Grocery Items to Buy for Survival

It takes more than just accumulating food to assemble a survival kit. You can find most of the supplies you need for survival at the grocery store. Food and water are necessary for survival, but you also need first aid kits, candles, batteries, and other barterable commodities.

Aluminum Foil

Ever notice how your grandparents keep aluminum foil on hand? This was a very valuable item during the Great Depression. It works for mirrors, reflective strips, temporary matches, fishing lures, and meal storage.

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are frequently associated with infants, although they are also useful for cleaning, wiping hands and faces, and other things.


Batteries come very handy for a variety of devices, including radios and lamps. Buy batteries in bulk if you can; it will be significantly less expensive.


Having multiple blankets for each member of your household is a must if you want to stay warm. These are excellent barter products as well!

Cable Ties 

Cable ties, which are also inexpensive and sometimes referred to as zip ties, are another item that can be purchased at most grocery stores. These can be used to tie your shoes, fasten objects to your backpack, shut gates, and a myriad of other things.


Most grocery stores sell them for a reasonable price. These are excellent backup supplies in case of power outages or even grid issues.


Grab as many tiny flashlights as you want—most grocery stores carry them. Small flashlights can fit in bags and backpacks.


You need charcoal to cook on a grill, or you can put charcoal in a fire pit that has a grate on top for cooking.



In terms of survival gear, having a ton of lighters is obvious. One of the most significant discoveries in human history is the discovery of fire, which altered both the world and humanity. You can’t cook or remain warm on chilly evenings without fire.

Yes, learning to start a fire without a lighter is a terrific talent, and you should practice it, but it’s also a smart idea to keep a huge supply of lighters on hand.


Because matches are even less expensive than lighters, you can purchase substantial boxes to keep with your stockpiles. Match boxes can be stacked and don’t take up much space in your pantry or emergency supplies.

First Aid Supplies 

In your survival kit, you can never have too many first aid materials. The majority of grocery stores sell a large range of first aid items, making it easy for you to stock up whenever you go shopping. Obtain your supply of skin adhesive, skin bandages, gauze, medical tapes, butterfly closures, triple antibiotic cream, and burn cream.

Pain Relievers 

You should have lots of over-the-counter remedies on hand even though you don’t have access to prescription painkillers to hoard.

Feminine Hygiene Products

In an emergency, cleanliness is essential. You need to have a lot of feminine hygiene supplies because you might not have to them. Get additional tampons and pads for the women in the house.

Soap body bars

Body soaps in bars store nicely and are less expensive than bottles. They fit easily into your bug-out bag and are smaller. Grab some soap bars in packs.

Dish Soap 

You need dish soap to wash dishes and to wash your hands, which makes it a potential cleaner for your house too.

Canning Jars

Canning jar cases are typically offered at supermarket stores. Canning jars are always in demand. They support food preservation as well as the storing of food, drink, and water.

Duct Tape 

Duct tape is adaptable and useful for a variety of tasks, including repairing pipes, filling tarp holes, marking trails, creating a do-it-yourself sling, and many more.

Face Masks 

Face masks should be a part of your preparations because the Covid-19 pandemic has made us so accustomed to wearing them. Stockpile masks while you can because pandemic preparedness experts know a much worse virus could emerge.

Besides the above items, stockpiling food is essential for survival. It’s important to recognize the fundamental distinctions between foods that are appropriate for your prepper’s pantry and those that aren’t. Customization and improvisation are made easier the more you comprehend. You may rely on the following fundamental standards while storing up on food for survival.

Extended shelf life

You still want to choose sturdy products wisely even though you’re not trying to equal the 20–30 year shelf life of freeze-dried meals or the 5-8 year shelf life of MREs. Anything that doesn’t last at least a year should be avoided.

Simple to store

Better packaging options than the one used for potato chips include a can or box that is durable. Food that must be chilled or frozen is not automatically excluded, but use caution if you rely too heavily on power.

Simple to prepare

Where you are dependent on meals that might not have access to utilities or other items during emergency situations, go for simpler cooking. Prefer foods that are ready-to-eat, just require minimal reheating or rehydrating, or are simple to combine with additional ingredients.


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While mental/emotional comforts are important in a crisis, not everything needs to be “healthy,” and you don’t want to make matters worse by attempting to survive on junk food, especially Nuclear Twinkies.

Calorie content

Some foods (or the way they are packed) provide you with more calories per square foot than others, and having little space is sometimes your toughest challenge when stocking a pantry.

Nutritional limitations

Even though an emergency isn’t the time to be fussy, it’s acceptable to stay away from meals that everyone in your family detests, are discouraged by your faith, or that someone has a dietary issue with (eg. lactose or gluten.)


Unexpected disasters can and do occur, and when they do, the majority of the population is woefully unprepared. The vast majority of people aren’t at all prepared, and very few have enough survival food to last them a month, it’s a fact.

Because of this, when a tragedy strikes, throngs of people rush to the grocery stores and supermarkets to buy as much food as they can. Take advantage of the relatively low crowds and short lines you can encounter at food stores during the good times since there may come a day when going to the store is like something out of a nightmare if you don’t start planning right now.