100 Things to Disappear First

100 Things to Disappear First

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You might have seen this list floating around the internet, I don’t know who first created it, or when, but I thought it brought up some interesting points.

I took the liberty of reformatting it when I found it skipped items 14 and 15, and added a couple to make 100.

One way or another this list of 100 things to disappear first is a good starting point when deciding what types of things you need to store in the event of a catastrophic disaster.


It also lets you know the types of things that everyone else will try to horde or grab during that last panic shopping trip.

I also deleted some comments about how to use a few of the iterm, because they were not detailed enough to be practical, and not the point to the list.

This list is not meant to be a purchasing guide, but rather to help you realize that when disasters occur, you might not have time to run to the store that one last time and fight with everyone else grabbing up these 100 items (and anything else they need).  Take this with a grain of sand and please comment with any other items you think might disappear off the store shelves in an emergency.

  1. Generators
  2. Water Filters/Purifiers
  3. Portable Toilets
  4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
  5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (CLEAR oil is best)
  6. Coleman Fuel.
  7. Ammunition
  8. Guns
  9. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
  10. Hand Tools
  11. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
  12. Rice – Beans – Wheat
  13. Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
  14. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid
  15. Water Containers
  16. Propane Cylinders
  17. Survival Guide Book.
  18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
  19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
  20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
  21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
  22. Vitamins
  23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
  24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
  25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
  26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
  27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty
  28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
  29. Garbage Bags
  30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
  31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed
  32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
  33. Clothes pins/line/hangers
  34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
  35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
  36. Fire Extinguishers
  37. First aid kits
  38. Batteries (all sizes)
  39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
  40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
  41. Flour, yeast & salt
  42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.)
  43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
  44. Insulated ice chests Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
  45. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
  46. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
  47. Garbage cans Plastic
  48. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
  49. Cast iron cookware
  50. Fishing supplies/tools
  51. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
  52. Duct Tape
  53. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
  54. Candles
  55. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
  56. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
  57. Garden tools & supplies
  58. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
  59. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
  60. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
  61. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
  62. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  63. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
  64. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
  65. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
  66. Board Games, Cards, Dice
  67. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
  68. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
  69. Paper plates/cups/utensils
  70. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap
  71. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
  72. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
  73. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
  74. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
  75. Reading glasses
  76. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch
  77. “Survival-in-a-Can”
  78. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
  79. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
  80. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  81. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
  82. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  83. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
  84. Lumber (all types)
  85. Wagons & carts
  86. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
  87. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
  88. Lantern Hangers
  89. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
  90. Teas
  91. Coffee
  92. Cigarettes
  93. Wine/Liquors
  94. Paraffin wax
  95. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
  96. Chewing gum/candies
  97. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
  98. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
  99. Medicine
  100. Goats/chickens

This list is useful in two ways.  by knowing the 100 things to disappear first you can either ensure you have what you need, or you can have extras to set your self up with the resources to trade.  If you decide to go the trading route, remember that when people have nothing, they may be willing to try to take from those that have something.  Also from a bartering perspective small and portable is more useful than large and bulky.

I remeber when I first got into disaster preparedness, I stocked up on small 100 ml bottles of liquor – it was small and portable, large enough to be valuable, but not so large as it was expensive.


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