When we talk about Food Storage, we usually talk about storing FOOD. It’s just the nature of the beast…we like to eat things. We’d rather not go hungry if we can help it. BUT there are some things that we don’t eat that should be right up there on the priority list when buying ahead for a “rainy day.”
Here is my short list of non-food items to consider having in your home ready to go in case of an emergency that would make it impossible or dangerous to go to the store.
In no particular order:
- Toilet Paper. Really, how long do you want to be dealing without TP? Don’t answer that. There are sanitary ways to cleanse the nether regions without TP but you have to plan ahead for those too…for now, just stock up on the TP. It’s cheap and will cure the ‘freak-outs’ and panic that are sure to come if you run out.
- Feminine Supplies: This is in the same category as TP in that you need something for this need. Again there are non-disposable ways to deal with your wife or daughters monthly visitor but for now…while you are researching that, buy some extra tampons and pads for heaven sakes.
- Paper products for eating. These serve 2 purposes…well 3. They conserve precious water storage because you aren’t washing dishes. They save time, everything takes longer in a crisis. If we are forced to use an alternative means of cooking it’s going to take longer and washing dishes takes time on top of that. Paper also conserves energy…both heat energy and people energy. And after it’s used to eat from, paper can be used as fuel in a fire, this cuts down on your garbage and can augment your wood supply for fires in a proper fireplace. Do not use styrofoam plates for emergencies, they are NOT safe to burn and will cause a garbage problem. Stick with the paper or Chinet type plates.
- Flash lights or other lighting for each room: Let’s face it. Dark is scary for kids and depressing for grown-ups. Have you ever had a super bad day, like horrible and you are up in the night and the dark is just so oppressive…but then the dawn comes and you can deal with life again? Light recharges us and gives us hope to carry on. In a crisis, light is so important. Solar is the way to go if you can. But stay away from candles unless you are super careful and have taught your children how to use them safely. Even then, stay close because a house fire is the last thing you want during a disaster.
- Matches or lighters Having a way to light your fire or maybe light a burner if the electronic ignition on your gas stove is helpful when the power is out. These come in super handy for birthday cakes too. 😉 If you are buying matches try to find the ‘strike-anywhere’ kind, that just keeps your options open and remember to store them out of reach of midget fire-starters.
The list can (and will) go on but these are just a few of the many non-food items that can easily be grabbed on each trip to the grocery store, they are inexpensive (except for the feminine supplies: have you seen the price of those things lately?) and readily available during good times. Just add a couple to your grocery list and before you know it you’ll have a nice supply.