The 100 Items That Will Disappear First in a Societal Collapse

Written by Lila
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:35
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I must admit I copied this from email, but it's a great list!

The 100 Items That Will Disappear First in the Potential Collapse
(but not necessarily in the order of their disappearance)
Remember First and Foremost:
If you don't physically have it in your possession you don't own it!


  1. Generators - Good ones cost dearly; Gas storage is Risky; Noisy; Target of Thieves; Maintenance, etc. Honda is the best!)
  2. Water Filters/Purifiers - Katadyne for camping, Big Berkey for Gravity Fed, Filtration is a must! 
  3. Portable toilets - Humanure Style, Outhouse, Porti-Potti, Luggable Loo, plus supplies 
  4. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels -  You can never have too much TP 23% increase in less than a year 
  5. Wood Burning Stove - Plenty of seasoned firewood and old newspapers.  Cylinder, Four Dog 
  6. Lamp/Lanterns - Coleman, Aladdin for table, Dietz No. 76 for hurricane style plenty of wicks and oil 
  7. Fuel All Types - Coleman Fuel, Impossible to stockpile too much, Pure lamp oil unscented, Gas, Kerosene, Propane and Diesel
  8. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Bats & Slingshots (your preference) - Minimum of 1- 22 Ruger, 1-Shotgun Remington 870/Mossberg 500, 1-Rifle .308 or 30.06 1000 rds per gun) Ammunition is drying up and getting very expensive 
  9. Hand Can Openers, Hand Egg Beaters and Whisks - Lots of quality (commercial grade) can openers, Swing-A-Way or KitchenAid
  10. Honey, Syrups, White/Brown Sugar -  
  11. Rice, Beans, Wheat, Oats -  Packaged properly will last for 30 years 
  12. Vegetable Oil - For cooking, without it food burns/must be boiled etc. 
  13. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid - Will become scarce suddenly 
  14. Water Containers – (Urgent Item to obtain, Food Grade Only) - Lots of water containers, different sizes 5, 10, 25 and 55 gallon, filled with water now.  
  15. Heater (Propane) -  Mr. Heater Portable Buddy, Mr. Heater Tank Top Radiant, Tank Hose Assembly
  16. Grain Grinder - (Non Electric) Country Living Mill, (The best)
  17.  Propane Cylinder/Tanks - Urgent: Definite shortages will occur  
  18. Survival Guide Book -  Something like Encyclopedia of Country Living, Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It  
  19. Mantles - Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
  20. Baby Supplies - Diaper cloth/disposable, Formula, Baby Wipes-Lots, Ointments, cloths and                                              medicines  
  21. Laundry Supplies - Washboards, Wringer, Mop, Bucket, Plunger, Borax, Fels Naptha Soap, Brushes 
  22. Cook stoves - Propane, Coleman & Kerosene - Camp Chef , Coleman 
  23. Vitamins Herbs and Sprouts
  24. Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products
  25. Thermal Underwear (Tops & Bottoms) – Polypropylene
  26. Bow Saws, Axes, Hatchets, Wedges - Sharpening Stone, Honing Oil - Heavy Duty
  27. Aluminum Foil Heavy Duty & Plastic Food Wrap - Costco Bulk HD
  28. Gasoline Containers -Plastic & Metal -  Jeep Metal or Blitz
  29. Garbage Bags - All Size and thickness’, Impossible To Have Too Many - Ziploc Bags
  30. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 months) - Morning Moo’s the best
  31. Garden Seeds - A Wide Variety of Non-Hybrid & Heirloom (A MUST)
  32. Clothes Pins/Line/Hangers
  33. Coleman's Hand Pump & Repair Kit
  34. Tuna Fish - (in oil) 
  35. Fire Extinguishers - or Large Box of Baking Soda (in every room) 
  36. First Aid Kits - Gauze Sponges, Roller Gauze, Proviodine, CoFlex, etc 
  37. Batteries - all furthest-out for Expiration Dates. Focus on one size for everything 
  38. Spices, Garlic, Baking Supplies and Ingredients - dehydrated specifically for flavor 
  39. Big Dogs - plenty of dog food 
  40. Flour, Yeast & Salt
  41. Matches - Plenty of Strike Anywhere Type. boxed wooden matches will go first 
  42. Writing Paper, Pads, Pencils, Solar Calculators
  43. Insulated Ice Chests- (Good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime)    
