I know every one will weigh in with his or her own ideas. But I think this is vitaly important to plan ahead for. God willing we will never need it, but at least you were prepared for ourself and our family.
TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT IN TIMES OF NEED
Times of need could be a depression, war, revolution, terrorist attacks or four more years of Barack Hussein Obama.
In thinking of this, certain items will be really necessary.
Some will be available and some not.
Don’t count on the tap. Look for rivers, creeks, storage tanks, cisterns and or a producing well. You won’t be able to count on cities to provide this. You will need several good storage containers, 5 to 10 gallon capacity.
Canned goods, including Spam, survival type chicken, bacon and beef products. MRE’s, rice, beans, flour, spices (salt, sugar, etc), soup mixes. A couple of good pots, a skillet and some utensils. Sturdy camping type plates and cups.
Camp stove, wood supply, fuel, charcoal, a small portable bbq would suffice. In the long run make and learn how to use a ethanol/alcohol still to make your own fuel. Many good articles on the internet re: this.
Many good solar powered or hand cranked units available. Extra batteries, rechargables anjd solar recharger. For Northern climates a small generator, converted to ethanol with a 12V DC capability and or a convertor or invertor.
Necessary prescriptions, aspirin, first aid kit, water purification tablets or filtration.
RV, Tent, old trailer, tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, a book on making shelters. Learn how to do leantos and temporary shelters. Hopefully you can stay in your own residence, but be prepared to evacuate. Several bundles paracord, rope, bungee cords. Tree sling hammock with rain fly.
I think the bare minimum is one good tactical shotgun, with many different shotshells. Birdshot, 00, deer slugs, door busters. A good reliable sidearm minimum of a 9mm. Lot’s of ammo. If room a good scoped .22 rifle for real small game and less noise making, even a silencer. A good knife for skinning, a machete for building and clearing brush an axe or hatchet. Bow saw, very handy item.
Lanterns, candles, sterno, alcohol camp stove. Towels, soap, disinfectant, bug spray, netting, clothing, a good rain poncho, hats, socks, toiletries
Lip balm, jar of Vaseline, visine, maps, compass, how to books to learn about being self sufficient.
For you Liberals and lazy bastards don’t come crying to me for protection and food because you are now really on your own.
Make some lists, set priorities, put away for that rainy day.
All or most of these items can be stored in trunks or large wheeled suit cases, available at thrift/second hand stores ahead of time. Check your inventory and keep food stuffs up to date, use older supplies and replace.
My first priority is to make and use a small ethanol/alcohol still. Convert my generator, camp stove and lanterns to use it. Make some fuel, store as necessary.
This is by no means a complete list but think of what you really need and rely on. Start ahead of the rush.
Rope, paracord, old tires, bailing wire and extra gas.