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List of Thrival Survival Essentials for Uncertain Times

My favorite SHTF survival essentials

The majority of mainstreamers don’t want to consider the possibility of system collapse. For others the argument is moot because their own world has already collapsed. If you’ve already lost your job, home, transportation, etc., or suffered through an outage of basic services, you would be quite blessed in a camp stocked with the items below.

My life’s goal since I was 17, was to learn how to live as simply and happily as possible. I’ve had opportunities to do that and consider myself knowledgeable about radical simple living on the fringes of the system in semi-remote rural areas, without conventional power or running water.  There are certain items I like to have on hand to thrive and survive and I listed them below. If you so choose, you can benefit from my practice, but consider the fundamental items you need to survive in your particular geography.

Here is a list I found on Truth is Treason.


  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Heat
  5. Light
  6. Hand Tools
  7. Health and Personal Care Supplies
  8. Communications
  9. Hunting, Fishing and Security
  10. Hobby & Craft Supplies
  11. Transportation
  12. Barter

The items of essentials on the list below are accessed from the system. Some are only useful until complete collapse. Meanwhile, these work well for a thrival camp on the fringes and provide for a rather luxurious experience.  It is obviously not for a fleeing to the wilderness with a “bug out bag” desperate survival situation.

If you have the foresight and money to collect these items, know that they will soon run out and/or wear out in a SHTF scenario.  If you are stocking a bug out location, acquire multiples of all these items to the best of your ability. Where quantities are given the assumption is this list will serve two people.

An attempt has been made to divide the items into categories, of course some belong in multiple categories.

Once you have a solid stock of the core items and become proficient at using them, you will be at the point of being able to fend for yourself for months, even years, with minimal reliance on the system, while still maintaining a reasonable comfort level, as long as you can remain strong and healthy.

For a long-term grid down scenario or system wide collapse, the daily goal should be learning how to provide for your needs with whatever can be sourced from nature and from uncontaminated apocalyptic debris.

I would practice actually living in a minimalist camp for as long as possible before the SHTF — preferably at least a month or longer.

I made this list based on my experience living very simply and cheaply in a safe rural place with trees, near water, on some private acreage where I have the liberty to erect shelters. It will have to be adapted for the lay of your own land.



Which of these would you like to have on hand? Did I forget anything?


  1. 10 four or five gallon plastic buckets with lids
  2. Water Igloo(s)
  3. Mesh strainer and cheesecloth
  4. Gravity ceramic water filter(s), extra filters
  5. Wireless water pasteurizer/distiller
  6. Clear 1/2 inch plastic tubing – 20 feet
  7. Rainwater barrel(s) and screening
  8. Pump


  1. Plastic buckets with lids, filled with dried foods, i.e. lentils, beans, split peas, grains, oils, seeds (sprouting and growing), nuts, brewers yeast, vinegar, baking soda, fruits, powdered juices, coffee, supplements, herbs
  2. Canned goods
  3. Metal food storage containers
  4. At least two large glass sprouting jars with screen lids
  5. Canning jars and tools
  6. Glass bottles with lids/corks
  7. Screens for food drying
  8. Hand cranked food grinder
  9. Wheat grass juicer
  10. Propane camp stove, extra fittings, seals, propane
  11. Rocket stove cooker
  12. Wood cook stove, stove pipe and parts
  13. Propane refrigerator and repair parts
  14. “Fridge” thermometer
  15. Food thermometer
  16. Metal plates and cups
  17. Eating utensils
  18. Good all purpose knife, filet knife
  19. Mortar and pestle
  20. Wire whisk
  21. Cast iron pot/pan/Dutch oven
  22. Can opener
  23. Towels, hot pads
  24. Spatula
  25. Tin foil
  26. Wash basins (two for dishes)
  27. Camping coolers


  1. Good quality canvas and/or plastic tarps
  2. Plastic sheeting
  3. Tent(s) with flap doors or sturdy zippers, extra zipper(s)
  4. Cordage, cable, wire, bailing twine
  5. Monofilament
  6. Bungee cords
  7. Strong clips
  8. Screen or fine mesh net material
  9. Lumber
  10. Tar paper
  11. Sheet metal
  12. Rain gutters
  13. Windows and doors
  14. Rugs
  15. Sheets or light cotton throws
  16. Sleeping bags and pillows
  17. Wool blankets
  18. Leather skins and hides
  19. Solar heat drapes
  20. Solar cooling drapes
  21. Rodent-proof and weatherproof storage containers
  22. Appropriate clothing
  23. Waterproof boots, waterproofing i.e., mink oil
  24. Shoe Goo or Barge contact cement
  25. Rain poncho, and patch supplies
  26. Gloves (warmth, work)
  27. Hand, foot, body warmers


  1. Wood heat stove, extra stove pipe, elbows, caps, rope sealer
  2. Rocket stove
  3. Fire brick
  4. High temp sealer
  5. Stove thermometer
  6. Propane tent heaters and canisters
  7. Propane bulk tanks and fittings, extra filled tanks, fittings & seals
  8. Solar cooker
  9. Kerosene heater
  10. Kerosene, wick cleaner, extra wicks and parts
  11. Clear plastic tubing
  12. Funnels
  13. Handsaws, splitting mauls, hatchets, axes
  14. Chainsaw, tools, extra chains, fuel


  1. Kerosene lanterns, extra wicks, extra glass chimneys
  2. Candles, and/or wax, stearic acid, extra wicks
  3. Flashlights, solar, battery, hand crank
  4. Solar garden lights, string lights
  5. Lighters, matches
  6. Tungsten/magnesium fire-starter


