21 Point Prepper’s Checklist For Stocking Up at Walmart

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21 Point Prepper's Checklist For Stocking Up at Walmart

21 Point Prepper’s Checklist For Stocking Up at Walmart

Over the years I’ve consulted with many clients through my consulting business who know that they should stock up on food, water, and other needed gear but they’ve become so overwhelmed with all the “prepper foods” and “prepper gear” suggestions that’s being promoted on nearly every survival blog and prepper website that they don’t know where to start – so they contact me for help.

I love seeing the look on their faces when I tell them that they don’t really need all of that stuff or need to order anything online because everything needed to prepare for a local disaster or even a total SHTF event can be found and purchased at their local Wal-Mart.

Prepping should be a simple and low-cost expenditure, unfortunately prepping has been made into a business where you’re intentionally led to think that you have to spend thousands of dollars on long-term storage foods, firearms, bug out vehicles and other related gear, when in reality everything that you really need can be purchased quickly and cheaply at your local Walmart Supercenter.

Below I’ve put together a 20 step prepper’s checklist that once completed will make you better prepared than probably 95% of the U.S. population – all at a fraction of the price of purchasing an equal amount of foods and gear from the prepper supply vendors that you see promoting their products everywhere online now-a-days.

You can do all 20 steps at once if you want or you can divide each step into separate days, weeks or months. But you need to get it done as soon as possible. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed end all list. Prepping is a lifestyle and you’ll always be working and improving your skills and adding to and or altering your supplies.

Now let’s get started…

1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice (white rice stores longer but brown rice is more nutritious) and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.

6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also, grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.

7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.

8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.

9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.

10. And while you’re in the sporting good department pick up the best flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also, grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started. What would you add to the list?

11. Go to back the grocery department and pick up 5 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent of canned, now go over to the next aisles and throw in 5 lbs of rolled oats and a case of Ramen noodles. Ramen noodles aren’t the most nutritional food but they are cheap, add bulk to the diet and store well –  just don’t rely on them to provide all your nutritional needs. And don’t forget a good manual can opener.

12. While you’re in the grocery department be sure to pick up an assortment of spices to taste, such as Basil, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Black Pepper. Spices can go along way toward making unfamiliar foods palatable. Also, while you’re in that area add 5 or more lbs of salt to your shopping cart, as you know salt has 101 uses.

13. Okay, counting what you bought during our first trip to the shopping center, that should do it for the grocery. Now go over to the area near the pharmacy and pick up 3 large tubes of toothpaste, 3 brushes, 100 double edge razor blades, (note: if you don’t have a razor you’ll probably have to order one from Amazon.com and don’t forget a brush and bowl), I’ve used this type razor for years and think it is a cheaper long-term solution than disposable.

14. While you’re there, add the most comprehensive first-aid kit that you can find to your cart and don’t forget over the counter pain meds (Tylenol, aspirin etc.). If you’re a woman (or have one in your life) go over a few shelves and pick up enough “feminine” supplies to last three months or longer.

15. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, its shocking but we all do it.  If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to look for other alternatives such as the Portable Toilets sold in the sporting goods department or making a  sawdust toilet from a five-gallon bucket.

16. What’s next? You guessed it toilet paper. If you poop you need to wipe, if not you probably need to start. You could use a corncob, cloth, Roman sponge on a stick or paper from discarded books or newspapers but I would wager most of you prefer the softness of Angle Soft. Get enough to last at least a month, more if possible and remember women need more than men so plan accordingly.

17. While you are in that area of the store pick up a supply of disposable plates, bowls and plastic utensils. Don’t go overboard here but having a small stockpile of these items on hand can save a lot of water that would otherwise be used to wash dishes. Also add two or more gallons of regular, unscented bleach to your cart.

18. This is a biggie and can’t be done (legally) at the department store pharmacy without the signature of a doctor – that is stocking up on prescription meds.  Getting more than a 30 day supply, at least in the U.S., can be difficult if not impossible. But there are ways to get most of what you need for long-term survival. See this post and this one and this book (note: some of the information in the book is dated but there is still good advice to be found).

19. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vise grips, adjustable wrench, screw driver set, duct tape, electrical tape, axe, pry bar, crosscut saw, hacksaw and large can of WD-40. This is your bare minimum survival tool kit.

