Common Daily Tasks

Update: This list talked about on Episode 123 – Back To Basics – Commonly Overlooked Preparedness Tasks

When creating your preparedness plan, it often helps to have a list of the things that you do everyday, so that you can plan to keep doing those same things even if you can’t make it to the store.  Before I created the Preparedness Capability Checklist, I made a bunch of lists that allowed me to get a better handle on what I was trying to accomplish.

Even though we now have the checklist, I think it’s still important to look at what it is that you do daily, so that it puts what you’re trying to accomplish into perspective.  Below is the list that I came up with, but your daily list may differ slightly.  Make changes where necessary for your needs.  Also, note that it focuses on “Daily” tasks, you should also include anything that you do periodically.

The list includes an indented sub-list under the tasks that lists out some of the gear and supplies you would generally need to accomplish the task.  FYI, gear and equipment are durable goods, things that aren’t consumed or expended when used, like a cooking pan.  Supplies are those things that get consumed or expended when used, like food and water, but can also include pens, pencils and paper as these items either wear out or get used up.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind about this list.  First, it’s not an all-encompassing list; it was a think-list that was used as a tool when creating the Preparedness Capability Checklist, and that it doesn’t account for anything specialized, like gardening or auto repair.  Also, there are many things missing from this list, it’s only presented here as a tool to get you thinking on those things that you do and need to account for in your planning.


  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • sleeping pads

Going to the bathroom

  • toilet, regular or improvised
  • toilet paper

Washing hands, etc.

  • spigot-controlled water
  • soap
  • towel

Cleaning contacts

  • contact solutions
  • contact case

Brushing teeth

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • water

Trimming nails

  • nail clippers
  • nail file

Showering, bathing personal hygiene

  • soap
  • water
  • washcloth (conserves water)
  • water dispenser (solar shower, water bladder, 2-liter bottle, etc)
  • hygiene supplies

Cooking (boiling, frying, grilling, baking)

  • cookstove (running on white gas, unleaded gas, or propane)
  • pots and pans
  • Dutch ovens
  • Utensils (tongs, turners, large fork, large spoon)
  • Straining (noodles, etc.)
  • can opener


  • plates
  • bowls
  • cups
  • cutlery


  • water storage
  • water collection

Disinfection and purification

  • water filter
  • chemical disinfection
  • knowledge of expedient filters


  • Dish soap
  • brush
  • scrubber

Waste disposal

  • trash bags
  • shovel
  • controlling smells
  • controlling insects
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