September is such a great time to reevaluate your family’s preparedness efforts. Summer is practically over, the nights are getting shorter, kids are in school, and I find myself having more time to think about ways I can prepare my family for the future. I think we have the food aspect of preparedness pretty much nailed down, so we decided this month to focus on some of our ‘nonfood’ needs. My husband and I for our date this weekend decided to go to Walmart to browse up and down the aisles to see if there were items we have forgotten about in our emergency preparedness efforts.

I am not sure if (or when) a natural disaster may hit our area (we all know Utah is due for a big earthquake) but we wanted to make sure we have the necessities of life in our home. Who knows how long the power, gas, phone lines, grocery stores will be shut down following an emergency situation. If we were unable to go to the store for an extended period of time, here are a few random items we found in our shopping trip that may come in handy following an emergency. If you have items that may be helpful to keep well stocked, feel free to leave a comment so we can benefit from your preparedness efforts 😉

*Toilet paper–could you ever really have enough?? Watch for t.p. to go on sale each week on Deals to Meals to know when you should stock up! Many people buy toilet paper and paper towels at Costco or Sam’s but they are NOT a good deal there, surprising I know 😉
*Paper Towels
*Cleaning supplies (409, Windex, Clorox Bleach, Pine Sol, etc.)

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*Q-Tips
*Candles
*Thick rope
*Toothpaste and toothbrushes
*Batteries–you can’t have enough! We just had a power outage and I realized how important and comforting light is. We bought several of the 7 year batteries from Costco
*Insect repelant
*Deodorant
*Shampoo & Conditioner
*Feminine hygiene products (what would we do without these..ugh!)
*LED lanterns–these are the coolest! They will run 1,000 hours on one set of D batteries (cheapest at Cabelas)
*Flashlights
*Hand sanitizer
*Duck tape
*Matches & fire starters
*Diapers, wipes & baby formula (couldn’t live without these!!)–it is also a good idea to have cloth diapers on hand just in case you run out of diapers
*Shaving cream & extra shavers (hey..our hubbies can still look nice in an emergency 😉
*Liquid and hand soap
*Extra dishwasher and laundry detergent soap
*Carbon monoxide detector that runs on batteries
*Extra propane, camping stoves, butane stoves and other ways to cook & use your food storage
*Sun Oven–LOVE it..enter to win here

Extra medicine:
*Adult pain relievers
*Children’s & infants pain/fever reducer
*Cough drops
*Anti-itch cream
*Sore throat spray
*Cold/cough syrup
*Flu medication–TheraFlu, etc.
*Airborne
*Extra multi-vitamins
*Allergy medicine
*Neosporin
*Masks
*Thermometer

Can you think of more items? I know I missed several. Feel free to leave comments of other items you have been stocking up on. Thanks!