Must Have Prepper Gear and Where to Start

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If you have ever taken on a big project like building a house you know that it can be a daunting task.  When you look at a house you are looking at the finished product.  We don’t ever consider everything that went into a building a house.

Building your prepper gear supply can seem daunting as well.  We look at all the other preppers that we may have seen on TV or YouTube and just get an overwhelming feeling.  This is partially because the prepping journey never stops.  You are never finished prepping.

So beginning the prepping journey is one of the most challenging steps to take.  Just like building a house you must put together your research and develop a plan.  If you don’t systematically plan out your prepper gear journey then you will never get anywhere.  Most likely you will just continue to go around in circles without making any progress.

Not everyone’s prepping journey is the same.  Some of us are prepping for different reasons.  For instance, some people may be prepping for natural disasters like earthquakes while others are prepping for war.  So you have to figure out why you are prepping.

Ultimately there are 4 different types of possible scenarios to prep for.  Take a look at the chart below and consider what type of scenarios you will be realistically prepping for.


Least Likely Most Likely
Least Severe not likely/ not severe very likely/not severe
Most Severe not likely/very severe very likely/very severe


4 Different Types of Possible Scenarios to Prep For:

  1. Not likely/not severe

If a situation is not likely and not severe then this isn’t something that you have to invest a lot of time or money to prepare for.  These types of scenarios are most likely just a part of life.  Such situations can including popping a tire on your car or catching chicken pox.  So just the basic preparations should be in place such as medical insurance, car insurance, etc.

  1. Not likely/very severe

Not likely/very severe scenario examples could be the spread of a pandemic such as the black plague, natural disasters or an EMP knocking out the grid.  I’m not saying that these types of situations can never happen.  The likelihood is very slim.  However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prep for these types of situations.  It is better to be safe than sorry.

  1. Very Likely/not severe

Very likely/not severe scenarios example can include a home invasion or losing your job.  You are much more likely to lose a job in your life than a meteor hitting the Earth and wiping out all living creatures.

Since these situations are much more likely to happen then you need to spend more money and time on preparing compared to the other types of scenarios.  For example, everyone should have 6 months of expenses saved up just in case of job loss.  Another example is to harden your home and increase security to prevent home invasions.

  1. Very likely/very severe

Examples of this type of scenario are hard to come by.  The only type of scenario that I can think of is living in a war zone where your country is always being devastated by war.  However, there are not many other types of scenarios for very likely/very severe.  With that being said you should invest most of your time and money on very likely/not severe types of situations.  Secondary priority should be for not likely/very severe.

After you identified what type of scenario or scenarios that you are prepping for then you are able to develop a plan.  The ultimate plan should just be to barely survive these scenarios but to thrive.  So there are really 3 levels of being prepared.

  1. Dying

In the dying level of prepping you don’t have enough food or water to last you 3 days.  It is said that this world is just 3 meals away from going into chaos.  53% of Americans do not have a minimum three day supply of nonperishable food items.

  1. Surviving

Survivors have enough emergency food to last them from 4 days to 30 days.  Most of the time your very likely/not severe situations can be alleviated between that time frame.  Such examples can include a hurricane devastating a city or cities.  Most of the time power and water can be restored within 30 days.

  1. Thriving

Then there are those people who not only survive but thrive.  This type of person is most likely self-sufficient and is not dependent upon the government or its economy to support them.  A thriving person most of the time will have their own source of electricity, water and food.

After considering the scenarios that you are most likely to face and how prepared that you want to be, then you are able to determine what type of prepper gear that you will need.  As a guide I created an ultimate preppers list of where to start and suggested items of each piece prepper gear.  You can download that preppers list HERE.  Below are some must have prepper gear items.  The list will break down the items to include with each.

  1. 3 Day Emergency Food and Water Supply
  2. 30 day food supply
  3. Home defense items
  4. Home blackout kit
  5. Long term food supply
  6. Emergency auto kit
  7. Get home bag
  8. Bug out bag
  9. Off the grid self-sufficient items

Many more items can be added to this preppers list.  These are the must have and very basic items of prepper gear that you will need.