Thursday, November 14, 2019

14 Hygiene Supplies That All Preppers Should Store

During a crisis, several problems could arise as far as personal hygiene goes. Should there be a natural disaster such as a flood or earthquake, there is a very real possibility that the roads may be impassable.  Getting to the store can be difficult, and even if you did get there, the store may be closed, or in a worst-case scenario, totally destroyed by the impact of the disaster.

If all you have at home is an almost empty tube of toothpaste and half a roll of toilet paper, the next few days are going to be uncomfortable, to say the least. Having enough supplies for your personal hygiene needs is more than just about your health and wellbeing.

It’s also a form of stress relief. If you’re stuck at home because the roads are flooded or the shelves in the store are empty due to people grabbing whatever they could in a panic, knowing that you have the basic creature comforts such as toilet paper, wet wipes, mouthwash, etc. will help to ease your mind.

Below you’ll find a list of products that you should store in case of a crisis. Most of these items last a long time. So, it shouldn’t be much of a hassle as far as rotating your supplies go. Let’s look at the list.
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  1. Toothbrushes – one for each family member. You may wish to keep a few extras, in case you have guests.
  2. Mouthwash.
  3. Toothpaste – one big tube for adults and one for the kids.
  4. 1 box of dental floss.
  5. Toilet paper – enough to last you 8 weeks.
  6. 2 bars of soap – make it an antibacterial soap that can also be used to properly clean out cuts and scrapes.
  7. Wet wipes – antibacterial, if possible - enough to last you for 3 to 4 weeks.  These are especially good for cleaning off not only your skin but other areas that you are handling to keep from spreading germs.
  8. One large bottle of baby shampoo – this should last you for at least a month.  And I specify baby shampoo because that is also a recommended remedy for washing out around your eyes if you get a stye or some other infection close to the eyes.  It is very mild and doesn't sting.
  9. Hand moisturizer and hand sanitizer.
  10. Sanitary pads – this is one of those items that is very handy. If someone is wounded, sanitary pads can be used as an improvised dressing to stop the bleeding. That said, women may want enough supplies to last them anywhere from 3 to 4 months.
  11. Towels – during a crisis, there may be a water shortage and you may only be able to use wet towels to wipe yourself down. So, have sufficient small towels for all the members of your family.
  12. Portable toilet – in the event you run out of water to flush your toilet, you can use a portable toilet that uses disposable waste bags. That will make clean up easier.  Be sure to also stock plenty of waste bags as well.
  13. Q-tips and nail clippers.
  14. Shaving cream and razors (if you use them).  Believe it or not, maintaining a sense of "normalcy" in a crisis situation is very comforting.
Besides these 14 products, you may have a skincare routine or other hygiene products that you use daily or frequently. Take note of what these are and have extra supplies of them.

Store as much of them as space will allow. During a crisis, you can always barter the extra supplies for items that you may need. Personal hygiene products will ALWAYS be in demand when there’s a shortage of them. As a savvy prepper, you’ll understand the value of storing these items.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dealing With Long Power Outages

One of the big problems in this day and age during a natural disaster is prolonged power outages. No matter where you live, or what kinds of emergencies you should expect to deal with, it’s a good idea to think about and plan for long periods of time when you have to function without power.  Just ask the people in California right now.  They are dealing with intended power outages that are somehow supposed to prevent wildfires.  Some of these outages are lasting from several hours to several days. 

Alternative Sources Of Power - If you can prepare for the power outage, start by making sure your phone and all mobile devices are fully charged. Now is also a good time to stock up on batteries, invest in a small battery-operated power bank, and consider buying a generator. 

Candles and wood-burning stoves or fireplaces are another great alternative power source that will provide light, warmth, and in the case of a fireplace or stove a way to warm up and even cook food. 

Having several flashlights and spare batteries is always a good idea. You should also keep a small, battery-powered radio on hand to keep up with news and weather forecasts throughout the power outage. 

If you have a generator make sure you know how to use it, have plenty of fuel for the generator and always – ALWAYS – run it outside.  Be sure to test your generator periodically, and perform preventative maintenance such as changing the oil and other fluids.  Use gas stabilizer to keep the gasoline fresh. 

Keeping And Preparing Food Without Electricity - If you are dealing with a power outage of only a few hours, simply keep your fridge closed and you should be fine. If it lasts longer than that, start eating perishable foods in the fridge first. Cook what you can on a grill or camping stove and toss the rest. 

Emergency FoodsKeep your freezer completely closed and if possible insulate it further by throwing large blankets or comforters over the freezer. Start thawing, cooking, and consuming food from the freezer once you’re running out of fresh food options. Open the freezer as little as possible to keep cold air trapped inside and the food fresh for longer. 

You can cook and grill outside with your charcoal or gas grill. If you have camping gear, get out the propane stove and cook on it. If neither one of those is an option, cooking over a small fire is always an option. Do all of your cooking outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or causing an indoor fire. 

Staying Warm or Cool Without Power - Keeping warm or cool without power can be a major concern in long power outages. Insulating your home ahead of time can make a big difference. Close shutters and curtains to trap in heat or cool air for as long as possible. Take advantage of the sunshine and outside temperatures during the day or night to regulate the temperature inside. Dress appropriately by either snuggling up under several warm layers and a big blanket or wearing as little as possible. Keeping a breeze going can help during hot weather.

Water in a Power Outage - In  a mass power outage, such as a regional power outage, unless the city water supplies are on backup generators, there may not be running water for cooking needs, or even for flushing toilets.  Make sure you have a good backup water supply so that you can get plenty of fluids for health needs, water for hygiene, and water for flushing toilets, or have an emergency toilet.

Power outages in a disaster situation are pretty much a given.  But even in normal times, such as what is happening in California, people can end up without power suddenly and for undetermined amounts of time.  Be prepared for these types of emergencies, and have plenty of options for alternative power sources.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

10 Essential Home Remedy Supplies for Preppers

During times of emergency and through the aftermath of a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, most people will start to panic. They’ll rush 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 beforehand. However, one item that’s usually used up quickly is medication. It’ll be extremely difficult to procure medication during a crisis.  Many medications won't be available, and some medications will not keep without refrigeration.

Even aspirin will be sold out. In survival situations 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 medical supplies stored, you’d be amazed 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 depleted if the entire family is unwell, and that usually happens during a crisis.

There may be more headaches, flu, body aches, insect bites, indigestion, etc. Which brings us to an important question…  What do you do if you run out of medication? Will you panic and rush to the store only to find empty shelves?  What if it’s closed or there are no more supplies?

Essentials Survival Kit Do not panic. There are several natural remedies that are highly effective and have worked for ages. Most people are unaware of these remedies because we live in a society where there’s a pill for everything.

Well, during a crisis, society tends to break down. So, it’s time to forget the pills and go natural. Below you’ll find a list of items that all preppers would do well to store.

These natural remedies are easy to obtain. You can get the items below from most stores and they last for a long time.  Let’s take a look at what they are:

Alcohol - 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 freshen your breath, relieve diaper rash, remove oil and grease, 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, like a sunburn remedy, anti-fungal cream, massage oil and even as an insect repellant.

Hydrogen Peroxide - 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 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. Excellent for treating headaches, nausea, muscle pain, joint pain and much more.

Tea Tree Oil - Ideal for treating skin problems, earaches, 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. Be sure to store enough of them for your needs. Also, do some further research into the items above and see what types of ailments they can be used for as well as the common mixture ratios that are used for each.  You’ll thank yourself for it later.