During a crisis, several problems could arise as far as personal hygiene goes. Should there be a natural disaster such as a flood or earthquake, there is a very real possibility that the roads may be impassable.
Getting to the store can be difficult, and even if you did get there, the store may be closed, or in a worst-case scenario, totally destroyed by the impact of the disaster.
If all you have at home is an almost empty tube of toothpaste and half a roll of toilet paper, the next few days are going to be uncomfortable to say the least. Having enough supplies for your personal hygiene needs is more than just about your health and wellbeing.
It’s also a form of stress relief. If you’re stuck at home because the roads are flooded or the shelves in the store are empty due to people grabbing whatever they could in a panic, knowing that you have the basic creature comforts such as toilet paper, wet wipes, mouthwash, etc. will help to ease your mind.
Below you’ll find a list of products that you should store in case of a crisis. Most of these items last a long time. So, it shouldn’t be much of a hassle as far as rotating your supplies go. Let’s look at the list.
At least one for each family member. You may wish to keep a few extras, in case you have guests.
One big tube for adults and one for the kids (if you have any) should be fine.
- Dental Floss
- Toilet Paper
Keep enough on hand to last you 8 weeks.
- Soap Bars
They last longer, take up less space, and can last longer if stored properly when wet.
- Wet Wipes
Enough to last you for 3 to 4 weeks.
- Shampoo and Conditioner
Again, enough to last you for at least a month.
- Hand Moisturizer and Hand Sanitizer
The peanut butter and jelly of hand cleanliness.
- Sanitary Supplies
You may want enough supplies to last anywhere from 3 to 4 months. This is one of those items that is very handy so what may be considered ‘extra’ supply could wind up being an unintended portion of your first aid. This is because – in addition to their intended purpose – sanitary items like pads can be used as improvised dressing to stanch the bleeding when someone is wounded.
During a crisis, there may be a water shortage and you may only be able to use wet towels to wipe yourself down. So, have sufficient small towels for all the members in your family.
- Portable Toilet
In the event you run out of water to flush your toilet, you can use a portable toilet that uses disposable waste bags. That will make clean up easier.
- Q-tips and Nail Clippers
- Shaving Cream and Razors (if you use them)
Besides these 14 products, you may have a skin care routine or other hygiene products that you use daily or frequently. Take note of what these are and have extra supplies of them.
Store as much of them as space will allow. During a crisis, you can always barter the extra supplies for items that you may need.
Personal hygiene products will ALWAYS be in demand when there’s a shortage of them. Having these items on hand could also help keep the females in your group safer, cleaner, and help prevent infection. As a savvy prepper, you’ll understand the value in storing these items.
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