Wednesday, September 17, 2014

List of Lists - Hygiene

In a post SHTF scenario, hygiene becomes one of the most important factors to survival. Infection control is paramount in an environment where antibiotics are not readily accessible. Keeping yourself and your clothing clean becomes much more important. Clean clothing breathes better than dirty clothing during warm seasons, and it insulates body heat better during colder seasons.

Toilet paper
Baby wipes
Sanitary napkins
Hand soap, dish soap, laundry soap
Toothpaste (or baking soda)
Dental floss
Deodorants and antiperspirants
Shampoos and baby shampoos
Insect repellant
Foot powder
Nail clippers
Hand sanitizer

Dental care is also extremely important. Infection and dental disease can turn deadly if left untreated for long enough. It can be very painful and debilitating. Even when there is no toothpaste, baking soda works well. Without baking soda, even simply using a brush and water is much better than nothing. Dental floss with help keep gums healthy. Obviously, string or thread can be used as a substitute, but be careful not to injure the gum.

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