Purchase non-food items such as toothpaste, deodorant, female products, diapers, Paper plates, plastic utensils, etc. are helpful to avoid wasting water washing dishes.
- 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
- 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
- Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils/Napkins (can save on water in an emergency)
- Laundry Detergent
- Dishwasher Detergent
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- Items to make your own household cleaners
First Aid Items
- First Aid Kits (see our post)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Face Masks
- Prescription medications
- Cold medicine
- Natural Medicines
Pet Care Products
- Dog/Cat Food
- Extra Water for Pets
- Kitty Litter
- 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.
Do you have any more ideas to share? If so leave a comment below and we will add them to the list!