I no longer stock pile toilet paper. I have 4 rolls in each bathroom and that's it.
For the past year I have bought a canister of Wet Ones and a canister of baby wipes, each week when I shop. Why the wipes? Several reasons. They take up less space, they're more hygienic, easier to dispose of, and if water becomes scarce, you'll be thrilled to have a supply of them. I happen to think they'll be at the top of the twenty barter items if and when SHTF. I know guys don't give it much thought, but I'm not a guy. I do think about children, and women with their special monthly "needs." It could get rough "out there" and if you can't stay clean, you could become ill, and I mean seriously ill.
I also have a big rubber maid tub with a snap on lid. I have begun to fill it with old hand towels, and small bath towels, duct tape, and plastic shopping bags. These will be diapers somewhere in time when all the Pampers and Huggies are gone. Can you imagine a mother with a baby and no diapers? A old towel, plastic bags, duct tape = a makeshift diaper. Better than nothing.
Food, guns and ammo, high on the list of prepper items. All well and good.
True family leaders take everything into consideration. Think long and hard about sanitation, and providing for children and the women who will need these items. Spend a few dollars each week, and you won't miss it.
My top 20 prepper items I have in a walk-in closet:
Wet Ones, baby wipes, white vinegar [ gallons of it for cleaning] peroxide, pint- 90% proof rubbing alcohol, pint - 80% proof vodka, Army Grade Field Medical Kit, ointment, salve, face mask, goggles, 2 cheap ball caps, empty spray bottle, tampons, sanitary napkins, electrical tape, waterproof matches, and 2 [ clean ]- 5 gallon buckets.
Maybe think about making up your own "gotta have" these 20 items. Choose what you think you could use or barter with. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
In the houses of the wise are many supplies...
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