The Sarajevo 100

It sounds like some kind of race. It’s not, but it certainly involves serious competition; competition to survive.

the Sarajevo 100 is a list of items considered extremely important by a survivor of the 5 year siege of Sarajevo. This is the longest siege of the 20th Century, and one of the longest sieges in recorded history. This siege was in the 90’s in  the Yugoslavian civil war which ultimately splintered Yugoslavia into many separate republics. This list is available on the internet, I have attempted to correct some errors in the list which was translated and divide the items roughly into categories. there may be some mistakes but this should give you a good idea of the things you will need to survive a city in lock down after all services have been cut off.

Clothing and sleeping

Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Reading glasses
Woolen clothing, scarve s/ear-muffs/mittens
Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc.     (extras)
Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
Hats & cotton neckerchiefs


Generators:     Good solar ones are best. Gas ones have supply /storage, risk, noisy, target of thieves, maintenance.
Seasoned Firewood.     Wood takes about 6 -12 months to become dried ,for home uses.
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps     (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce,stockpile ANY!)
Coleman Fuel.     Impossible to stockpile too much.
Charcoal, Lighter Fluid     (Will become scarce suddenly)
Mini Heater head (Propane)     (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
Propane Cylinders     Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
Batteries     (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
Lumber     (all types) timber for building or burning
Paraffin wax


Portable Toilets/showers
Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
Garbage Bags     (Impossible To Have Too Many).
Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nailclippers, etc
Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
Laundry Detergent     (liquid)
Bleach     (plain. NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap     (saves a lot of water)
Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)

Heat and fire

Seasoned Firewood.     Wood takes about 6 -12 months to become dried,for home uses.
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps     (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce,stockpile ANY!)
Charcoal, Lighter Fluid     (Will become scarce suddenly)
Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.    gas lantern mantles (Without this item,longer-term lighting is difficult.)
 Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder     (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
Matches.     (“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
Lumber     (all types) timber for building or burning


Mini Heater head (Propane)     (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer     (for Laundry)
Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
Gasoline Containers     (Plastic & Metal)
Clothes pins/linelhangers     (A MUST)
Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
Fire Extinguishers     (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
Garbage cans Plastic     (great for storage, water, transporting -if with wheels)
Fishing supplies/tools
Duct Tape
Tarps/stakes/twine  nails hoes spikes
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
Garden tools & supplies
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
Bicycles and Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
Carbon Monoxide Alarm     (battery powered)
Handpumps & siphons     (for water and for fuels)
” Survival-in-a-Can”    a collection of survival type items in a can of limited value without the knowledge to use them
Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
Wagons & carts     (for transport to and from)
Lantern Hangers
Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts
Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
Atomizers     (for cooling/bathing)


Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
Rice -Beans -Wheat
Vegetable Oil     (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
Milk -Powdered & Condensed     (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
Garden Seeds     non-Hybrid (A MUST)
Tuna Fish     (in oil) canned
Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
Big Dogs     (and plenty of dog food)
Flour, yeast & salt    bread baking
Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
Paper plates/cups/utensils     (stock up, folks)
Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy soup base
Chocolate /Coaca/Tang/Punch     (water enhancers)
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky    long life dry snacks that don’t need refrigeration
Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
Cigarettes    bribes and trade goods
Wine/Liquors     (for bribes, medicinal, etc,) and trade goods
Chewing gum/candies

Books and information

Survival Guide Book.
Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
Joumals, Diaries & Scrapbooks     (Jot down ideas, feelings, experience; historic times)
Board Games, Cards, Dice
Reading glasses
Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog


First aid kits

Food storage and preparation

Water Filters/Purifiers
Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
Water Containers     (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY -note -food grade if for drinking.
Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty     (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
Insulated ice chests     (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
Cast iron cookware     (sturdy, efficient)
Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
Paper plates/cups/utensils     (stock up, folks)


Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.

I added this category last though the authors of the original document considered this the highest priority, the desperation was so intense people were killing just for a single can of food. This is why you must not allow yourself to be trapped in large population density area when things go bad. Most trade was done in the open with friends standing at the ready to start shooting if things went bad. Trade would often be small bars of soap or cigarette lighters as currency or for larger items alcohol for drinking or what ever was needed. Best advice is always to run, otherwise you may end up trapped in hellish experiment in desperation that was Sarajevo. Some of the items will give hints to the kind of conditions faced, many of the items would still be quite useful for a settlement far from large cities and towns.


urgent items are in bold text,  good general trade items are in underline text.