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The news is in and there’s a natural disaster heading your way. Or maybe you just want to stock up on your emergency survival gear ahead of time—a wise choice.

In the event of an impending emergency, any of the items you really need already will have been ransacked at most grocery and convenience stores, but the dollar store is likely the last thing on anyone’s mind, so you can probably get most, if not all of what you need without the typical last-minute chaos. And whether you’re grabbing a few things at the last-minute or preparing ahead of time, you’re going to save yourself a lot of money.

While you won’t have the same selection as a typical grocery store, you’ll find more than you might imagine. I took a trip to my local dollar store this past weekend just to see how much you could really find there, and was quite surprised. Based on my research, whether it’s last-minute or you’re trying to get ahead of the game, here’s my recommended shopping list:

  • Plastic bags of all types and sizes
  • Plastic containers (great for catching/storing water, among many other uses)
  • Disposable eating utensils (plates, cups, cutlery)
  • Toilet paper
  • Hygiene gear (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies (rags, brushes, scouring pads, etc.)
  • Bleach (for cleaning and purifying water)
  • Bottled water
  • String, tape, and glue
  • Over the counter medicine (aspirin, Motrin,Imodium etc.)
  • First aid supplies
  • Lighters/matches
  • Fire logs
  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Flashlights (I’ve tested the small LED type and confirmed they are waterproof. I plan to write a more extensive  article on their durability—a torture-test of sorts—soon.)
  • Batteries
  • Canned foods
  • Dried foods (pasta, noodles, fruit, etc.)

That’s what I found/noticed. Have any of you found anything that I might have missed?

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