But that trio of perishable goods shouldn't top your storm's-a-comin' grocery list, experts say.
Instead, here's a look at what you actually should buy if you're planning to ride out the storm.
What groceries to buy
-- Bottled water. It's No. 1 for a reason.
-- Canned goods that can be eaten as-is. Tuna, salmon, beans, chicken, chili, soup. You don't have to like it. You just have to be able to eat it. Also, this is a moot point if you don't have a can opener.
-- Snacks with a long shelf-life. Cereal stays good up to a year. Peanut butter, cookies, crackers, chips and granola bars almost certainly will come in handy. Even hard candy can provide quick boosts of energy.
-- Bread. It goes with everything and is super cheap. But don't feel like you need to fight a stranger for the last loaf at Food Lion.
-- Fruit. Apples have a relatively long shelf life, and they keep the doctor away, too. Bananas, grapes and other fruits typically will outlast most power outages.
-- Disposable goods. Paper plates, plastic utensils, garbage bags and paper towels all will go a long way if the power goes out. Ziploc bags can be a lifesaver, including for safely storing important documents like insurance papers and
-- Plenty of pet food and water. Because Spot can't buy his own dog food.
-- Prescription medicines. The
Not technically groceries but still worth having
-- First aid kit. A no-brainer, if you don't already have one.
-- Tools, duct tape. You may not be able to leave your home for supplies to make a quick fix.
-- Flashlights. And batteries, while you're at it.
What to avoid
-- Milk: It will spoil quickly if you lose power. And spoiled milk is just the worst.
-- Frozen foods: That bag of frozen chicken tenders probably won't be worth eating once the fridge has lost power. Palmetto Poison Center managing director
-- If the storm is heading your way, fill your bathtub with water. That can become an extra water source for toilet flushing if you lose power.
-- Store some water in the freezer as the storm approaches. If the power goes out, it will thaw and offer you some cold water.
-- Top off your car with gas before the lines get too long.
Reach Wilks at 803-771-8362. Follow him on Twitter @AveryGWilks.
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