Doomsday Prepper's List: Disasters Don’t Come with a Warning

It is a well-known fact that many of the world’s elite have already prepared themselves for Doomsday. They have well-equipped bunkers with all the facilities needed for survival for them and their family. These are the people who have enough wealth to afford not just comfort but luxury in their bunkers, but what would common people do? How can you prepare for doomsday?

Although many feel it’s a futile task because “there is never going to be a Doomsday” as such, isn’t it better to be prepared for an unexpected catastrophe? After all, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. It need not even be “Doomsday,” there are many other reasons to prepare like natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes that could lead to a power outage for several days. This has already happened, for example, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. Of course, terrorist attacks, geopolitical turmoil, economic collapse, war, and nuclear strikes are some of the gravest types of a possible Doomsday. The thing about any calamity, turmoil, or disaster is that it happens suddenly and often without any warning. So, keeping yourself prepared is the best way to survive. Even many realtors are building nuclear-safe bunkers that provide safety, and many companies are producing items that can be used especially for a Doomsday event. One should consider creating a doomsday prepper checklist to be ready. 

Below we have listed 100 of the essential things that you will need to survive Doomsday:



The first and foremost thing necessary to survive is water, therefore it should be on top of your survivalist supply list. You can survive without food for several weeks, but without water, it is just a matter of days. Because of this, water storage is of utmost importance. How much water should you store? The ideal amount of water for a single person per day is estimated to be one gallon. As a family of 4, you would need to store 120 gallons of water to meet your needs for a whole month. Now your first thought may be buying and storing gallon water jugs. This is not a good idea because plastics can leach dangerous chemicals into water. You need food-grade plastic to store your water supply. 

Here are some examples:

  1. WaterBob – This is a blessing in disguise for any emergency situation to store water. It is a plastic bladder that can be fitted to the bathtub to fill around 100 gallons of water. WaterBob is an efficient way of storing water in an unexpected emergency situation.

  2. Water Bricks – These are stackable containers in which you can store both water and food. They are easily portable too. Made of high-density polyethylene, they have a comfortable grip handle. Each brick can hold 3.5 gallons of liquid or up to 27 pounds of dry food. They can be stacked up to 4 feet for maximum storage, a great design perfect for preppers.

  3. Storage Tanks – If you are going to store water from a nearby pond or river water, storage tanks are a great idea for long-term storage. These containers can be anywhere from a 50-gallon barrel to 2000+ gallon water tanks. It is important, however, to have a tank to store the unpurified water separately from the purified water, making two tanks necessary. You will need one to store unpurified water that directly comes from a pond or river and the second to store the water after it is purified.

  4. Water Filters – There are a variety of water filters available on the market. Go for a compact design with efficient functioning. A good quality filter can cleanse around 3000 gallons of water with one filter system. A good example is the Big Berkey Filter.

  5. Pocket Filters – These are mainly designed for outdoor enthusiasts like hikers, campers, and travelers. LifeStraw is an award-winning pocket filter that you can directly insert into impure water and use the purifier like a straw to drink purified water. They also have water bottles with purifiers as well as water filters. Another efficient pocket purifier brand is Steripen, which uses an ultraviolet water purification system. Katadyn, a Swiss-made water filter, has a silver impregnated ceramic element for the purification of water and can purify up to 13,000 gallons depending on the water quality. The US Military makes use of this efficient tool. 

  6. Chlorine Tablets – This is not a long-term option; however, they can serve any immediate water needs.  One tablet can purify around 5-10 gallons of water.



Food is the next important thing.

Staples – Food staples are those that form your regular diet and without which survival becomes difficult. You’ll need to store them in enough quantity depending on duration. We have listed a few staples below.

  1. Flour, wheat, rice, beans, oil, spices, powdered milk, coffee, tea, oats, pasta, etc.

  2. Preservatives: Some essential items that can enhance flavor and also make great preservatives are:

  • Salt – Gives taste to food as well as makes an excellent preservative for pickled items. 

  • Sugar – used as a sweetening agent, great for preparing sweets, also a wonderful preservative.

  • Vinegar –  A versatile item in the kitchen that is used for various purposes—from flavoring food to preserving it such as pickling—and is also used as a cleaning agent.

  • Honey – Although not used as a preservative, pure honey itself will not spoil for years if stored properly.

  • Soy Sauce – this also enhances the flavor of food and will not spoil for many years with proper storage

  1. Long Term Food Items: For more extended storage, you need to opt for those food items that have a longer shelf life. The food items that fall in this category are canned food such as vegetables, meat, freeze-dried food, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, dried dairy like powdered milk, cheese powder, cocoa powder, powdered butter, and powdered eggs, etc.

