by Michael Levanduski
When thinking about and planning for emergency situations most people focus on food, water, shelter and protection. Stocking up on non-perishable foods, plenty of drinking water, a safe place to stay and weapons for protection is essential, but it doesn’t go far enough. Once you’ve got the essentials stocked up, it is time to start thinking about longer term survival. What will life be like if, for example, there is a global financial collapse and virtually every business is gone? What products and services fall in that class of items which isn’t strictly necessary for immediate survival, but is still essential for avoiding sickness and even death within the first couple years after the collapse.
Personal hygiene products are going to be some of the most essential, because without them, many people will get sick or experience other debilitating issues which puts them in danger. Staying clean and healthy is going to be critical during the first several months after any type of serious event. The first few months will also be the most chaotic, which is why everyone should be adding personal hygiene products to their stockpile as soon as possible. There are several different types of products to consider so make a list and start looking for sales:
- Oral Care – Toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash and other oral care products are critical. Finding a dentist in these types of emergency situations is going to be difficult so you need to take extra good care of your teeth. Having a toothache can be debilitating, and getting a tooth pulled without the proper anesthetic is not something anyone wants to experience. Make sure to add some sort of topical oral pain reliever to the list just in case. In addition, some bacteria of the mouth can settle into the heart valves causing serious medical problems, which makes oral care even more important.
- Minor Injury Care – Having enough Band-Aids, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin and other items to help treat minor injuries is important. These items can help prevent infections, and help cuts heal much more quickly. When there is no option to go to the doctor for a serious infection, prevention is something to be taken very seriously.
- Feminine Products – If you’re a women or you’ve got a wife or daughter to take care of, feminine products are very important. This can include products to treat yeast infections and other similar issues as well as pads and tampons. Without these types of items, I’m told, it can get quite uncomfortable and can lead to other medical problems. This is especially true if you’re going to have to travel or be extremely active.
- Toiletries – Things like toilet paper might not seem like they are essential, and perhaps it is not going to be the difference between life and death, but it is something nobody wants to run out of. These things may seem trivial now, but when the time comes, toilet paper and other toiletries might be traded as currency or one little luxury that keeps you from going crazy.
- Soaps & Disinfectants – Keeping your hands and body clean is going to be important in survival situations. People might not be taking showers or baths every day, but it will still be important to be able to wash up once in a while. In addition, if someone who is with you gets stick, soaps and disinfectants can help keep it from spreading.
Most of these things won’t be essential for survival in the first few weeks or even months of a disaster situation. They will, however, help keep you healthier over the long run, which can help to ensure you are able to survive until civilization can re-emerge. In addition, since these items don’t typically expire, they aren’t going to be going to waste even if there isn’t any sort of emergency situation for many years. So, the next time you’re shopping, pick up an extra few items and add them to your stockpile. Over time you will be able to stock up enough of these products to last for years.