What to Stock Up on for Winter

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It won’t be long from now before winter arrives. Being prepared for wet and cold winter weather is essential. One way to make sure you’re ready for the harsher weather conditions is to stock up on specific items that can come in handy. You wouldn’t want to get stuck at home without power, food, and a reliable source of water.

Even if it’s never happened before, you never know what to expect, so it’s best to be prepared with the right items. If the snowstorm in Texas taught us anything, the weather is unpredictable, and taking preventive measures makes the most sense.

What to Stock Up on for Winter

What to Stock Up on for Winter

Items I Suggest:

  • Warm Gloves
  • Snow Boots
  • Snow Shovels (if applicable)
  • Window Scrapers
  • Snow/Ice Melter
  • Emergency Car Items
  • Snow Blower (if applicable)

1. Packages of Bottled Water

Be sure to buy packages of bottled water while it’s on sale so that you can have a lot of it available at home. If you end up without a water source due to harsh and damaging storms, having as much water as possible can help.

You can use the water for drinking, washing up, brushing teeth, and preparing different meals. It doesn’t mean that you need to rush and buy as much water as you can find, just pick some up each time you visit the store. 

However, if you regularly check the weekly advertisements to see what’s on sale and you manage to see a good deal for water, grab it while you can. It’s a good idea to store the water in the basement or attic so that you have it available to you when you need it the most.

Better, yet, start purchasing long-term water storage containers. Yes, they are expensive at first, but so is bottled water. In case you missed this post, The Best 5-Gallon Water Jugs and don’t forget to purchase some Water Preserver so you only have to rotate out the water every 5 years. If you use bleach (unscented) it needs to be rotated every six months.

Please keep in mind that WATER is the number one thing we need for survival, so please stock as much as you can, you will be grateful you did. Trust me.

2. Non-Perishable Food to Save and Eat in an Emergency

Always stock up on some non-perishable food. You’re going to want to have food that can last for a while, especially if you get snowed into your home without a way to get to the store. It’s for that reason you should buy plenty of canned goods.

Canned goods tend to have a longer shelf life than other products. You can find all kinds of canned goods, including vegetables, fruits, soups, and meat.

Sure, they might not be your favorite foods because they don’t taste nearly as fresh as other options, but they’re good to have when you’re in a difficult situation. You can stock up on non-perishable food for your family to eat in emergencies by grabbing these items while they’re on sale.

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I always recommend having foods your family will eat, not just “food storage.” If you buy things the family will not eat, you may be in a world of trouble. You may want to have the family go to the grocery store with you and choose the items they would eat for at least a week if you lost power.

You may want to label a bag or small box for each child and place the items on your food storage shelves. Nothing says love like having a bag with your name on it, right?

3. Pet Food

If you have a pet at home, make sure you’re thinking about the animal when stocking up for the winter. Again, if you can’t get to the store for groceries, you won’t have an opportunity to get out and get pet food. So, grab the food that your dog, cat, or other animal regularly eats and enjoys. 

You might even want to stock up on some treats for your pet. It doesn’t matter what you get, as long as you’re choosing options that are good for your pet. You wouldn’t want the animal to go hungry in an emergency.

Please remember you need water for your pet as well. You need one ounce (30ml) of water per pound of your dog. If your dog weighs ten pounds, you will need ten ounces of water each day.

4. Heavy Blankets/Comforters

Pack plenty of heavy blankets and comforters in the home. While you probably already have a few blankets for the bedrooms, it’s a good idea to have more blankets that you can use in an emergency. It’s easy to store these blankets in a storage container or bag until you’re ready to use them to keep them from taking up too much space. 

If you end up in a situation where you don’t have heat, it will get cold in your house during the winter months. The best way to combat the cold is to stay in a room with the rest of your family while piling up the blankets and layering the clothes.

When selecting the best blankets to use, consider options with thick layers or coverings made of fleece materials because of how warm they can make you feel. You may want to invest in sleeping bags, but if you have a lot of blankets, use them.

5. Portable Generator

It pays to have a portable generator in the home. It’s something you can use when you don’t have heat or electricity to get the heat and electricity that you’ll need. You don’t want to get stuck in a dire situation that leaves you feeling cold, hungry, and miserable.

While a portable generator does cost money, the initial investment is worth it because you can put it to good use in times of need. I have opted not to purchase a generator because of the cost. If I lived where there are hurricanes, I would find a way to purchase one.

There are different types of generators available for purchase, some of which cost more than others. The initial cost will depend on the size/capacity of the generator and the brand. If you’re not too picky, you can find a suitable option that will provide you with comfort when dealing with a loss of power at home.

