The coronavirus pandemic quickly exposed the absolute necessity and the seriousness of why everyone should have a stockpile of foods tucked away in our homes. Many Americans were caught completely off guard and had a difficult time last-minute shopping down empty grocery store aisles. Let’s talk about tips for restocking your supply after a pandemic. In case you missed this post, 30 Items You Need To Survive A Pandemic
Tips for Restocking Your Supply After a Pandemic
Whether it was trying to hunt down a package of toilet paper that was simply nowhere to be found, or hoping to buy our favorite loaf of bread, the pandemic left us with very few options. Even those of us who did have an emergency pantry that was for emergencies, we found areas that we could still improve on.
Preparing a healthy stockpile of food and supplies helps us limit our trips to the grocery store, which is a pretty big deal when you are trying to stay healthy during a virus that is spreading out of control. What happens to our families if we face a far worse emergency scenario in the future that shuts down all transportation of goods? Grocery stores will literally have to close their doors and turn you away. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for emergencies such as these. Here are a number of tips for you to think about when restocking your supply after a pandemic.
Get Rid of What You Won’t Eat
When you were originally stockpiling cans and boxes of food in your pantry long before the pandemic ever hit, you may have thought that you’d eat certain foods that you don’t typically eat while trying to save a dime or two. Chances are, those same food items are still sitting there collecting dust following the pandemic. It may be time to throw them out and focus on buying foods that are more nutrient-filled, and ones that you eat all the time. You may want to consider donating these items to the local Food Bank and neighborhood emergency pantry, as long as the food hasn’t expired.
Focus on Non-perishable Foods
You never know when the next pandemic or disaster will come our way. It may be six months from now or three years down the road. That’s why it’s smart for you to focus on purchasing non-perishable foods that will last a long time in your pantry. Canned foods such as soups, vegetables, fruits, and meats will provide you with protein and other nutrients, and can last for several years. Other non-perishable food items that are filling include rice, pasta, dried beans, and grains.
Do you have other members in your family that you shouldn’t be forgetting? If you have a baby in the family it’s a good idea that you have several weeks’ worth of formula and baby food on hand. The same goes if you have a dog or a cat. It’s recommended that you have at least a two week supply of food in your emergency pantry for your entire family. Any more than that would be incredibly smart on your part.
Freeze and Store Large Portions of Food
Wouldn’t it be nice to have warm hearty meals following a disaster besides eating foods out of a can? Every time you put effort into making a delicious meal for your family, consider making larger portions that you can freeze and enjoy later on.
Just be sure that you place them in a sealable container or baggie that is air-tight and that you mark the date clearly so that you use it up in time. It also helps if you have a freezer ice chest so that you can store away larger amounts of food to last you longer.
Add to Your Water Supply
You may not have had to tap into your drinking water emergency supply during the pandemic, but it certainly made you realize just how fragile our living conditions could become very quickly. Even if you already have a two week supply of drinking water stashed away, it’s time that you look into adding to it and making sure that you also have methods to ensure that it’s drinkable. Here are several ways to add to your drinking water supply where at least one will work for you.
Also, think about replenishing other hydrating drinks such as Pedialyte and Gatorade. Both can come in handy when you use up a lot of energy through physical exercise or have a difficult time retaining liquids when you’re sick.
Restock Your Personal and Hygiene Items
People went absolutely bonkers during their visit to their local grocery store and were hoarding items as we’ve never seen before. This resulted in millions of Americans that had to go without. It’s not necessary for you to go out and hoard goods at the last minute. Just be sure that you have enough personal and hygiene items stashed away to last your family for several weeks or so. These are several key items that you don’t want to forget:
- Hand sanitizer (get the ones with higher alcohol content)
- Antibacterial soap
- Disinfectant wipes and cleaning supplies
- Dish soap and detergent
- Toilet paper
- Cat litter
- Feminine care products
Replenish Your Medicine Pantry
Being caught unprepared in the middle of a pandemic with your food supply is scary enough on its own. Think about how much worse it would be if someone in your family were to get sick and your doctor’s office had stopped seeing patients and medicine was harder to come by. Your typical everyday cold or flu could become life-threatening in a hurry. Now’s the time to replenish your medicine pantry to stay ahead of any future pandemic that could come our way.
These are several items that you should consider:
- Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen (aspirin)
- Antihistamines (allergy medicines)
- An extra 10 day supply for any prescriptions that you have
- Adhesive bandages
- Calamine lotion
- Face masks
This past pandemic has been a wake-up call for several of us in a number of areas in our lives. Hoarding is not the answer, and we should be more considerate of others. By everyone storing away food and supplies a little bit at a time we can prevent empty shelves from happening when things start to get worse.
If you’re looking into taking disasters and pandemics more seriously in the future, here are also several dehydrated food options that will provide you with weeks of nutrient-dense meals for you and your family, and they have years of shelf life. What tips for restocking your supply after a pandemic would you add to this list? May God bless this world, Linda
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