I highly recommend these 7 paper products we all need to store for survival. It’s an updated reminder to all of us to be prepared for the unexpected. I also have 32 white plates (not shown) that I could use and wash if I need to serve the biggest breakfast out in my front yard after a disaster. But then I would need to boil water and wash them. Water could be in short supply so I want paper and plastic items stored. I would store your paper products in one location so you can keep it well supplied and be able to inventory what you have on hand more easily. You might find you need some spoons, more forks or knives. I keep mine in zippered quilt bags in my garage to protect them from the dust we have here in Southern Utah.
Here’s the deal, I realize we can reuse some of the paper products if we have to, but if a disease breaks out I want as many clean unused items that I can afford to buy. I have a very small home, but paper plates, cups, and plastic silverware will not take up a lot of room, thank goodness. Whenever you have a little extra money add some of these to your stash.
7 Paper Products:
I do have several Corelle white plates I can use, but if I need to feed 200 people breakfast I can do it with my paper products. I like to have both paper and washable plates. Can you imagine washing plates, cups, and silverware for 200 people? I just pick up some extra paper plates when I see them on clearance. The Dollar Store is a very good place to buy them, sometimes. They are not always the cheapest place to buy stuff.
I do not store paper bowls because I decided I could use the larger paper cups for cereal and milk. I picture fixing more pancakes or biscuits in an emergency. I can make it from scratch or a pre-packaged pancake mix. I will need plates to serve most meals. Peanut butter and jam sandwiches will be a great lunch to serve on paper plates! I picture using my Dutch oven to make meals we can serve on plates as well. So please stock up on paper products. Dixie Ultra Paper Plates, 8-1/2 Inch, 300 Count
I love straws, what can I say. I have paper cups with lids (hole in the top) and I could make hot chocolate for 200 people if I had too. I want straws for hot chocolate or hot cider. I love straws for cold drinks as well. My grandkids love using straws so I buy like 3000 straws for under $20.00 at the box stores. Yep, I love straws! We could make crafts with these straws to divert the stress level of the small kids in a disaster situation. The elderly will appreciate straws as well if it is difficult for them to drink or eat. Crystalware Plastic Straws Individually Wrapped 7 3/4 Inches, Approx. 500 Straws, Clear
3. Large & Small Cups
The thing with cups (not waxed-they melt in the garage) is you can buy so many different sizes. Some are for cold drinks and some are for hot drinks. I like to buy the little tiny cups because they are perfect for kids drinking juice. They are little for little hands. It’s a grandma thing, and it saves on the drinks too since less goes to waste. One perfect item is to buy those huge boxes of hot cups with matching size lids. Hot cocoa or hot chocolate would rock! 100 Paper Coffee Cup/Disposable Hot Cup 16 oz. WHITE with 100 Cappuccino Lids and 100 Sleeves and Dixie Perfectouch Paper Cups and Lids, Pack of 6 – 156 count or Dixie Cold 9oz Cup, 360 Count
I really was unaware that I was out of knives when I went to pull out my paper products, so I just added plastic knives to my grocery list. We will need knives to cut the pancakes, spread the peanut butter and jam on bread, and so much more. Yep, knives have got to be in my stash! Kirkland Signature Crystal Clear Cutlery – 360 ct
Forks are a given because we need them to eat the pancakes, the scrambled eggs, macaroni, and cheese, etc. Those cans of beans, vegetables or freeze dried veggies can be an easy effort when eaten with our forks!
We need spoons for pudding, fruit cups (freeze dried) or canned fruit.
7. Wet Ones/Paper Towels/Baby Wipes
One thing about baby wipes, you can fill them with water if they dry out and still use them. Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes, 13.8 Pound and Bounty Paper Towels, 12 Select a Size Big Rolls (1)
These are just a few reasons why we need to have some paper products stored so we are properly prepared for the unexpected.
Tips from Readers:
Don’t forget paper towels and/or napkins(moist hand wipes). I keep some in my car.
For survival? Here are my top seven 🙂 :
Adult disposable cleaning cloths
Diapers and or feminine hygiene products
spoons (you can do everything with a spoon)
Another big need for spoons and big cups (and I still prefer cups over bowls even for this) is soup! All those legumes and dried veggies that I have stored away really can feed those 200 with nutritious ease if I have spoons and cups. That and cracked wheat cereal or oatmeal.
The plastic knives with serrated edges can be useful in many situations, including self-defense. While not as effective as metal blades they can certainly do in a pinch! Wash them after use and keep several on hand.
We get and save those packages we get for free with carry out food. The ones with the plastic utensils, a napkin, and the little salt and paper packages. Some have sugar and creamer packages as well. We might do carry out 2 or 3 times a month but those little packages add up quick.