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You may want to consider getting a portable heater, Mr. Heater MH9BX 9000 BTU Propane Portable and
Mr. Heater-F273702 12 ft Propane Hose and Mr. Heater Universal Fuel Filter

6. Convenient Camping Stove or Butane Stove

You’re probably wondering why you’d need a camping stove when you’re not going anywhere. However, the camping stove can come in handy if you’re without power during the cold winter months.

If something happens and you don’t have power, it’s crucial to have a way to prepare food for yourself and your children. 

You may think you can use your barbecue, you may want to think again. It would use way too much fuel to boil water.

7. Start Stocking Up on the Essentials for Winter

A butane stove is an excellent option. It’s portable and provides enough heat to warm up different meals, whether you’re preparing soups, stews, or macaroni and cheese. I prefer a Butane Stove with Extra Fuel stored.

Please remember the pan you use on your butane stove should not hang over the burner. Butane Stove. You can boil water, make a cup of soup, or heat up some beans, and so much more.

It’s worth buying and storing somewhere in the house because you never know when you might need it. You may even get to help your neighbors if they’re dealing with a loss of power and could use some assistance.

It’s a good idea to start stocking up on the essentials for winter as early as possible to get a headstart. You can catch many of these items on sale to get the best deals on them before you start stockpiling them.

If you know what to buy and add to your home, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe, comfortable, and protected if a winter weather advisory gets sent out and a situation arises that leaves you without power. 

Please stock up on OTC Medications as soon as possible, be ready before you need them. In case you missed this post, 35 OTC Medications You Should Store

8. Snacks

Please stock your pantry with some healthy snacks, popcorn, candy, chocolate, and even junk food, if you feel inclined. If we are stuck at home for 2-3 weeks because of an unforeseen snowstorm, I may want some Peanut M & M’s. It’s all about being prepared, right?

Final Word 

Having food, water, comfy blankets, and other essential items at home can always come in handy. Even if you’ve never experienced getting snowed in or dealing with a loss of power, it’s better to take precautionary measures than to end up in a horrible situation. If you have other ideas to add, I’d love to hear from you. May God Bless this world, Linda.

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30 thoughts on “What to Stock Up on for Winter

  • August 20, 2021 at 7:12 am
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    Now is definitely the time to plan for “plan B” not after it happens like we saw in Texas last year.
    Several “preppers” admitted their holes and had planned on having power.
    Climate changes. I’ve seen the petrified forest in the desert and the seashell beds of Texas and dinosaur tracks in places with snow.
    Stay well rounded. Folks don’t get excited over a camp stove like a new gun but they should.

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    • August 20, 2021 at 7:47 am
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      Hi Matt, you nailed it, people need to get excited over a camp stove or any preparedness item. It means they are prepared one step closer to taking care of themselves. We all need a PLAN B, great comment, thanks my friend, Linda

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  • August 20, 2021 at 8:00 am
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    Hey Linda and Matt. I’m so excited that I do have a Camp stove. LOL Larry thought I was nuts for wanting one. We do have a Propane stove in the house. Not sure if it works when the power goes off, but I do have the camp stove. (Coleman). I get excited about all my prep supplies. Even my pantry. I do have most all of the items listed. Snacks are the one thing I need to get more of.

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    • August 20, 2021 at 8:34 am
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      Hi Deborah, yes we all need snacks, that’s very important!! Is there any way you can get your propane stove checked out to see if you can still use it when the power goes out? Man, that’s a gold mine to any prepper! Linda

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      • August 20, 2021 at 10:36 am
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        It has an electronic starter, so I don’t know. I need to try it when the power goes off. I know the oven won’t work without power.

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        • August 20, 2021 at 10:59 am
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          Hi Deborah, oh yeah, you may need to call someone. I know I can use my gas stove when the power goes out. Linda

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        • August 21, 2021 at 7:39 am
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          The propane should still flow without electricity. If the power goes out use kitchen matches or candle lighters to light the burners. That’s what people did before the electronic starters.

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          • August 21, 2021 at 9:10 am
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            Hi Karl, thanks for the heads up, this helps all of us. Linda

      • August 20, 2021 at 2:24 pm
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        I have a propane stove in my kitchen, and it works when the power is out. I have to have a lighter for it on the eyes that have quit lighting, so I also have that option when the power is out (or on!). I live in the paths of hurricanes, but I am inland about 120 miles from both the Atlantic and the Gulf in south Georgia. Also, I live in the country at the end of my EMC (Electric Membership Co-op). My power goes out pretty frequently for several hours at a time. I forget which hurricane came through here that caused us to lose power for six days, but we were prepared. The propane kitchen stove worked fine. We had 12″ battery-powered fans to keep cool. We had those little light switch lights in every room so that we could flip them on as needed. We also had battery-powered flashlights and camp lanterns. I used to use candles, but that is like having a fireplace going in the warm weather. Candles are pretty and romantic, but they heat up the house, which we certainly did not need. We have a small 3-in-1 Portable Power Pack that we normally take primitive car camping. We used that to charge our phones during that time. I have a solar charger but the sky was cloudy all the time from the hurricane. I had water already stored because we know that when we lose power, our well pump does not work. We have a portable generator for the refrigerators and the freezers. We have a propane shower and we rigged up a place on the patio to take showers (we live far enough from the neighbors and with enough trees and bushes that we were comfortable taking our showers).