Storing Food –

Food storage has to be done carefully as it is vulnerable to infestation and bacterial or mold growth. Food can react to light, heat, and moisture, and can develop pests, fungi, and mold. For storing food, Mylar bags are the best option. You can put your food in these bags, add an oxygen absorber, and heat seal them for long-term preservation. You can buy 5-gallon buckets with gasket lids to store your food that can then be placed inside the Mylar bags.

Other Essentials –

You will need cookware and serving ware.

  • For cookware, cast iron is the best option as it can last a lifetime. However, it has to be seasoned well before using it.

  • For serving – it is better to use unbreakable ware, as it lasts longer and better than chinaware. Also, as a backup, keep enough paper plates, cups, and utensils as these are lightweight. Because they are disposable, you will be saving some of your stored water instead of using it for cleaning.

  • Can openers are vital, since you will be storing canned food and beverages

  • Stove – A Doomsday situation can involve no electricity, hence an electric stove is not a good option, and instead, wood-burning stoves are more preferable. Also, in colder areas, the added benefit is the warmth it provides. You can also use a gas grill, camp stove, or solar oven. Have spare propane cylinders prepared alongside this equipment

  • Hand Processor – once again, when there is no electricity, this is the best option and can cut faster than a knife.

  • Grain Mill – wheat berries store longer and better than flour. Therefore, one option you have is to store wheat berries and use a grain mill to produce fresh flour. A few good brands are Country Living Grain Mill and Victorio Grain Mill.

  • Pet Food – If you have pets at home, do not forget to stock up on their food.

  • Seeds – If you have allotted some space for plants to grow in your Doomsday Prepper List, then having a stock of vegetable seeds would be a great idea. You will have the privilege of planting fresh vegetables to eventually have for lunch or dinner. Also, you can use these seeds as a bartering tool.




You never know what to expect during a Doomsday situation. It can give rise to several health issues. Also, you may have family members with health issues, there is always the chance of getting injured, and if a wound is left unattended, it can lead to infection. Emergency medications, a first aid kit, and a few other medical tools are a vital part of Doomsday Prepper List.

This category can be further divided into:

  • Important Medications – If you have a family member with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, etc., then all these prescription medications must always be present in your kit.

  • Emergency Medications – These are the medications that could be needed at any time for any family member. Some medical situations such as fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, allergies, a cold, a cough, or wounds are common problems that can occur. You should have medications prepared for all these common conditions in your emergency medication kit.

  • Tylenol/Aspirin – Pain reliever great for a headache, fever, and body pain.

  • Benadryl – An antihistamine that’s very useful for allergies and allergic reactions.

  • Neosporin – Antibiotic and antiseptic, great for cuts and infectious wounds.

  • Burn Jel – A handy medication for minor burn injuries. Alternatively, you can grow and use aloe.

  • Anti-Diarrheal – Imodium is commonly used to stop diarrhea.

  • Digestive Enzymes – Probiotics are to keep the digestive system intact. This is crucial because once your diet changes, you can go through several unpleasant digestive problems.

  • Activated Charcoal – For emergency toxin removal.

  • Antacids – Zantac is an effective antacid that helps reduce acidity in the stomach.

  • Electrolyte supplements – For dehydration.

  • Multivitamins – For nourishment and strength.

  • Antibiotics – A must-have to avoid any catastrophic medical situations when a doctor or medical service is not available. Although prescription antibiotics are hard to obtain, Fish Mox, an over-the-counter antibiotic, is available, which contains amoxicillin. Take caution before use, as it is always possible to have an allergic reaction to a previously unused antibiotic. You should also learn the proper dose to give to people of different age groups before use.

  • Hygiene – To prevent yourself and your family from contamination and the spreading of disease, keeping yourself hygienic even in the worst conditions is crucial. Some important items for maintaining hygiene are hand sanitizer, soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss, deodorant/antiperspirant, a comb, sunscreen, clippers, razors, chapstick, Vaseline, feminine products, and toilet paper.

  • Important Tools – Small medical tools must be added to the first aid kit to assist you in treating yourself and your family members if there is no access to a doctor.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide – An excellent cleanser for wounds that also acts as an antiseptic for minor cuts, burns, or abrasions.

  • Band-Aids – For cuts, have them in small and large sizes.

  • Scissors/shears – To cut bandages and stitches.

  • Rolled Gauze – For stopping bleeding and dressing wounds.

  • SteriStrips – If you do not have access to a doctor, and you need to close a wound, SteriStrips are the answer.

  • Splinting Material – To provide immobility to a person who has a fracture. These portable splints are a must in your kit.

