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Add offbeat items to your shopping list

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What else should you have?

You've stocked up on canned tuna and flashlight batteries. Here are some items you might not think to add to your hurricane supplies. But you'll be glad you did.

• Other batteries: hearing aid, cell phone, digital camera, handheld games.

• Bleach, bleach, bleach, to clean up mold.

• Termite bait and ant poison.

• Sunscreen, lip balm, insect spray.

• Hand sanitizer and canisters of wipes.

• Toothbrushing pads (handy when water is in short supply).

• Mosquito netting.

• Paper towels. If the water supply is shut off, it's easier to wipe up food prep areas with paper towels than with sponges.

• Work gloves and rubber gloves.

• Squeegees on long handles for scraping mud out of the house if you've been flooded.

• Rags, sponges, mops for cleanup.

• Spare pair of eyeglasses. Sunglasses.

• Backup package of disposable contacts; eyedrops.

• Air horn to call for help if you're trapped.

• Spray paint to paint your number and insurance carrier on the front of your house.

• Laser pointer or powerful flashlight to attract attention if you need help in the dark.

• Dry socks and shoes, several changes.

• Flat fixer. Streets may be full of broken glass and sharp debris.

• Laundry detergent and a bucket for washing clothes until power is restored.

• Spare set of keys. In the confusion and disarray, it's easy to misplace them.

• Portable air conditioner. This can be plugged into a generator to provide at least some relief from heat and humidity.

• Cash.

Times staff writer

Add offbeat items to your shopping list 05/16/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 16, 2008 10:44am]
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