18 foods and health supplies to buy before the big storm

Published 7:38 AM ET, Tue October 6, 2015
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If the big storm is coming, fill up your gas tank, be sure the batteries in your flashlight and portable radio are fresh, and stock up on nonperishable groceries. But which foods are best, and what supplies may you be missing? And don't forget to stave off boredom. Shutterstock
The average person needs 1 gallon of water per day. Stock up on at least a three-day supply per person in your home. Shutterstock
In addition to being a great source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, apples have a water content of 84%, which means eating them will help you stay hydrated. Shutterstock
Normally you'd want to stick to fresh fruit, but most varieties need to be refrigerated. Shutterstock
Canned soups and vegetables can be loaded with sodium, so shop smart. Salty foods can make you thirsty and go through your water supply faster. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Nutrition experts recommend canned fish packed in water even when there isn't a natural disaster looming. FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images
Nut butters are a tasty way to fill up on protein and healthy fats. Shutterstock
FEMA recommends having comfort foods on hand to soothe you and your family during a potentially stressful situation. Shutterstock
Check your first-aid kit: Are you out of bandages? Has your antibiotic ointment expired? Now's the time to freshen up your medical supplies. Shutterstock
Soap and water is always best for fighting germs, but you'll want to save your supply for drinking. Shutterstock
If you have to go several days without showering, you'll be glad you bought body wipes. Shutterstock
A mask will protect your lungs in the event that the air around you becomes contaminated with dust, smoke, or other pollutants. ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Garbage bags can also be used in other ways beyond garbage: as a poncho, as a cover for broken windows, as a carrier for supplies and even to collect rainwater. Shutterstock
If you lose power and landline phone service, you'll want to be sure you can keep your mobile phone charged. Shutterstock
Oranges keep for up to two weeks when stored at room temperature. Shutterstock
Having something fun and light to distract you when the electricity is out will help keep stress at bay. Shutterstock
Nuts are one of the healthiest pantry foods you can have on hand in case of an emergency. Just be sure to buy unsalted nuts—you won't want to eat any foods that make you very thirsty. Shutterstock
When you can't cook full meals, it may be difficult to take in enough calories throughout the day. Protein bars can help; they give you a big dose of calories in a small, nonperishable package. Shutterstock
Washing dishes won't be possible if you lose access to running water—and letting dirty dishes fester in your sink for several days could attract unsanitary bugs and rodents. Shutterstock