37 Must-Have Hygiene Items to Always Keep in Your Emergency Kit

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Are personal hygiene items a part of your emergency kit? They definitely should be! It’s not uncommon to lose power and water in an emergency, and it is no fun to feel dirty day after day. Here is a customizable list of 37 hygiene items that should always be included in your survival supplies.

37 Must Have Hygiene Items to Always Keep in Your Emergency Kit via The Survival Mom

If you’ve ever been camping for more than 2 or 3 days, you know what it’s like to start feeling icky and grimy and in desperate need of a hot shower and clean clothes. Well, imagine yourself living through an extreme crisis like a Hurricane Harvey sized flood or a long-term power outage and facing a future with dirty clothes, grubby children, and fuzzy-feeling teeth.

That’s when you’ll be eternally grateful that you stocked up on basic hygiene items like you’ll see listed here. We take for granted things like toothpaste and bar soap, but a world without those would quickly devolve into a smelly world where everyone is dealing with cavities and decaying teeth.

Why Hygiene Needs to Be a Part of Your Preps

Personal hygiene and keeping hands clean are critical for staying healthy and to aid in the prevention of sicknesses and disease. Basic hygiene and staying clean can make all the difference in an emergency, not just for the sake of staying healthy but also because keeping yourself clean and groomed has powerful impacts psychologically. Make sure to include items that make you FEEL good as well, such as hair accessories or soap in your favorite scent, to give you an extra boost if things ever hit the fan. It may sound silly, but it works!

You certainly do not need each one of these hygiene items since everyone’s situation is unique, and most of them you can pick up quite cheaply at the drugstore. Customize this list to your needs!

37 Must-Have Toiletries for Your Emergency Kit

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Toothbrushes
  3. Dental floss
  4. Deodorant
  5. Solar shower for hot showers without electricity
  6. Epsom salt for sore muscles — Epsom lotion is another option that wouldn’t be as heavy, but it may not last as long without going bad.
  7. Off-grid toilet/Potty Bucket (5-gallon bucket with seat)
  8. Kitty litter or other organic material to use with the potty bucket
  9. Cotton tea towels to use for drying
  10. Diapers (if applicable)
  11. Hand mirror
  12. Q-tips/Cotton balls
  13. Wet Ones
  14. Microfiber washcloth
  15. Baby wipes
  16. Barber comb & scissors
  17. Chap-stick
  18. Dental kit
  19. Garbage bags, rubber bands or twist ties
  20. Hair brushes and combs
  21. Hair-ties, clips, bandanas
  22. Hair shampoo &  conditioner — We love this brand of shampoo and conditioner bars. They’re excellent for travel and last quite a long time.
  23. Hand sanitizer — Read here how to use it effectively.
  24. Lime oil (removes grease, sap & soot)
  25. Lotion — Lotion bars are great for packing in an emergency kit.
  26. Nail clippers
  27. Sanitary pads (Disposable & reusable — I recommend Naturally Cozy.)
  28. Bar soap/body wash– Hard to stock up on too much soap.
  29. Antibacterial hand soap
  30. Laundry detergent
  31. Straight razor & sharpener
  32. Toilet paper — You can never have too much! This is arguably the most essential hygiene item on the list so grab an extra package or two as often as you can.
  33. Tweezers
  34. Mouthwash/breath fresheners
  35. Medications/first aid kit
  36. Shower cap
  37. Stored water

What other hygiene items would you add? Many people underestimate the power of keeping clean during a disaster or emergency situation, but the simple act of taking care of yourself has great impact on your outlook on life!

Assess the hygiene items on this list and let me know down in the comments what personal hygiene supplies are the most important for you and your needs.

Click here for a printable list.


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Erin Foster is mom to 5 kids. West Georgia is home where you can find her reading, camping, enjoying a play and on any adventure she can do with her family. Along with a B.A. degree in Emergency and Disaster Management, she has an EKG technician and nursing assistant certificate.

6 thoughts on “37 Must-Have Hygiene Items to Always Keep in Your Emergency Kit”

  1. Do you just keep extras in your linen closet with all the other supplies, or do you recommend keeping extras of everything in a portable container?

    1. There are a couple of ways to store these. One is by sorting by product or product groupings (all dental products together, for example) and keeping them in labeled boxes. Another is to assemble hygiene kits in large ziploc bags: a bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, etc. And, of course, you can do both. 🙂

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