These are items taken from an article concerning items that you one can never have too much of. There are a lot of lists available online, but most include items that you can indeed have too much of. This list will be growing as readers add suggestions. I will credit each addition as they come in. This is a community effort, so don’t hesitate to use the “Email me” link on the right side of the page to make a suggestion.
Water – You can never have too much, but it is bulky. Have a way to purify water from outside sources!
Rice – White rice stores a really long time. Wild and Brown rice have a much shorter life span.
Beans of all types
Canned meats – only store these if you are willing to eat them!
Powdered milk – You’ll need to learn to cook with this, so practice now.
Home canned goods.
Dehydrated foods – These take up very little space and store for a long time.
Freeze dried foods – These are a little pricey, but can’t be beat for shelf life.
Oils – Olive, Corn, Canola (Thanks Russ)
Dried eggs – Check out the OvaEasy brand. They are amazing!
Salt (Thanks Russ)
Yeast (Thanks Russ)
Powdered drink mixes
MREs – Try before you stock up. They are calorie dense, but some people despise the foods within.
Soap – Bar and liquid
Shampoo and Conditioner
Kleenex (Thanks KoryN)
Over the counter medications
Batteries – all sizes and types used in your household
Cordage – stock a variety of sizes and types
Ammunition – This is also a great hedge against inflation since the price only seems to go up!
Gasoline – Gas must be treated to increase shelf life, so plan for this if you have long term in mind
Kerosene or lamp oil
Seeds – Heirloom varieties ensure a supply of seeds from the garden year after year
Currency – None of us can ever have too much money!
Canning lids and rings
Candles (Thanks Mike)
Lantern Mantles and Coleman fuel (Thanks Mike)
Like I said earlier, this isn’t a complete list, nor is it in any particular order. Each person or family’s needs will vary a little bit, so each of us will need to evaluate what should be in our preps. If I have any glaring oversights, please feel free to send an email so we can build this list up on items that we can never have too much of.