Survival Planning List

Survival Planning ListPrepper’s Survival Planning List

A survival planning list keeps you organized and efficient no matter where you fall in the realm of preparedness. It serves as your ledger to let you know where you stand and where you need to be. When complete, your survival planning list doesn’t just cover the basics; it should have everything you would need for total self-reliance. It’s been said that the best time to look for a new job is while you’re currently employed. Likewise, the best time to prepare is before you are caught in a crisis.

Where Do I Begin?

A good place to start is by determining what your family needs to survive for 72-hours without assistance. Create your master survival planning list for your Bug Out Bags first. Remember, that a BOB contains 72-hours of food and water. It also contains tools and equipment to obtain the survival essentials (shelter, water, fire, food). Once your BOBs are completed (hopefully prior to reading this) start making your survival planning lists for everything else.

Start With Basic Survival Planning Lists

  • Bug Out Bags
  • Water
  • Food Storage
  • First Aid and Medical
  • Cooking & Food Preparation
  • Security
  • Hunting, Fishing, Trapping
  • Personal Hygiene & Sanitation
  • Personal Documents

Brainstorming and Revision

The idea here is to create survival planning lists that account for all of your family’s basic NEEDS. The list of possibilities is broad on the prepping spectrum. Your survival planning list should be tailored to your situation. Take the time to sit down and brainstorm. Go over the details with your family. Bounce ideas off of your friends. It will force you to think outside of the box and perhaps be reminded of key items that you might not have considered. Effective planning requires continuous updates and revisions.

Spreadsheets are an efficient way to record your survival planning lists. Remember though, that if there is no power or working computer, you’re in a world of hurt. Have a master list printed and laminated. It should be kept with your bug out bags in case you need to get out of dodge in a hurry.

Practice Makes Progress

The purpose of a survival planning list is to promote organization and efficiency. So, when the SHTF or it really is TEOTWAWKI, your household is stocked with everything you need to survive. Once you have made your list, begin shopping and preparing. These small steps will instantly improve your survival strategy. Organization and efficiency reduce stress and anxiety.

Start your list of lists with the basics. Know what you need for each member of your family to survive for 72-hours. Have a plan to store these items so they are ready to use when you need them. Make as much room in your budget as you can to prepare. Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”   So be smart, be thorough, and start on your survival planning lists NOW!

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About the Author

Andrea B. is the Vice President of Survival Tactics NOW! and is passionate about educating others in the art of self- reliance. She loves family, fitness, and challenging herself by learning new and interesting survival tactics!


  1. Aaron B says:

    One of the difficulties I had when starting out was how big of a task it seemed I had in front of me. If you get organized, as you suggest, you will have a road map to get there. Then start, even a little bit each month, and it is amazing how fast you can increase your preparedness. Without the plan it is very tough.

    Another point, which may be implied but I will make explicitly, is to keep an inventory of what you actually have along with the lists of what is still needed. Once you start getting even a modest amount of gear and storage, it becomes difficult to remember the exact details of what you have. Spreadsheets work great for this too.