[8/24/17]  The original “Top 100 Things To Disappear After a Disaster” list has been passed around the internet for a number of years. It remains a viable list of barter items and accurate in every way. Due to the list being fairly old and times have changed a few prepper friends and I have pulled together and updated it. While many if not most of the original items remain – some changes were necessary.


1. Generators
Prices can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Lots of fuel must be stored(away from home).

2. Water Filters/Purifiers
The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is highly recommended and widely available. For higher usage volume check out the Sawyer Bucket Kit.

3. Zippo Lighters, butane, Bic lighters

4. Seasoned Firewood
(About $100 per cord; wood takes 6 – 12 mos. to become dried, for home uses.)

5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps
(First choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)

6. Tents

7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats and Slingshots
Any means of defense will be highly sought after.

8. Manual Can Openers
These can be picked up for as little as $1.00 each.

9. Sweeteners such as sugar and honey.

10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
(White rice is now around $20.oo – 50# bag @ Sam’s Club, pack in Mylar with oxygen absorbers)

11. Vegetable oil (for cooking)
(Without it food burns/must be boiled, etc.)

12. Charcoal and Lighter fluid
These will disappear QUICKLY post-event.

13. Water containers
Any container that can hold water. Water will need to be stored AND transported.

14. Propane Heaters
This includes the larger Mr. Heater models and smaller versions.

15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)

16. Propane Cylinders

17. Silver/Gold

18. Buckets

19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc

20. Laundry Supplies for Manual Use
Washboards, plungers, and also compact washer machines

21. Cookstoves
(Propane, Coleman, and Kerosene)

22. Vitamins
Important due to changed diets.

23. Cough drops

24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products

25. Thermal underwear
(Tops and bottoms)

26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets and Wedges (also, honing oil)

27. Aluminum foil Reg. and Heavy. Duty
(Great Cooking and Barter Item – available at Dollar Store)

28. Gasoline containers
(Plastic or Metal)

29. Garbage bags
Emphasize 13 gallon and larger 30+ gallon sizes. Impossible to have too many.

30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towel

31. Milk – Powdered and Condensed
(Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)

32. Garden seeds
Heirloom seeds only. Seed banks can be purchased for under $20.

33. Clothes pins/line/hangers

34. Pet food

35. Clothes – underwear, socks, pants, shirts, jackets, hats

36. Fire extinguishers – such as this one

37. First aid kits

38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
Prioritize AA/AAA and CR123 types

39. Garlic, spices and vinegar, baking supplies

40. women’s makeup

41. Flour, yeast, and salt

42. Matches
(“Strike Anywhere” preferred. Boxed, wooden matches will go first.)

43. Writing paper/pads/notebook/pencils/solar calculators

44. Insulated ice chests
(good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime)

45. Work boots, belts, Levis and durable shirts

46. Flashlights/Light Sticks and torches, “No.76 Dietz” Lanterns

47. Prescription medications/insulin/syringes

48. Plastic Garbage Cans
(great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)

49. Shampoo, Toothbrush/toothpaste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc

50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)

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