7 Things to Have during a STAY-Cation

I am not really ready to write pandemic yet. Even though it’s here, affecting the entire globe.

If someone had told me last Thursday how much the world would change by this week I would have wondered where their tin-foil hat had gone.

Here are some things I have learned in the military, from the boy scouts, from camping and other experiences that mandate self reliance. Wanted to give you 7 things that may still be in the stores that you can use around the house.

  1. Pool Bleach tablets. Everyone is going for bleach. But bleach only has a 6 month self life. Now the new bottles on the shelf may be new but the other ones we bought? They are already probably 2 months old. Pool Beach tabs are cheap and have a stable and much longer shelf life.
  2. Grocery store trash bags. With germs everywhere these bags are great for throwing away anything you feel has been exposed.
  3. Batteries. Seems obvious but this is a great time to test your fire alarms. Make sure everything is in good working order.
  4. Extra pairs. Do you need readers to read? A cane to move around? Is there anything if it broke and the store was closed would impact your daily life?
  5. CPVC or PVC piping. Your home pipes use either CPVC or PVC piping. It would not hurt to buy some tubing and some end caps just in case you have a burst pipe. What if it takes a week for a plumber to get to your house? It’s amazing how not fun a house is when the water is turned off.
  6. Duct tape. Because the kids are home. Just kidding (maybe). No, duct tape has 1000 useful resources. Buy a role. Always great to have around the house.
  7. Pest Spray. No not for your inlaws….. As we move into Spring all the creepy crawleys are about to start waking up. Having a gallon of indoor home spray to apply once a month should really help keep those nasty intruders outside.

These are just some suggestions to help everyone . It’s not a fool-proof list but just something I thought might help. Please call if you need us. Be safe. Stay healthy and I look forward to speaking with you soon!


  1. Hi Lawson,
    Great article. With regard to the pool bleach tablets, even better yet is to just get the granulated form. I imagine your intent is for water purification. Pool Bleach Tablets are made of Calcium Hypochlorite. Getting this in the granulated form (sometimes referred to as pool shock) allows for easier measuring and has just as long a shelf life as the tablets. Follow the steps below to use the granules as a water purification method.

    How to Disinfect Water Using Calcium Hypochlorite

    Using granular calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water is a three step process:
    1. To make a stock of chlorine solution (do not drink this!) dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon (about one-quarter of an ounce) of high-test (78%) granular calcium hypochlorite for each two gallons (eight liters) of water.
    2. To disinfect water add one part of this chlorine solution to 100 parts water to be treated.
    3. Let the mixture sit for at least one-half hour before drinking.

    Be sure to obtain the dry granular calcium hypochlorite since once it is made into a liquid solution it will begin to degrade and eventually become useless as a disinfecting agent. This also means you should make your treated drinking water in small batches, for example enough for a few weeks at a time at most.


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