A reader quite correctly pointed out that I neglected to include first aid and toiletries in my last preparedness post. He's quite right!
This subject is a little more difficult to address, especially regarding medications, because of course everyone's needs are different.
For toiletries and cleaning aids, here's what we're stocking up on:
- Clearasil (I have a teen and a tween; their needs are important)
- Chapstick/lip balm (I'd be lost without it)
- toothbrushes (they're 4/$1 at the dollar store)
- dental floss
- el-cheapo washcloths (3/$1 at the dollar store) for replacement toilet paper
- feminine hygiene (we use my friend's homemade ones, as they're far superior to the store-bought junk)
- shampoo/cream rinse
- bar soap
- washing soda and borax (to make homemade laundry detergent - these "kits" are easier to store than boxes of laundry detergent)
- dish soap
- baking soda
- matches (duh!)
- hair bands and bobby pins (three out of four people in our house have long hair)
- Comet/sink cleanser
- hand lotion
- reading glasses (el-cheapo off-the-shelf types)
Medications (much of these are bought bulk at Costco):
- throat lozenges
- dental floss
- hydrogen peroxide
- rubbing alcohol
I wear contact lenses but can switch to glasses. Both Older Daughter and I are going in for eye exams shortly and will get two pairs each of new glasses.
We have a fairly comprehensive military-issue first aid kit and have plans to stock up on some additional emergency medical supplies. Fortunately none of us are on prescription medication.