Preppers 10 Items to Store in Case of Emergencies
During times of emergency and the aftermath of a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, most people will start to panic. They’ll charge to the malls and stores and buy up whatever essential items that they think they’ll need.
If you’re a savvy prepper, you’d have prepared all your stores and supplies in advance. Nevertheless, one item that’s usually used up quickly is medication. It’ll be extremely difficult to obtain medication during a crisis.
Even aspirin will be sold out. In survival events and times of stress, illnesses will rise. More people will find themselves having headaches, upset stomachs, diarrhea, etc. This is very common and even if you have medicine supplies stored, you’d be astonished at how fast they’re used up.
4 adults taking 4 aspirin tablets a day over 3 days is 48 tablets… and that’s only 3 days! So, you can imagine just how fast your medicine stocks can be exhausted if the entire family is sick and that typically happens during a crisis.
There may be more headaches, flu, body aches, insect bites, and indigestion at this time. Which gives rise to an important question…?
What do you do if you run out of medication?
Will you panic and rush to the chemist? What if it’s closed or there are no more supplies?
Are you calm? Or do you panic?
There are several natural remedies that are highly effective and have worked for ages.
Below you’ll find a list of items that all preppers would do well to store.
These natural remedies are easy to obtain and not some fancy supplements like Ashwagandha that you need to pick up at a health store. You can get the items below from most stores and they last for a long time.
Let’s look at what they are and also some long-term food storage ideas as well that might come in handy
Preppers here is a list of items to store for emergencies
Rub alcohol on insect bites and add a diluted mixture of alcohol and water to fungal infections to speed up healing. It’s an intermediate level disinfectant.
- Baking Soda
To treat stomach acidity and heartburn, mix some baking soda in water and drink. You can also use it to relieve diaper rash, remove oil and grease, and clean your kitchen countertops and much more.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Use a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar to treat sinuses, diarrhea and indigestion.
- Coconut Oil
This is a miracle product with tons of uses. Acne and skin issues can be treated by rubbing coconut oil on the affected areas. Have a sore throat? Coconut oil works as a natural lozenge. Feeling lethargic? A tablespoon of coconut oil will give you an energy boost.
Besides that, you can moisturize your skin, as a sunburn remedy, anti-fungal cream, and massage oil and even as an insect repellant.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
It can be used to treat cuts, burns and small wounds. If you have a toothache, dilute some in water and swirl it around in your mouth for a minute or two and spit it out.
- Raw Honey
Take 2 tablespoons to relieve nausea. It can also be applied to wounds to accelerate healing. Raw honey never spoils. It lasts for ages.
- Peppermint Oil
This is one of the best products to have. It’s excellent for treating headaches, nausea, muscle pain, joint pain and much more.
- Tea Tree Oil
Ideal for treating skin problems, ear aches, cold sores, insect bites, head lice, etc.
- Aloe Vera Gel
Soothes sunburn, speeds up wound healing, prevents dandruff and much more.
- Epsom Salt
Used to treat toenail fungus and relieve pain and muscle cramps.
These points are just the tip of the iceberg. Each item on this list has many more uses than is listed here. You should do your own research to see what else they can be used for.
You’ll be amazed at the efficacy and versatility of these 10 items.
The long-term food storage ideas for preppers in addition to the 10 items mentioned above is never a bad idea. To have at least one small stockpile of food in the event of an emergency is an important consideration.
Inclement weather events, power outages, and other disasters could make finding food outside of your home nearly impossible. Having something to fall back on is a smart and safe plan.
Why Should You Have Long-Term Food Storage?
Consider this very realistic scenario: What if you were caught in a long-term power outage due to a severe storm that caused flooding and major damage to roadways. In a situation like that you could be stuck in your home potentially for weeks.
Events such as this, and a long list of other possibilities, could happen to you. Having a plan to survive and thrive in any situation, including enough food and water to fall back on, will keep you and your family safe and healthy despite the drastic situation.
How Much Food Should You Store?
Every home should have a minimum of three days’ worth of food and water appropriate for their family size, but having at least two weeks’ worth is preferred. The rule of thumb for water is one gallon of water per person per day, and do not forget to count children and pets at up to a full gallon of water each as well. The amount of food will depend on your family, but there should be enough to provide enough calories and nutrition to keep you healthy. At the very minimum, each family member should be able to have at least one full meal per day.
What Kinds of Food Should You Store?
You will want to stock food that has a minimum of a 3-6 month shelf life, and keep that stock rotated so that nothing is spoiled should an emergency occur. Look for canned goods and other non-perishable foods that your family will eat. It will not do much good to only stock canned foods that no-one likes, because then it will be less likely that everyone will consume enough food and get the proper nutrition.
What Are Some Examples of Foods to Store?
Ready to eat canned goods that do not require cooking before consumption, granola bars, dried milk, peanut butter, nuts, and protein bars are all examples of good items to store. Crackers, bread, and similar products are good to keep as well – as long as you keep the stock rotated and keep in mind that they will not last as long as non-perishable items.
How Do You Store Food Items Long Term?
Have a shelf, closet, pantry, or cellar dedicated to your emergency food storage. Everything in your emergency food supply should be stored in airtight containers and you will want to have extra storage containers and/or zip lock bags to keep opened items in. Keep a list or clearly mark all boxes, cans, and bags with expiration dates and “opened on” dates and keep your stock rotated and free of expired items.
Keeping a stockpile of food and water for your family to fall back on in times of need is a responsible part of emergency preparedness. Should a large storm or other disaster occur in your area, you are more likely to be able to survive comfortably for longer.
These tips should help you build and maintain long-term food storage.