The Essential Preppers Checklist for Beginners

Surviving a potentially world-ending scenario is on the back of a lot of people’s minds nowadays. It is not pleasant to think about, but you need to know what to do in such a situation. In this post, we will talk about the broad, basic preppers checklist for what you need to have to be prepared for what is called a SHTF situation. The checklist will contain things that you need to think about so that you will have your bases covered. If you work through the list, you will be ready for anything the world can throw at you.

Preppers Checklist - SHTF Survival Gear

Bugout Bag

The first thing you need is a bugout bag, which is sometimes also called a 72-hour bag. That name gives away the bag’s purpose. It is meant to be a backpack or duffel bag that contains everything that you would need to survive for three days alone without any other resources. Someone should be able to drop you in the middle of nowhere and if you have your bugout bag, you will be fine for three days. The bag exists in case a sudden, unexpected catastrophe or disaster forces you to need to depend on yourself. Many people store their bugout bag at home, while others put it in the car. The bag should contain things like water, canned food, clothes, tools, and other essentials for life. Be sure to have seasonally appropriate weather and insect gear. There are lots of backpacks that have special features, like water pouches and special compartments for knives and Compass. You might need to occasionally refresh your bugout bag with new food and tools in case you find better things to put in there or the old ones go bad. You also want to test-wear it to see if it is comfortable.



Once you have your bugout bag all stocked up and ready for use, you need to think about a shelter. There are two schools of thought on this. The first one involves placing a shelter in or near your home. For example, you could dig a bunker in your backyard or reinforce your basement. You need a space that can keep you safe in any situation and can hold a lot of supplies. That potentially includes the threat of a nuclear exchange and radioactive material in the area. The other school of thought is to get a shelter far away. This kind of shelter might be something like a remote cabin. These shelters are harder to use because it takes time to reach them, but they lay the ground for long-term survival better. This is because you have a good opportunity to farm and you can fortify the area. Marauders are also less likely to find you. It is a tradeoff between short-term and long-term safety, and you likely do not have enough funds to develop two strong shelters, so you will need to choose which one is better for your situation.


Preppers Checklist Plan

The next thing you need is a specific and detailed plan, full of contingencies for various events. When the worst happens, things will start to happen quickly. You won’t have time to think through every decision and consider it from all angles. Having a plan will help you know what to do in advance, without having to worry about thinking through every possible case. Essentially, you do all the thinking in advance, and condense it into one plan that has some overall goals, like reaching shelter. The plan can have different triggers that set it in motion, as well as different guidelines for various hazards. In addition, the plan does not need to be ironclad. There is still some room for adapting on the spot. The plan is just there to give you a default starting point for every decision, which speeds up your process of thinking significantly. Try to imagine anything and everything that can happen, then develop a response that will keep you and your family safe. Have a few general goals, but be flexible about how you achieve them. Try to be detailed when you can and periodically review your plan to make sure that it makes sense.


Long-term Supplies and Skills

The last thing you need to do on your checklist is start building up a supply of things that will last. This includes both physical goods, like canned food, bottled water, First Aid Kit and tools as well as mental skills that you will need in an apocalyptic scenario. For example, you can learn self-defense to protect yourself in dangerous situations. You should probably also spend some time learning farming and/or hunting so that you can keep yourself and your dependents alive. There are many examples of both physical and intangible supplies that you will need, and they all take a long time to acquire. It will take a real time investment if you want to be truly ready, and that means that the time to start is now. Slow and steady wins the race, and it is important not to rush stocking up and do something wrong. Just be patient about it and keep working for as long as it takes to get yourself into a position where you feel comfortable, and don’t share the location of your supplies with too many people.

If you go through these four items and follow up with all of them, then you will be in good shape as far as preparations go. The key is that you need to be ready for anything, and these items give you flexibility. Devote as much time and energy as you feel is appropriate to each item on the list, but make sure you give them careful attention. All of this is supremely important to your safety. Remember that this is not a one and done checklist: keep revisiting each point and evaluate your readiness. That is the best way to stay safe.

The Essential Preppers Checklist for Beginners