35 Essential Personal Hygiene Products You Need to Stock

35 Essential Personal Hygiene Products You Need to Stock

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It’s not often that we think about personal hygiene products, particularly as it relates to emergencies. After a disaster hits, they will definitely become a necessity. Not only do you need to stock up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but there are some other items you should consider as well.

35 Essential Personal Hygiene Products You Need to Stock

35 Essential Personal Hygiene Products You Need to Stock

Why Hygiene Products Should Be a Part of Your Preps

Most people think of food and water when they think of preps, but there are other things that are just as important. Hygiene products may not seem like a priority, but they can be essential for keeping your family healthy in an emergency situation. Hygiene products are essential for maintaining your health and well-being, both in everyday life and during a crisis.

Here are just a few reasons why you should make sure to include hygiene products in your preps:

  1. Hygiene products can help to prevent illness and disease. By keeping your hands clean and your body free of bacteria, you can reduce your risk of getting sick. This is especially important during a crisis, when medical care may be limited.
  2. Hygiene products can help you to feel better. There’s nothing like a hot shower to make you feel human again after a long day. Even in the midst of an emergency, being able to keep yourself clean can help you to maintain your mental and physical health, along with building morale.
  3. Hygiene products can be used as barter items. In an emergency scenario, soap, toothpaste, and other hygiene products will be highly coveted commodities. If you have extra supplies, you may be able to trade them for other goods and services you need that aren’t readily available.

So don’t forget to add hygiene products to your list of must-have items, they could mean the difference between staying healthy and happy or struggling through the situation

35 Personal Hygiene Products You Need to Stock

If you’re like most people, you probably think of personal hygiene products as a necessary evil. Nobody enjoys having to use many of them, but they’re a fact of life. However, you may not think about the fact that there are some personal hygiene products that are more essential than others. Here are the critical Personal Hygiene Products You Need to Stock:

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Toiletries include items to keep yourself clean and smelling fresh. In an emergency situation, you may not have access to quality running water to take a shower. It’s important to stock up on these items so you can take advantage of the limited water that’s available:

  1. Soap
  2. Shampoo & Conditioner
  3. Deodorant
  4. Toothpaste
  5. Toothbrushes
  6. Hand soap
  7. Lotion
  8. Denture Cream
  9. Camp Shower

Toileting Supplies

Toileting supplies are items needed to use the bathroom that keep you clean and comfortable. In an emergency, you may not have access to the water necessary to flush the toilet, so it’s important to stock up on items:

  1. Feminine hygiene products
  2. Toilet paper or a Bidet or Bidet Bottles
  3. Diapers
  4. Baby wipes
  5. Off-grid toilet bucket

Cleaning supplies

Cleaning supplies are important for keeping your living space clean and sanitary. Again, in an emergency, you may not have access to quality running water, so it’s important to stock up on the following items:

  1. Bleach
  2. Trash bags
  3. Buckets
  4. Mops
  5. Sponges
  6. Cleaners

Laundry Supplies

Laundry supplies are important for keeping your clothes clean. In an emergency, you may not have access to all these items, so it’s important to stock up on items like:

  1. Detergent
  2. Stain remover
  3. Fabric softener
  4. Homemade laundry soap

Medical Supplies

In addition to keeping yourself clean, you need to be able to keep wounds clean with or without running water. Here are some hygiene items you need in your first aid kit:

  1. Band-aids
  2. Gauze
  3. Antiseptic wipes and Lysol disinfectant spray
  4. Hydrogen peroxide
  5. Cotton balls
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Epsom salt

Other Personal Care Items

Some other items you may want to consider stocking include:

  1. Barber comb & scissors
  2. Hair brushes and hair ties
  3. Chap-stick
  4. Lime oil (removes grease, sap & soot)
  5. Razors
  6. Water for cleaning and sanitizing

What Hygiene Products Are Most Important?

While it’s important to have all of the items on this list, some are more essential than others. Toiletries and toileting supplies are the most important, followed by cleaning and laundry supplies. Medical supplies and other personal care items are also important, but you may be able to get by without them temporarily, if necessary.

No matter what, it’s important to have some form of these hygiene products in your emergency preparedness kit. By being prepared, you can help to keep yourself and your family healthy during a crisis.

How Much To Stock

How much you need to stock will depend on the size of your family and how long you anticipate being in an emergency situation. A good rule of thumb is to have a three-day supply for each person in your family. However, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and have more than you think you’ll need.

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When it comes to stocking up on personal hygiene products, it’s better to be safe than sorry. By having a supply of these items, you can help to ensure that you and your family are able to maintain good hygiene during an emergency.

How to Store and Organize Hygiene Products

Now that you know what items to stock, it’s important to know how to store them. Here are some tips:

  • Store items in a cool, dry place.
  • Use airtight containers whenever possible.
  • Label all containers with the contents and expiration date(s).
  • Rotate through your supplies so that nothing expires.
  • Keep a list of all the items you need to stock so that you can replenish your supplies as needed.

