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    What to stock up on?
    Rockin the Boat
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    Aug 2006
    Los Angeles CA
    I thought that maybe making a list of items to stock up on can be something of use to the readership here at dvxuser, and provide some kind of service in the way of information or inspiration.

    WE DO NOT WANT TO PANIC BUY AND CAUSE UNNECESSARY HARDSHIPS FOR OTHERS - so perhaps this could be a kind of PSA. For example, I don't find it useful to stock up on piles of toilet paper - but maybe that's just me, since I use a bidet and soap and water (much cleaner in my experience, ymmv).

    My idea is that I'm gathering this stuff NOT BECAUSE I EXPECT SHORTAGES, but because I wanted to avoid having to go to stores while the pandemic is in full swing - enough stuff so I can last about 1-2 months without having to shop outside. Ordering online is also an option, but apparently it's not too smooth due to high demand at the moment.

    Here's my list:


    1)A few canned and jar goods - nothing too crazy quantity wise - enough for 6-8 weeks for me and my wife:

    a)tomatoes, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, white beans

    b)salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel, tuna

    c)jams, honey, salsa, olives, tapenada, hummus, avocado dip

    2)Bulk grain & beans - again, nothing too crazy, enough for 6-8 weeks

    a)Rice, barley, steel-cut oats, oat bran, wheat bran, flaxseed, psyllium, brewer's yeast, flour

    b)black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans

    3)Refrigerated items - enough for just a month or so:

    a)tofu, cheese, eggs, milk, yoghurt, miso sauce

    b)carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, potatoes, onions

    c)oranges, mandarins, berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries), apples, melons, pears, lemons

    4)Frozen items:

    a)berries (medley - strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)

    b)veggies - broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, green beans

    c)burritos, dumplings, ready meals


    a)coffee, tea, sugar, spices, olive oil, canola oil

    b)chocolate, cacao powder, wine, liquor, beer, crackers, cookies

    c)loose nuts: almond, walnuts, peanuts

    d)dried fruit: apricots, cranberries, raisins, prunes

    e)a few trail mix bags, a few boxes of power bars

    f)supplements I regularly take - a small reserve enough for the rest of the year

    g)bottled water


    1)Masks, disposable gloves,

    2)Baking soda, soap, bleach, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, toothpaste, floss, shampoo, deodorant, cologne, shaving cream, razors - nothing crazy, enough for 8 weeks or so

    3)Trash bags, packing tape, plastic bags, paper towels, napkins, tissues

    4)Car fully gassed up

    5)Cash on hand - nothing too crazy

    6)Envelopes, postage stamps

    7)Running shoes, extra tennis balls, extra work-out gloves

    8)Bandages, alcohol disinfectant, bandaids

    9)Extra stash of medication

    10)Extra batteries, light bulbs

    11)Stash of cat food for our cat, litter, treats

    We've bought these over the last few days and feel like we're set for now. I probably missed a few items that might be useful, so I'm interested in what your lists and ideas are like! Again, I'm not afraid of shortages, I just want to limit how often I go to stores.

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    Resident Preditor Matt Gottshalk's Avatar
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    Potomac Falls, VA
    Do not disregard board games, cards and other entertainment items.

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    Thanks, OldCorpse. Looks pretty thorough!

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    Senior Member thekreative's Avatar
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    On the west coast its time to get planting! Potatoes go in the ground this week for the early varieties where I live. Everyone I know is going all out on their gardens with all the time they have at home.

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    Senior Member Eric Coughlin's Avatar
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    Atlanta, GA
    A wife. If you see one let me know. I may have taken social distancing too far.

    I should get fishing supplies and then have a large food supply from the lake in my backyard. Plus I'm finding fish at the grocery store are actually rather expensive and no fun to catch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Coughlin View Post
    Plus I'm finding fish at the grocery store are actually rather expensive and no fun to catch.
    Surely you just need to try the methods as employed at the Pike Place fish market?

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    When I was living in LA, I was once listening to a local radio show and "emergency supplies in case of an earthquake" was the topic of a conversation. A caller says, "You should always have a pair of running/cross training shoes in the trunk of your car, just in case". Well, the host was quite amenable to most listeners suggestions but, at that point, he said, "I am drawing the line right here. If I have to get out of my car and walk somewhere long distance, I am just going to get comfy on the driver's seat however long it takes". And, IIRC, the host lived in West Hollywood, which is not a difficult place to get around on foot. But he probably had a pretty nice auto.

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    The best recent decision we made at our home was to buy an extra freezer for our basement. We now cook really nice meals/side dishes/etc, but scale up so that we can freeze at least 3 extra servings of everything. That way don’t need to cook all the time, still have great dishes, have a good variety with different stuff on rotation, and dont have to dip into canned food, etc. The freezer is nothing fancy. Cost about 300 bucks.

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    Only thing I've stocked up on is MANA:

    It's great, I use it every day and it's also very convenient to bring on those shoots when there's no time to get food!
    Also has a 18 month shelf life so perfect as backup food.

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    Not Soylent!

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