I'm always trying to think ahead but always feeling like I'm not quite getting there In any case, I started thinking about disaster/emergency situations, you know, where you see all the bare shelves at the stores and the frustration of not being able to find what you need, when you need it. Therefore, I'm always trying to predict what will be in demand in an emergency...better to have than to have not. When facing an inevitable disaster, people go crazy and start panic buying supplies and stuff. So my question is: What things are the very first to go? These items would have high commodity value and be very good to have in case of emergency. Some of the first ones to come to mind are: 1. Ammo - duh 2. Water 3. Fuel 4. Batteries 5. ??? Here is a link to an interesting article I found describing what items people tend to hoard in a disaster...check it out: Items to Hoard Preparedness Pro One interesting thing on that list that I hadn't thought of was vitamins...with the author indicating that they can be crucial when food supplies are low. So maybe you guys can help me answer the questions...what items have you noticed are the first to fly off the shelves in a disaster? If that disaster ever comes I want to be able to say 'no prob, already got that'.