Stocking food and water seems like common sense if you’re preparing for a potential emergency. But what about toilet paper and toothpaste? Having access to basic personal care products, especially in an extended disaster situation, may help you feel more normal during an otherwise tragic situation.
Growing up, my mom was always a coupon shopper. During college I took lessons from her and bought things when I could get them for cheap. But since I have become so particular about what products and ingredients my family uses, I have pretty much stopped coupon shopping.
Each month we place an essential oil order, and I always try to add an extra toothpaste or an oil that could be helpful for first aid needs to my order and stow it away. I’d like to have enough personal care products to last us 6 months to a year. With small things like toothpaste and deodorant, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to find storage space.
But with bulkier items like toilet paper and paper towels, who has room to store more than a month’s worth? I surely don’t. So what we’re doing instead is switching all of those bulky paper items to reusable items.
We don’t use too many paper towels anymore (unpaper towels are the way to go). However, we do use toilet paper and I’m not sure that will change. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to stock up on cloth wipes and store them away in case you can’t get your hands on toilet paper.
Feminine products are another item that would be difficult to store for more than a couple months. Since switching to reusable cloth pads, I no longer have to worry about that (plus cloth is so much better in general!).
So as a general rule, anything that is bulky and disposable with a reusable option, we’re opting to store the reusable items rather than the disposable ones. This includes items like:
Whereas with items that have no reusable counterpart, we want to try and store at least 6 months’ worth. This includes items like:
- Bath Soap
- Dish Soap
- Laundry Soap
Even though I would never use personal care products that weren’t natural in normal circumstances, I’m considering going back to couponing just to stock up on “just in case” personal care products. At the very least I could share them with a neighbor in need!