Getting married is one of the most important things that anyone will do. One tradition that a prepper should take advantage of is their wedding registry.
Many people don’t realize this but a wedding registry is an excellent opportunity to get several prepper items. They include:
- Canning Supplies
- Berkey Water Filter
- Canning Supplies
- Mill Grinder
- Meat Grinder
- Camping Supplies
- Gift Cards
These items can give you a head start on being prepared for various types of emergencies. Most of them are pretty “normal”, so having them on your registry won’t tell all of your guests you are a prepper. This article will go over these items and specifics to look for when building your wedding registry.
A Foodsaver machine is designed to vacuum seal foods before placing them in the freezer. Doing so will allow the foods, meats in particular, to stay fresh longer.
They are excellent tools for hunters and fishermen to use to preserve the meat that they harvest. However, they have many other uses as well, which makes them a good choice for a prepper to include on their wedding registry.
Foodsavers can be used to preserve other types of foods, such as grains and cereal. In addition, they also work well to create waterproof containers for ammunition and other items you want to keep dry.
You will need the Foodsaver machine and plenty of bags. The bags come in different sizes so be sure to get an assortment.
Being able to can your own food is an important skill for preppers to learn. Doing so will allow you to preserve food, preventing waste and allowing you to store it for extended durations of time. A wedding registry is a good way to get many of the supplies that you will need.
A pressure canner is an essential tool if you want to can various types of food. They allow you to safely can foods such as meats, vegetables, seafood, and poultry.
Make sure that whatever pressure canner that you add to your registry is high-quality. You don’t want to take any chances of a bargain-basement option adding an unwanted sunroof to your kitchen. One from All-American would be a good choice.
Jars and Lids
The next thing that you need to include on your registry is canning jars and lids. The best ones are make by Ball.
You can never have too many jars and lids. Try to set up your registry so that it has multiples of these items.
The glass jars can be reused over and over. The rings that secure the lids in place can be reused as long as they are in good shape. However, the actual lids are single-use items that should be discarded.
Small items such as tongs and racks are good things to include on your registry as well.
Berkey Water Filter
The first “big ticket” item that a prepper should get is a water filter. Those made by Berkey can remove numerous biological and chemical contaminants. They can do everything from purify natural water sources to removing chemical tastes and smells from tap water.
Berkey water filters are also gravity-fed, meaning they don’t require electricity to operate. This makes them great choices for preppers. You can find Berkey water filters by clicking here.
Related: Berkey Water Filter Review
Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron cookware has been around for centuries and has many advantages over more modern types of cookware. When maintained properly, cast-iron is non-stick and non-toxic.
It can also be used anywhere from wilderness camping all the way to the most modern of kitchens. If you are looking for new production cast-iron, I would recommend taking a look at what Lodge has to offer.
A cast-iron skillet is an essential part of anyone’s kitchen, especially a prepper. They can be used for any number of cooking purposes, including browning meat, heating pasta sauces, and baking cornbread. You can even cook a steak in one.
A dutch oven is basically a large cast-iron pot with a lid. I would recommend getting one with a hanging bail and a flanged lid.
A hanging bail allows you to suspend the dutch oven above the fire to get the right amount of heat. A flanged lid, on the other hand, holds coals on top of the dutch oven. This helps the food to cook more evenly.
Dutch ovens are incredibly versatile. You can use them to make soups, boil water, and even make bread.
One of the best things about cast-iron is how well it conducts heat. However, that also means that the entire piece of cookware, including the handle, will get hot. Getting a few cozies to slide over your cast-iron’s handles will help prevent burns.
Having a manual grain mill will allow you to process raw grains such as oat, wheat, and corn. This is useful because raw grains store longer than those that have already been processed.
Having a manual meat grinder will allow you to reduce how much meat you waste, and if you get the right one, even help you make sausages. This is especially useful if you are a hunter or raise livestock.
Some of my favorite wedding gifts were tools. They helped me begin my journey from being a virtually helpless kid to being able to handle most of the issues that happen around the house. These are tools that every prepper should include on their wedding registry.
Everyone needs a good set of hand tools. A kit such as this one by Craftsman will include most of the basic tools you will need for various jobs around the house or apartment.
I recommend getting a cordless drill set that includes a drill, impact driver, batteries, and a charger. Those made by “pro-grade” companies like Dewalt, Milwaukee, and Makita are preferred.
