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IF there's time for a store 6 items...

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bolster, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    IF there's time for a run to one store (grocery store? big box store?) before an event (and often there is), what would you put on your list? I would like to have a list stashed so I'm not blundering through the store just grabbing random stuff.

    Try to keep your list to the top 6 things you'd buy at the last minute. Obviously this is determined by what you already stock. My last-minute list would be for the grocery store. (Mostly duplicates many preps I already stock, but would want these as fresh as possible.) So far it would include:

    Water (Can never have enough) or possibly CokeZero (my fave)
    AA Batteries (to get the freshest possible)
    Bleach (would want the freshest bottle possible)
    Ice (to turn powerless fridge into icebox)
    Peanut Butter (fresher is better)

    ...but I'm suspicious I'm overlooking more important items, here. Obviously my preps are such that no last-minute shopping is necessary, but neither does one want to pass up the last opportunity.

    If your one stop would NOT be a grocery store, please explain. Given the nature of this list, I'll assume everyone's already stocked up on ammo. "Even if I had the opportunity, I would not go to a store" is also a valid answer. If that's your answer, please explain.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  2. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Fresh Bleach?

    If your preps are in good shape you really don't NEED to hit the grocery store. Ice maybe.

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  3. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Right, I agree. Assume you are already prepped, but the opportunity offers itself and you can make one last visit to a store, what additional stock would you pick up? Maybe just duplicates, or fresh items with a short shelf life.

    Think of this exercise like Christmas shopping. No matter how well you prepare for it, there's always something you need to get the day before. What would your list be?

    It's good to think this stuff through, BEFORE the event occurs.
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  4. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
  5. Commander_Zero


    Sep 3, 2007
    Depends on which store. Grocery store? WalMart? Cenex? Cabela's?
  6. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Yes, bleach has a reasonably short shelf life (often given at 3-12 mo if it didn't get hot or cold), and if you'd need to be treating water with it, you'd want a fresh bottle.
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  7. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    You decide. You get to go to one store. This is part of the exercise. Where would you go? What would you get? Six items. Hurry, the storm/aliens/zombies/radiation/drought is coming.
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  8. JimIsland


    Aug 1, 2011
    Water, Corona, Gentleman Jack, Vodka, Zing Zang, Coke.........sorry I couldn't be more helpful. I've got MORE than enough of everything else.
  9. Stevekozak

    Stevekozak Returning video

    Nov 9, 2008
    I did not know that. What happens to it. Does breakdown, lose potency or what?
  10. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Yes, breaks down into salt and water. Potency is lost over a curve, not all at once of course, but some sources say "full potency" starts to degrade at only 3 months.

    That's why bleach treatment of water always includes the sniff test. If it doesn't smell like chlorine after you treated it...your bleach may be old and you'd need to use more.

    So .......................................... 46 views so far, and only one list submitted of "buy mostly alcohol"? If you disagree with my list, submit one of your own!
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  11. Vincine


    Mar 5, 2012
    A selection of greeting cards for all occasions, pineapple corer, turkey baster, make up remover, and dental floss.
  12. Carry16


    Sep 7, 2004
    SW Missouri
    Didn't specify how bad/long an event I'm anticipating, but in general I would think:
    1) throw away batteries
    2) gasoline - top off cans/vehicle
    3) bread products
    4) milk
    5) fresh veggies
    6) ??
  13. DaveG


    May 3, 2009
    I'd top off the vehicles and gas cans with gas for sure.
  14. RED64CJ5


    Jul 7, 2003
    Soft drinks
    T-P (even though we have a lifetime supply)
  15. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Nov 27, 2011
    Hot sauce and toilet paper. Never one without the other.
  16. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Good replies, gasoline and chocolate, definitely!

    It's actually looking like a 7-eleven or circle K or Kangaroo or AM PM or whatever might be one of the better "last stops" to make because they'd have the gasoline, ice, chocolate, bread, batteries, milk, and water all in one spot. Maybe even bleach? You'd pay top price but in an emergency who cares.

    What's the deal with last minute stocking of TP? It wasn't even commercially available until the 1850s. The Romans used a sponge on a stick, and then placed it into a bucket of seawater. Good enough for me.
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  17. Lone Kimono

    Lone Kimono

    Jul 15, 2009
    I was at a K-Mart in the Keys before Andrew came through. Buy anything you can without getting into a fist fight for it.

    1. Water
    2. Food
    3. Ammo
    4. Salt
    5. TP
    6. Any Camping stuff left

    If there were a 7 it would be batteries.
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  18. thesurefire


    Apr 16, 2006
    Good topic.

    For those that said bleach, look into pool shock, its stores forever, is cheap, and can make literally hundreds of gallons of bleach from bag.

    It really depends on the event. For example power loss in the summer, Ice is number 1, in winter, its not even on the top 100 list since I can just put stuff outside. In general:

    1. Gas
    2. Batteries
    3. Toilet paper/baby wipes/disinfectant wipes
    4. Chocolate
    5. Coffee
    6. Hard liquor

    Spices also wouldn't be a bad idea. It'd be pretty hard to grow the ones that are imported from around the world.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  19. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
  20. Well, if you are already stocked up properly on the staples, then the last minute store run would be for your last fresh food for awhile. Bugging out or in matters regarding portability.

    Here are some fresh items you might want to grab just before the stores close and the grid shuts down and etc:

    Bucket of fried chicken
    Ice if you can't produce it fast enough.
    Fresh anchovies