Hygiene isn’t just about looking good! Hygiene is important for optimal health. And in an emergency situation, you want to make sure you are healthy; able to clean yourself off of dirt and grime, brush your teeth and have the ability to wipe your behind! Hygiene supplies are something that every self-reliant minded person should stockpile.
Many people stockpile food, water, medical supplies, and ammo. Many articles have been written detailing the importance of stockpiling these supplies. There are even calculators, like the food calculator that can be found here, that will help you figure out how much food you would need for your family.
Hygiene Supplies Calculation
But, to my recollection, I have never run upon a calculator that will tell you how much toothpaste or toilet paper to stock. As a result, most preparedness-minded people just keeping adding those items to their stockpile. But don’t worry, with very little effort, you can figure out exactly how much of each hygiene item you need!
In order to calculate your hygiene supplies, you will need a pen and paper. That’s it!
Hygiene Supplies Calculation Example
Let’s use a tube of toothpaste as an example. Start with a new tube of toothpaste. Write the date down, in a journal or index card, and then use it like you normally would use it. So for example, if you and your spouse use the toothpaste, use it normally until it is gone. When you finish, write down the end date. Note how many days it took you to use up the toothpaste. If it was 20 days and you want a 6 months supply of toothpaste on hand, this means that you would have to buy 9 tubes of toothpaste.
- 6 months = 180 days
- 180 divided by 20 = 9
As you can see, this is fairly elementary. The most difficult part is staying up with all of the dates and then knowing how much you want to stockpile.
What kind of hygiene supplies would you want to stockpile?
We’ve already covered why you want to stockpile hygiene supplies, lets look at what hygiene supplies you should stockpile.
Toilet Paper – Those who listen to the podcast know how often I talk about toilet paper and not wanting to run out! I guess I’ve read so many articles about how others talk about alternatives to toilet paper, like pine cones, rocks, and leaves. If that is all that is available, well ok! But I would rather prepare a little bit more and have a nice supply of the soft stuff for my tushy! The issue with toilet paper is storage. But I keep mine in my garage and just treat it like food, first in – first out! The brand that I get is from Sam’s. It is affordable and worth it.
Toothpaste – Have you ever had a toothache or a cavity? In normal times, you can go to the dentist and get it taken care of. In an emergency or SHTF situation, you will want to take care of your teeth because having pain in your mouth isn’t fun! A good toothpaste is important. Make sure you get one that you will actually use and not some cheap stuff from the dollar store! Also, don’t forget the floss!
Soap and Shampoo – I’ve read many articles on making soap in a survival situation. It’s good to have that knowledge, but I don’t want to have to go there until I absolutely need to! Buying soap and shampoo is inexpensive and is easy to store. Use the calculation example above to figure out how much soap and shampoo you will need for your stockpile.
Feminine Hygiene Products – Do you know how women used to deal with their periods back in the day? If so, do you think any modern-day woman would want to do that today? Again, if it was a survival scenario, there is not much a woman could do. But if they don’t have to deal with that until they absolutely need to, then why go through it?
Deodorant – Yeah, you don’t have to smell like a beast during the apocalypse. Or at least, you don’t have to smell like a beast at the outset. One deodorant that I have used, that is unscented and doesn’t contain aluminum is the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone. I’ve been using it for about 9 years now. And one will last me for about 9 months. At $6.20, that is a great cost savings compared to the regular deodorant sticks.
A Non-Hygiene Item that You Can Use for Hygiene
One other item that self-reliant minded folk might want to stockpile is baking soda. Baking soda has many uses. But specifically for hygiene, baking soda could be used to make toothpaste, as a deodorant, as a facial scrub and a bath soak. For more articles on the many uses of baking soda, check out the tag cloud on Prepper Website.
Also, there are many preppers and homesteaders that make their own hygiene items. They stockpile raw materials to use in making them. That is fine if you are used to doing it. But if you are used to purchasing them from the store, an emergency situation isn’t the time to start learning to make your own products.
Don’t Go Without!
In closing, with a little preparedness, you don’t have to go without important hygiene items. Yes, you could use alternatives, but why have to deal with all of that when you are right in the middle of an emergency situation? Having these vital items stockpiled will help you to live healthier and focus your attention on more pressing issues.