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Last Minute Quarantine Preps You Can Buy From Home

This article was originally published on March 17, 2020. It has been updated with items that are now available.

Last Minute Quarantine Preps You Can Buy From Home

As much of the country is practicing social distancing in order to contain the coronavirus, fear has taken over the masses and people are wiping out grocery stores. While we advocate being prepared, fear doesn’t do anyone any good and that’s becoming more apparent by the day.

Because the public was largely unprepared for a pandemic, there isn’t much left to grab in stores.  Being in a crowded store right now is one of the last things preppers want to do anyway.  But there may be a few things you forgot to grab, so I’ve done my best to find items you can get from the comfort of your own home.

ITEMS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING

N100 Face Mask (no longer N100, but can still be useful)

12 Cans of Black Beans

Bulk Black Beans in a 25 lb. box

Toilet Paper

Baby Wipes

Bidet (attachable to toilet) & Handheld Bidet – could free up your toilet paper stash to be bartered with

Feminine Hygiene: reusable menstrual cup

Bulk Wild Rice in storage bucket

24 cans of Peas

Basic First Aid Kit

Water filtration straws (LifeStraws)

These are some things that are still available online for purchase if you find yourself running low.  Personally, I also purchased the following after an audit of my own supplies:

12 lighters

Water purification tablets

Aloe Vera Gel (can be used on cuts or burns and in making hand sanitizer)

Quick Clotting Gauze

Hydrogen Peroxide

2-pack liquid soap for the family

A lot of the items preppers suggest get stockpiled have sold out. Anything labeled “emergency food” is almost impossible to find, so at this point, it’s time to make due with what we can get. The panicked masses have finally decided preparedness is a good thing, but their fear is not only destroying the economy, but it’s also making essentials difficult to come by.

Trying to desperately control this virus and the installment of fear in the public by the mainstream media is doing a lot more damage than the virus itself could ever hope to do to our society.

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What Can Beginner & Seasoned Preppers Do During The Coronavirus Lockdown?

Boredom has set in for many in the United States, as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues for most. As preppers, our goal should not be to watch others suffer and laugh at their misery because they failed to prepare.  Instead, we should be helping others also prepare so the mass panic of a pandemic will be minimal next time around. And during lockdown is a great time to start.

People are in tough enough situations such as losing their jobs and being forced to close their businesses. Because of the dramatic effect of the sacrifices many have been commanded to make, this situation has had the positive effect of creating more people who want to be prepared for possible catastrophes.

It’s hard to not jump on the bandwagon and tell people “I told you so,” but if you want to be secure in your preparedness, the best thing you can do is help others secure their own preps. If others have food, it’s less likely they’ll be willing to risk severe bodily harm to steal food from you.

So what can new and seasoned preppers do while locked down?

Start by doing an audit of your supplies.  This is completely free and won’t cost you a dime. If you are beginning, you may not have much to check.  If you are not new to prepping, make sure everything is in working order, and the food is still good. Make a list of things you need to add to your gear. Once you have a list of things you would like to add to your supplies, start looking if you have money to spare. If not, start researching what you’ll be paying for those items so you can save up.

Not many anticipated that people would wipe out toilet paper first filling their entire cart with so much that it would take them 5 years to use it all.  Obviously, that money could have been spent on better items, like personal hygiene and healthy foods to boost the immune system.  For those who don’t already have enough toilet paper, it has been a rough few weeks.  But there are other solutions.

Consider getting a bidet.  These are fairly inexpensive and could mean the toilet paper you have stored could be bartered in an emergency.

Please do not flush paper towels and baby wipes! A plumbing problem during a catastrophe like a pandemic could mean you are out the use of your toilet until things subside. If you have a septic tank, it’s terrible for those, and you could damage the sewage system causing more problems that could make your life hell on earth especially during a lockdown.

As you figure out what you need, the next step is to make a budget. Have a set amount that you can spend on preparedness each month.  Make sure you are prepping your finances too, because the economic toll this will take, especially those who own small businesses or who provided services, will be massive. Have an emergency fund with 3-6 months worth of expenses set aside.  Use it only for emergencies.

Lastly, start boosting up your supplies, or for those who already had what they needed before this lockdown arrived, replenish items.  If you used up your peanut butter to avoid going to the grocery store, get more. Here is a list of items currently available that I have recently purchased. Some I used up, others expired, and some are additions or upgrades:

Bulk Peanut Butter (Individual jars are fine, but this is a 9lb tub)

Laundry Detergent

Hydrogen Peroxide

Paracord

Bulk Chia Seeds

Dried Black Beans

Dried Vegetable Soup Mix

Suture Kit (a great book to use a resource is The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way)

An Edible Plant Book

Bulk Toilet Paper (In stock at the time of this writing)

Vaseline

Upgraded Vehicle First Aid Kit

Do your audit and figure out what you might need or want to add.  If you can envision using it, you should add it to your list to acquire. Remember, when it comes to prepping: It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it an not have it.

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Preppers Were Right All Along: Food Is Being Wiped Out Desperation May Soon Set In

There has been nothing less than a complete overreaction by the unprepared masses for the coronavirus pandemic. Even the mainstream media is admitting that preppers were right all along as they have remained calm knowing they have all the food and supplies they need. 

For those in the often-mocked “prepper” community, this is quickly becoming their “I told you so” moment, reported the Washington Times. But many preppers are resisting saying that, even if it’s in the back of their minds. What they hope is that they’ll finally be taken seriously and that more people will follow their lead. When one has prepared, the need to go into a crowded grocery store during a pandemic to buy a cart full of toilet paper is nonexistent.

All of a sudden, the panic buying caused by a level of fear perpetuated by the mainstream media has led to people emptying grocery stores in a frenzy.  Preppers have been proven correct in their preparedness, but unfortunately, it’s not a time to gloat.  All the desperate masses will cause a different kind of crisis.

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We all know what happens when a TV is $100 off on Black Friday.  Now the shelves are bare at many grocery stores across the country, and if the panic doesn’t subside soon, we’ll have desperation and a Great Depression to deal with.

But preppers can learn from this too.  Having supplies is one thing, but another layer is dealing with the unprepared masses.  If your grocery store looks like mine, there’s no toilet paper to be found. Now is the time to find alternatives so we won’t have to use our stockpile.  Baby wipes (don’t flush these please, even if they say flushable) and getting a bidet all of a sudden are very excellent options.  If you don’t use all the baby wipes during this panic, you will have them available for the next one.  If you get a bidet, you won’t need much in the way of paper products and could be fine without any at all giving you a powerful bartering item.

When a frazzled woman is crying in the paper aisle because she can’t find toilet paper, it’s nice to be able to offer solutions and help at least one person.  Some people, it seems just want chaos, and that will probably never change. But some, especially after this pandemic, will be more open to learning about preparedness. The more people we can help, the less the chances of dealing with this mass fear and panic in the future.

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The point is that as preppers, we can try to help others and we can learn to find alternatives to commonly stored items if they just cannot be found.  To be honest, at this point, I’m not avoiding the public out of fear of getting the virus.  I simply don’t want to be around a large crowd of panicked people.

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There is a certain amount of calm that you have when you know you’ve been mocked for being prepared, but now you don’t have to worry about things for a while.

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