Purchase non-food items such as toothpaste, deodorant, female products, diapers, Paper plates, plastic utensils, etc. are helpful to avoid wasting water washing dishes.

Key Points

  • Store a year’s supply of all household items that you normally buy at the grocery store
  • Build up your supply by buying these items in large quantities when they are on sale, then only replace your stores when they go on sale again
  • Make sure you store the things particular to your family’s needs, our list might not include everything that YOU normally use
  • Don’t be afraid to use creative storage ideas for these items. A huge supply of toilet paper could go in a garage, attic, etc.

Items to Consider Storing

Personal Hygiene

  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Facewash/Bodywash/Soap
  • Shaving/Aftershave

Paper Products

  • Toilet Paper (see bottom of this section for a great tips from a reader on how much to store)
  • Paper Towels
  • Feminine Products
  • Diapers/Wet Wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils/Napkins (can save on water in an emergency)

Cleaning Products

First Aid Items

Pet Care Products

  • Dog/Cat Food
  • Extra Water for Pets
  • Kitty Litter

Miscellaneous Items

  • Light Bulbs
  • Board Games/Cards (something to do in case the power is out)
  • Candles/Kerosene Lamps
  • Needles/Thread (for basic mending)

*When storing toilet paper: The question of how much do you need is easily answered. When you go to the store to buy because you are out, buy 3 times what you would normally and store 2 of them. When you need it again, repeat. After 6 months you’ve stored a year’s supply (twice what you used in 6 months!) Works for anything. You can shorten or lengthen the time it takes as your budget dictates by changing the multiple you buy. Twice as much as usual will take a year, 4 times as much will take 4 months, etc.

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