How to Prepare for Inconvenient Times . . .

What are Inconvenient Times?

“Inconvenient Times” . . . times when our normal routine of life and living is interrupted for a period of a few days or even weeks.

The truth is, anyone can find themselves in an inconvenient time, dealing with a situation that is not normal for them. The key to surviving these times is to prepare in advanced so you will have everything you need in good times or in inconvenient times.

Are you prepared to live without power for several days or even weeks? And, what if you would not get to the grocery store to stock up on food and water when you desperately need it?

Preparing for Inconvenient Times . . .

The #1 thing to do is to stock up on food and water. We as humans cannot live long without food and water . . . particularly water! So the first step in preparing for “inconvenient times” is to stock up on food and water.

A few years ago, our pastor advised us to implement a plan to stock up on both food and water so that we would be prepared in case of some event happening that would interrupt our ability to get it. He used the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, advising us to try to spend about 5% more each week on groceries that could be stored in our pantry.

His grandmother lived through the Great Depression, and she taught him to always keep the pantry well stocked so the family would have food to eat, even in dire times. She would have him take her to the grocery store to get items that she was running low on, even though, to him, there was already plenty there. Because she lived during the depression, she was keenly aware at all times to keep plenty of food in the house.

Hopefully, none of us will have to live through an economic depression of that magnitude, but being prepared for times when food might be in short supply is simply a matter of wisdom. It is usually suggested that you have at least one week of food and water for each person in your household–more if you can afford it.

Here are suggestions for stocking up on food and water. And since water is the most critical to have for survival, we will start with water.

Water . . . a necessity for life!


  • It is recommended that you have one gallon of water per person per day for drinking water. If you live in an arid climate, you will need more–about 3 gallons of water/day/person. This does NOT include what is needed for cooking, washing your hands, washing dishes, or any personal hygiene that needs to be done.
  • A good place to start might be to plan on TWO gallons of water/person/day. That would allow enough water for drinking as well as the other necessities that are required.

Stock up on canned foods in case of emergencies


Having your pantry stocked with nonperishable food items will be one of your first steps to being prepared. You need to think of foods that can be eaten from a can, or heated in a pan on a gas grill in the event that you don’t have power to cook your food.

Here are some ideas for foods to store in your pantry:

  • Canned soups—the best choice!
  • Canned chicken and tuna
  • Peanut butter—another great food to keep on hand!
  • Protein and granola bars
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned beans
  • Canned or powdered milk (you will need extra water to reconstitute the milk)
  • Powdered drink mixes (you will need extra water to reconstitute these)

Other foods to consider stocking up on are:

  • Dehydrated foods (carrots, green peppers, celery, corn, etc.)
  • Dried fruits (such as raisins apples, etc.)
  • Pecans and almonds
  • Dried beans, peas
  • Rice—white and brown, as well as quick-cooking rice
  • Pasta
  • Dehydrated potatoes (instant potatoes)
  • Popcorn
  • Salt
  • Cereal/ Instant oatmeal packets
  • Beef Jerky
  • Cooking Oil

Other items to have on hand:

Some other items that you need to have on hand are:

  • A manual can opener
  • Air tight containers with tight sealing screw top lids if possible
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils: knives/ forks/ spoons

 Some tips if your power goes out:

If your power is out for any length of time, you will want to prepare and eat the foods in this order:

  • Perishable foods in the refrigerator first!
  • Thawed frozen foods second.
  • Canned foods last.

One thing that can help save your refrigerator and freezer foods is to wrap them in heavy blankets. That will help to keep the internal temperature cold longer.

Also, for freezers, keep them full. You can freeze additional bottles of water which will help keep your foods frozen and also give you extra water to drink.

Be Prepared!

The best advice for everyone is to be prepared in advance. This report outlines just a few tips and suggestions to help you begin the process of gathering food and water in case of an emergency or inconvenient time. You never know when an event like this will knock at your door, as with Hurricane Matthew this week. Or, it could be a severe snowstorm in the winter, or even a month when the grocery money runs out before the month does! But whatever the cause, NOW is the time to prepare! So, get out your pen and paper, make a list of what you need, and go shopping! Stock up now for the winter, or an inconvenient time:)

Be blessed!

Maribeth Alexander



I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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