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Should I Be Stocking Up?

As the months pass and the nation is still battling the coronavirus you may be wondering if a second wave is going to hit. You may also be wondering why there are still so many items that are out of stock at the grocery store. Some items are still being limited as to how many one customer can purchase at a time. If you’re someone watching from the sidelines and wondering if there are some items to stock up on, you’ve come to the right place. Your answers are below.

If you are continuing to quarantine due to the nature of the virus in your area then you should definitely have a few things. I’m not just talking about disinfectant wipes and disinfectant spray. There are numerous other items that researchers, nutritionists, and health experts have expressed are helpful to have ample amounts.

Food

This is a pretty obvious one. Did you know that the recommended amount of food is a 14 day supply? Each member of the household should have enough food in the home to last them for two weeks. Thinking about what is in your pantry and refrigerator, would you make the cut? Nutritionists have weighed in about what frozen foods are most helpful during this time. They say that frozen veggies and frozen fruits are a great staple to have. Although they might not taste as great as fresh produce they last a lot longer. Buying produce can be tricky, especially if you want to limit the number of times you visit the grocery store each week. Need an avocado? Well, you know you can’t buy those too soon or they go bad pretty quickly.

At this point, your local grocery store is probably pretty back to normal in terms of the amount of produce that is available. Even if this is the case you should still be trying to limit the number of times you are out in public. Heading to the store once a week is a better option than going every day.

In addition to frozen items, you should have an adequate supply of pasta, rice, or other grain products such as cereal. Again, these tend to last a long time, and if push comes to shove these can be eaten if other food has gone bad.

Canned items are another great option due to their shelf life. We are by no means condoning going out and stocking up with all the cans on the shelves. Remember, you should have enough food for 14 days. How many cans of green beans are you going to eat in 2 weeks? You don’t need a ton, but you should have some.

As a survivalist you know the importance of being prepared. Especially with a pandemic we just never know if a second wave is going to hit. It’s important to be prepared and have the items you may need in case of an emergency.

Soap/Sanitizer

This is also a pretty obvious one. As time goes on I’ve noticed that we have been slacking with our hygiene procedures. In the beginning, we were constantly washing our hands, wiping down counters, and cell phones. As the months have passed you may have found that you have also been slacking a bit. When thinking about soap, sanitizer, and other cleaning products you want to be careful. Again, you do not need to over-purchase these items. Instead, focus on having enough of a supply that will be helpful in an emergency. Do you remember how much of each item you were using when this started? If that rate of consistency stayed the same how many items would you need to last you at least several weeks? Sometimes you can find that larger quantities of items are discounted, especially at wholesale stores, so this might be an option as well. Needing to purchase only one item off of the shelf instead of five can make a huge difference.

If you do decide to purchase items in bulk you can simply ration out the amounts into small containers if needed.

Hygiene Items

Along with soap and hand sanitizer, you should be sure you have enough other hygiene products available. Items that fit into this category would include shampoo, body wash, diapers, feminine products, toothpaste, and toilet paper (just to name a few). We know that when the World Health Organization first declared us in a pandemic that we had a severe shortage of some hygiene items. Toilet paper, sanitizing wipes, and hand sanitizer were nearly impossible to find. Now that things have seemed to calm down a bit and no one is really stockpiling you will be able to find these necessary items a bit easier. This doesn’t mean that you should stock up though. Most stores are still enforcing a limit on the number of certain products you can purchase at one time.

The basic rule is to have enough supplies for a few weeks. Don’t wait until the last minute to go out and buy toilet paper or you may find yourself in a difficult situation. Instead, keep an eye on your supply and when you see that you are getting low you should start thinking about it. If you head to the local shop and notice they are sold out you won’t be frantic knowing you only have a few sheets left at home. Planning ahead can help you prepare.

There are, of course, other items that you should have around the house during this time. We recommend that you have a bug out bag and plan in case things do go south. To learn more about bugging out check out this article. For a complete list of items to keep in your bug out bag click here. With this being said, there is no need to go out and stockpile items. This not only impacts your neighbors and community members but can impact the businesses as well. Just be mindful of the supply that you do have and when it may need to start being restocked.

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