Here are our recommendations for the best home defense tools and all the survival gear that should be part of your home survival kit.
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You may already prepared your everyday carry survival gear, Bug Out Bag and Get Home Bag prepper essentials – now it is time to talk about what important gear you will need for your home survival kit.
In this article, we will talk about:
General emergency preparedness gear and supplies that every home should have. Essentially, it is a bug-in checklist as opposed to a bug-out.
The prepper gear you may need depending on where you live, in order to fortify your home. Urban prepping is a bit different than rural or even suburban prepping, but rest assured there are still ways to survive in an apartment when SHTF
We will also cover some more specific gear that you should have for natural disaster survival, and other niche scenarios which may occur.
Without further ado, here are our recommendations for the best home defense tools for the home.
In a hurry? If you just want to get to our conclusions, here are our top picks and recommendations!
To get started, use the same supply list that we provided in the Bug Out Bag gear essentials. Consider purchasing 200 count bottles of the different kinds of pills and family sized tubes of the different creams and ointments.
Add to those basic first aid supplies, the following:
Water is another essential that you must stock up on. Buy a few large plastic bottled water containers and keep these in a cool, shaded place in your home.
Remember that even sealed standing water can have a shelf-life, so check this before you drink from it and see if you should purify it further before consumption.
It is also a great idea to have several methods of water purification stored at home. Choose a range of filters, pumps, straws, tablets and chemicals so that you can be sure you will always have a way to purify your water.
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Read our comprehensive guide to purifying water for the many ways in which you can have clean, safe drinking water at home or on-the-go: How to Purify Water.
Other Survival Essentials for Every Home
With the big essential survival gear covered, now it’s time to think about those little things that make a big difference between suffering through your experience or surviving in relative ease and comfort.
Solo Stove – for heating up food and boiling water
Something fun! - Card games, books, art supplies. Things to stop you going crazy indoors!
Survival Gear for The Urban Home
Preparing for emergencies and making sure that we have the essential survival items for our home when living in an urban environment has its unique challenges.
As an urban dweller, your emergency preparation should consider the possibility of having your water shut off for long periods of time, forcing you to seek out water from potentially contaminated natural sources.
You will also face an increased risk of intruders and attackers in urban survival. Due to the nature of cities, there is also a greater risk of fire. Air contamination can also be a problem, from both natural and man-made sources.
You could also be forced into a survival situation where you will have to scavenge for food or other supplies. A gas mask can be vital in an urban survival scenario.
We recommend outfitting your home survival kit with the following survival tools and gear. These items are in addition to the gear that every home should have:
Suburban prepping is a bit different to urban prepping. The main difference is that you have a little more space between you and your neighbor.
You may have a small yard, or maybe even a big one. You may be miles from a grocery store or gas station, or have one just around the corner.
Depending on how close to the city you live, “suburban” environments can vary from urban-like to nearly rural.
After stocking up on the prepping essentials for every home, it’s time to carefully consider the realities of your situation. You might find it a good idea to acquire the gear essentials for urban homes as well, especially if you live close to the city.
When you live in the suburbs you have the long term advantage of being able to produce your own food.
You can not only survive, but thrive.
As a suburban prepper, even if you have only a small plot of land to work, you can easily produce fresh food and raise small animals.
You might want to consider purchasing the following items in addition, which double as survival gear for the suburban home:
Suburban Survival Top Tip: Try not to make it obvious to your neighbors that you are prepared! If SHTF and they know that you have the food and gear to survive, then you may be their first target when things get desperate. Read more about blending in at home in our guide: How to be a Gray Man
Survival Items for the Rural Home
When you live in a rural area, you are often among those best prepared to handle emergency situations.
If SHTF and you find yourself cut off from society in general, you have the land and access to natural resources that will likely make your survival a lot easier.
Chances are that you also have the survival skills and physical capabilities required for the work.
Everything that we have included in our complete list of survival items, including those for urban and suburban homes, is appropriate for rural prepping as well.
