20 Things You Probably Forgot To Buy
Despite all these precautions, we're only human, and it's easy to forget something among the myriad of things we have to remember during a mad scramble.
Today, I want to give you a list of things you should tack on to your shopping list while you're gathering supplies whether for a hurricane or a long month of isolation.
Alcohol, isopropyl or ethanol
Dental tools: brushes, floss, water pik, toothpaste
First Aid kit: vet wrap, Bandaids, antibiotic ointment, thermometer, Benadryl, pain relievers
And the bigger stuff
Emergency hand-cranked radio
Other than batteries (absolutely essential for one purpose), every one of the 'everyday items' were chosen because they have a multitude of applications other than their intended use. There are many more, but these I would include before any emergency.
With the exception of the generator, none of these things are expensive or hard to find, but because they are so commonplace, people always think they can get them later. If this covid craziness has taught me anything, it's to not take the everyday things for granted. I learned my lesson after 7 months of not finding rubbing alcohol. If that ever happens to me again, I have only myself to blame.
Speaking of the generator, we swear by ours. It's saved our bacon (literally) dozens of times. It doesn't have to run everything, just the essentials like fridges, freezers, and the occasional light bulb or box fan.
Would you have done something differently if covid shut us down again?
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I want to add a vote for keeping a generator on hand if possible, especially if you live in a rural area like we do. Ours has been a huge help during every hurricane season. During Irma we were able to keep the well pump, the fridge and water heater working, so we kept our perishable food safe and were able to bathe in comfort (and we opened our guest bathroom to neighbors who had no running water.) I can live without A/C as long as I can take a shower at the end of the day.
During 2004's nightmare storm season our portable gas grill was the only way we could cook for three weeks. I made everything on it, including coffee in a campfire percolator (which I also recommend keeping on hand in case the power goes out for weeks.)
I forget which hurricane, but our big grill had gone with the wind, so I brought down a portable one. Even though Greg had plenty of canned food, there's nothing like fresh cooked food to lift your spirits. In times like those you need every inch of spirit to keep you going.
I am pleased to say that both alcohol and sanitizer wipes are back on the shelves. They disappear quickly, but not as fast as before.
I don't recommend them for everyone, but they are lifesavers if you have to go more than a day without power.
A generator is on the to-buy list, but yeah, they're not cheap. =o\
Knock on wood, my computer has weathered several unexpected power outages.