A midnight foray to the bathroom, a bathroom with no toilet paper, led me to consider what household items were must-haves in my home. I purposely left off electronics because I survived ten days without electronics after Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and have lived to tell the story.
Sure other items will do, tissue paper or paper towels (ick), but toilet paper just makes everyone in the house happier and more comfortable.
This is my beverage of choice. For my sister it is Diet Sun Drop. Bad day-diet coke, good day-diet coke, hot day-diet coke, wings and fries-diet coke….and so on. Some would consider this a luxury; to me diet coke is a staple.
Shampoo can be used as body soap, dishwashing detergent, or clothes washing detergent. I figured this out during the days after the hurricane. However, dishwashing detergent and clothes detergent are too harsh to exchange for shampoo and body soap.
I have three cats and two dogs who must be fed. The food is needed. However, I imagine that people food could be used for the pets, but once you give it to the pets, doesn’t it technically become pet food?
After Hurricane Wilma, my neighborhood was on a boil water alert. I did not have electricity, so the bottled water I had stored came in handy for flushing the toilet, drinking, the pets, washing the clothes, and such. I always have back up supplies of water.
After Hurricane Wilma, my daughter and I would sit on the porch and read or play board games with the neighbors. Life slowed down and we filled our hours engaging with each other and our favorite characters. I am the Yahtzee Queen.
I do not expect the Apocalypse to occur any time soon, so this exercise was merely for fun. A person’s household items are relative. Notice I left off people food; I have a bit of fat stored on my body to get me through the lean times. I imagine if you live up North in the winter some sort of heating devices would be important. What is important varies person to person.
Think about it, what six items would you put on your list and why?