If you have been here for a while, you know I occasionally post a What The Prepper Buys post. These posts give you a glimpse into what I put into my stockpiles as well as how I save money doing it. I actually had the chance to go shopping recently to get what I needed for the house and thought I would put this together.
Why should you prepare for pandemics? I like to compare it to being prepared for anyone who could be sick. You always want to be prepared for likely illnesses that could happen in your home. Pandemics are just a step above that. With pandemics, you are preparing not just for an illness, but for possible quarantine and being hyper-aware of any germ that can enter your home.
My purchases for this trip came from Dollar Tree. We all know that Dollar Tree stores are different from store to store. Similar to Dollar General, they carry a lot of the same things, but they also get what they get from the corporate warehouses. Some of the things I was looking for were not in stock this time at this store.
I wanted to put together some pandemic supplies due to recent events and the fact that the influenza season has arrived here. While I do have quite a few things at home, I wanted to bump up my supplies as well as fill a few holes. I did not purchase any food on this trip to Dollar Tree, but I would encourage you to also look to Dollar Tree to help with your food stockpiles. If you are going to be quarantined, you want to have plenty of food on hand.
1 package of two travel-sized hand sanitizers
1 box of trash bags
1 box of gallon size storage bags
2 anti-bacterial hand soaps
1 box of facial tissues
1 package of anti-bacterial hand wipes
1 package of premoistened washcloths
1 bottle of ibuprofen
1 package of rubber cleaning gloves
1 package of nitrile exam gloves
Those items cost $25.00 and will give me peace of mind that I can keep people and items clean for awhile. I do have quite a bit in my stockpiles already, but this is what I would purchase to keep germs and viruses at bay for as long as I could. If I was doing this as a beginning prepper or was just wanting to get stocked up in a hurry, I would be buying multiples of all those items and more.
Some things I was looking for and didn't find was some N95 dust masks and surgical masks. While the effectiveness of these has been debated, I say any measure taken to prevent illness or getting infected is not a bad one. I also have plenty of five-gallon buckets, but I would use those as a trash can as well as puke buckets for anyone who is sick. They are easy to clean, sanitize, and reuse.
For the storage and organization of these items, I would encourage you to look at getting baskets or tubs to hold these items. I choose these red bins because they stood out and I can easily identify these bins as pandemic/illness supplies.
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