Captain Dave’s List of Last Minute Supplies

Captain Dave maintains a personal survival stash at home and in a true emergency would have access to plenty of goods from our store, such as MREs, Mountain House freeze dried food, and survival tools.  But under the premise that enough is never enough, he carries the following list in his iPhone.  The list was developed in 2005 in preparation for self quarantine during Bird Flu, but it would work for almost any long-term emergency in which you plan to stay home rather than bug-out.

At the outbreak of bird flu, or the impact of a nuclear weapon (in other words, early in an emerging emergency, when people are still glued to their TV sets and no one is thinking long term survival) Captain Dave would visit Costco and/or Sam’s Club to buy the following items.  It may take several trips.  For example, it may be best to buy one or two of everything on the first tip, and then make additional trips at different times.  Split between Sam’s Club and Costco with different shoppers to avoid problems and the perception of hoarding.  You must also take into account how much your vehicle can hold and how much cash or credit is available.

Avoid things that need to be microwaved as power may be out or intermittent. Make substitutions based on availability and preference.  If you don’t like three-bean salad, don’t buy it.  If you have a larger family and plenty of storage space, buy more.  Use this list as a base to work from, not as a mandatory list.  Remember, if this is a false alarm, you are going to be eating these items for months to come, so buy what you and your family will eat.

Quantities are not individual cans — they are number of large packages.  So if baked beans are in 8-packs and we want 6, that is a total of 48 cans, not 8

Canned food/Wetpack food

  • Tuna – 6
  • Other canned fish – 6
  • Chili (w/o beans) – 6
  • Baked beans – 6
  • Peanut butter – 4
  • Spam – 4
  • Beef stew – 6
  • Clam chowder – 4
  • Chicken noodle soup – 6
  • Many other soups – 8 or more total
  • Pickles – 4
  • Pasta sauce – 24 total, multiple varieties/flavors
  • Vegetables, at least 6 varieties

– Corn – 6
– Creamed corn – 6
– Green beans – 6
– Yams
– Asparagus – 6
– Peas – 6
– mixed vegetables
– Tomatoes – 6
– Canned beans, multiple varieties – 6
– Artichoke hearts – 4
– Beets – 4
– Sauerkraut – 6
– Mushrooms – 8
– Spinach or other greens – 6
-Three bean salad – 4

  • Fruit, at least 6 varieties

– Peaches – 8
– Apple sauce – 8
– Pears – 8
– Fruit cocktail – 6
– Pineapple – 6
– Nectarines – 6
– Mandarin oranges – 6
– Citrus mix, usually in glass – 8
– Fruit pie fillings – 4
– Jelly, grape, strawberry, raspberry, etc.

  • Cooking oil – 3 large containers
  • Crisco – 2 cans
  • Maple syrup – 2
  • Honey – 4
  • Chocolate syrup – 4
  • Sauces and gravies – 4 each

Dried food:

  • Rice – four 50 lb bags
  • Beans – 60 pounds, different varieties
  • Flour – four 25 lb bags
  • Sugar – 75 or 100  lbs
  • Brown sugar, 4 bags
  • Powdered sugar, 4 bags
  • Chocolate chips, 5 bags
  • Spices, large variety
  • Powdered gravy and sauce mixes
  • Pecans, lots of them
  • Walnuts and other nuts
  • Salt – 12 pounds or more
  • Dried soup in cans – 3 of each variety
  • Powdered potatoes – 6
  • Pancake mix – 6 or more
  • Oatmeal instant and plain – 6
  • Hominy grits – 6
  • Mixes for cakes, brownies, etc. – 8 each
  • Granola, dried cereal, breakfast cereal – 12 in all
  • Dried fruit, different varieties – 4 each
  • Pastas, 16 in total
  • Easy Mac/instant macaroni & Cheese – 6
  • Crackers, 4 or 6 of several varieties
  • Yeast, three pounds
  • Nuts – mixed, peanuts, cashews
  • Dried fruit, multiple varieties
  • Beef Jerky
  • Candy bars large mixed packages – 6
  • Granola bars and similar – 6
  • Trail mix
  • Dog food, 3 bags minimum, box of milk bones

Fresh food that does not require refrigeration:

  • Tortillas – 1 pack
  • Bread – four loaves
  • 50 lbs potatoes or more
  • Bags of onions – 5
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Bananas, 3 pounds

Beverages:

  • Water, in gallon jugs and sport bottles
  • Bottled juices
  • Sports drinks such as Gatorade

If power is expected to stay on, buy the following items:

  • Eggs – 96
  • Butter – 8 lbs
  • Milk – 3 gallons
  • Cheese – cheddar, American, cream, various others
  • Ground meat
  • Chicken
  • Roasts
  • Pork loin
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Salmon and other fish

On a later trip, purchase a freezer and buy:

  • Steaks
  • Chops
  • Chicken breasts
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Ice cream
  • Bagels
  • Hot dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Frozen fish
  • Misc. prepared frozen foods

Non-food items:

  • Soap
  • Lysol disinfectant
  • Tylenol
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels 2 or more packs of 12 ea
  • Kleenex 18 or more boxes
  • Scott toilet tissue 2 packs of 30
  • Feminine hygiene products – Lots of pads
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Napkins
  • Trash bags 13 and 39 gallon
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent, hand
  • Scrubbies
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • DVDs? Video games? Books, cards, board games
  • Batteries, all sizes, esp. D, C and AA, some AAA and 9v
  • Ziploc bags, sandwich and gallon
  • Propane canister
  • Bug spray
  • Canning jars, all sizes, plus some wide mouth
  • Canning jar lids, several times as many as jars, and rings
  • Pectin

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