29 Items that Won’t Be on Shelves When Disaster Strikes


Empty shopping carts and angry people are what you’ll find at stores in the days and hours before a disaster.

Here are the 29 items you’ll want to stock up on now. They won’t be on shelves in the hours before a disaster. Don’t wait until the last minute and hope stores will have these in stock.

    • Bread
    • Butter
    • Cereal
    • Coffee
    • Eggs
    • Flour
    • Fruit, canned and fresh
    • Honey
    • Meats, canned
    • Milk
    • Peanut butter
    • Pet food
    • Salt
    • Sugar
    • Vegetables, canned and root vegetables
    • Water
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  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Charcoal
  • Coolers
  • Flashlights
  • Gasoline
  • Generators
  • Glow sticks
  • Ice
  • Lamp oil and oil lanterns
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Propane, propane stoves

What other items can you think of to add to this list? Leave a comment below.


7 thoughts on “29 Items that Won’t Be on Shelves When Disaster Strikes

  1. Utilitarian

    I would add strike anywhere matches (already hard to find), garbage bags, hygiene products, first aid and anti-diaretics, chlorine bleach, and light sticks. Also, cordage of various sizes, tire plugging kit, spray paint and surveyor’s tape (marking and signaling) and a marine flare gun with flares (defense and signaling), which is in general not regarded as a firearm and so may be carried almost anywhere (within reason).

  2. jelpmac

    Most of those items can be found by scrounging, can be grown as crops over relatively short periods of time with saved seeds or aren’t a total necessity to survive. You can live without coffee or butter. Our caveman ancestors did, populations and humanity made it without all those modern conveniences. True vital essentials would be medicines like insulin for diabetics or thyroidizine for people who have had thyroids removed. Lack of those items and other modern meds would be fatal within days or weeks. Without access to modern manufacturing processes and no natural substitutes for them, huge portions of the world population would die.

  3. LJReady

    Having lived in Hurricane prone Florida for over 30 years, I always made sure this was on hand too.

    Unless you only plan on making noodles these need to go with the flour: yeast, baking soda, baking powder.
    Cooking oil/ shortening: You need fats.
    Tea if that is more to your liking.
    Medicine: OTC or prescriptions you may need. First Aid items too.
    Vinegar: Used to keep food.
    Legumes(beans): canned or dry. Protein.
    Rice: Will keep forever if kept cool and dry.
    Duct tape: Need I say more????
    Plastic Tarps/Sheeting: Cover yourself.
    Tools: Hammer, saw, nails, screws, axe, crowbar, etc.
    Rope: Tie down your tarps.