But prepping for rural homes has special considerations. Gas stations may be far away or you may find your access to them cut off. Farm supply or parts stores may not get restocked.
You may find yourself having to improvise. It’s a good idea to keep the following supplies on hand, just in case you need to count on hunting and farm production to supply your family with food:
Natural Disaster [and other niche scenarios] Survival Kits
Here is a list of some more niche items that you might want to consider, in the case of a natural disaster, pandemic or other more specific scenario hitting your home:
Sand bags & concrete blocks. For creating barricades in case of flooding.
Emergency flares. For signaling to emergency services if you are stranded as the result of a flood, tsunami, wildfire or other disaster.
Emergency blankets. These foil blankets are incredible at keeping heat close to your body. They may be life-saving in the case of a flash flood, tsunami or otherwise where you find yourself suddenly exposed to the elements.
Spare batteries. In the case of a natural disaster, it is highly likely you will lose power at some point. Always keep spare batteries in the house in a range of sizes for your radios and other devices.
Spare tools, parts and materials. If you are hit by a natural disaster, you may encounter some damage to your house’s infrastructure. Stocking up on tools and parts like copper piping, electrical wires, hand-held tools and so on is a great idea, because you may have to perform some house DIY to get things back in order.
Propane stove and spare propane. Again, it is very likely you will lose gas and electricity to your home in a natural disaster. Propane stoves are the best replacement for cooking and boiling water.
Face masks, hand sanitizer and toilet roll. As we have all learned from the Coronavirus pandemic – these items are especially important to stock up on!
Smoke Canisters. In the unfortunate event that you find your home raided by a riot of angry looters, then smoke canisters are a good way to create a diversion and keep you hidden while you grab your Bug Out Bag, and get yourself (and family) out to safety.
Flour and a Dutch Oven. Flour is a great ingredient for making many simple but tasty treats. A Dutch Oven fits on top of your propane stove and can be used to cook bread and other things, in case your gas/electricity supply is affected.
Home Survival Kit FAQs
What should be in a home survival kit?
A home survival kit should contain everything you might need to bug-in at home. It should cover food, water, medical supplies, power and more.
You do not need to worry about making things super lightweight or portable, as these supplies are made to stay at home. Your Bug Out Bag will be a more specialized piece of gear featuring these essential items made backpack-friendly.
What should I stock up on for SHTF?
The main priorities are food, water, medical supplies and a means of generating heat safely. It may not be the most comfortable existence; but with these items you should at least be able to stay alive indoors for a good length of time.
It is also a good idea to make sure you have somr “fun” items in your stock, like cards or craft supplies, to keep you from going crazy indoors!
Should I spend a lot of money on a Home Survival Kit?
One of the most important pieces of advice for preppers is to NOT bankrupt yourself! If you work on a monthly budget, try and carve out a portion of your income each month for prepping supplies.
Even as little as $50 a month will give you a good start and pay off in the long-run.
Final Thoughts on a Home Survival Kit
As you can imagine, surviving at home is a very person-specific scenario and there is no “best home survival kit” for everyone. To maximize your chances of survival, follow these simple rules:
Do several bug-in drills at home. Cancel your plans for the weekend or even longer, and try to live off the items you have collected, without relying on anything from the outside world. This will quickly illuminate any holes in your preparation and allow you to make adjustments for a real-world scenario.
Don’t let others know that you are prepared! This one is especially important. If SHTF and your neighbors know that you are sitting on piles of food, gas and supplies – you can guarantee that they will come knocking… and they might not be too friendly about it.
Check your stock regularly. There would be nothing worse than if SHTF and you rush to your supplies… only to find things out of date, damp, broken or damaged. Make sure that you keep an inventory of food and water expiry dates, keep things well sealed and out of sunlight. Make a stock check every few months and check that everything is as you’d expect it to be.
This wraps up our guide on the best survival gear for your home survival kit.
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