Create a Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Kit
We all understand the importance of a first aid kit, right? When in the market for a good kit you are looking for something that has lots of options for the various types of materials you will need to clean, dress and heal wounds as well as various other ailments. There are other “kits” that we keep as well though we just don’t call them kits. What is your bugout bag if not a travel kit? How about your weapons options? Your guns, ammo, knives and other weapons make up your self-defense kit.
Plan to create personal hygiene and cleaning kit
In the post disaster environment water, shelter and food may be your top priorities but it won’t be long before you realize the importance of cleaning and personal hygiene. Disease will be a killer if access to clean water and supplies is cut off. You may be terrified by the bands of roaming criminals or the sounds of gunfire in the evening but some of the most dangerous players in the post-apocalyptic world will already be in your bed with you! These bacteria must be managed.
Your personal hygiene kit will cover several options for your needs. I will map out a sample kit below so you can begin procuring materials TODAY for your very own personally hygiene and cleaning kit.
VARIOUS SIZED TRASH CANS AND TIGHT FITTING LIDS
The days of the swing top cans will be gone. You will now be concerned with pests and their access to your trash both indoors and outdoors. Get rid of those open top containers and have replacements with tight fitting lids.
- Your kit will begin by sinking these cans inside one another with the lids on. If the lids don’t fit on zip tie them to the handles of the cans.
You probably didn’t expect to see something about seeds in a hygiene kit but the truth is there are tremendous benefits in some natural plants. Licorice root can make a tremendous toothbrush, the luffa plant will allow you to grow your own sponges and soapwort makes, you guessed it, a lathering solution similar to soap.
- Seal your seeds in Ziploc or Mylar bags and store them inside your collection of trash cans
Store plenty of baking soda, borax and vinegar. These will be basic cleaners for yourself and your home. With these three you will be amazed at just how clean you can get surfaces and people!
Also, consider a product called Combatone (www.combatone.com) This is a product designed for our soldiers in the field. It’s a great SHTF cleaning system for the human body. It’s designed to work with your skins natural bacteria. You don’t need any water for this stuff either!
- Store your cleaning supplies inside the stored trash cans as well.
The final addition to your trash can hygiene and sanitation kit will be protection. Include plenty of trash bags for the sized cans you plan to use. Also, get your hands on plenty nitrile gloves, dust masks and even some disposable aprons. You could invest in some shoe covers as well but my recommendation would be to keep all shoes outside.
- Pack the collection of cans full of the rest of your resources and place the largest lid, securely, on top. Store this kit in your garage or somewhere that won’t have to consistently brave the elements.
Add what you like to this base kit to fit your family’s needs. That said, you will have a powerful jump on sanitation and hygiene with this simple kit on standby.