There are those unprepared who roll their eyes when they see someone buying in excess items normally taken for granted like, but-wipe, and the larger-sized 2.5-gallon water jugs at the supermarket.
But I bet them same eyeballs ain’t rolling no more, once something like an international pandemic hits the fan-blades and goes flying everywhere and getting on anyone within six feet, splat! Like a cough or sneeze spray…
Then suddenly everyone’s eyes are fixed on buying up all the toilet paper and beef jerky before you, and all you can find on the shelf is one 24 pack of water bottles and a bag of frozen lima beans if you’re lucky!
I’ll admit it, I’m usually not one to take much too seriously too often, but over recent years, since about 2015, I have slowly but surely begun prepping for trouble (because it just makes sense too).
And you should too!
Oh but wait, you do.
Well, in either case, here is a shortlist of items any good-old red-blooded American humanoid should keep on hand concerned of being holed up and unable to access a well-stocked store should normal life suddenly become zoo-life.
To help you prepare for “next time” I decided to share the following, is a list of medicine cabinet items I keep on hand for my family, any brand names mentioned are not an endorsement, as follows:
Bandaids – a variety of sizes
Vaseline – wound dressing, skin irritation
3M Paper Tape – breathable wound dressing
Reinforced skin closure bandages – keep healing wounds closed
Blunt tip surgical scissors
Wound wash – painless formula
Iodine – messy but effective
Body lotion – no dyes or fragrance
Extra bar soap
Shampoo and conditioner
Extra butt wipe (TP)
Nail clippers – big and small sizes
Electronic thermometer for fevers (on the lookout for a tradition glass one)
Extra lip balm
Extra dental floss
Oragel – canker sores
Cold + flu pills
Sinus congestion meds
Pepto Bismol – indigestion, nausea, diarrea
Milk of magnesia – constipation
Homeopathic drawing salve
Empty travel-sized squeeze bottles – for personalized hand sanitizer totes
And last but not least, 2-3 first aid kits
Now as you can see, that’s a good lot of stuff we have, a nice bunch of items we keep on hand for life in general.
Adding surgical a boxes of gloves and N95 face masks are on my list of next items keep on hand. Because you never know when you might them…
Maybe you keep a larger store of stuff than we do, maybe less.
Either way, it’s a good idea to not get caught without your proverbial britches in a worst-case scenario.
Having a few first-aid items will keep you prepared during a tough spot and help to protect a healthy lifestyle as well as maintain morale.
Hope that helps,
“uncle” Abe Yankee