Hello! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and in today’s post I’d like to discuss some basic items that should be in every prepper’s survival kit that you may have overlooked. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that count, and that is definitely the case when it comes to the following items. Most people have these common items in their homes, but they may not make it to your homestead. When you are stocking your off-grid home or your survival kit, make sure you have the following items.


A Sewing Kit

Having an upholstery needle and some thread handy can be a lifesaver in many situations, especially if you need to mend something you are using for shelter. Tents, sleeping bags, and other gear can rip, and it is crucial that you be able to mend it. If you don’t have any thread handy, your dental floss will do the trick.



Most of us have preferred pen to pencil since elementary school, but a pen is not necessarily your friend in a survival situation. If you need to write something important down, you may find that the pen is out of ink, and believe it or not ink can freeze. If you have a pencil, you will always have the option of sharpening it with a knife.


Aluminum Foil

Foil is an incredibly versatile thing to have on-hand, because it has myriad uses. We all know that you can line pans with aluminum foil for easier clean-up, but there is much more it is helpful for. You can heat stones wrapped in foil in a fire and use it to heat up your sleeping basket, and this is important to remember on cold winter nights. And speaking of lining pans…sure, they make cleaning easier, but this will also help you to save water.


A Broom and a Mop

Having these items on-hand can make cleanup much easier, especially if there has been a storm, flood, or fire, and it has been proven that keeping your shelter clean can help relieve stress. Even if your shelter has dirt floors, you’ll appreciate being able to clean them in the event that the unexpected should happen.


These are the top 15 survival must-haves.


Survival gear you should keep in your vehicle.


Do you have anything else you’d like to add to this list? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!