Doomsday Prepping Checklist

Many emergency preparedness enthusiasts prefer DIY survival gear over pre-packaged disaster kits. This option can be more expensive, but it also allows for personal quality checking and customization. If you are a do-it-yourself prepper, here is a doomsday prepping checklist to make sure you have things covered. Stock at least three days worth of prepping supplies per person, though 15 days is recommended.


Buy Survival Food Supplies

  • Multi – Purpose Survival Shovel
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Charcoal (20 lbs. per person) and a charcoal lighter (store charcoal and lighter in waterproof container)
  • Camp stove and fuel, grill or fire pit (you can make your own fire pit by digging a hole, lining with foil and cooking on an oven grate)
  • Large pots and pans with lids.
  • Metal coffee pot.
  • Two pairs of channel-lock pliers.
  • Oven mitts
  • Can Opener
  • Aluminum foil
  • Heavy-duty 30-gallon plastic garbage bags and twist ties
  • Ziploc bags
  • Paper towels and/or napkins, paper plates, plastic utensils.
  • Canned food. Buy a minimum three cans of food per person per day. (At least 3 days, preferably 15)
  • Multi-vitamins and dietary supplements
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa, powdered milk, powdered juice mix, etc.
  • Ball-point pen, labels, notepad and tape



  • Soap. An antibacterial liquid surgical scrub like Betadine
    is recommended. It would also be a good idea to have a supply of waterless hand santitizer and wipes in case water is extremely scarce after the quake. (Ex. Purell and Wet Ones)
  • SunShower with hose, nozzle, and shut-off valve for washing hands.
  • Small bucket or other container, with lid (for urine).
  • Medium bucket or other container, with lid (for feces).
  • Detached toilet seat
  • Heavy-duty plastic garbage bags, twist ties. Minimum several dozen for disposing of human waste.
  • Toilet paper (2 rolls per person per week).
  • Clorox II powder (minimum 5–10 lbs.)
  • Shovel or spade for digging latrine

Doomsday Shelter

  • 200 feet of 5 mil plastic sheeting
  • Clothesline, rope and/or strong cord.
  • Shovel, pick, crowbar, axe, hammer, nails, saw, staple gun.
  • Crescent wrench for turning off gas supply
  • Dripless candles and matches in waterproof container.
  • Flashlights, small AM-FM radio, extra bulbs and batteries.
  • Extra shelter and sleeping gear. Ground cloths, tarps, tents, sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses or foam pads, etc. Tube tents are inexpensive and could come in handy.

First Aid

  • First Aid Kit in a waterproof container or Ziploc bag.
  • First Aid Manual
  • Buy small bandages, medical tape, anti-bacterial soap, alcohol, large dressings, bandage rolls, sling, splint, etc.

Survival Clothing

  • Shoes with heavy soles or boots
  • Work gloves
  • Sweaters, overcoats, rain gear, caps, and gloves
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • These items should be pre-packed and ready to move at a moment’s notice. Do not wait until a disaster strikes to pack survival clothing.

Make Survival Kits for Cars

  • Your car should be packed with a smaller-sized survival kit in addition to the emergency items that you should already have in there, such as a battery charger, tow chain, etc. Keep in mind these items are subject to temperature extremes.
  • Shoes with heavy soles and work gloves
  • Clothing for rain and cold weather
  • Purchase a flashlight, spare batteries, matches, small first-aid kit
  • Full canteen, water purification drops or tablets, possible bottled water or juice
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Note paper, ball-point pen, tape

All of these items can be purchased through Amazon via the Prepper Store.

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  • Brian Rainey

    I have animals (1 dog, 1 cat) so i also packed them a weeks worth of food so they will be ok. in the grocery store there are pouches of cat food,(just like cans of wet food, same amount but easier to store) they have a 3 year life and are the best i’ve found so far for cats. For the dog i bought holistic food like Blue, which has less preservatives but after a disaster your dog is going to have to get used to non-preservative food anyway. Also it has 1-2 year shelf life, so if it starts getting close just fed it to your dog, (if they already eat that kind of food of course) and replace it. Let me know if any of you guys has anymore ideas for animals post apocalypse!!

    • Dan

      Awesome advice, Brian! Thanks for stopping by.