  44. Clothing and Work boots - Quality Shirts, Levis , Carhart or equal coats, jackets, sweatshirts, caps. Think Winter 
  45. Flashlights - (LED Preferred with LONG runtime, a pocket AA like Gerber is a must) Consider Streamlight ProPolymer AA, MiniMag w/Nite Ize LED Module, Headlamp 
  46. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks - Record ideas, feelings, experience, etc.    
  47. Garbage Cans - Plastic/Galvanized (great for storage, transporting - if with wheels) 
  48. Men's Hygiene - Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc 
  49. Cast Iron Cookware - Quality Brand Lodge, several sizes and styles
  50. Fishing Supplies/Tools
  51. Mosquito Repellant, Coils, Sprays and Creams (Deet as an ingredient) 
  52. Duct Tape
  53. Tarps, Stakes, Nylon Rope, Spikes, Nails & Wire
  54. Candles (A variety of small and large) 
  55. Laundry Detergent - (liquid) 
  56. Backpacks, Duffle Bags, Fanny Packs and Day Packs
  57. Garden Tools, Supplies, Fertilizers, Pest Control
  58. Scissors, Fabrics, Needles, Safety Pins, etc. 
  59. Canned Fruits, Vegetables, Soups, Stews, Chili
  60. Bleach - (Plain, NOT Scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypo chlorite) 
  61. Canning Supplies - Jars, Lids, Wax, Pectin 
  62. Knives, Leathermen Tools, Sharpening Stones/Files - (Quality is Important) 
  63. Bicycles - Tires, Tubes, Pumps, Chains, etc. 
  64. Sleeping Bags, Blankets/Pillows
  65. Cots /Mats - Inflatable Mattress Foam or Air, Foam Pads. Thermarest or 4” Form (Quality is Important) 
  66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm - Battery Powered 
  67. Board Games, Cards, Dice - Adult and Children Type 
  68. Vermin Control - Rat Poison (D-Con), MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer, Ant Traps and Mousetraps 
  69. Footwear - Winter/Summer, Galoshes, Sorels , Browning, Nike 
  70. Paper goods - Paper Plates, Plastic Cups, Plastic Utensils & Napkins (Stock Up) Bulk 
  71. Non-water sanitizers - Baby Wipes, Oils, Waterless & Antibacterial Soaps (Saves a lot of Water) 
  72. Rain Gear - Rubberized Boots (Galoshes), Gloves, etc
  73. Shaving Supplies - Razors, Creams, Talc, After Shave 
  74. Hand Pumps & Siphons - For Water and for Fuels 
  75. Soy sauce, Vinegar, Bouillons, Gravy and Soup base
  76. Reading Glasses - Several progressive pairs 
  77. Water Enhancers - Chocolate, Cocoa , Tang, Punch
  78. "Survival-in-a-Can" - (Personal Survival Kits, 72hr Kits, Pocket Kits) 
  79. Woolen Clothing - Scarves, Ear-Muffs, Mittens 
  80. Boy Scout Handbook - SAS Survival Manual 
  81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit - (MANCO), Black Visqueen 
  82. Graham Crackers, Saltines, Pretzels, Trail Mix, Jerky
  83. Comfort Food - Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts,  Chewing Gum, Candies
  84.  Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, Handkerchiefs, etc. - (Lots of extras) Winter Merino Wool 
  85.  Lumber - (All Types, OSB Sheeting, Plywood, Dimensional Lumber, etc.) 
  86.  Wagons and Carts - (For Transport To and From) 
  87.  Gloves - (Work, Warming, Gardening, Winter, etc.) 
  88.  Communications - (FRS, GMRS, HAM Radios with extra batteries, antenna’s) 
  89.  Screen for Patches - Glue, Silicone, Nails, Screws, Nuts & Bolts 
  90.  Bottled Water -  Teas, Soft Drinks, Gatorade 
  91.  Pharmaceutical Supplies - Prescription Medications, Pain Relievers 
  92.  Medical Supplies - Band-Aids, Neosporin, Gauze, Trauma Items, Burn Gel 
  93.  Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide
  94.  Tent - Some kind of outside shelter  
  95.  Hats, Cotton Neckerchiefs, Bandannas - Winter and Summer Styles 
  96.  Chickens, Goats and Rabbits
  97.  WD-40
  98.   Alcohol - Wines, Liquors (Bartering and Medicinal Uses) 
  99. Automotive Supplies - Oil, Oil Filters, Batteries, Tires, etc.


From a Sarajevo War Survivor
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

1. Stockpiling helps, but you never now how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden .
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus, value is greater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's the easiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches and more matches.