Posted on: May 16, 2020 at 5:58 pm
Last updated: May 16, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Let’s be honest: the first reaction most humans have to a crisis is panic. History shows that no matter what kind of crisis we’re in – natural disaster or global pandemic – our priorities shift heavily to making sure our families and ourselves are taken care of. Many of us disregard other people altogether.


One way to avoid the stress and panic of having to fight the masses so that your family has the essentials they will need to survive a national or global crisis is to be prepared. Being prepared means knowing what items typically disappear from stores first and purchasing them when we’re not in a crisis.

To help you do this, here is a list of the top 100 items that quickly become hard to find during a crisis. Buy them ahead of time, so that when panic-buying strikes, you can relax at home while everyone else battles it out in the shops.


Top 100 Items That Disappear First During a Crisis

We’ve broken the list out into categories for easier navigation. Some of the items on this list you may already suspect, but there are also many that most of us wouldn’t think of! Take your time to build up your stock of these so you and your family will be prepared no matter what happens.

Energy, Heat, and Light

  1. Generators
  2. Dry firewood
  3. Oil lamps, lamp oil, and wicks
  4. Coleman fuel/fuel blends
  5. Charcoal and lighter fluid
  6. Propane
  7. Lantern mantles
  8. Gasoline containers
  9. Batteries
  10. Matches
  11. Insulated ice chests
  12. Flashlights
  13. Roll-on window insulation kits
  14. Lantern hangers
  15. Atomizers
  16. Candles

Food and Cooking

  1. Livestock
  2. Chickens
  3. Chewing Gum
  4. Candies
  5. Wine, beer, liquors
  6. Coffee
  7. Tea
  8. Popcorn
  9. Peanut Butter and nuts/trail mix
  10. Crackers, pretzels, jerky
  11. Chocolate and cocoa
  12. Juice and juice mixes
  13. Flour and baking supplies
  14. Soy Sauce, vinegar, bouillon/soup base
  15. Paper plates, cups, and utensils
  16. Canning supplies
  17. Canned food (fruit, veggies, meats and fish, soups, stews, and sauces)
  18. Fishing tools and supplies
  19. Cast iron cookware
  20. Salt, garlic, and spices
  21. Powdered or condensed milk
  22. Aluminum foil
  23. Cookstoves (kerosene, propane, and Coleman)
  24. Water containers
  25. Cooking oils
  26. Rice, beans, wheat
  27. Honey, syrups, sugar and other sweeteners
  28. Can openers, beaters, whisks, and other kitchen utensils
  29. Water filters and purifiers
  30. Baby food
  31. Medications – ibuprofen, Advil, aspirin, etc
  32. Pet food and supplies
  33. Knives and sharpening tools
  34. Coleman’s pump repair kits

Read: The Shelf Life of 32 Foods in Your Pantry

Personal Hygiene and clothing

  1. Baby supplies
  2. Feminine hygiene products (Diva cups are very useful here)
  3. Haircare and skincare products
  4. Toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels
  5. First aid kits
  6. Men’s hygiene products
  7. Toothpaste, mouthwash
  8. Floss, nail clippers, hair scissors
  9. Baby Wipes, oils, antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizer
  10. Shaving supplies
  11. Paraffin wax
  12. Hats and scarves
  13. Gloves (working, gardening, and warmth)
  14. Extra socks, underwear, t-shirts
  15. Woolen clothing
  16. Rain gear, rubber boots
  17. Backpacks, duffel bags
  18. Heavy-duty work boots
  19. Thermal underwear/clothing

Home supplies

  1. Portable toilets
  2. Washboards and mop buckets
  3. Garbage bags
  4. Garbage bins
  5. Garden seeds
  6. Clothing pins, lines, and hangers
  7. Fire extinguishers
  8. Mosquito coils and repellent
  9. Duct tape
  10. Tarps, stakes, twine, ropes, and spikes
  11. Nails, nuts, bolts
  12. A full toolbox
  13. Laundry detergent
  14. Garden tools and supplies
  15. Sewing supplies
  16. Bleach
  17. Carbon monoxide alarms
  18. Insect and rodent killer and traps
  19. Hand pumps and siphons
  20. Window insulation kits
  21. Cots and inflatable mattresses
  22. Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows

Read: How to Prep For a Quarantine


  1. Lumber
  2. Screen patches, glue
  3. Wagons and Utility carts
  4. Board games, cards, dice, books
  5. Bicycles, tires, and parts
  6. Journals, diaries, scrapbooks, and necessary supplies
  7. Pencils and pens
  8. Saws, axes, hatchets, wedges
  9. Survival guidebooks

Though some of these items may seem extreme, you truly never know what is around the corner. Having these items on-hand will ensure that you and your family are prepared no matter what happens.


Read: Prepare yourself and build a 72-hour disaster emergency survival kit
Julie Hambleton
Nutrition and Fitness Enthusiast
Julie Hambleton is a fitness and nutrition expert and co-founder of The Taste Archives along with her twin sister Brittany Hambleton.

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