25 Things to Stockpile When S#*t Hits the Fan

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You’re in the midst of a crisis or national disaster and stockpiling is necessary. The only problem is, what the heck do you stockpile?

When SH#T hits the fan, what do you stockpile and how do you prepare?

There’s a lot of question about this but the bottom line is, if you’re forced to create a horde of resources, food and water for yourself for weeks or longer, there are some KEY things you should have.

Make sure to bookmark this post to review it later if you’d like and keep reading while we share these 25 must have things to stockpile when S#*T hits the fan!

25 Must Haves to Stockpile

Ok, so when you’re creating your list of stockpile foods, you wanna have a mix of staples that stay good for a long time and indulgent treats.

Hear me out on this one.

First, the staples are a no brainer, right? You need canned goods, canned fish and meat, water and other necessities that will keep a long time. But why treats? Because eating staples can get boring and you need to keep your sanity during emergency.

What if you’re quarantined? Or, what is a natural disaster leaves you stuck inside your house or you’re stuck outside your house. What are you gonna do?

Rely on your stockpile.

Quick Picks

Before we get into it, here are some quick picks I want to highlight:

Icebox cooler

If you have electricity or access to a generator and need to be cool (like in the summer months), this icebox cooler is good to have on hand. Our A/C has gone out a few times over the years, usually during summer months and the 4-7 days we usually have to wait for the repair are pretty unbearable here in Texas. This icebox cooler is a real life saver.

Portable Heater

For the opposite, a portable heater.

The ice storm of 2021 hit my Houston, Texas neighborhood and we had no electricity and freezing temperatures for 50 hours! I was wearing 3 pairs of socks and my feet were still cold. We could see our breath inside the house. It was terribly cold. We had no fireplace and no portable heater or generator to help.

This portable heater would have come in INCREDIBLY handy!

Here are 25 foods you should have:

1. Water

Water is good to stockpile for so many reasons. In the case of a natural disaster, pipes might be burst or broken and water can be difficult to come by so having your own stock of water is great for drinking, washing, cleaning, and other purposes.

2. Canned goods 

Canned goods like canned beans, canned fruits and veggies, and other canned goods stay good like forever. This is why they are excellent stockpile foods. You can store them in your pantry for years without worrying about spoilage and if s#*t were to hit the fan and you had to rely on your stockpile for nutrition, you know your canned goods would be good for a while.

3. Canned meat and fish

Same as described for canned goods. Canned meat is good because it’s meat which is protein and good for you. If you’re in a place where you can’t cook food but need meat, there are few options that you can eat as is, canned meat and canned fish (like canned tuna) are staples to rely on.

4. Bars

These are protein bars and granola bars which are great travel foods. Plus, you can pack a lot of calories and nutrition in them, while they tend to be pretty small (fits in your hand). They are a great travel food, good for camping, and excellent for a stockpile food.

5. Oatmeal

This is good for breakfast as all you need is hot water and you’ve got a hearty, nutritious meal (a reason why this is a solid camping food).

6. Flour

Flour for baking. You can bake in a microwave, you can bake on a campfire, and other ways. You just aren’t limited to your stove. Flour is a good way to get interesting in the kitchen because if you are in a place where you need to eat your stockpile, the foods can get boring and flour is a great way to make breads, loaves, muffins, use as a thickener, and other uses.

7. Sugar

Same as for flour. Sugar keeps things interesting. It can help you keep your sanity when you’re in a dire situation like under quarantine or away from society (like out in the country).

8. Salt

Salt is good for a variety of reasons for the survivalist.

  • To season foods
  • Food preserving
  • Cure meat
  • Ease sinus congestion
  • And, other uses

9. Beans

This is dried beans but, canned beans would be excellent too (canned goods above).

They’re great for protein and pretty filling. They make a great side dish and have fiber and add variety to your meals. Plus there are so many varieties, you’ll never get bored: pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, red beans, and garbanzo beans.

10. Spices

You wanna keep your meals tasty and the opposite of boring. Spices last a really long time and are perfect for this!

11. Cereal

Cereals are dry and keep well. They are great eaten plain as a snack, ingredients in meals, and alone with milk as cereal for any meal of the day. Can you tell I’m a cereal nut?

12. Coffee

Because we need our caffeine fix right? Sames goes with tea. Stock up on both if you love both.

13. Freeze Dried Foods

This is like freeze dried fruits and other freeze drieds. They last and keep well.

14. Honey

Honey never goes bad. Really. It never expires. This is great in tea, as a sweetener and cooking ingredient for everything and a staple in our household.

15. Jerky

Jerky is a great source of protein and perfect when you need a protein-rich snack.

16. Hard Liquor

Great for many uses, aside from drinking, you can clean with it, disinfect, and more.

17. Nuts

Yummy proteinful snack. Great ground up as an ingredient in meals, atop cereal and more.

18. Pickles

These are great to add some pop to meals.  Ideal for sandwiches, tuna and more meal ideas.

19. Popcorn

Store this stuff indefinitely. Great as a quick, easy snack.

20. Potatoes

One of the long lasting veggies that you wanna keep stocked in your cupboard. You can also dehydrate or freeze dry them.

21. Powdered Drink Mix

Like Crystal Light or other powdered drink mix. Just add water and you’ve got a great alternative to water or milk, to keep things interesting.

22. Ramen Noodles

The ultimate staple food during an apocalypse. It’s cheap, great for soup, tastes good and has a long shelf life.

23. Powdered Milk

Good for when you need milk but don’t have a refrigerator. A must for emergency food supply.

24. Corn starch

This is a must have baking ingredient and thickener for soups, stews and meals you prepare.

25. Rice

No Braine right. Rice lasts forever is a great, hearty and filling food. You can also get pretty inventive with it for recipes.

Final Word

So, go stock your pantry and fridge.

What do you think? Share some stockpile foods you like to horde to prepare for if times get tough and things go crazy.

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Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at https://jennleach.substack.com.

5 thoughts on “25 Things to Stockpile When S#*t Hits the Fan

  1. Decent starter list. We rarely drink, but we made several trips to the liquor store to enhance our barter supplies in the event things really go south and goods and services become the currency among the masses. Imagine those hard core drinkers that will do about anything for a drink, and suddenly the cheap bottle of bourbon becomes much more valuable. Vodka is also good to keep on hand because you can use it for it’s antiseptic qualities. As for stocking tobacco, many recommend it, but it does go stale after awhile.

      1. Having an emergency stockpile is the first half of the emergency food supply and the easiest part in my experience! Maintaining your supply is even harder and more critical. Don’t let your stockpile grow old and moldy. Treat it like the valuable asset it is. As you use something out of your stock list it on your grocery list and replace each item . Continue to rotate your stock using the oldest items first. This rotation is vital and a main reason for stocking and using your stockpile. Don’t just let your supplies get old.and become garbage to be replaced. Stockpiling food and maintenance becomes a way of life augmenting stored food with fresh for your recipes. So don’t look at your stockpile as get lt and forget it. Create your stockpile as a working part of your menu planning on a daily basis. This is why you tailor the item to your tastes and how emergencies become less of an issue much more manageable!al

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