Prepping to Survive an Economic Collapse

Cash Is King In An  Economic Collapse

In an Economic Collapse your credit cards, debit cards will not work, banks will  close, Food shortages Cash will be King. Once awareness of the situation sets in, rioting, looting, and violent crime will be everywhere.

What would you do to feed your hungry kids? Hunger and watching those you care about go hungry will make good people do the unthinkable. Desperate times make desperate people.

The post-Scott did on Bugging Out got me to thinking about the reasons people would Bug Out economic collapse topped my list since it would probably cause the others on my list to occur, transportation stoppage, wide-spread looting and rioting, food shortages among others.

So if as Scott talked about you already have a Bug Out Location what should it be stocked with? Here is a list of items I would want to have on hand.

We’ll begin with the important stuff like food and water and work from there.

Water and a Way to Purify it

Bottled water
Even with our well and year round spring on the property, we keep a few cases of bottled water on hand.

Rain Barrels
We also have a rainwater collection system ours is a 1500 gallon storage tank depending on your needs you can have a few 55-gallon drums.

Canteen / Water Bottle
There is any number of reasons for having these hunting and foraging trips come to mind

Water Purification Tablets, Pool Shock/Bleach
These can be used to disinfect water and make it safe to drink about 8 drops of household bleach will usually work make sure it is regular bleach no added color or fragrance.

5 Gallon bucket
To carry water from water source if water is not piped in.

Stock pot or large kettle
For boiling water, this is the best and safest way to purify and disinfect water. Bring water to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes and let it cool.

Coffee Filters
For filtering large solids from the water like grass, bugs, dirt etc.

Cheese Cloth or Mosquito Netting
Also used for filtering

Used with the Cheese Cloth or Mosquito Netting or coffee filters to filter water. I put a coffee filter or layer of cloth or netting on my cup or bucket then a layer of charcoal, topped with sand and top the sand with fine gravel then filter my water through.

Water filtering systems
Portable water filters like the Survival Spring and LifeStraw you can drink water right from the source. Larger systems like Alexapure or Big Berkey can filter up to 5000 gallons.


Hard Red or White Wheat



Dry Beans: Pinto, Red, Lima, Black, Navy Etc.

Dry Milk


Cooking Oil: Coconut and olive are good


Canned Goods: These include meat and fish



Drink Mix

Baking Essentials (Yeast, Salt, etc.)

Heirloom Garden Seeds

I’m sure you can think of other items to add to the above list


First Aid Supplies and Medications

First Aid Manual

First-Aid Kit

Extra Band-Aids

Dental Kit

Wound Care

Rubbing Alcohol/Hydrogen Peroxide

Antibiotic Ointment

Respirator Masks

Latex Gloves


Prescription Medication

Foot Care Products

Pain Reliever
Tylenol, Aleve, Aspirin, etc.

Cold Medicine


Diarrhea/Constipation Medication


Allergy Medication



Birth Control

Hygiene Supplies


Hand Sanitizer



Dental Floss

Toilet paper

Feminine Hygiene Products

Wet Wipes

Insect Spray


Lotion/Lip Balm



Head Lamp


Light Sticks



Oil Lantern

Extra Wicks & Mantles

Cooking and Food Preservation Supplies

Coffee Pot

Camping Stove

Solar Oven

Solar dehydrator

Grain Grinder

Meat Grinder

Cast Iron Cookware

Cooking Utensils

Can Opener

Water Bath Canner

Pressure Canner

Jars and Lids

Eating Utensils

Plates & Bowls

Weapons and Hunting Supplies





Compound Bow

Extra Arrows


Snare Wire

Fishing Gear (Poles, Tackle, Nets)


Cleaning Supplies

Bleach/Pool Shock

Dish Soap


Baking Soda


Bar Soap


Mop and Bucket

Broom and Dust Pan

Scrub Brushes

Dish Pan

Trash Bags


Two-way Radio

Weather Radio (Hand Crank)

Ham Radio



Maps and Guides

Detailed Map of Local Area

Survival Guide

Field Guide/Eatable Plant Guide

Pets and Children



Proof of Vaccination


 Household Items



Bath Towels

Solar Shower

Kitchen Towels



Sewing Kit

Washboard and Buckets

Aluminum Foil

Ziplock Bags

Portable Toilet



Pest and Insect Control (Mouse Traps, Diatomaceous Earth)

Extra Keys (Home, Shop ,Vehicles, Safe Deposit Box)

