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While 2020 might resemble the film 2012, the world hasn’t completely fallen apart yet. There’s still a ways to go until the actual end of the planet.
On a brighter note, that means you have time to prepare. Here’s some inspiration when you’re stocking your survival shelter.
1. NBC Air Filtration System
Underground survival bunkers might protect you from all sorts of threats, but they won’t be survivable for long without a viable air filtration system. Investing in a system that’s capable of filtering nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) waste from your breathable air will help keep your shelter running smoothly no matter what happens.
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2. 275-Gallon Rebottled IBC Tote
Buying bottled water from the grocery store might seem convenient, but if you’re sheltering in place in a survival bunker, making a trip to your local Walmart won’t be an option. Water storage will be essential, and it comes in various shapes and sizes, depending on your needs. You should have a minimum of 1 gallon of water available per person, per day for an extended period.
3. XL Fireproof Document Bag
Our lives are filled with all sorts of documents, many of which are essential for functioning in modern society. Everything from birth certificates to car titles and home deeds play a very specific role. You can’t do anything — such as getting a mortgage, buying a gun or bringing home a case of beer — without them.
Create an emergency document bag so if disaster strikes, you can grab it on your way to the bunker. Many sites recommend putting them in large zip lock bags, but this only protects them from water. A waterproof and fireproof document bag is your best option for protecting all those important papers.
4. Lion Energy Safari 2000W Solar Generator
We’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of creature comforts, and most of those rely on power. In a survival situation, we might not be browsing the internet or waiting on Amazon deliveries, but having power can make it easier to survive comfortably. Gathering fuel for traditional generators might be an issue, so solar power will likely be the best option.
5. Biersafe Underground Beer Cooler
This sounds a little silly, but hear us out. Unlike water supplies, beer doesn’t get contaminated by nuclear fallout in the event of a nuclear apocalypse. The U.S. government did a study in 1955 on the effect of nuclear explosions on packaged beverages and found that bottled beers and sodas are safe to drink even if they’re within a quarter-mile or so of ground zero.
6. Nomu 40-Piece Complete Variety Set of Spices, Herbs, Seasoning Blends and Finishing Salts
You can make nearly anything taste good as long as you have a handful of spices and enough salt. That includes the apocalypse food you’re busy filling your survival bunker with. Make sure you stock up on stuff you use regularly. It also never hurts to have a couple new and different flavors to add a bit of variety to your pallet.
7. The Medic First-Aid Kit
If you’re sheltering in a survival bunker, going to the ER for an injury or illness just isn’t an option. You’ll need to have everything you need on hand to bind wounds, set bones, suture lacerations and treat illnesses. You’ll also need the knowledge to complete all of those tasks. Start by building or purchasing an emergency first-aid kit and taking time to complete first-aid and emergency response classes to brush up on your skills.
8. The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash
The apocalypse is no excuse for dirty clothes. If the power goes out and you don’t have access to running water, you can still use non-electric alternatives to wash your laundry with. Plus, you can use the greywater from washing your clothes to water your plants or supplement other non-drinking uses.
9. Potassium Iodate Tablets — KIO3, 170mg
Nuclear weapons release massive amounts of radioactive iodine into the air. You can end up breathing it in, drinking it in your water or eating it in your food. This radioactive iodine attacks the thyroid, causing cancer. In high concentrations, it can cause more acute cases of death. Stock up on potassium iodide or other similar substances. The pills have a shelf-life of five to six years, and you’ll definitely want to have them on hand if the nukes start flying.
10. Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) 12.5% in 55-Gallon Drums
Bleach has various uses, including cleaning clothes, sterilizing surfaces and even purifying water in a pinch. Make sure you’re stocking up on bleach. Keep in mind that bleach does expire, losing about 20% of its efficacy every year. Rotate out your bleach supplies as needed to keep them fresh.
11. Chara Standard Configurable Bedroom Set
If you’re going to spend a lot of time in your bunker, you’ll want it to be comfortable. That, at a very minimum, means a bed, pillows, blankets and other bedding. You can bring home an entire bedroom in a box without spending too much money. These sets usually include a bed frame, mattress and numerous types of bedroom furniture, depending on your needs.
12. Super Nintendo Mini Classic
The last thing you want to do during an apocalypse is to get bored. Stock up on different types of entertainment, such as books, music and movies. Even video game consoles can be useful if you have power in your bunker, though you’ll probably want to opt for older models that don’t require an internet connection to function.
Be Ready for Anything
When it comes to survival, even if you have a bunker to retreat to, it helps to be ready for anything. This list includes our top picks for survival bunker essentials, but it’s by no means an exhaustive inventory — just a good place to start.