When it comes to food, we always say "store what you eat and eat what you store", which is fantastic advice, but what if you only eat it once a year (let's say turkey at Thanksgiving or that awesome prime rib at Christmas)? The same thing goes for consumables that we don't necessarily see on a regular basis but when we need to use them we really notice they are missing. So, while this has been brought up as a tangent a few times in the past but it's good to review since I know I forget to keep these things in mind. Specifically, what got me thinking about this again was the fact that I seem to have a recurring issue with athlete's foot. Comes and goes (not looking for suggestions on a cure at this point, different topic/different thread) but it seems like at least once a year something trips a breaker somewhere and I get hit with this thing...and I always have to go to the store to get the cream. No, I'm not posting pictures, it's not that kind of thread nor is it really that bad...just itches like cray cray! What happens when the stores are closed or gone or there's too much month left at the end of the money, since not every prep/survival situation requires a full on armageddon? First aid is one thing, basics for example, but what about the other things you will need once or twice, 3-6 months into any type of long term situation? Here's my list, please feel free to add. I may or may not come back and edit this post with the "best of" but I'll probably add to it over time. Medical Athlete's foot creme, powder, ointment, liquid - Whichever one works best for you and the kind you get. "Gold Bond" type powder (while I'm on the topic) - If you've ever needed it and not had it, you KNOW how important it can be! I'm not brand loyal here and not looking for a commercial or argument about which is better, the concept is what matters. Eye wash/eye drops/irrigation bottle - any or all. About once a year I get something in my eye that I simply cannot seem to wash out with running water. Having that stupid little cup the squish on my eye and blink into seems to do the trick. I have one opened box that is about 3 months old and should be replaced. On the same note, eye drops are rarely used but again, if you need and don't have it makes life less than comfortable. Hand lotion - Doesn't need to be expensive but again, every once in a while you need it for 2-3 days but that's it. You either have to find it or go buy some. Household Stick matches - I have tons of these, but they are above the stove and I boil water there. I have had, in the past, perfectly dry matches that would not light and I assume it's from the humidity generated by cooking. They are cheap and in a long term situation you'll miss 'em. Ammonia - Seems like every so often it's time to break it out for cleaning only to find it's mostly evaporated or I used it up and didn't replace it, because I don't use it that often. Bleach - Yeah, I know, pool shock, but around here it's hard to find the stuff that isn't full of extra chemicals. Having a gallon on hand that's already made for ready use. Furnace Air Filters - See, this here assumes that there is still electricity and everything and you are just out. Having a clean filter increases the efficiency of your HVAC unit by a measurable amount and cheap as they are, there's really no excuse to not have several on hand. Non WROL water filter - I'm talking Brita or the kind for the fridge here, not three phase reverse osmosis .000002 micron bio-hazard decontamination anti-radiation filters. Again, when the water starts to taste like chlorine but there's two weeks of month and no budget, it's frustrating. Buy 'em on sale so you get the best deal and keep a stock on hand (assuming you use them at all). Water Softener Salt - If you have/use/need a water softener, get it in sale and hold onto it. You know how much you miss it when its gone! Auto Windshield Washer Fluid - Because that one morning that you are late, the bird crapped on your windshield and you are out of cleaner always ends up being your turn for carpool at lunch. Windshield wiper blades - It never fails that they fail when it's raining and you don't have time to stop for new ones. Auto fuses and replacement bulbs - Because timing is everything. Each car only uses two or three types of bulbs (not including the headlamp) and usually only needs a philips screwdriver to change. They take up almost no room and can/should be kept in the car (with the tool to change them. Fuses come in boxes of 5-10 and take up even less room. Know how to change both. General Duct Tape - If it moves and shouldn't, duct tape it...and because no list is complete without it. WD40 (or similar) - If it doesn't move and should, WD40 it...and because no list is complete without it. String/twine - I buy this crap every single year and can never find it when I need it again. I buy 100-200 foot spools (because they take up no room), use 10 feet and then loose the damned thing! Jute, cotton twine, nylon, whatever. I need it a couple of times a year and end up buying it almost every single time. No, I'm not THAT disorganized but I truly have no idea where they end up...maybe with all the missing socks from the dryer. This was an "off the top of my head" list and by no means exhaustive. It isn't meant to be a prepper list but a list of things that you either may think you have enough of but don't or just don't think about unless/until it's too late and you already need it.