There’s more to emergency preparedness than having an emergency food stockpile. Many everyday items, such as toilet paper, blankets and candles, will be just as important as food and water when SHTF.
Here are 10 non-food items to include in your emergency stockpile: (h/t to FoodStorageMoms.com)
Toilet paper is a versatile item. Aside from its hygiene-related uses, you can use a toilet paper roll to make pots, fire starters and emergency survival heaters. Toilet paper is also dirt cheap and is usually sold in packs.
Grab a few extra packs whenever they’re on sale and you’ll have a toilet paper stockpile in no time. Don’t worry about replacing your stock periodically. Unopened toilet paper will last for years, if not decades.
Reusable towels are just as convenient as toilet paper. For instance, you can “wash” yourself with a wet towel if you have no running water. You can also use them to wipe tools and gear clean after washing. In a pinch, towels can also be used as diapers for babies and young children.
In case of power outages at night or during the cold months, thick blankets will help keep you warm and toasty. In a survival situation, blankets can also help you retain body heat better so that your body temperature doesn’t get dangerously low. Store a couple of extra blankets for each member of your household.
Stock up on different sizes of batteries. You’ll be needing them for flashlights, electric lanterns, two-way radios, cordless appliances and other devices, especially during emergencies. Buy them when they’re on sale and make sure to buy from reputable brands to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
You can never have too many bandages, gauze pads and disposable wipes in an SHTF scenario. The best part is these products can last for several years. Take note that products with adhesives, such as bandaids and medical tape, can deteriorate over time. Check the packaging for the expiration date and replace them accordingly. (Related: Safety first: Tips for stocking your First Aid kit before SHTF.)
Candles come in handy during power outages. When buying candles, choose the big, thick ones. Those will stay lit for longer periods than other candles. Plus, thick candles aren’t as easy to knock over as slimmer candles.
If you have women in your household, make sure to stock up on feminine hygiene products. Having a supply of things like tampons and menstrual pads makes it easier for them to stay clean if they get their period amid an emergency or SHTF scenario. You can put the products in a big plastic container with a lid for easy storage.
There are several everyday household items that double as natural remedies. They’re extremely cheap and easy to obtain. And unlike conventional medicines, many of them can last for years on the shelf. These include:
Stock up on flashlights of different sizes. Small ones are great for repairs and first-aid. Bigger ones are great for finding your way in the dark. You might also want to stock up on electric lanterns. You can use those to keep the rooms in your home well-lit during power outages without having to use up all of your stored candles.
You never know what to expect in emergencies, so it doesn’t hurt to stock up on emergency gear like rain boots, rain jackets, thick gloves and hard hats. Make sure each member of your household has a set for themselves.
Store enough of the listed items above to last you and your household for several months to a year. Remember: you don’t have to bulk-buy things in one go. You can gradually build your stockpile by buying an extra product or two during each grocery run. You can also stretch your budget by buying only when things are on sale.
Check on your stockpile regularly and replace any expired or damaged items.
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