Note: Link to pdf printable checklist at bottom of post.
Dear RTGS Readers,
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have found myself going over lists many times because it is easy to dip into your reserves and not replace things. A good example of this is trash bags, flour, and some spices. I bought extras of all those things when we first started getting some reports from Wuhan about the virus. We stopped going to the grocery store on January 31 and I have not been in one since.
After nearly 9 months of just shopping online, a few things are starting to look a little lower than I would like. As a prepared person, I make every effort to buy up my items before any major events or panic sets in. Right now there seems to be decent availability of a lot of items that were scarce at the beginning of the lockdowns.
We have about 1.5 weeks until the election. From what I can tell, a lot of people have already stocked up on some things. This is great news because that will mean that when panic buying does start among those that did not, it might not be as bad as what occurred during the first round of COVID-19 lockdowns.
That being said, buy what you need but don’t overdo it on some items. In some prepping groups, I saw people gloating over having 2000 rolls of toilet paper. That is not good. Buy a variety of items that you actually need. Consider the best use of your space.
I hope this list helps you and your family to focus on your needs and fill in any gaps during these uncertain times. You may have a lot of the things on this checklist in sufficient quantities already.
I have also included some general things that you can do to prepare your home in case of civil unrest and vandalism. I did not list anything related to personal defense weapons but if you have weapons for major situations, now is a good time to make sure they are in good working order and hope you never have to use them.
If you want a good list of items to include in bug out bags, make sure to look at Roman’s “Ultimate Bug out Bag Checklist”.
Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.