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June 3, 2013 | 6 comment(s)

Food storage is very important, but there are items to put in your storage you may not think of when planning. Once you have planned the amount of grains, vegetables, and cooking essentials you need for your food storage, you may want to think about non-food items that your family uses. During an emergency, items such as toilet paper may seem nearly as important to your family as food.

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The following is a list of items to consider:

-           Wheat grinder (electric and hand operated, in case of no electricity)

-          Hand crank blender

-          Towels/rags (paper and cloth)

-          Plastic wrap/aluminum foil

-          Recloseable baggies

-          Plastic containers with lids (butter bins, etc.)

-          Dish soap, laundry detergent

-          Favorite spices (rotate annually)

-          Condiments such as ketchup, syrup, jelly, etc. (rotate annually)

-          Garbage sacks

-          Alternate cooking source

-          Toilet paper, tissue, enzymes (for portable toilets)

-          Portable toilet, privacy shelter

-          Shampoo and lotions

-          Soap (soap bars last the longest)

-          Toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, dental floss

-          Feminine hygiene products

-          Razors, shaving cream, extra blades

-          Medicines

-          First aid kit and individual first aid items

-          Garden seeds (several cans for replenishing or exchanging)

-          Water barrels, siphon pump, portable water containers

-          Activity games, cards, paperback books

-          Old clothes for outside labor

-          Water filter for replenishing your water supply

-          Wonder Washer (hand operated clothes washer)

-          Candles, lantern, or other light source

There are also special considerations that members of your family may have. Don’t forget to plan for those needs as well. For example, if you have a baby, you may have already thought of extra formula in your food storage, but what about having diapers or diaper wipes and other miscellaneous items on hand. The best way to keep a sufficient supply of your baby needs is to always be ahead of your diaper, formula, and other baby needs purchasing. This process needs to account for size or other changes that may occur. Buy a few packages of diapers when they are on sale, or buy a case of formula and baby food instead of just a can at a time. You may also want to include crackers or other finger foods.

Consider special dietary needs that your family may have. Maybe you have a diabetic or a lactose intolerant member of your family. Store foods they can eat and will enjoy eating as well. Also, keep enough insulin and other medications on hand if needed.

Storage of just food can be very beneficial for you in a time of need, but there are little things to remember that may make life a little more convenient, especially in an emergency situation. Plus, items such as paper towels and garbage sacks are easy to store because they don?t spoil and can be set aside and forgotten. There are many more things to consider than what is on this list. Take into consideration your area, climate, and who you are preparing for. Spend time now to plan wisely and to decide what items you will need to take care of your family.


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Comments

  • Jennifer  |  June 7, 2013

    And think of your four legged family members!

  • beprepared  |  June 13, 2013

    Yes!!! Great reminder Jennifer!

  • Jay  |  August 30, 2013

    This is a great list. I've already got most of it in waterproof/mouse-proof containers, but you have things on this list that I'd forgotten about. Thanks.

  • Charlotte  |  September 7, 2013

    Don't forget baking soda, vinager,sugar, honey,manual kitchen tools, can opener etc, matches and solar lights to use instead of flammable candles.
    Also solar rechargeable batteries, ax, manual saw, hand wind clock and battery operated radio.
    Rain barrel to collect water
    And the list goes on.

  • brandi  |  September 11, 2014

    Batteries and flashlights matches newspaper

  • Yvonne  |  December 15, 2014

    If you will unwrap your soap bars and let them dry out some they will last longer, they will get harder, but they are still extremely useable......

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