14 things you can buy from Costco, Amazon, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s to be ready for when the apocalypse hits

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  • What kind of supplies do you need to ride out an apocalypse?
  • In the United States, plenty of doomsday preppers have asked themselves that exact question.
  • Business Insider compiled a list of products that might come in handy once you retreat to your survival bunker.
  • In the event of doomsday, you might want to hit up Costco, Amazon, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s.
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Want to survive the apocalypse?

Start working on your grocery list.

In the United States, there’s a whole sub-culture dedicated to amassing supplies for the end times. These preppers often consider widespread, earth-shattering catastrophe to be an inevitability, and they stock up on food, water, weapons, and tools accordingly.

And the trend seems to be catching on. In 2018, the New Yorker chronicled the spate of billionaires who plan to flee to underground bunkers in New Zealand when things go south.

So what kind of products might come in handy when the end of the world appears imminent?

Here are a few supplies that you might want to keep handy in your underground survival bunker:

Gargantuan supplies of food kits


Retailers like Sam’s Club and Costco have become famous for stocking huge kits of emergency food supplies.

Costco’s once boasted pallets containing a year’s worth of food for single people and groups of four for $US4,699.99 and $US5,999.99, respectively. Those options are no longer on the chain’s website, but may still be available in certain stores.

Sam’s Club members can purchase a year’s worth of food pails for $US1,399.

Lots and lots of water


You can’t survive long without water. Don’t be shy about hoarding all the bulk packs of water bottles and water cooler containers that you can lay your hands on. If you want to really get ahead of the game, you can even collect the supplies you need to make your own water purification system.

A pot of honey


Pure honey never goes bad, so you can still embrace your sweet tooth after the arrival of the four horsemen. For $US49.99, you can buy a 11.67-pound tub of US-made honey at Costco.

A pack of light sticks


Some eschatological scenarios hold that darkness will envelop the earth during the end times.

So it’s important to make sure that you’re able to see, whether you’re hunkered down in your bunker or attempting to traverse a post-apocalyptic terrain. Glow sticks can help light up your life, literally.

Fortunately, Fire Supply Depot hawks packs of 50 green light sticks that glow up to 12 hours each.

A bag of salt


Salt would be an important commodity in a world without refrigeration, allowing you to preserve other foods. You can buy a 10-pound bucket of salt on Amazon for $US30.99.

A container of powdered milk


Milk probably shouldn’t be at the top of your apocalyptic shopping list. Even if you’re able to keep your supply refrigerated, milk only lasts so long before it starts to stink and curdle.

But powdered milk is a different story. Unopened, a 20-pound pail of powdered milk from Target will last up to 20 years. This spotted, four-gallon bucket will set you back $US85.49.

A ton of rice


If you keep rice dry, it will last for decades. Amazon sells a 28-pound bucket of white rice, which boasts a 30-year shelf life. Altogether, the pail contains 45,900 calories.

A splash of whiskey


You’ve got to be on alert during the apocalypse, so don’t let the end of the world drive you to drink. Still, whiskey is a good option for anyone who wants to party like it’s 1999. As long as you keep the bottle sealed and stored properly, it will last.

When it comes to buying whiskey in bulk, there’s a $US167.78 4.5-litre bottle of Jameson up for grabs on the Masters of Malt website. Unfortunately for American preppers, the website also says that it’s currently unable to deliver this behemoth beverage across the Atlantic.

A portable toilet


Maintaining a sanitary environment in your survival bunker is key. You can purchase a portable toilet on Amazon. If you want to be extra prepared, you can spring for a pack of four mini-toilets for $US117.

A year’s worth of diapers


What’s harder than making it through doomsday? Making it through doomsday with a baby in tow.

If you suspect that you might become the post-Armageddon caretaker of a small child, it’s not a bad idea to drop $US431.76 on a 12-month supply of diapers at Sam’s Club.

A first aid kit


The fall of society is likely to make dashing over to your doctor’s office a tad more difficult. A first aid kit, which you can find on Amazon for $US26.99, is a must for your survival bunker.

A bucket of beans


Dry beans have an excellent shelf life, and therefore should be considered key staple of any prepper’s grocery list.

You can get a substantial tub of dried pinto beans for $US100.98 at Sam’s Club.

Packets of ramen noodles


Ramen isn’t just the stereotypical meal of choice for cash-strapped college students. These noodles can last for a decade, making them an excellent option for survivors living during the end times.

Roundeye Supply offers consumers a number of relatively cheap bulk options in a variety of different flavours.

10 years’ worth of pancake mix


The end of the world doesn’t have to mean the end of pancake breakfasts. BJ’s sells a 28-pound pail of pancake mix for $US61.99. All you need to do is add water to the mixture, then get to flipping.

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