Many of us are preparing for a time when civilized society will break down and we’ll be forced to fend for ourselves. In the prepping community, this is often referred to as “doomsday”. Whether you believe that such an event will actually occur that could in fact result in a total breakdown of civilized society, it has been proven time and time again that during and after major natural disasters, civilized society does in fact, come untied and people do end up having to fend for themselves. This alone should be reason enough to begin prepping if you haven’t done so already.
If you’re new to prepping, you may be thinking about building up your food storage supplies and storing drinking water but there really is much more to preparing for emergencies than simply making sure that you will have food and water when a crisis occurs.
One of the most important things that comes to my mind is the ability to maintain your personal hygiene habits in a survival situation. Keep in mind that if civilized society does come unraveled, there’s a very high likelihood that you won’t be able to hop in the family station wagon and take your kids to the doctor if they become sick. With this in mind, it’s extremely important that you do all you can to stay healthy.
Don’t Forget to Stockpile Personal Hygiene Products
While you’re busy storing up a two-year supply of rice and beans, keep in mind that you really should be stockpiling personal hygiene products as well. It’s no secret that infectious diseases are more easily spread when people don’t have good personal hygiene habits.
The following is a list of some items I suggest adding to your emergency storage supplies if you haven’t done so already:
- Bars of soap
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hand sanitizer
- Anti-fungal foot cream
- Feminine hygiene products
- Hand and body lotion
- Shaving supplies
- Hair cutting supplies
- Wound care ointments
- Dish washing detergent (not really a personal hygiene product but still very important to preventing the spread of illnesses.)
Insist That Everyone Makes Personal Hygiene a Priority
During a time when things are chaotic such as after a natural disaster, it will be quite easy to overlook the importance of personal hygiene. The important thing to keep in mind is that if and when you find yourself having to survive a doomsday scenario, you’ll have no idea how long it might last.
There will be many things that you’ll find yourself having to do to survive and personal hygiene may not be at the top of your list. Someone, however, is going to have to insist that this doesn’t happen. Always remember that part of surviving is staying healthy. It’s much better to take preventative measures to avoid getting sick or contracting some infectious disease than it is to deal with such ailments. Remember, prevention is the key!
You’re going to have enough on your plate as it is while you are trying to what do it will take to survive. The last thing you’ll want to be doing is be caring for someone who has become ill. Sure, it’s impossible to prevent this entirely by insisting that everyone take personal hygiene seriously but it can go a long way towards preventing the spread of infectious diseases.