Non-food Emergency Storage

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.

The following is a list of items to consider:

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

Bathroom & Hygiene
    Toilet paper, tissue, enzymes (for portable toilets)
    Shampoo and lotions
    Soap (soap bars last the longest)
    Toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, dental floss
    Feminine hygiene products
    Razors, shaving cream, extra blades
    First aid kit and individual first aid items

Other Items
    Garden seeds (several cans for replenishing or exchanging)
    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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