Originally Posted by Meadmaker
Oh, the toilet paper thing is nuts for sure. Of all the items that one could manage without with a bit of a work-round, that's near the top of the list. But long-life milk, tins of soup, crispbreads, porridge oats, tinned meat and vegetables, that sort of thing, it makes sense.
I was lucky. Early in January 2019 I went on a ten-week cruise. The ship didn't get back to England until less than two weeks before the then Brexit date and I had no confidence we wouldn't crash out with huge disruption. Obviously 12 days was not long enough to rely on getting in a stock of things if it really did look likely they'd be needed.
Starting in November 2018, every time I went to the supermarket or the pet store I bought extra. I had a list on my computer of what I thought I should store, and worked my way through it. I have a large double garage with a ceiling, which forms a loft accessed by a loft ladder from the garage. The space is cool and dry. There's nothing there but empty boxes and a stock of incandescent light bulbs. Or there wasn't.
I carted stuff up a bit at a time, wanting to know that if news reports from Britain in early March spoke of alarm and panic buying, I'd have the security of knowing I had supplies even if the shelves were bare by the time we docked. I thought I'd be eating the stuff through 2019, one way or another.
But the Brexit situation was only repeatedly postponed, never resolved. I couldn't swear even now that we won't crash out at the end of this year, but now that might be the least of our worries. Anyway, although I used the things with the shorter expiry dates last summer, I left all the non-perishables and dry goods where they were.
Last Saturday I went to the International Women's Day protest in front of the Scottish parliament, and on the way home I swung by the supermarket and got pretty much all I needed to replace the items I'd used up. There was very little long-life milk left, but I had a large tin of dried milk and some tins of condensed milk in the stash, and I stuck an extra two pints into my freezer as well. I got everything else.
So when this virus comes into the village, I can stay away from everybody for quite an extended time, without even going to the shop. I even have spare to help neighbours if necessary.
But there's still only a single 16-pack of toilet rolls there. Let's not get ridiculous.