What to Stockpile if You Can’t Leave the House

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There may come a time when for one reason or another you cannot leave your house. It might be because of a terrible snowstorm or maybe you’re sick. Either way, it is important to have a supply of food and other supplies in your house just in case something does happen. 

Where you are and what you’re stocking up for will help you decide the quantities you should have. At absolute bare minimum though, you should have 3 days of supplies stored in your house at all times. If you want to really have the maximum then you’re looking at 6 months to a year depending on how much space you have.

If you do feel like you should have 6 months of supplies stored then you should look into buying seeds and having a garden. This will allow you to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which can be grown in your house. But that’s a topic for another article. You should also look into making the switch to reusable on everything that you possibly can including feminine products, paper towels, and yes, even toilet paper.

Right now, this article is all about what things you should have in the house. Most of it will be food-related because, let’s be honest, that’s really the biggest concern there is. The list is broken down into sections and while you don’t need to buy everything on the list, you should at least have something from each one. What you pick is entirely up to you, but I don’t recommend you completely rely on your freezer. If your power goes out then that food will have a short life.

Proteins:

  • Tuna in a Can or Pouch
  • Chicken and Turkey in a Can or Pouch
  • Frozen Fish and Seafood
  • Shelf Stable Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Eggs
  • Powdered Eggs
  • Nut and Seed Butter
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Trail Mix
  • Beans Dried or Canned
  • Hummus
  • Soups in a Can or Pouch
  • Chili in a Can or Pouch

Fruits:

  • Applesauce
  • Canned Fruit in Water
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Dried Fruit

Grains:

  • Dry Pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers

Vegetables:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Jarred Tomato Sauce
  • Jarred Salsa

Dairy:

  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Powdered Milk
  • Hard Cheese in Wax

Fats:

  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Flax Seeds
  • Chia Seeds

Drinks:

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drinks
  • Meal Replacement Shakes
  • Low Sodium Broth
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Flavor:

  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Season Packets
  • Jarred Sauces
  • Stock

Treats:

  • Chocolate
  • Jello
  • Cookies
  • Brownie Mixes

Personal Hygiene:

  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Moisturizer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Body Soap
  • Hand Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Feminine Products
  • Diapers
  • Wipes

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Laundry Supplies
  • Dish Washing Supplies
  • Disinfectant
  • Trash Bags

Medicines:

  • Cough and Cold Medicine
  • Pain Relievers
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Daily Multivitamin
  • 30 Day Supply of Prescription Medications
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Thermometer
  • Batteries, including those for hearing aids if you or someone else in your house uses them
  • An extra pair of glasses for all glasses wearers

Pet Supplies:

  • Pet Food
  • Pet Treats
  • Cat Litter
  • Pet Toys
  • Pet Medications
  • Puppy Pads (Just in case your dog can’t go out)

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