How to Barter Hygiene Products

Hygiene is often one of the first things to go in an emergency situation. Clean water is scarce, and there’s just no way to keep yourself clean when you’re constantly on the move. So, how do you maintain some semblance of hygiene when the world has gone into chaos? The answer is simple: barter. 

Hygiene products are some of the most valuable commodities in an emergency, so if you have them, you can trade them for just about anything else you need. Here are a few tips for bartering hygiene products in an emergency situation:

How to Barter

First, always have a stash of hygiene products readily available. If you have to evacuate, you won’t have time to go looking for them on your way out, so it’s important to have them in a handy location at all times.

Second, be willing to trade other valuable items for hygiene products. In an emergency situation, people are often more interested in basic necessities like food and shelter than they are in luxury items. So, if you have something that someone else wants, don’t be afraid to trade it for something that you need.

Finally, remember that hygiene products are only valuable if they’re used correctly. In an emergency situation, there might not be time for showers or baths, but you can still clean yourself and your clothes with soap and water. And, even if you can’t brush your teeth, you can still use mouthwash to keep your mouth as clean as possible.

Final Word

Hygiene is an important part of survival, so it’s important to have a plan for how you’re going to maintain your hygiene in an emergency situation. By stocking up on supplies and knowing how to barter, you can make sure that you and your family are able to stay clean and healthy in the midst of chaos. May God Bless this world, Linda

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  1. Great list, Linda,
    If you had a star rating like with the recipes, I would give you five+ on this one because I am sure some have not thought about all of these items. And, a shout out to Janet and Matt as well for those additions for those who need those two items.
    We have all categories well covered for probably a year. And, that includes our daughter and SIL in case they have to evacuate to our place. May have to ration a few things if they do, but we will make do. I’m almost back among the living from our four day absence. LOL!

    1. Hi Harry, thank you, my sweet friend! I’m glad you’re back home safe and sound. Sometimes we have to see lists time and time again, to remind all of us including myself to keep stocking. Life is good when we have our own provisions and will not have to depend on anyone including the government for food or water. Mark and I just saw some people lined up to get water after a disaster on TV. I will not be in that line ever, I pray unless my house is toppled over. LOL! Linda

  2. I just got 2 bidet bottles a couple of months ago. I also try to keep a stock of TP on hand, as well as all the other supplies you mentioned. Since I have a problem with inconvenience, I keep those supplies on hand. Having CKD isn’t fun at all.
    We just ordered 16 bars of Zote laundry soap, and 6 bars of Castile soap. We also have quite a few bars of Dial soap, as well as bath wash. We usually order several bottles of shampoo from either Walmart or Amazon. Larry only uses Prell and I use first one and another. I always use conditioner, too. I’m trying to stock up as much as I can before SHTF. And I feel it will.

    I’m wondering how you store your boxes Mac and Cheese? Right now ours are in a plastic box. I know the powdered cheese doesn’t last a really long time.

    Linda, thank you so much for the list you make for us, and all the information that you share with us. You are a God sent to many of us.

    1. HI Deborah, thank you for your kind words, my sweet friend. I do not buy boxes or plastic containers of mac and cheese for long-term storage. Long-term to me is 15-25 years. I do have #10 cans of freeze-dried cheeses and instant milk. Those Kraft Mac & Cheese are only good for a year or so. But one year is good if that’s what is in my pantry. I don’t have Mac & Cheese right now as I’m still living with my daughter until our house gets built. Great idea on the Zote laundry soap and castile soap! Thanks for the reminder about the bidet bottles, I am going to order some today. I just picked up 200 pounds of Kingsford charcoal briquettes from Sam’s Club. I ordered my 5-gallon blue buckets with Gamma Lids today. All will go to the storage unit until who knows when. Thanks again for your kind words, Linda

    2. Deborah, I buy shells, rotini, elbows alone and get cheese sauce in can or jar…separately… we don’t eat enough of the boxes of mac and cheese to keep a 12 box pack from going bad…. this way hubs can have it as he wants it… since he uses cheese in several recipes. I can’t use it..

  3. On all the items listed above we are set for 9-12 months some even a little longer. I may be still working on food and water, but, thanks to Linda and everyone else on this blog, and the pandemic which let me focus on online shopping, our storage closets are good.
    The only additional I would make is Lysol disinfectant spray.

  4. I would add nailcare kit, with extra emery boards, tweezers, nail strengthener.,magnifying mirror, and a magnifying glass… these are invaluable in removing foreign objects,preventing nail bed injury,Also add: sanding block- for foot care .
    If you need denture cream you also need a denture cleanser., anbesol oral gel. (+denture brushes,Mouthwash)… get plenty fizzy tablets they can be used to clean the commode too.
    Vinegar- helps remove the burn from sunburn, and odor from clothes/softening as well.

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