The List of Many Lists

By: Tom Chatham

Many individuals have published lists of the many things you may need or want during an emergency. The following are a few different lists you may want to ponder while making your plans for self sufficiency or disaster.

Emergency food supply providing about 2,600 calories per day

Item                                                                                             Ounces per day

Whole kernel hard wheat                                                                    16
Beans                                                                                                    5
Non-fat milk powder                                                                             2
Vegetable oil                                                                                        1
Sugar                                                                                                    2
Salt (iodized)                                                                                     1/3
Multi vitamin pills                                                                      1 per day

Emergency food supply for a baby

Item                                                                                            Ounces per day

Instant non-fat dry milk                                                                  2 ¾      1 cup + 2 Table spoons
Vegetable cooking oil                                                                      1            3 Table spoons
Sugar                                                                                               0.7         2 Table spoons
Standard daily multi vitamin                                                     1/3 pill

Disaster planning and emergency considerations

Psychological preparations

Know warnings and communication systems

Evacuation plan

Shelter – short term and long term

Ventilation, heating and cooling of shelter

Protection against fires and carbon monoxide



Specialized equipment – NBC, medical, tools, communications, weapons etc.


Shelter sanitation and preventive medicine

Clothing, improvised clothing and protective items

Energy sources


Survival seed supply

In a situation when you need to bug out and can only take what you can physically carry, you want to take a seed supply that will give you the most food for the space. A supply of seeds that will feed you year round and will fit in your pocket is ideal.










Oats, hulless

Cotton seeds – (clothing production) for permanent relocation

Soapwort seeds – (soap production) for permanent relocation

Sprouting potato – if room and weight permit

Subjects of study

Medical – first aid, CPR, wound management, medicinal herbs

Hand made tools for farming

Butchering and preserving wild game

Homemade filters – for water or air

Building structures using locally available materials

Tanning hides and making cloth

Making charcoal and coke from wood

Making cast iron from iron ore bearing rocks

Making green sand molds

Root cellar storage and dehydrating foods

Fire starting methods

Furniture making and joinery methods

Land navigation and time telling methods

Long term bail-out-bag

For required long term relocation on foot a dual purpose weapon such as an AR15 with .22LR adapter will allow more ammo capacity.

Water filter
Ziplock bags – various sizes
Hunting knife
Gerber tool
Small hatchet and/or folding saw
Magnesium fire starter w/flint
Fishing supplies
Salt, 2 lbs
Folding shovel
Pencil and small notebook
Playing cards
Cook set – SS or aluminum
Eating utensils
Sleeping bag
Weapon and acc.
Hand crank LED light/radio
Lightweight tarp
Para cord 100’
Medical supplies – iodine, triple antibiotic ointment, gauze, razor, tweezers, aspirin, bandaids, tape
Toilet paper
Dish rag
Rain suit/poncho
Mylar blankets
Hygiene kit
Multi vitamins
Sewing kit
Bed sheets – multi use item for clothing, filtering, bandages etc.
Duct tape
Magnifying glass
Dry bleach

Anyone that determines a bug out plan may be necessary must also acknowledge that there is the remote possibility you may be forced at some point to relocate on foot with only the items you can carry. A civil breakdown, natural disaster or war could force a permanent relocation to a safe area. In the event this happens you should at least have a list of items you have already designated to carry to enable a fast exit from the area. While many may not see the need there are situations when staying where you are will result in death. If you decide not to develop a walk out plan because you feel you are physically unable to do so, you should reconsider and develop a plan that will work for your situation when the time comes. Time is a critical element when evacuation is necessary and any delay can be deadly. If you had to start over again with only the things you could carry, what would they be? Now is the time to figure that out.


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