have broken down for you, by grouping.
“Christmas Gift Ideas for Men”
All chauvinism aside, there are many items that are advertised as Christmas gift ideas for men. While some of these items might leave you shaking your head (what were they thinking when they invented that beer hat?), others could be quite useful for all preppers.
1. Camping stoves
2. Pocket knives and heavy duty knives
4. Camouflage clothing
5. Sturdy belts
7. Kerosene heater
8. Gas grill
12. Solar charger
13. Hand cranked battery charger
Last minute deals on warm clothing, marketed either as seasonal clothing or as gifts, make this time of year ideal for stockpiling winter clothing and gear. When buying clothing items for your family, remember to allow for growth of children and young adults. You may also want to stock a few extra sizes for bartering, or if you anticipate adding new members to your group.
18. Coats and jackets
19. Heavy duty socks
20. Thermal underwear and liners
21. Ear muffs
Stocking Stuffers and Office Gifts
Many smaller items that are marketed as stocking stuffers or packaged as office gifts can be very useful items to use for prepping.
22. Pocket warmers
24. Head lamps
25. Bottle openers
This time of year, there is an abundance of holiday food, as well as the ingredients to make holiday food; the choices may be overwhelming. Start with the items on this list. Add to it, if you find a particularly good deal on a shelf-stable favorite.
26. Hard candy (learn more about storing candy here)
27. Canned condensed milk
28. Canned pumpkin
29. Food Storage packages
30. Peanut butter
31. Dried fruit
32. Nut mixes
33. Canned and dehydrated soup
34. Sugar and spices
35. Potatoes (both whole and instant)
36. Dry-cured meats, such as salami