With the way things are going in the world right now, stockpiling seems to be the norm.
But the truth is, regardless of the situation, it’s a good habit to stockpile and buy essentials in bulk to help save you money.
Prices are usually priced lesser when items are bought in bulk.
Think about it, a small bottle of water say 500ml, costs twice as much as a 1-litre bottle!
Stockpiling also works good for seasonal holidays like Christmas or Easter, when the shelves get empty real quick.
This kills the last minute panic buying.
In order to be prepared, we are going to take a look at how you can create your very own emergency food supply list, so you can stock up weeks ahead.
Yes, you heard me right – weeks ahead. This is because we are going to discuss food items that can last more than a week.
Remember when it comes to stockpiling, we are not talking about grabbing more than you need from the shelves. Its about buying responsibly.
Have a plan.
Decide if you want to shop twice or thrice a week and buying the necessary essentials your family needs.
I’ve found this type of infrequent buying cuts down our grocery bill by almost $50. That’s a $50 savings a month. Definitely worth trying!
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The list below is going to take you through food and other essentials that you need for everyday living. Remember this is a list of bare essentials, there might be other things you might need based on your needs.
Gaming, comfort snack and other recreational supplies can also be added to this list. Its good to sit together as a family and decide on any further necessities.
What should I pack for an emergency food supply?
For Little Children
Here are some essentials for kids you might want to consider
1. Diapers and wipes for babies
2. Formula milk
3. Extra baby bottles, pacifiers, weaning food
4. Over the counter medication for cough, cold or temperature
5. A regular supply of daily vitamins
6. Laundry Detergent and fabric conditioners
7. Baby toiletries – Shampoo, body wash, baby oil, moisturiser
8. Diaper bags
For the Older kids
We don’t want to leave out older kids. Considering there is a power outage a few things that might keep them occupied. The list below is for kids 3 years and over. So pick and choose what is right for according to your child’s interest.
9. Indoor games
10. Colouring books – crayons, pencils, paint, play-doh
13. Snacks your child enjoys
14. Necessary medication
15. Handy first aid kit
As adults you can never be 100% ready, there is always something that might be missing. I’ve tried to fit in the best essentials, but you can brainstorm with others at home to best see what’s needed for your family.
16. Long-life vegetables – Potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, parsnip
17. Tinned tomatoes and pasta sauce
18. Pantry essentials – sugar, coffee, cereal, eggs, bread, peanut butter, jam, oil, salt and pepper, powdered milk
19. Cold foods – Milk, yoghurt, cheese
20. Long-life milk – UHT milk can last up to 4 weeks.
21. Frozen food – vegetables, meat, pastry, dessert, berries
22. Canned food – baked beans, chickpeas, beans, tuna, soups, carrots and peas.
23. Dried food – Lentils, pasta, rice
24. Plain flour, self-raising flour
25. Snacks – trail mix, cereal bars, chips, juice, biscuits, crackers, granola bars.
26. Water bottles
27. Laundry detergents
28. Toiletries – toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, feminine hygiene products, hair care essentials
29. Cleaning products – garbage bags, dishwashing liquid, handwash, hand sanitizers
30. Stock up on medication.
While the list above shows you items that can be bought weeks in advance, below are what you need to buy closer to the emergency. These are items that would probably last no longer than a week in your fridge. So shop accordingly.
31. Chicken, beef, pork
34. Bananas, apples, pears, oranges
35. Matches or lighters
38. Foil/cling film for food storage
39. Duct tape for repairs
40. Cotton balls for hygiene purposes
41. Tweezers and bandages for an emergency
42. Trash bags
43. Pet food
44. Baking soda – great for cleaning and cooking purposes
45. Lemons are a natural way of cleaning faucets
47. Desktop fan
48. Ice bags
49. Cool summer outfits – cotton works great
52. Frozen Yoghurt
53. Cucumbers for a cooling salad
54. Inflatable swimming pool
55. Summer hats