Top 6 Survival Items To Hoard When You’re 60

Prepping for when SHTF gets a bit more complicated as you get older, especially if you have medical issues. There are some things that you really have to consider when making plans, and some specialty items that you may need that your younger counterparts may not. Today we’re going to talk about survival items seniors should hoard and give you some tips for getting by.

The first thing that you need to consider is whether or not you’re going to be physically able to bug out by yourself. Don’t make the mistake of depending upon somebody to come and pick you up because they may not be able to get to you. If you can’t drive or walk under your own power, you may want to consider sitting it out at home. Many people choose to do this for a wide variety of reasons.


The first survival item that people over 60 should hoard is medication. After Hurricane Katrina, there wasn’t a pharmacy open nearby for 3 months. As you can imagine, this caused many people problems.

It doesn’t matter how much food and water you have if you don’t have life-saving medications. The problem here is that it’s difficult with new med laws to hoard any back because they make you get it within a certain window. Still, even then you can save a week or so worth of medications per month if you plan it right and can afford it.

Another option that you may wish to consider is that there are many conditions that can be controlled without medication. Physical fitness is the solution to many problems and often conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol can be brought back within normal limits just by losing weight and eating healthfully. Then you won’t need medications at all. It’s something to think about!

Finally, there are many different types of herbs and supplements out there that were used to treat medical conditions before prescription meds were invented. Learn about your condition and research your natural options so that if you find yourself in a situation where you have no medications and no access to any, at least you can try the natural solutions as a last-ditch effort to survive.

Assistive Devices

Let’s face it: as we get older, things start to fall apart. Hearing and eyesight become bad, knees and hips need replaced and sometimes you just can’t get around without the help of a cane or wheelchair. Well what happens if you break your glasses or your chair falls apart when you can’t just go buy new? That’s a potential reality that you need to consider and prepare for.

We always recommend having an “heir and a spare” of everything that you need from tools to cooking devices and the rule holds true with assistive devices. Have two backups of anything that you need to get you through the day. Reading glasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs, canes; you’ll need to be mobile and functional if SHTF so prepare now.

Personal Care Items

To go along with the topic of getting older, we can’t leave out those fabulous personal care items that you may need to get you through your day. Denture cream, skin lotion and personal undergarments are a few of the more “personal” items but toothpaste, toilet tissue, shampoo and soap are critical, too.

Though these items may not seem critical to survival, people who have lived through disaster say that the feeling of being clean after going through hell is priceless. On top of that, personal care items make for wonderful barter. That’s a good thing, especially if you may not have the ability to barter work for items that you may need.

Special Diet Items

If you have special dietary needs, you need to stock up on items that meet those needs. You may be gluten-free, diabetic or have food allergies. Maybe you need the high-calorie nutritional drinks to keep your weight up. If so, make sure that you have plenty of these types of items stockpiled.

A basic rule for stockpiling food without breaking the bank is this: when you buy a can of salt-free green beans or gluten-free pasta, buy two of them. Put one in the pantry and put the other in your stockpile. Before you know it, you’ll have a good start on your food hoard.

Stockpile Typical Supplies

In addition to age-related items, you’ll also need to hoard food and water if you’re planning on staying home through disaster. You can do this the same way that you do specialty items. One way that will really increase your food stores and personal/medical supplies without putting you in the poor house is to catch things when they’re BOGO. If you buy one and get the other for free, just stash the free one in your stockpile.

Typically, stores run their sales on a cycling basis. About every 6 weeks, the same items that are on sale today will be on sale again so don’t fret if you miss something this time. Don’t be ridiculous about hoarding though. There’s no reason to clean off the shelves just because something is a good deal. If you’re going to use it or stockpile a reasonable amount of it, then by all means buy it, but seriously, nobody needs 150 tubes of hemorrhoid cream; if you do, then perhaps you should talk to your doctor!


Let’s face it; you may not be able to work a full day anymore (if you can, that’s awesome!), so you’ll need to make up for that shortcoming in other ways in order to be useful to a group or even to yourself. Knowledge such as how to grow food, how to make soap, how to fix things or how to heal or care for the injured will be extremely valuable. You may not be able to turn the wrench, but if you can instruct somebody else, you’ll have a place in the order of things.

One last thing that we’d like to add here is that silence is critical, especially for older people. You may think that you’re just mentioning your prepping efforts in idle conversation but if SHTF you can bet your last can of Spaghetti-O’s that your unprepared neighbor will remember what you told him. Nobody is your friend when they’re starving and you have food so keeping silent is the best way to stay alive, or to avoid having to kill your neighbor.

We didn’t concentrate much on the standard items that most people need to stockpile for disaster because that information is readily available anywhere. We hope that this list of survival items that people over 60 should hoard was useful to you. If you can think of anything we missed, or you have tips to help seniors prepare for disaster, please share them in the comments section below.

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4 Comments on "Top 6 Survival Items To Hoard When You’re 60"

  1. Paul Atreides | October 27, 2017 at 11:45 am |

    This is a very well written piece. I’m kinda sad for the writer, that no one has told them yet!
    So, CONGRATS on a very well thought out and written piece. Although I’m not in that age group yet, I will be & so will many other readers! Ty for the info!

  2. Here’s a few ideas from a senior. Get a spare pair of prescription glasses from Zenni (online cheap), extra hearing aid batteries, and relining that old denture to use as a backup set is just good sense. If you have OK eyes, may want to pick up a pair of “cheaters” reading glasses about $9.95 at Walmart. Stock up on NSAIDS for the aches and pains when doing gardening and chores. Good gloves are essential as the skin thins and tears easier as we age. Ace bandages, splints, walkers, crutches etc (from Goodwill and donation stores) are cheap and can be stored in the attic heat or garage cold without degradation. A good bedside potty works great for your shelter or off grid use..granny don’t want to balance over a 5 gallon bucket! Most seniors are vitamin D3 deficient important for balance (dizzy) and immune system, get glucosomine/chondroiton for joint health, and lutein for the eyes. Men don’t forget the saw palmetto to keep that prostate happy. Also plenty of generic immodium and pepto or miralax to keep the bowels in balance due to changing diets. I don’t handle the heat well like I used to. Need mineral supplents like medilyte tabs (amazon) to keep away muscle cramping and charlie horses. Just a list of items I use to sorta keep younger. God Bless

  3. I started a reference library of hard back books. I think libraries are being closed and the written word will be hard to find.Save everything from growing food,hunting,how to books for farming, making tools clothes, medicine..

  4. mildred lane | June 6, 2018 at 11:21 am |

    At age 79, many health issues I have set my bedroom up like a hospital room w/a strong string connected to my overhead lite an celing fan to b able to turn off an on from my recliner.Two plastic containers that have 5 drawers each for handy items-medicine,books, paper work,pencils,etc.Bedside commode,small cooler w/ice for daily drinks,food that would spoil,Bedside table for snacks,etc. Extra chair for visitors,window to watch the world go by an my companion dog who is getting elderly too

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