How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

What Do You Mean, We’re Out Of Toilet Paper?

A Life EssentialGuys, you’ve heard it before.  “Honey, we’re out of toilet paper.”  When you hear that today you can just run down to the store and save the day, hero that you are.  You may not be so lucky down the road.  This isn’t just for toilet paper though … other non food items are pretty darn important.

I know you’ve been dying to know.  Two rolls, per person, per month.  Don’t forget Rudy’s Principle of Extras:  Add 50%!  So for my family I’m looking at 24 rolls a month.  No problem!  Except I have quite a few women folk in the family, I’d personally add a bit more of a buffer.  The stuff can be had pretty cheaply, and it stores easy, so why not stock up?

Enough about toilet paper, what else do I need to store?

Here’s a list of things to think about…

  • Paper Towels
  • Feminine Products
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes (great for quick cleanup of more than just baby’s behind)
  • Kleenex
  • Paper Plates/bowls and Plastic Utensils (Stock lots of these so you don’t have to use stored water to wash dishes)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Washing Detergent (not dishwasher detergent!)
  • Bleach
  • 409, Windex, etc
  • Garbage Bags (stock various sizes!)
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouth wash
  • Deoderant
  • Body soap, shampoo

Some of these items aren’t really things you think about as ‘Survival Items’ but I believe that one major goal is to be able to maintain a higher quality of life, including many modern conveniences, for as long as possible in an emergency situation.

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7 Responses to What Do You Mean, We’re Out Of Toilet Paper?

  1. So is two rolls per month for a male? Cause as you know since you have daughters, womenfolk use a bit more per month than fellers. Maybe even twice as much?

  2. My wife sez the same thing Grannie. We are starting to store some stuff and she kinda laughed when i told her 2 per month. What happens when all this runs out? Maybe Rudolph can help us learn to make this stuff.

  3. It averages out. Again, if you have more women than men, you want to add more than two rolls a month. I mentioned that briefly in my post, but maybe I wasn’t clear on that. It’s cheap, stores well, so buy extra!

    Two rolls doesn’t sound like alot, but you’re also going to be a bit more frugal with usage in an emergency situation. You’d most likely use more than that in normal circumstances. This isn’t just for TP, but really for everything you have.

    If you want to know exactly how much your family uses, just track usage for a month. There’s several ways to do this. If you need ideas, let me know. Then, as always, buffer by 50-100%, and use that number for storage.

  4. Amount of TP used varies greatly by brand. You should consider the square footage you get per package, not just number of rolls. The fourth most ‘expensive’ TP at my local Winco is about half the price of the cheapo brand stuff per square foot. The more tightly rolled dense rolls also take up less over all storage space. We’ll all be rationing, but there are circumstances that require extra hygene goods. I have put away excess Tp in special “flu boxes” that have medical, sanitation, and nutrition supplies specifically for pandemic scenerios, or just dealing with the flu if the grid is down a few days!

    *I grew up off grid. You can NEVER have too many baby wipes.
    *’feminine products’ also make great bandaging material, tampons for large puncture wounds, etc
    * liquid soaps can be easier to wash off with less water, or somethign like bar glycerin soap that stores well but can be liquified.
    *rolls of super small trash bags or diaper disposal bags can be used for short-mid duration scenerios to dispose of feces
    *We stock extra strength jumbo trash bags to use for sealing up human/animal remains for sanitary purposes. You can get body bags or specially marked Bio-hazard bags, but we’re cheap.
    *Frequently you get better storage space and longevity, not to mention a better price and versatility, with home made versions, ie baking soda for toothpaste, vinegar as a cleaning agent.
    *Remember to learn about shelf life before stocking up too much. Bleach will lose about 20% of its effectivness for each month stored.
    *also check into purchasing somethings from industrial janitorial suppliers. two cases of multi-fold brown paper towels like your kid’s school uses cost about the same as a couple of three packs of name brand rolls. Once again, the shape and packing density allow you to store more in less room.

    Overall a nice post.