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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