Personal Items

Extra Prescription Glasses

Eye Glass Repair Kit

Sun Glasses





Work Shirts


Wool Socks





Extra Laces

Tennis Shoes




Work Gloves


Wide-Brimmed Hat

Barter Goods The New Money For An  Economic Collapse








Toilet Paper





precious Stones





Musical Instruments

Paper, Pens, Sketchbook



Tools and Miscellaneous Gear

Gardening Tools (Shovel, Axe, Rake)


Basic Construction Tools

Hardware (Nails, Screws)


Tie Down


Duct Tape


Extra Gas Cans

Sharpening Stone/Honing Oil

Gun Cleaning Kit & Supplies

Wire and Wire Cutters

Chain Saw

Fire Extinguisher


Chain and Padlocks

Weather Instruments

Bolt Cutters

Identification and Documentation

Photo ID/Passport

Birth Certificate

Social Security Card

Medical Records

Banking Documents

Insurance Documents

Marriage License

Contact Information

Alternative Energy Source and Heating


Extension Cords

Solar Panels

Solar Charge controller


Solar Charger

Rechargeable Batteries






Fuel Stabilizer

Lamp Oil

Seasoned Fire Wood

This is by no means a full and comprehensive list Please feel free to expand on and add your list and or thoughts in the comments below.

What is your plan if we should experience an Economic Collapse ?  

Economic Collapse


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Bugging Out

Bugging Out Is Hard To Do!

Bugging out is not always the best option and sometimes it is the only option. Once you make the decision to go don’t wait around get out early preferably in the first few hours after SHTF!!

Before anyone realises what is happening you can be safely away in your bug out location. Hopefully you already have a bug out location. Unless you’re the ultimate survivalist you may want to consider hunkering down in your home or with friends or family.

If you haven’t found that perfect bug out location here are some tips to find it.

Can you get to the location safely less than a few hours?

Is there water on the land or near by?

How far is it from the largest populated city?

How easy is it to conceal your  cabin, tent, RV or whatever your planning to use for shelter ?

Is it self sustainable can you live of the land, grow a garden, raise animals ?

We’ll get into finding the ideal location another time for now we’ll assume you have a location and have made the decision to make a run for it.

First Things First

OK we’re assuming you have a bug out location BOL you have been working on it and have stocked it with  necessary needs food, water, ammunition, first aid you know the basic stuff a prepper would do.

Your bug out vehicle BOV is loaded and ready to go STOP!! Double check your check list you don’t want to get 50 miles up the road and find you forgot some essential piece of equipment because you had it buried in the backyard and in the rush and confusion forgot about it. First Lesson Keep Calm and double-check your check list.

Keep the BOV with a full tank at all time and use stabilizers don’t let your fuel get stale run it down once in a while to keep fresh fuel in the tank. Maintain the vehicle proper maintenance is important and make sure you have spare parts hoses, belts, plug wires you don’t want to be stranded because of a broken belt.

Grab and Go

It is entirely posiable you may not have time to load up the BOV natural disasters can happen without warning, fires, flash floods, tornadoes and earth quakes can all strike without warning you may only have enough time to load the family and go. Have a bug out bag for each member of the family and even the pets if your taking them with you, we’ll get into bug out bags in another post. For now be prepared to Grab and Go.

You Made It

Well you made it safely to your BOL because you were prepared and got out before anyone knew what was happening. Are you totally safe? You are never totally safe, you need to be on guard at all times, it may take a while but at some point someone will stumble upon you.

One of the things that Mike is always trying to improve on is security at the homestead, something he has always said is   “see them before they know your there”  I know there are cameras near the gate you don’t see them but they are there, motion sensors in places you would never expect I don’t believe a mouse could cross that property without setting off an alarm.

Your first line of defense is your perimeter our property has a gate at the entrance to the driveway with 4 foot field fence topped with 2 foot barbed wire around the property it is then cross fenced with field fence since these are mostly open fields we can see if anyone is approaching. Dad does have cameras closer to the house and sensors along the driveway in a SHTF type situation there would be additional security measures put into place. At Mike’s place things are much different and I won’t get into them because they are simple and complicated at the same time.

Now What

You have your security in place now it’s time to get down to living don’t just exist this is where you are going to be living until hopefully things get back to normal or as normal as can be expected.

Your shelter should have already been built, if you were serious about surviving here you have stocked it with food and have a water source. You have purchased seeds for your garden and depending the time of year have your garden growing or preparing the soil so you can start in the spring. A great source for Heirloom Seed is  My Patriot Supply , we get the Survival Seed Vault and a few individual seed packets of our favorites.

Still A Lot of Work Ahead

You still have a lot of work ahead of you depending on the type of SHTF you are dealing with you could be in your BOL for a few weeks or years it won’t be easy.If you have been preparing  for and developing the skills necessary for your survival you will most likely weather the storm.

  “See Them Before They Know Your There” 

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