First 100 Things to Disappear

The First 100 Things to Disappear is a popular list that you can find by doing a simple internet search. The specific origins of the list are unknown, but many believe that a woman wrote it as a response to what she experienced during the Sarajevo-Bosnian conflict, which is a war that occurred in the early to mid-1990s in Bosnia and Herzegovina and caused major disturbances to residents of those countries.


First 100 Things to Disappear

Preparing yourself for an emergency can be a difficult and daunting task without the proper organization. There is always a chance that you will forget something and not have it when you need it. Many people use the First 100 Things to Disappear list as a guideline on what they will need to handle an emergency.

The First 100 Things to Disappear list is a great jumping off point for starting your preparations and can give you great peace of mind. Many people who are already far along in their planning use the list to make sure they do not have any gaps and that they haven’t forgotten anything. The list is geared toward a war-time situation, but the information is helpful and relevant for any emergency.


The First 100 Things to Disappear list is in a very simple format and is just a list of 100 items in no particular order. Some bloggers who write about emergency preparedness have taken the time to comment and reorganize the list to make it a little easier to use it and acquire all of the items in an orderly way. The list is simple, but the information is helpful and vitally important.


The First 100 Things to Disappear list includes some obvious necessities such as food and medical supplies. However, it also includes some things that people may not even think about such as hangers or a carbon monoxide alarm.

The woman who wrote the list also included some helpful tips. The writer mentions that living near a well with a manual pump or other easily accessible source of freshwater is helpful and also mentioned the importance of locating a renewable food source in addition to your stockpile.

She also states that once you’ve got food, water and shelter covered; toilet paper, matches, toiletries and books for entertainment are surprisingly helpful. She also reminds you that if you have to get rid of one utility, it should be electricity as that is the least important.


The First 100 Things to Disappear list has a large number of food items as well as items you would need to prepare food. In addition to canned and prepackaged food, the list suggests you have pots and pans, cooking oil, can openers, utensils and many other items. It also mentions the importance of stocking up on vitamins to make sure you get proper nutrition.


In addition to water filters and purifiers, the writer mentions that you should also have containers in which you can put the water. This is an important and often overlooked item you need in your stockpile.


The cleanliness items include things like portable toilets, feminine hygiene products and hair or skincare products. It also includes mop buckets, clothespins and washboards for doing laundry.

List of First 100 Things to Disappear


  • Water Filters/Purifier,
  • Water containers,
  • Bottled Water
  • Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

Sanitation, Laundry, Cleaning

  • Portable Toilets, TP, related supplies
  • Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
  • Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
  • Vinegar
  • Laundry detergent, soaps, cleaning products
  • Clothes pins/line/hangers


  • Generators, Solar Panels, Windmill generator
  • Gasoline containers, Stabil (or other additive for fuel storage)
  • Mini Heater head & Propane Cylinders
  • Seasoned Firewood (or fuel you use that can be stored)
  • Cook stove (Charcoal, Propane, Coleman & Kerosene) & Lighter fluid,
  • Matches (thousands)

Food Production/Gardening

  • Garden seeds (Non-hybrid preferred)
  • Garden tools & supplies, orchard pickers, etc.
  • Goats/chickens/ rabbits (easiest animals to raise on small farm)
  • Fencing, chicken wire
  • Animal feed in bulk, salt licks
  • Beer, wine making, syrup making (ie. maple syrup)

Pantry & Kitchen

  • Milk - Powdered & Condensed
  • Rice - Beans – Wheat -Vegetable oil , Flour, yeast & salt
  • Tuna Fish (in oil)
  • Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
  • Honey (stores well) / Syrups / white, brown sugars
  • Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
  • Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  • Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies, Baking soda, powder
  • Soy Sauce, vinegar, bouillon/gravy/ soup base, cooking oils
  • Teas, Coffee, Cigarettes, Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc.)
  • Chewing gum/candies
  • Chocolate/Cocoa/ Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
  • Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks
  • Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
  • Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
  • Reusable Plastic food containers air tight
  • Aluminum foil
  • Kitchen utensils, pots, pans, necessary for cooking from scratch
  • Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
  • Knife set and sharpener, butcher set, fish fillet knife

Defense & Hunting

  • Guns, pistol, shotgun, .22 rifle
  • Ammunition
  • Pepper Spray, and wasp spray
  • Knives
  • Clubs, Archery, Bats & Slingshots
  • Traps

Pharmacy, Health & Hygiene

  • Stock up on your prescriptions as much as you can
  • First aid kits and more supplies, cold and flu medicine, aspirin,
  • Tylenol, etc.
  • Vitamins, Food Supplements (such as fiber)
  • Alcohol (IsoPro), Hydro C, Iodine, witch hazel, etc.
  • Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ ointments/ aspirin, Baby Wipes
  • Soap (bar and other), shampoo, tooth paste and brushes, floss waterless & Anti-bacterial soap
  • Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/ Skin products, tampons, oils, creams
  • Men's Hygiene: Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
  • Mouthwash, nail clippers, hair clippers and hair cutting products
  • Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels, wet wipes, toilet clothes
  • Reading glasses


  • Insulated ice chests
  • Flashlights/ LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
  • Bow saws, axes and hatchets & Wedges
  • Mosquito coils/repellent sprays/creams
  • Fishing supplies/tools
  • Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  • Backpacks & Duffle bags
  • Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/ mats, mosquito netting
  • Paper plates/cups/ utensils
  • Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
  • Cots & Inflatable mattresses (for extra guests)
  • Tarps/stakes/ twine/nails/ rope/spikes
  • Lantern Hangers
  • Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
  • Lamp Oil, Wicks, Coleman Fuel, Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman

Clothing and Linens

  • Winter coats, boots, gloves/mittens, hats, appropriate for your winters or worse
  • Work and hiking boots
  • Belts and suspenders
  • Denim jeans & durable shirts
  • Gloves: Work/warming/ gardening, etc., hats, scarf
  • Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
  • Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
  • Thermal underwear/sweat shirts and pants
  • Wool blankets, down blankets,
  • Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
  • Sunglasses/ eye protection

Relaxation and Education

  • Books: how-to books, light reading, Bible
  • Journals, Diaries & Scrapbook
  • Writing paper/pads/pencils/ solar calculators
  • Home Schooling basics, books, etc.
  • Board Games: Dice, playing cards, etc.


  • Bicycles... Tires/tubes/ pumps/chains, oil etc.
  • Wagons & carts (for transport to & from open Flea markets)
  • Compass, good maps (Gazettes, topo, showing great detail and
  • Tools, parts, supplies to keep what you have working as long as

Misc. Household Supplies

  • Batteries, Strike anywhere Matches (thousands of them)
  • Long Burning Candles
  • Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water transporting - if with wheels)
  • Big plastic storage bins, as air and water tight as possible
  • Garbage bags
  • Duct tape
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
  • d-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
  • Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
  • Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  • Lumber (all types)
  • Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts
  • Paraffin wax


  • Chain saws, Wood saw, axe, wood splitter
  • Basic tool kit, and auto tool kit
  • Bolt cutter, crow bar, jack, winch

The First 100 Things to Disappear list is a helpful list of things you’ll need in the event of an emergency when you do not have easy access to supplies. While the list may not have everything you could possibly need, it is a thorough and comprehensive guide and helpful to have when preparing for emergencies.

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