Health & Grooming
Antibiotic Ointment- (ex. Neosporin) Speeds healing. Reduces the risk of injuries becoming more severe from infection. Should be included in first aid kits, 72 hour kits, and a good supply should be included in your storage.
Aspirin/Tylenol/Aleve- An absolute MUST! One day it could be your entire pain-killing “pharmacy” in a bottle. This may make the difference of pain being bearable or not, for you or a family member. Check expiration dates and rotate as you use it.
Baby Powder/Body Powder- In days of old when people lived in the real world as opposed to the air-conditioned bubbles of today, powder was found in great quantities in all the best boudoirs. This was because they knew it’s advantages in absorbing moisture, controlling odor, and leaving one feeling fresh and dry. That way of thinking may one day be well emulated if the water and opportunity to wash is restricted. One caution though, never use powder that contains talc as this has been found to cause cancer.
Band-Aids/Bandages/Sterile Gauze Pads- A must to have on hand. They will probably be used quickly so store a lot.
Bar Soap- You can never store too much. The milder the better. Heavily perfumed or deodorant soap may leave a residue or cause a rash if inadequate water for rinsing is available. Though you should also store some anti-bacterial and/or surgical soap.
Calamine Lotion- A good item too keep on hand when living at the mercy of mosquitoes, poison ivy, and other skin irritations. You’ll be happy you have this someday, either for yourself or for a family member.
Deodorant- Imagine working hard for your family’s survival, sweating profusely, then being unable to shower or wash very often! Or even being able to change into a limitless supply of clothes. You, and those around you, might appreciate having a supply of deodorant.
Diarrhea Control Medicine- (such as Imodium AD) In difficult or stressful circumstances, diarrhea can be a serious problem. Especially when there might be tainted food or water supplies. Diarrhea, left unchecked, can cause dehydration, even death. This, and all types of medicine, needs to be rotated per expiration dates.
Hydrogen Peroxide- (and rubbing Alcohol) An excellent source of disinfecting. This item could mean the ability to avoid a severe infection. Besides being used directly on wounds it can also be used to disinfect surfaces (bathroom sinks and counters, and needles to take out slivers).
Lotion- When working hard, this will be a luxury item.
Misc. First-Aid & Medical Supplies- Take your pick from these following examples of important medical supplies:
- Ace bandages
- Bandage tape
- Black silk thread (for stitches)
- Clean scissors (or clean razor blades)
- Cotton balls
- Cough syrup or drops
- Disposable gloves
- Epsom salt
- First-Aid book
- Hot water bottle
- Ice packs
- Ipecac or other medication to induce vomiting
- Sheets (White cotton if possible, for bandages and slings)
- Smelling salts
- Sterile needles
- Toothache/canker sore medicine
Prescription & Other Medications- These should be stored as far in advance as possible for all family members with special needs (ex.: heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, menstrual problems, etc.). Check expiration dates periodically and rotate as you use it.
Razors/Shaving Cream- If you don’t plan to be excessively hairy, you’ll need to have a supply of shaving supplies. Don’t forget, an electric razor won’t be good for very much without electricity.
Sanitary Napkins/Tampons- These might be overlooked, but be careful not to. Don’t forget growing daughters too.
Shampoo & Conditioner- Plan a “head”.
Toothpaste- You’ll be glad you have it. Even of you don’t have a toothbrush and need to use your finger. Remember, it may one day be very hard to find a dentist. Storing spare Toothbrushes, as well as Dental floss, is a good idea also.