  1. Draw knife
  2. Utility knife and blades
  3. Tool sharpeners
  4. Shovel(s), rake, hoe, pitchfork, potato fork
  5. Hammer and nails
  6. Screwdrivers and screws
  7. Brace and bit
  8. Pliers and wrenches
  9. Nuts and bolts
  10. Clamps
  11. Hinges and hooks
  12. Rasps and files
  13. Rope
  14. Rawhide
  15. Level, plumb bob, chalk line
  16. Chalk
  17. Winch/Come Along
  18. Tape measure
  19. Gorilla tape
  20. Glue(s)
  21. Caulking
  22. Rubber
  23. Sandpapers
  24. Gasket material


  1. Bandage supplies
  2. Butterfly bandades
  3. Tweezers
  4. Suture supplies
  5. Nail clippers
  6. Scissors
  7. Colloidal silver making kit
  8. Rubbing alcohol
  9. Peroxide
  10. Witch hazel
  11. Oil of oregano
  12. Vitamin D & E oil
  13. Hemp oil
  14. Insect and tick repellant
  15. Homeopathic remedies
  16. Feminine supplies
  17. Soaps, bleach, borax
  18. Hot water bottle
  19. Toilet paper
  20. Paper towels
  21. Fabric towels
  22. Cotton blankets
  23. Galvanized wash tubs
  24. Huge pot (to heat water)
  25. Enamel wash basins
  26. Washboard, clothes line, clothes pins


  1. Paper and writing implements
  2. Digital media, i.e. cell phone, laptop, I-Pad (There will be an auspicious time to dismantle these)
  3. Radio(s), i.e. am/fm, short wave, HAM
  4. Rechargeable batteries
  5. Small water, wind, fire, battery chargers
  6. Inverter(s)


  1. Firearms, ammunition, and cleaning kits
  2. Bows and arrows
  3. Any other weapon(s) of choice
  4. Fishing gear
  5. Binoculars
  6. Compass
  7. Maps
  8. Calls
  9. Scents/cover scents


  1. Bicycle, tire pump, tools & repair equipment
  2. Wheelbarrow
  3. Hand cart
  4. X-country skis
  5. Sled(s)
  6. Snow Shoes
  7. Paddle boat/raft
  8. Truck (useful until SHTF)
  9. High-mileage car (useful until SHTF)
  10. ATV (useful until SHTF)
  11. Snowmobile (useful until SHTF)


In a thrival-survival camp, the line between hobbies and producing necessities tends to blur, so you may prefer to stick these in another category.

  1. Sewing Supplies
  2. Musical instrument
  3. Books
  4. Hand tools and materials for craft(s) of choice (i.e. knitting needles and yarn, wood carving tools, farrier tools, leather tanning tools, leather craft tools, spinning and weaving supplies; cloth making supplies, baking, fermenting, wine or beer making supplies, blacksmith tools, etc.)


  1. That’s up to you. The idea is to be able to stock and/or produce an item/service people need.

5 comments on “List of Thrival Survival Essentials for Uncertain Times

  1. Linda
    February 19, 2017

    to continue we have four large freezer units to boot. you can see the flaws in this tactic. Dehydration has cut down on a few things like garden produce but the thing is space to store. Fore four people that is a lot of storage not to mention all the other items that are needed. To date there are in house 5 storage rooms not to mention the out buildings there are three plus Garage for tools ex ex. Right know I am a sitting duck for looters so I have been looking for ways to protect my food stores.
    I came up with freeze dried that would take care of all the freezer items because I can cut down on all the space the they occupy plus the electricity they us. Freeze dried food is unlimited to what you can freeze dry and preserve the food nutrients eliminate canning because the canning jars take up a lot of space plus a lot more work in canning season. Self life can be up to 25 years as per canning and canned foods that you have to rotate and if I am lucky enough freeze dried eggs that last up to ten years the lowest in freeze dried products. But that is a bonus because I wouldn’t have to have a chicken run an essential item for protein. Fish, poultry, pork and beef all can be freeze dried. Granted as per expense I am looking at 3000 that I don’t have right know plus shipping and handling. I am looking to see how I can come up with a plan that will help me move into a much better way of storing. In the end I can store these items underground and saving on a lot of space to boot. Water, food, clothing and warmth are most essential for survival. if you have a small cooking stove fresh water and freeze dried foods you can survive.

    • simpleunhookedliving
      February 25, 2017

      Bless you, and our family. It is admirable that you are seriously considering the details of your survival should the Powers That Be fail to provide your necessities.

  2. Linda
    February 19, 2017

    For the last 7 years I have been working in self reliance. your list is pretty well prepared but I find your food support fall short. yes we started with a lot of the same food items as you have there. But lately I have been going over things that will happen especially with cans. Canned goods have a very short self life and if you are needing to bug out for say a year OK. you need at lot of space to for storage. Experience in this is that we have four storage units. One for dry goods in 5 gallon food grade sealed buckets and looking for more space to store them. One fore rotating supplies like pastas, caned goods, ex ex another for canning all there is to can in a season the list is extencive.

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  4. Pamela Handy
    May 1, 2015

    I’m always amazed that so many miss this – extra shoes! Something you most likely cannot make, and probably can’t efficiently barter for, either. Especially if you have growing children (I do not) – a range of sturdy shoes in the sizes they’ll soon grow into. Thrift store shoes are perfect – once a year, trade out the outgrown sizes and add in larger ones. Add to that – extra clothing – particularly jeans and parkas. If you sew, make sure you have a box of appropriate fabrics tucked away. For a month? you probably won’t need them . For a year? They’ll be awfully hard to live without.

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