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        • August 20, 2021 at 3:45 pm
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          Hi Patricia, whoa, I would love a propane shower on the patio, that’s an awesome idea! You have planned everything out, knowing full well you will lose power every so often. BEST COMMENT EVER! I love plans, you are a rock star! Having battery-powered fans help so much when we lose electricity. I forgot about those light switch lights, I need to order some of those, thank you for the reminder. I prefer lanterns over candles as well. I need a 3-in-1 portable power pack, I gave mine to my granddaughter. Good job, Patricia!! Linda

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    • August 20, 2021 at 9:34 am
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      Deborah, many kinds of gas stoves can be lit with a match, but not the ovens–explosion risk. If you have a pilot light it should stay lit and work as usual. If it makes a ticking noise to light, it probably needs electricity or a match to light. Stay safe!

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    • August 20, 2021 at 10:59 am
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      Deborah: The electric igniters on your propane stove will not work.Matches or a grill lighter will work. Another thing that won’t work is a land line telephone and the cell towers may be out.
      Get an old time Princess phone that plugs into a wall jack.

      Camp Chef makes a great two burner stove with a built in oven. At Walmart the price for a 1lb.propane bottle is $11.00. Unbelievable!

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    • August 20, 2021 at 2:18 pm
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      Deborah go back and flip the breaker and turn the power off to the stove. Try and use a lighter or match (preferably a long stem lighter) so you’ll know now. Don’t wait till the power goes out please. It should work fine.
      Your camp stove will be the backup which is great.

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  • August 20, 2021 at 8:29 am
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    Good Morning Linda. I’m well stocked, but do need to get some bottled water. I have a 6 gal water jug that I fill up at the beginning of each winter just in case my water line freezes. Did it once last year but not during the polar vortex, figure that one out, lol. I do have a propane cook stove, so if necessary, I can use that for heat (besides cooking) if power goes out. Oh, heard last night that higher up (I’m at 9,000 ft.) and more toward the western slope, they were supposed to get snow. I didn’t get any, but it is sure cold this a.m. (48 when I got up). Only supposed to get into the low 70s today and tomorrow. After such a long winter last year, I’m not looking forward to an early snow this year. Have a great day!

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    • August 20, 2021 at 8:39 am
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      Hi Pam, oh my gosh, 48 degrees??? We woke up to 70 degrees, which is REALLY nice after a very hot summer. We are making plans to move back up north near our daughter where there’s a lot of snow in the winter. It will take a few months for all the details to be worked out. I’m glad you have water stored, frozen pipes are the worst. Linda

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  • August 20, 2021 at 8:58 am
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    Great info as always, Linda. Our one weak point is that we don’t have much water stored. The husband has all kinds of camp stoves, grills, kettles, and a fire pit to cook on outdoors. My gas range does work without power, (it’s been put to the test) so as long as the gas lines are working, I’m good there!

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    • August 20, 2021 at 9:07 am
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      Hi Paula, thank you for your kind words. I love hearing your husband is on board, you are lucky, some partners are not interested in preparedness. I can almost picture your firepit, I LOVE those! Linda

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  • August 20, 2021 at 9:45 am
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    We survived the Texas snowpocalypse last year and realized the number one thing we should have had is a WRITTEN PLAN. For a while we had electricity but our heat was out and we were COLD. It was 8 degrees outside! We froze for two days before I remembered we had a small electric space heater we hadn’t used in years. A plan to read at the BEGINNING of the disaster would have reminded me! Step 1 – get out space heater stored on shelf in hall closet! Also that plan could have told me to take that heater to our very small office and set up a temporary living area. That little heater would have made our small office toasty warm instead of just keeping our feet warm in our large living room. We could have moved the TV in there, even slept there. Seems like common sense but we just didn’t think of it – this is Texas where we deal with heat not killer cold. A written plan would have made things so much easier. Also what if you are separated from your family at the time of a disaster? Does your family know where supplies are? Do your kids know what they should do? A written plan would itemize things and help protect your whole family.

