Things to stockpile for economic collapse

March 9, 2022 by The Prepared Brit

The question many people ask themselves is; what to stockpile for economic collapse?

Below are must-have items to prepare in case of a financial apocalypse.


Before any natural disaster or economic collapse, be sure to store water for family use. Ration the water around 2 litres per person daily for a week.

A week is enough time to look for another source of water. Learn new water collection methods if you want to stay off-grid for a while after an economic meltdown. For example, a rainwater collection system is the most convenient way of accessing clean water.

Emergency kit items

Carry an emergency kit that contains important items like:

  • Batteries

  • A first aid kit

  • Flashlights, matches or any other light source

  • Insect repellent

  • Over the counter medications and other prescription drugs

  • Radio

Always get an easy-to-access bag or container to keep all the items. Therefore, it will be easy to move from one place to another. Additionally, a medication list is always vital for any special condition in the family.


Another important thing to stockpile after water is food. When selecting food items to stock for an economic meltdown, ensure your food items can last for several months. Canned food is the best to stock first. You can include staple foods like:

  • Wheat

  • Rice

  • Beans

  • Freeze-dried food

  • Canned Meat and Fish

Consider the individual preference of the family members when going shopping for food to maintain high morale during the economic collapse. For survival purposes, consider any food allergies. Hospital is the last place you’ll want to be during an emergency.

Maintain an organised and clear food list and the expiring dates. That way, you can rotate food items that are about to go bad to increase the chances of surviving for longer.

If you are not at risk of having to be mobile - sow vegetable seeds and plants to provide a year round source of vitamin rich fresh food when supplies in the stores have dried up due to manufactured shortages

Budget and cash

Always note that cash is everything, especially in an economic meltdown. Most businesses, including banks, can go out of business during a financial crisis. Therefore, your savings can go down with them. To avoid this, keep some cash ready in an envelope at home.

Because of that, it is still possible to buy anything if the worst happens. Having money is not the problem; the problem is spending it wisely. Make a list of things to use the cash on for proper budgeting. Create a tight budget and strictly spend money on emergencies and essentials only.


In an economic crisis, fuel price always shoots to the roof. Avoid unnecessary spending of cash on fuel by stockpiling these valuable resources upfront. Fuel can be used for various reasons, like starting a generator when the lights go out and when moving from one place to another.

Hygiene items

This is another important thing to stockpile for an economic meltdown. Personal hygiene items and general cleaning products are vital. Avoid getting sick from germs and dirt by stocking these items. The items include:

  • Detergent

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Toothbrush and paste

  • Plastic bags

  • Shampoo and soaps

Protective tools

People can change for the worse in an economically difficult situation. Therefore, some people will do anything to survive.

Ensure to be equipped enough to protect your family from any outside force. First, don’t advertise your level of preparedness to avoid attracting ill-intentioned people. Put up an alarm system to keep out intruders.

Buy weapons for older family members and offer training for proper use. Stress the fact that they should use their weapons when it is necessary.

Important tools

Having essential tools during an emergency is good for providing your family with what they need for survival. Therefore, it is recommended to get these tools now when there is still time to move around. Consider getting a toolbox with all essential handyman tools. These essential tools include:

  • Saws

  • Hammers

  • Utility knives

  • Pliers

  • Screws

  • Nails

  • Glue

Skills and knowledge

Ensure to stockpile as many skills and knowledge before and during an emergency for long-term survival. Books with life skills are the number one items to carry and keep on reading to be on a safer side.


Your pet cat/dog/bird/fish etc. will also need to be cared for and kept healthy.

A dog is a great early warning system that someone may be approaching your property.

Ensure you can maintain a supply of food and nourishment for your pet and pay attention to any pet healthcare needs.

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