50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy If you’re reading this, you probably already know the basics: water purification, food storage, first aid, lighters, flashlights, etc. But even hardcore survivalists can overlook things. In this post I want to mention 50 survival items you might have forgotten to buy.

I already mentioned several of these in the post, Unusual Survival Gear, but this is a much longer list. It’s not comprehensive, but hopefully it’ll remind you of a few things you still need to get. For everything on this list that you already have, give yourself a pat on the back.

1. Acoustic Instruments – For entertainment and morale.
2. Aluminum Foil50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Great for all sorts of things like cooking food, boiling water, enhancing antennas, keeping sunlight out, etc.
3. Axes50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – How else will you chop firewood?
4. Baby Wipes50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Really easy way to keep clean.
5. Baseballs, basketballs, footballs, etc. – Playing ball is a great way to stave off boredom and keep morale up during hard times.
6. Bicycle Gear – If gasoline is in short supply, you might need your bike to get around. That means you’ll need a bike pump, extra tubes, etc.
7. Book lights50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – It’s difficult to read by candlelight and you don’t want to waste your flashlight’s batteries. Book lights are cheap and last a long time.
8. Books – You might be surprised how much free time you have after the SHTF, especially when you’re on guard while others sleep. Now’s your chance to read those books you always meant to read (like Atlas Shrugged50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy).
9. Bug Spray50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – There is usually a major lack of proper sanitation after a disaster, especially if there isn’t running water. That means there will be more roaches and other critters. There might also be a lot more mosquitoes.
10. Bullion Cubes50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – These make boring meals much more delicious.
11. Calendars50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – You’ll need a way to track the day and date if the power is out for a long time.
12. Candy – Huge morale booster during difficult times. Just don’t overdo it.
13. Cast Iron Cookware50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – If you’re cooking over a fire, your regular pots and skillets won’t cut it.
14. Cloth Diapers50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Other than the obvious usage, these are also great for cleanups because they’re so absorbent.
15. Clothes Lines and Pins – Because your dryer will be a waste of space.
16. Condiments – Imagine eating a typical meal without mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, hot sauce, etc. You’ll get bored fast.
17. Condoms50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – TEOTWAWKI is not a great time to get pregnant, but people still have needs. Use protection.
18. Cotton Balls50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Great for first aid, cleaning, kindling, and many other things.
19. Duct Tape50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – A must have for any prepper.
20. Ear Plugs50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – It’s important to use these when hunting with firearms, but they’ll also help you sleep at night. Why? Because after the SHTF every little bump will wake you up. Just make sure someone is standing guard while you sleep.
21. Floss – It’s even more important than your tooth brush. If you’re not flossing now, get started. (See “Get Your Teeth Fixed“)
22. Games – Board games, cards, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and any other type of game that doesn’t require power. This is especially important if you have children.
23. Glasses and Repair Kits50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – If you wear glasses, make sure you have a backup pair and a way to fix them.
24. Glow Sticks50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – A great way to find your way around in a dark house.
25. Goggles – This includes safety goggles and swim goggles. You never know.
26. Hand Sanitizer50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – As I mentioned above, there might be a lack of proper sanitation after a major disaster. Stay germ-free.
27. Instant Coffee50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – If you’re hooked on coffee (like I am), then you’re liable to go crazy when your coffee pot won’t turn on.
28. Map of Your Town – Most of us have gotten used to relying on Google Maps and GPS, but those could become things of the past. Paper maps never stop working.
29. Paper Plates50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – So you won’t have to waste water cleaning dishes.
30. Pencil and Paper – These are historic times so keep a journal. Also important for games and making lists.
31. Pet Supplies. Don’t forget about your pets! There’s a detailed list of pet supplies in this post.
32. Plant Pots50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Plants often easier to grow in pots than in the ground.
33. Plastic Sheeting50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – For repairing leaks, collecting water, keeping out contaminants, and much more.
34. Powdered Butter and Eggs – It’s amazing how many recipes require butter and/or eggs. These are hard to store long-term, so try some of the powdered variety.
35. Powdered Juice Mix – Because you’re going to get sick of drinking room-temperature water.
36. Saw50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Axes are good for chopping firewood, but you’ll need a saw for everything else.
37. Sewing Kit50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – If your clothes tear, you might not be able to afford or even get access to new ones. Learn how to sew.
38. Shoe Laces50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Again, you might not be able to get new ones. Plus, shoe laces have several uses.
39. Shut-off Wrench – Very important if you have gas power. A broken gas line is extremely dangerous.
40. Slingshots50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Another way to kill small animals for food.
41. Snow Shoes – You’ll be trapped in a snowstorm without them.
42. Song Books – As with acoustic instruments (mentioned above), these are good for entertainment and morale boosting.
43. Survival Books – You’ll need this as a reference. Check out my post, The 10 Best Books On Survival.
44. Tampons – You really don’t want to be without these. Ask your wife what type she prefers and order them in bulk.
45. Tarps50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Use them to keep stuff dry, provide shade, carry things, and so forth.
46. Umbrellas50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Do you have one? If so, does it work well? And do you have extras for your family members?
47. Whistles50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – These can be a lifesaver if someone is under attack or lost.
48. Wind-up Clocks50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – So you don’t have to waste batteries.
49. Yard Bags50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Heavy duty bags will be useful for all the trash and debris that accumulates.
50. Ziploc Bags50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy – Great for keeping things dry and organized.

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  • Melissa Benko

    I thought this list was quite useless. Real things to add: first aid kit, sterno cans, medications including benadryl, aspirin, cold/flu medicine, dry shampoo (so you dont waste water washing hair),

  • Matthew

    I think you missed the point. These are things you might have forgotten to buy after already getting all the important stuff first.

  • Maria G. Cope

    A lot of these things really aren’t necessities, but would be nice to have ICE. And not to go all feminist and whatnot, but “Tampons – You really don’t want to be without these. Ask your wife what type she prefers and order them in bulk” why assume men are the only ones prepping? And as far as the dry shampoo comment: Toss some baking soda on those roots and keep it moving. Or not. Because if the SHTF, the last thing I’m thinking of is how fresh my hair is.