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    • August 20, 2021 at 11:07 am
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      Hi Kay, oh that Texas snowpocalypse was terrible. I live in the desert and I can tell you that here they would not have been prepared for that either. Once we had a little snow, our city had to get snow plows from areas about 75 miles away. When you live in the desert or in super hot areas we do not expect snow. People don’t know how to drive in it. Some neighbors did not know to open cupboards where water pipes are located. They had frozen pipes, nothing like what the Texans had to face. They didn’t have snow shovels, we did, so we shoveled a lot of driveways. Having a WRITTEN PLAN would be great for every city and state. That storm showed we have to expect the unexpected. My sister lives in Austin, and they had blankets, thank goodness. Great comment, Linda

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  • August 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm
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    When I lived in the desert, we would sometimes get hard freezes. We used cut up pool noodles to put on outside water pipes and faucets to help prevent pipe freezing. And yes opening cupboards around sinks helps to keep freezing away.

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    • August 20, 2021 at 3:25 pm
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      Hi Margaret, oh my gosh, I LOVE the pool noodle idea for the pipes!! I was the only one on the street after our freeze that had a heater to thaw pipes, ours were not frozen. Some people do not know a few simple tricks that MAY help keep the pipes from freezing. We had a drip going on each faucet in our small home to keep them from getting frozen. Great tip on the noodles! Love it, Linda

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  • August 20, 2021 at 12:31 pm
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    We survived the Texas winter last year with 2 Mister.Buddy heaters, a generator and a gas stove with the aid of kitchen matches.
    We always keep a 100 lb container of propane along with 4-25 lb containers full al of the time. We have a water well that didn’t freeze up but we keep 5 cases of bottled water along with 1 gallon water bottles and one of the bathtub water bladders for flushing. washing dishes and personal hygiene. It feels comforting to know we are prepared. I so enjoy your post Keep it up God bless us all

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    • August 20, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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      Hi Regina, oh thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. I just bought a Mr. Buddy Heater last year, I live in the desert so I should be okay unless we have an unexpected snowstorm like Texas!! I LOVE having my readers share how prepared they are. When you and your family can go to bed at night knowing full well you have done everything you could to protect your family, that is a blessing. Having propane, a well, bottled water, a gas stove, life is good. Keep up the good work, Linda

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  • August 21, 2021 at 7:18 am
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    First aide supplies and meds are essential.

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  • August 21, 2021 at 12:48 pm
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    Another thing to remember is that you should have at least 2 ways of cooking food when the power goes out. I won’t invest in a solar oven because of where we live in the .PNW. Some have them but I want something I can use rain or shine. I have my cast iron pans and ovens (my husband made 3 stands for them, too) plus 3 rocket stoves. I won’t use butane ore propane in the house. Just a thought on what you want to use and their prices.

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    • August 21, 2021 at 4:02 pm
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      Hi Cheryl, You can’t go wrong with rocket stoves and cast iron pans, and Dutch ovens!! I never recommend a Sun Oven unless you have at least 250 days or more a year of sunshine, they will not work. We always need more than one way to cook, you have a great plan, good job! Linda

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  • August 21, 2021 at 3:29 pm
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    Hi Linda,
    We have finally gotten moved into our house in Oregon. The house is “all electric” which I hate, but ‘you gotta take what you can get’. The fires last year, here in Medford, destroyed many, many homes. Thus there is an acute housing shortage. We were so fortunate to get his house, I am truly thankful.
    I have been a prepper for many years, The only thing I need to add to my stores now is Water. I plan to start storing that this coming week.
    I have a three burner camp stove, propane, and will use hat outside with a power shortage.
    We have been so blessed and we both are so thankful that we survived Covid and have been able to make our move back to Oregon. I get to see my Great Grandbabies whenever I want. They really aren’t babies anymore. They all are in elementary school now.
    Linda I pray that your move north will be safe and uneventful. Are you still going to be in Utah?
    Stay well and safe.
    Suzanne

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    • August 21, 2021 at 5:28 pm
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      Hi Suzanne, yes, we will stay in Utah. I’m so glad you survived Covid, what a terrible virus. I’m glad you made it back to Oregon. How exciting that you get to see your grandbabies. It’s time for me to see my grandbabies too! I have missed being around them. It’s hard to find housing here as well. The prices are out of sight. We are working on the move now. It will be a few months. My grandkids can’t wait for us to come back up north. The way our country and the world are going I want to be closer to family. Stay well, stay safe and enjoy your grandbabies! Linda

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  • August 21, 2021 at 4:14 pm
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    Yes, good luck on your move up north. You have a lot to move so I don’t envy you. Debbie Kent is in the process of moving from CA to Layton, UT . I remember doing this over 40 years ago. Boy, not again!!! Have too much stuff!!

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