20. After you get your tool kit, go over to sporting goods and in the camping supply aisle pick up a propane camp stove and 5 or more 1 pound propane cylinders or a bulk 20 lb tank and hose adaptor – yes the pressure in the small bottles is the same as a 20 lb cylinder or even 100 lb tank, just be sure to get the proper adapter and hose assembly. Another alternative and the one I prefer is the Volcano Stove because I can use propane, wood and charcoal.

21. Okay, we are just about done  – only a few more steps you’ll be out the door and heading home. You’ll need a way to keep in touch with your group so go to the electronics department and pick up the best two-way radios that you can afford – I have these. Don’t forget a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. While not necessary, I prefer a radio capable of receiving AM/FM and shortwave broadcasts – I have this one.

This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote “On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of those who on the very threshold of victory sat down to rest, and while resting died.”

What did I leave out? What would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

16 responses to 21 Point Prepper’s Checklist For Stocking Up at Walmart

  1. Therese Procter November 25th, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Don’t forget diapers , wet wipes, alcohol, soap cleaners etc. learn to Make wine, chickens for eggs if you have room. Think about bartering items,too.


  2. Jackie November 5th, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Link is broken on #18.


    • teddy bear November 23rd, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      While I think prepping might be a good idea as shown above in your 21 suggestions but In my humble opinion the method employed of attaining the survival gear is wrong. First of all I miss a WARNING. It should be noted that times will be different and very harmful and dangerous to the family.Do not tell any body your plans of storing your precious food for the horrible times to come !! It would be nice to be in a nuclear family, but that may not be possible now a days.Do not let your children know what you are doing as they are likely to brag and inform others, resulting your house being assaulted by starving neibours. Work in secret all by your self with your husband..Do not tell mam, dad, brother, sister,even your boyfriend as he has his own family to take care off. Also I recommend not to buy in bulk buy small so that you can hide it. you should have at least have 5 places hidden that should give your family all the netricious food it needs. You can not hide bulk so they steel everything at once and leave you starving. This is the first “letter” i ever wrote in english hope you like it. LOVE from your BEAR


      • Watchdog November 26th, 2017 at 2:10 am

        Darn good letter for your first attempt!


  3. Helen October 30th, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Good start on your prep list, but I would focus first on food before thinking about walkie talkies. Having a handcrank, or solar powered radio would be on my first list.

    Also, candles/tea lights are important for being off grid by power outages/emp. I personally stock up on oil lanterns and extra bottles of oil.

    COMFORT FOODS are important too, as SHTF doesn’t have to be all about beans/rice — although both are equally important.

    Some of my suggestions:

    POPCORN Kernels (Popcorn is perfect for hungry bellies) **I buy the 50 pound bags at SAMS

    Xtra – Coconut oil – veg oil for popcorn
    Chips (some have long shelf life)
    COCOA (you can make those non bake choc/peanutbutter/oatmeal cookies)
    Hard Candy has long shelf life (for the kiddoes)

    Make sure to have those extra ingredients needed to use that flour – Baking soda, etc. Pan fried biscuits during SHTF can substitute as bread for sandwiches.

    Research how to make rocketstove to cook with twigs, as store bought fuel won’t last long. If you have a fireplace, learn how to cook from it ASAP.

    Just a few of my thoughts….

    **I Loved your Tang idea. I’ll be checking that out next time I’m at wallyworld. 🙂


    • lfox328 November 28th, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Also, print out recipes (or get a few basic cookbooks). You need to know how to stretch your yeast using sourdough starter methods.
      I wouldn’t suggest the walky-talkies. Better to pick up a handheld radio – the kind the hams use. Fewer will be able to access it, and almost all of them will be trustworthy. Some don’t like the idea of getting a license, for fear of government, but – consider that the training will enable you to best use emergency communications, and that you can always buy a cheap handheld to turn in, if the government really does come around, leaving your real radio safe.
      Don’t stint on storage – you need airtight seals. To be really safe, first enclose all supplies in sturdy freezer ziplocks, then put them into the storage containers – two methods combined makes it likelier that they will keep edible.
      Invest in a backpack or two, in case you have to leave that site. Don’t stint on the cost – you want something that will last, and be properly balanced for long-term walking.