  • N95 Masks – To use in a pandemic situation like flu, Ebola, SARS, etc. It is better to stock up on a few of them as in an emergency situation, these can quickly end up selling out.

  • Nitrile Gloves – To deal with blood or infections these gloves will give you protection from contracting anything.

  • Thermometer – To check temperatures, opt for a mercury-free thermometer.

  • Tweezers – An essential tool without which even removing splinters becomes difficult. Leaving splinters inside the body can lead to serious complications.

  • Qtips/Cotton balls – For cleaning wounds and abrasions.

  • Syringes – Disposable syringes come in handy for injecting medications in an emergency situation such as anaphylactic reaction, severe infection from a wound, or to reduce pain immediately.

  • Insect Repellents – To prevent mosquito bites and bugs.

  • Smelling Salts – These are inhalants used to wake up people who have fainted or are feeling dizzy or lightheaded.

  • Potassium/iodide tablets – These are used to prevent the body from absorbing radiation through the thyroid gland.

  • QuickClot – Helps in preventing blood loss from a wound. It is easy to apply and easy to remove. The US Military makes use of this.

  • Six mils Plastic – You can create a safe room using this plastic in case of a biohazard. It also has various other uses such as protecting storage items, covering pallets, as a drop cloth or as a liner, etc.

First Aid Manuals – A good first aid book will give you proper guidance on how to deal with a particular medical condition, and you can feel confident even without a medical background with one of these manuals. Some suggested books are First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival and The Survival Medicine Handbook.


Light and Heat

In a blackout, when a natural calamity has taken over and cut off the electricity supply, or if you are stranded outside at night, what will you do for light and heat? The following options might help you keep yourself ready for such a situation.

  1. Batteries – You should have an ample supply of these, preferably in different sizes. However, it is better to use battery-operated devices that share the same size batteries. It’s also better to have a stock of rechargeable batteries that have a higher efficiency than regular batteries.

  2. Flashlights – These are obviously important if you are going out at night or are staying in dark places.

  3. Power Inverter – A 1000 Watt inverter that can be connected to a car battery to run small appliances and for charging devices.

  4. Generators – These are great long-term power and light sources. However, you should stock up on extra fuel. This is because generators tend to use up a lot of your fuel. It is better to purchase a tri-fuel generator, which lets you store three different types of fuel including gas, propane, and natural gas.

  5. Spare Fuel – You should plan to store enough spare fuel because, in the event of a catastrophe, you might not be able to find fuel easily. Spare fuel will be useful for your vehicle as well as for supplying your generators. To store them you will need gas cans.

  6. Headlamps – This will keep both your hands completely free. A great gadget for working, camping, exploring, etc.

  7. Candles – When all else fails, candles are a great source of light. However, they are only a short-term source of light and heat. You can easily make your own candles too, just be sure that your wicks and wax are compatible with each other.

  8. Oil Lamps – This is also a great short-term source of light if you have enough oil stored. A gallon of oil in an oil lamp can give you a light source for 250 hours if lit every day for about 5 hours.

  9. Propane – This is an instant source of fire ideal for cooking and heating. Storing enough propane will pay off well in a time of emergency.

  10. Firewood and Matches – Firewood is essential when there is no other source of cooking or heating left. Firewood can be used in a wood-burning stove and also for heating, especially in cold conditions. But, matches are needed to start the fire.

  11. Fire extinguisher – You have so many sources of fire stored as a part of prepping, you will definitely need a fire extinguisher or a plan in place if a fire accident occurs. Be aware that certain fires need to be extinguished differently. For example, if there is a grease fire, smother the flame because water will not help. You can smother this with salt or baking soda in addition to using a metal lid and shutting off the energy.



Defending yourself and your family becomes extremely important in a situation where law and order are not in place anymore. War or any other situation that will create unique security risks should be accounted for. There are different kinds of security: 

Self and Home Defense

  1. Handgun – It is vital to store some good handguns. The best of the lot are the .9mm, .40, and .45 guns. When people and their children are hurting, starving, and fighting for survival, they may be more dangerous. Therefore, you have to be on guard to defend yourself and your family.

  2. Shotgun –These can be easy to acquire, but it depends on your state. Ammunition can be inexpensive, and also shotguns can be used as hunting guns too.

  3. Long rifles – You will need long rifles for ranges of 400+ yards out. Calibers that are best suited for long ranges are.30-.06, .308, or the .223. Also, these can be good for hunting. 

  4. Ammo – Stocking up on the ammunition needed for your type of gun is extremely important. Once a collapse scenario occurs, it might difficult to acquire this.