You will use these tools for various jobs around the house and having a cordless set has many advantages over a corded drill. Cordless tools are more portable, convenient, and are safer since you don’t have a cord to trip over.
Related: Power Tools Every Prepper Needs
One tool that most people overlook is a battery-powered inflator. Those made by Ryobi and Milwaukee can inflate everything from basketballs to car tires.
If you own your own home, eventually you will need to get on the roof. When you do, you need an extension latter to do it safely. Step ladders are a poor choice for this. Make sure you don’t cut your marriage short by using the right tool for the job.
Another thing that you need to include on your wedding registry is yard tools. Things like shovels, rakes, hoes, and wheelbarrows will all be essential if you own your own home. They can also be used to start a prepper garden in your backyard.
It is fairly common for people to include camping and outdoor equipment on wedding registries. While these items are good for recreation, they can also be invaluable for preppers when bugging out, during power outages, or when having to go off-grid.
Camp stoves come in a variety of sizes and types. However, I recommend getting one that runs on commonly available fuel. It should also be portable yet large enough to allow the use of standard pots and skillets.
I have had a Coleman Fold N Go propane stove similar to this one for over a decade. It features two adjustable burners and runs on easy-to-find 1-pound propane cylinders. As the name suggests, it folds up for easy storage and is very portable.
Another camp stove that would make a good choice for a prepper is Coleman’s Guide Series Duel-Fuel Camp Stove. It can run on either gasoline or Coleman Liquid Fuel.
A wedding registry is a good time for a prepper to make sure both them and their spouse have good bug out bags. Select backpacks that are large enough to carry what you need without being too bulky.
Also, pick bags that are produced by a good company. Poor-quality bags don’t take long to start falling apart.
When adding a tent to you wedding registry, select one that is the proper size for your family. If it is just you and your spouse, then a 4-person dome tent works well as a backup shelter.
Larger families that have children from previous relationships will need a larger tent to accommodate everyone.
Avoid getting a tent that is larger than what you need. It will be hard to transport if you need to go on foot. Larger tents also don’t stay warm as well during winter months since the heat inside dissipates over a larger area.
Get sleeping bags that are suitable for the climate that you are most likely to experience. For example, if you live in an area that only goes below freezing a few days a year, don’t put a 0-degree sleeping bag on your registry.
Portable camping chairs are excellent additions to a prepper’s wedding registry. You will use them often, whether you have guests over for a barbecue or sitting around the deer camp.
Lanterns can be used to give light, keep you warm, or both. When adding these to your wedding registry be sure to include both propane and LED lanterns.
Propane lanterns give off heat in addition to light. Just be sure to use them in a well-ventilated area.
LED lanterns give off a ton of light but do so without generating a bunch of heat. They are my preferred light source during power outages or summer camping trips.
Tent fans are sort of like ceiling fans for your tent. They are a good way to keep air circulating on muggy nights.
Put a couple of different sizes of coolers on your wedding registry. A small cooler, such as the Igloo Playmate are good for road trips and picnics.
Larger coolers, such as this one by YETI, are capable of holding a large amount of ice, food, and drinks. They are well-insulated and can keep things cool for days at a time. A cooler such as this would be a valuable tool to preserve cold foods if you needed to bug out.
Bicycles are great tools to help you and your new spouse get and stay in shape. They can also be used during a bug out as a last resort, making them good items to include on your wedding registry.
Select bicycles that are designed for use on multiple types of terrain. Something like a mountain bike can be used on the road, trails, and off-road.
Candles are also excellent items for preppers to include on their wedding registry. They can be indispensable during power outages, especially during the fall or winter.
I recommend candles that are short and stocky or housed in jars. These will be harder to tip over which can help prevent fires. It is also a good idea to include sturdy candle holders on your registry as well.
Everyone, including preppers should include gift cards from various stores on their wedding registry. You can use them to purchase items from your registry that didn’t get purchased or items that you didn’t want to list, such as firearms and food storage.
Gift cards are available for almost every store you can imagine. Stores such as Walmart, Target, and even Home Depot offer gift cards from several other companies, including Bass Pro Shops.
Another advantage of having a large supply of gift cards is they can help you pay for basic necessities during your first few months of marriage. There will always be things you wished you had asked for and you may even need them to help pay for groceries during times of transition.