The east coast is more than a little frantic as we prepare for Hurricane Florence. Florence is expected to be the largest storm to hit North Carolina since Hurricane Hazel in 1954. As of today, one million people have been told to evacuate their homes. As a North Carolina native this is especially worrisome to me. Although I live pretty far from the coast, I am preparing myself just in case.
I realize many people have their own standards when it comes to preparation for these unfortunate circumstances. Today I’m simply sharing what’s on my “To Pack List.” If you find yourself in need of more or less of what I am packing, by all means, do your own thing!
Hygiene Products //
- Two tubes of deodorant
- Two bottles of soap
- One bottle of lotion
- One tube of toothpaste
- One pack of pads / tampons
As someone living with a chronic condition, it is extremely important to have immediate access to my medications at all times. Although I have been feeling pretty well lately, life with an autoimmune disease can be unpredictable. A flare, nausea, vomiting, <- anything is liable to happen at any time. You can never be too prepared when it comes to your health!
Health Items //
- Two weeks of medications
- Two weeks of medical supplies
- First aid kit
- Sanitizer (and other sanitation products)
- Insect repellent
It is generally recommended to also have 3 gallons of water / per person. <- I would also recommend keeping an oral rehydration solution nearby as well. If you’re anything like me, you may struggle with staying hydrated, even when you are drinking adequate amounts of water. If so, DripDrop can help. Drip Drop is an ORS invented by a doctor treating life-threatening cases of dehydration. DripDrop’s overall goal is to help you #StickToYourMission. – You don’t have to be some kind of American hero to have a mission. – Even if your mission is to simply keep your family happy and hydrated, DripDrop can help you achieve it. You can find DripDrop online or at your local (Walgreens) pharmacy.
I don’t have any pets, but if you do the Humane Society suggests making a “Disaster Plan” for them. You can learn more about creating a plan for your pets here.
Keep copies of your personal documents like birth certificates, insurance and home information.
- 5 Outfits
- RAIN GEAR!
- Extra batteries
- Power banks
- Extra electronics that are light & important to you
This is of course not everything you will need, but hopefully the list will get you off to a good start! Please be safe and try to get some rest during these days leading up to the storm. I know it’s a stressful situation, but you still have to take care of yourself first. Remember to have your “go bag” packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. I hope this post was helpful for you. If so, don’t forget to share it with a friend.