Cleanliness is Next to Calmliness...
Hurricane Matthew took South Florida by storm last week as it barreled through Haiti, then the Bahamas, and then onto Florida's Eastern Coast. Although originally from this area, I had been living in NYC for quite some time. I can't remember the last time I went through a real Florida hurricane. Yet here I was, in my first year back, bracing myself for the first hurricane to hit Palm Beach in eleven years!
I did however; experience Hurricane Sandy in New York back in 2012, when I lived in my studio apartment in the East Village. To say I was unprepared would be an understatement. You see my birthday is right before Halloween, so I always celebrate during a Halloween event. That particular year, I attended the Refinery29 costume party at downtown NYC's The Wooly. I went as Little Dead Riding Hood. So of course I was covered in fake blood and black makeup, as well as a shredded red robe (obviously). Since it was my birthday, I may have had more than a celebratory glass or two of champagne...
I woke up the next day to the sound of my phone ringing. It was my good friend, who was thoughtful enough to call me and ask me where I was going to go. Bleary eyed, I mumbled in confusion “What do you mean? I'm still sleeping!" He laughed nervously and informed me my apartment was in a mandatory evacuation zone, and that public transportation was shutting down in one hour. Say what?! Apparently this hurricane was a real thing! A very real thing that I needed to get out of bed for. With the previous year's dud of a hurricane, Irene, many New Yorkers were weary of heeding the warnings from the news. Irene ended up being a thunderstorm at best, and we had all scrambled in fear to prep for it. And this was NYC after all, we were immune to natural disasters right? Wrong!!
Needless to say, I had to dash around my apartment stuffing a suitcase full of anything I thought I might need for the next few days. In my haste, I definitely missed some very important essentials, including my beauty products, as well as a decent outfit. I rushed out of my place still in last night's costume, fake blood and all, my shredded red robe trailing behind me. Onlookers must surely have thought the apocalypse was upon them. Of course, I should have packed for a month because that's how long it took for my building to regain power. But for most cases, it's advised to pack enough supplies for at least three days.
Beauty products might be the last thing on your mind during an emergency. So why is it so important to pack them? Because keeping with a ritual that you maintain in everyday life can help restore some normalcy. And trust me, what's needed in times like these, is just that. Since power and water outages are highly likely during a hurricane, or any other major storm, I've gathered a list of all my favorite beauty essentials to get you through this challenging time. I looked for products that do the job without the use of water, and that contain soothing and healing ingredients in case my skin freaks out under the stress. Knowing you are prepared can help relieve some of this stress and help induce a state of calm. So, take all precautions seriously, and keep a go-bag of these skin care and body care must-haves packed up and ready to go.
- Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Cucumber and Sage
- eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere, Sweet Mint
- e.l.f. BB Cream SPF 20
- Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder Dry Shampoo
- Wet Brush Original Detangler Hair Brush
- SheaMoisture Sea Kelp and Pearl Protein Color Extend Leave-in Conditioner
- The Honest Company Lemongrass With Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel
- Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths Dispenser
- Shea Moisture African Black Soap Eczema Psoriasis Therapy Body Lotion Medicated for Sensitive Skin and Dry Skin
- Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max Fresh, Peppermint
- Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof Antiperspirant & Deodorant
- Crystal Geyser Water
- Non-perishable food (3 days worth)
- Water (3 days worth)
- First-aid kit (including prescription medications)
- Flashlights (include extra batteries)
- Battery operated radio (include extra batteries)
- Waterproof container with cash and important documents
- Manual can opener
- Lighter or matches
- Books, magazines, games for recreation
- Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
- Cooler and ice packs