If there is anything the pandemic taught society, it is the importance of being prepared for whatever comes next. Following are some of the best items to stockpile to secure your home and family.
- Peanut butter
A great source of protein, peanut butter is shelf-stable and flexible. You can use it for sweet or savory meals, and on top of that, it is delicious!
If you are able to store your rice properly, it can last for decades. It can go with whatever meal you have prepared and it is quite filling, too.
- Dried beans and lentils
Legumes are great to buy in bulk. They are really affordable and have a long shelf life. Just store them in a cool, dry place and they will last you for years, though they may take longer to cook as they get older.
Similar to rice, you can store pasta for years and it will not lose its quality. In fact, some pasta has been found in Egyptian pyramids and they turned out to be okay when they were tested!
- Basic medical supplies
You want to be able to treat mild sickness or injuries at home so stockpile over-the-counter medications and medical supplies. Just stay on top of the expiration dates and rotate your stash so you do not waste anything.
- Prescription medication
An extra supply of your prescription medication will never hurt. Keep at least 30 days worth at home ensuring your health will be okay despite any outbreak or some kind of emergency.
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
If you cannot get fresh produce, frozen will do. They also last much longer. The quality can degrade overtime though so remember to rotate your stash and use the older ones first.
The current pandemic highlighted the importance of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. It is the next best thing to remove germs if you do not have access to soap and water.
- Cleaning supplies
They will never go bad and they are always handy in case of an outbreak. The exception is bleack. It is only shelf-stable for around six months and it degrades after.