of your first concerns is going to be rest room facilities. You have
several options. In most circumstances, your toilets will still flush if
you have water. However, it takes a lot of water and you probably will not
want to do that more than a few days.
Your can use a Porta Potty. You can purchase buckets with
disposable liners that can be used inside your house. There are also liners
you can buy for your toilet. Have large plastic bags in storage so
that you can keep your waste together to dispose of when possible.
If you don't like that option, you can dig a pit outside and put
a tent type enclosure around it. You can even use a small tent if you cut a hole
in the bottom of the tent.
Washing Hands and Brushing Teeth
As far as washing your hands and brushing your teeth, you need
water. See the
emergency water page for ideas on how to store water.
Store the things that you need to take care of your teeth, such
as toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash with fluoride, soft
pics, etc. Whatever is used by your family, store extra.
Have pain medication with your first aid supplies in case of a
toothache. You can also purchase a product at the drug store to help on a
temporary basis with lost fillings and caps. It is a glue that will hold
them on until you can get to the dentist.
To keep clean you can use some of your household water, go to
lakes and streams, or use a portable shower. You can also store Handiwipes
for this purpose.
Store extra bar or liquid soap. If you normally use
antibacterial soap, then store it. Store hand lotions and hair products.
Again, store extra of all the products that your family uses on a regular basis,
as well as the emergency items that help with using these products.
Most mini preppers store paper plates and cups so that they will
only need to use a minimal amount of water to clean their dishes.
First Aid kits are essential, as you may be dealing with
13 Things Every First Aid Kit Should Have for the basics of putting together
a First Aid kit. If you don't want to do it yourself, there are many First
Aid kits available for purchase that have varying degrees of preparedness items.
Try and get a little ahead on your medications so you have extra
in case you cannot get them refilled for awhile. Depending on the medication,
you may be able to take a little less, or ask for more from your doctor.
Pills that are not time released can be cut in half. You can refill those
prescriptions more often and build up a small reserve.