  4. Happy Texan August 28th, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Whatever you plant, plant plenty of marigolds. We had lots of them in our garden, Daddy said that they ran the bugs away. I have followed his advice and it works, garlic is good as well. If you plant garlic, plant it where you want it to be for years to come, it is difficult to move it since it comes up yearly.


  5. Terry July 28th, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Mac – what is the trick to growing potatoes successfully?


  6. Terry July 27th, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I live in north central Texas. What would you recommend for an easy garden crop in an average backyard that would provide the most calories possible? Turnips are very easy to grow but caterpillars destroyed mine in the spring.


    • M.D. Creekmore July 27th, 2017 at 11:08 pm


      I’ve never gardened (or lived in) Texas so I’m not the best person to ask because I can’t speak by experience only on what I’ve read. Try Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow and Eat the Best Edibles for Texas Gardens.


    • Brent July 28th, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Hey Terry. I Live in Central Texas as well. Not too far from Fort Hood. My wife and I have experimented with a variety of veggies and have had some success and a lot of failures. Peppers squash, zucchini and cucumbers are all easy to grow but have bug issues. Potatoes are fairly easy but you have to be creative. If your yard is average size think vertical and containers. You can really maximize your growing area by going up.



    • dianne September 3rd, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Check out Marjorie Wildcraft in her growyourowngroceries.com series. She lives in central Texas and shows you what she did that worked and what didn’t.


    • Techqn November 20th, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Use a companion plant next to your items. As an earlier post said Marigolds are mother natures natural Bug baddy. Most moths that lay larvae that turn into Hornworms and other caterpillar baddies HATE the smell of Marigolds. Nasturtiums are great too and you can eat the flowers and stems. So multiple use score there.
      I also planted Sage, Mint, Oregano, Dill and Basil as well. They will add to your “spice cabinet” while also deterring pests from your gardens.

      Here’s a link to more info on almanac for companion planting. You can also look into whats best to plant in your area as well. Good luck


      • Dan November 21st, 2017 at 9:48 pm

        That is a good start select some plants that are the habitats of the beneficial insects like lady bugs which prey on the destructive ones and next year there will be lots of beneficials to control them. The kind of pests
        vary with the region you are in. The best the habitats for your local beneficial insects are your local weeds.

        I know most people object to weeds but they serve other purposes as well. They help build the soil. Their top growth provide composting material and their deep roots bring up nutrients that are unavailable to the more shallow rooted veggies. When the plant dies the roots decay and add organic matter. The holes the decomposed roots leave provide passages for air, water and soil life to enter. Many so called weeds are edible or medicinal. If you don’t want them with your veggies grow them in the paths. Keep them mowed and compost them or use them as mulch.

        Insects home in on the pheromones of their favourite plants. Each kind of plant gives off a different scent and the more scents there are mingled the harder it is for the insects to find their favourite plant. The greater diversity creates an obstacle path to the next plant and the plants between them and are often the homes of their predators.

        In monoculture there is only one kind of plant in rows, beds or fields which are ideal conditions for the harmful insect to thrive in. It is like putting up a big neon sign “Hey bugs here is a banquet.”

        Healthy plants are productive and are not prone to insect damage but sick and weak plants are. Healthy plants need good soil and a big diversity of plants and animals. That is nature’s way it was successful all through history.

        Notice that nature: never tills the soil, keeps it covered with living and dead plants, there is a large diversity of plants, there is a wide diversity of living organisms micro to macro and each has its purpose.

        My garden produces abundant nutritious nontoxic food and medicines. It is a mix of perennials and annuals. In ten years the soil has become fertile again. All I do is plant and harvest. Other than that I give it the STUN treatment. That is sheer, total utter neglect. But it looks like a patch of weeds not a garden. That would be a big plus when SHTF.

        There is no need for synthetic fertilizes or any of the poisonous chemicals. Protect all life don’t kill it.


        • Dan November 24th, 2017 at 1:11 am

          Bulk food can be repackaged either in smaller bags containers.


    • joel braswell November 23rd, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Sweet potatoes, they’re pretty much a super food. Lookup growing them in buckets or piles. http://www.urbanharvest.org used to have a good article.


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