8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies

8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies 

8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies is my favorite list of the basics. Emergency preparedness can easily become an overwhelming thing when you don’t know where to start.

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There is a ton of information out there and everybody has an opinion on it, but it always seems like the basics are often overlooked, and that’s why so many people have trouble even getting started with prepping. 

Getting started with prepping doesn’t need to be overwhelming or expensive. You can start simply by going to the grocery or big box store, and do it when you’re already going. Don’t waste your time making a special trip. 

Here are the 8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies to get you started! 


Let there be light! Nobody likes being stuck in the dark, especially me. I have a cat who loves to get in my way quite often, and it’s getting worse because he’s going blind. So light is absolutely essential in my house. 

Check out my post about creating your own blackout box for power outages to create an organized box that is easy to find when there is a power outage. It’s served me well on several occasions, and I recommend everyone start one. 


Water is life. We need one gallon of water per person, per day, according to FEMA. This will increase if the weather is hot, you are engaging in physical activity, or need to flush toilets, bathe, the list goes on. Stop and think about how many times you use and consume water each day. Stock up! 

Read about my tips on emergency water storage for ways to go about stocking up on water. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a pro, you’ll want to read this and decide which method is the best for you. 


Hangry and hostile happen very quickly in an emergency! Quick and easy is the name of this game to settle everyone. Peanut butter, crackers, ready to eat tuna packets, stuff like that. You can easily pick these up when you go to the grocery store. 

When you are ready to increase your food storage for more long-term emergencies, you’ll want to think about freeze dried foods. 

I am a big fan of both Mountain House and Thrive Life. Mountain House is expensive, but they do have some pretty tasty meals. Thrive LIfe has single ingredients that can be used as part of a full meal, if needed. But you’ll need a way to heat water for both. 

Toilet Paper 

Toilet paper is one of the most sought after items after hurricanes because many people underestimate how much they’ll actually need. 

Covid has also brought about toilet paper shortages since it started, and over a year later, store shelves aren’t fully stocked. 

Here are my 6 toilet paper alternatives that will work when things get bad. But I definitely recommend stocking up before that happens and the alternatives are needed. 

Duct Tape 

Duct tape fixes everything! Some say it is truly the stuff miracles are made of. I’m not entirely sure how true that is, but I do know in an emergency, it will take care of a lot of problems pretty quickly. 

Contractor Bags 

Contractor bags are another pretty amazing thing, right along with the duct tape! They are great for creating an emergency toilet, a DIY rain poncho, and ground cover. Also use them and the duct tape to cover broken or blown out windows after an earthquake or any kind of damage. 


I have allergies and often suffer from migraines. Which both are basically the fastest way to make me hostile and everyone around me suffer the consequences. I don’t need anything special for either one, just over the counter medications. 

Both are something we always have on hand. Think about the things you have to deal with often. Cough, chronic pain, allergies, vitamin deficiencies, and whatever else can give you problems. 

All of these things have over the counter medications that you can pick up at the grocery store without any fuss, and I always recommend that you have them. 

Prescription medications will need to be discussed with a doctor on how to stock up on. 

First Aid Kit 

A basic first aid kit will serve you very well. It doesn’t need to be huge or fancy. You’re probably not a doctor (neither am I), so stick to the basics and what is most likely to happen in an emergency that you are capable of handling before seeking out medical attention. 

Taking Prepping to a Higher Level 

Can you take emergency preparedness to a higher level? Absolutely! There are a million more things that can be done to be ready for an emergency. But start with the basics. 

Once you have the basics covered, then start exploring how to go about taking your prepping to a higher level. You don’t need to be an expert when you’re just starting out. 

Starting to prep with the basics puts you miles ahead of many people! Start simple and don’t panic. These items are a great foundation to build on and meet your personal preparedness goals with. 

8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies Discussion 

Do you have these 8 basic prepper supplies for emergencies? What else do you consider to be the basic essentials to being better prepared? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

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8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies

4 thoughts on “8 Basic Prepper Supplies for Emergencies”

  1. Great list! TP is a must, we have a few rolls of it in our emergency bag because you never know what might happen.

  2. Seriah Sargenton

    I feel so embarrassed that I never considered making a kit like this. Thanks for this list, it helps a lot.

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