  5. Having a team of good neighbors, a guard dog, pepper spray, and security cameras all help in securing your place.



Financial Security

During natural calamities or economic crises, the worst-case scenario is banks may stop working or fiat currency might lose its value. Credit and debit cards may also stop working. That is why financial advisors insist on diversifying your investments into precious metals. A true currency during a time of economic crisis is precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum. Having coins and bars of different sizes and knowledge about places that buy gold and silver is important. If you have only larger size coins, the question “how to sell silver coins?” could haunt you. Bigger sizes might not be of much help to you as you stand to incur a loss in a crisis. Fraction size gold and silver bars and coins of these precious metals are important for bartering. If you do not have any, it is a good idea to buy gold bars and silver bars in fraction sizes that are perfect in these types of situations. It is also important also to have spare 20s, 10s, 5s, and 1s to make change for purchasing essentials. You can check out our Doomsday Preppers Guide to Precious Metals here.



In a major catastrophe, you might not be left with many options to hear the news, learn about the situation your neighborhood is in, or communicate with others. But communication is still vital for your survival. Listed below are a few things that you can use for communication if phone lines are down.

  • HAM Radio – When all other communication fails, you can always rely on a HAM radio.

  • Faraday Cage – Helps protect your electronics in case of an EMP by disabling any object with a circuit.

  • Antenna – For a HAM radio to function well you need an antenna. You can set up your antenna system by browsing on the internet.

  • Hand Crank Radio – This will help you connect to basic FM/AM radio stations and also update you on the weather.

  • PocketBook with Communication List – Have a small pocketbook with a list of important contact numbers and radio frequencies.  

  • Walkie-Talkies – An old but useful method of short-distance radio communication devices. Keep in mind, these are not highly secure.



Having proper tools and equipment can make your work easier. Also during an economic crisis with a complete shutdown of systems, you might not be able to go out and find the tools you require; hence it is better to stock up on them when everything is readily available.  A few important tools and other equipment that you need to stock up on are:

An axe to chop wood, buckets, wires, shovels, hammer and screwdriver, nails/screws, wheelbarrow, bleach, duct tape, jumper cables, siphon tubes, Epsom salt, dishwasher liquid and gloves, zip ties, garbage/trash bags, pencil and paper, eraser, glass jars, PVC piping, Ziploc bags, diapers and baby supplies, RAD detector, land maps, backpack, tarps, tent, bicycle, bungee cords, sewing kit, welding kit, wrench set, Multitool, compass, rope, flint starter, hand saw, hatchet, Bivvy bags.



Having proper tools and equipment can make your work easier. Also during an economic crisis with a complete shutdown of systems, you might not be able to go out and find the tools you require. Therefore, it is better to stock up on tools when everything is readily available.  A few important tools and other equipment that you need to stock up on are:

  • Axe to chop wood

  • Buckets

  • Wires

  • Shovels

  • Hammer and screwdriver

  • Nails/screws

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Bleach

  • Duct tape

  • Jumper cables 

  • Siphon tubes (useful for siphoning gas from cars)

  • Epsom salt

  • Dishwasher liquid and gloves

  • Zip ties

  • Garbage/trash bags

  • Pencil and paper

  • Eraser

  • Glass jars 

  • PVC piping

  • Ziploc bags 

  • Diapers and baby supplies

  • RAD detector

  • Land maps

  • Backpack

  • Tarps

  • Tent

  • Bicycle

  • Bungee cords 

  • Sewing kit

  • Welding kit

  • Wrench set

  • Multitool (like a Swiss Army knife)

  • Compass 

  • Rope

  • Flint starter

  • Hand saw

  • Hatchet

  • Bivvy bags.



Do not undervalue the importance of comfort. As much as your physical health is important, so too is your mental and emotional health. After a few days into a catastrophe, reality sets in, and a little bit of comfort can go a long way in keeping your sanity. Also, these comfort items will come in handy to barter if you have enough in stock.

  • Edibles and Beverages – Sweet treats like chocolate, candy, chips, and cookies can be really satisfying. Also, consider keeping some alcoholic beverages and other nonalcoholic beverages for children in your store.

  • Books and Games – Keep books that you and your family would like to read, and different types of board games to keep children entertained. Also, keep in stock the hobby items that each member of your family has. It could be knitting, painting, embroidery, etc. Keep the raw materials needed for particular hobbies which will keep your minds occupied.

  • Cigarettes and Chewing Gum – Although it is not advised to smoke cigarettes, having a stock of them is great for bartering. Chewing gum is also a great stress reliever.

  • Anything else you deem necessary for your comfort – This could be a particular blanket, DVDs if you have electricity, art supplies, instruments, and more. Just be careful how much you bring, and if you are hiding, stick to more quiet comforts. 

We hope this list will help you better prepare for Doomsday, but we also hope you never have to use your plan in reality.