30-Day Supply Basics

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Building a 30-day supply of preps can be overwhelming for most people. I suggest a basic approach to survive a crisis. If modern conveniences and technology were suddenly unavailable, a month of preps could be invaluable. Since most of us have a limited supply of money, I have put together a list of the basics. My list is simply what I did to put together a 30-day supply of preps without spending a fortune.

Prioritizing Preps

One thing you need to keep in mind is the order of precedence for survival. Since we are talking about a 30-day supply, we will assume that you already have shelter. With that in mind, remember the rule of threes. Your priorities remain: Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food. With this in mind, build your 30-day supply around the survival essentials.

30-Day Supply List

The list below is not exhaustive or all-inclusive. The quantities listed are estimated based on a family of four (4). Before you start gathering the items on this list, read our blog, “Survival Plan: A Step-by-Step Approach.” Build a B.O.B. for each member of your group. Contact Survival Tactics NOW! to begin writing your Crisis Action Plan. Then, start with the following items to get busy on your 30-day supply:

  • Ruger 1o/22 Rifle and 1000 rounds .22 LR ammunition
  • Two (2) Adventure First Aid Kits w/Quik-Clot
  • Katadyne hand-pump water filter
  • Four (4) 55-gal water barrels (filled)
  • Big Berkey ceramic water filtration system
  • 25-lb Dry Milk (dairy)
  • 50-lb Wheat
  • Wheat Grinder
  • 25-lb Rice
  • 50-lb Red Kidney Beans
  • 6-lb Honey
  • 5-lb Iodized Salt

Survival Rifle/Ammo

Being able to hunt to supplement your 30-day supply with protein can be a game changer. The list above is meant as a starting point and not to be considered complete. As you continue to develop your survival strategy and build your preps, you’ll be able to reduce your reliance on hunting. Second, a rifle (yes, even a Ruger 10/22) provides a level of security for your family and your preps. Be sure to understand the laws regarding firearms and self-defense within your local jurisdiction.

Water Storage

After shelter, your most essential prep is water. You can survive approximately three (3) days without water. I suggest a minimum of 1-gal per person per day. At this consumption rate a family of four (4) would need at least 120-gal of water stored. Don’t rely on water filtration and purification alone. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Water Purification/Filtration

If you find yourself in a crisis beyond 30-days with no option to Get-Out-Of-Dodge, you’ll need to have a method for producing safe drinking water.  Remember, the safest single method of purifying water is boiling. I recommend a combination of filtering and boiling if security, time, and consumption rates permit.

Basic Food Stores

You don’t need to be well balanced to start your 30-day supply. You can work on balancing your food preps after you get the basics. It may seem like MREs or backpacking meals are a better way to go than the “rice and beans” method I suggest. The reason I choose the latter is based on a trade-off between shelf life, cost, storability, convenience, and taste. Remember, you’ll need a wheat grinder to make use of your wheat! I prefer the Lehman’s Country Living Grain Mill.

Don’t Kick the Can

Building a 30-day supply of preps is a significant prepping milestone. It puts you in a category that few Americans will ever achieve. A 30-day supply will give you the ability to survive the aftermath of just about any major natural disaster assuming state and federal government relief agencies are able to respond. If they are not…well, that’s a whole different topic. Don’t kick the can down the road. Start working your plan NOW!

About the Author


Greg B. is the president of Survival Tactics NOW! providing professional consultation in survival planning and emergency preparedness. He is an ardent outdoorsman and wilderness survival enthusiast.