From food to first-aid, this is what you’re going to need to survive.
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The beautiful, pleasant shower outside the window can, in no time, turn into an unending downpour. Much before you realise, you’ll be stuck at home with limited access to the outside world. So what do you do? Singing childhood nursery rhyme ‘rain, rain, go away’ isn’t going to help.

With heavy monsoon showers there is a possibility of getting stranded at home. On such situations it is important to stock up on essentials. But how do you know what are the key items you need to keep handy? We’ve got you covered, here’s a list of basic things you should stock up on, to weather the rains. 

Medicines and Safety Kits

People who take prescription medication, it is always advisable to keep a check on your medicines and refill ASAP. Not taking your medicine time-to-time could have extreme consequences. In addition to that, safer side, also keep a first aid kit handy, just in case there’s an accident. 

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Power outage is a common phenomenon when rains get torrential and refuse to abate. For such times you need to be ready with a few options—candles, flashlight, etc. Make sure you also have enough resources (batteries, matchboxes, lighter) to keep your  lights going. 


Bottled Water

Water supply to your home can be compromised or get contaminated due to incessant rain. Hence, it is advisable you keep a bunch of water bottles for back-up. In addition to this, you can also keep sports drinks handy. The electrolytes in these beverages help you rehydrate and replenish fluids when water is scarce.

FOOD

With monsoon behaving like the difficult relatives who refuse to leave, it’s essential you stock up your food supplies before-hand. You don’t want to be stranded at home without any food.

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-    As far as vegetables and fruits (basically, fresh produce) are concerned, tomatoes, potatoes, yams, bitter gourd, and citrus fruits can be bought and stored. With their high acid content and tough skin, citrus fruits can stay for longer than others. Also, they are a great source of vitamin C, which will keep you hydrated. 

-    In addition to veggies and fruits, one must also ensure that the pantry staples – salt, sugar, spices – grains (rice, lentils) and wheat flour are present in enough quantity for the family. They always make sure you get a good meal, whatever the reason for being stuck indoors. 

-    Keeping some high-energy foods like nuts and trail mixes can be convenient for snacking. All you need to do is to put them in air-tight containers so they don’t oxidise or lose their freshness. 

-    Keep some instant coffee and tea bags handy so that this stressful situation doesn’t get worse with a coffee/tea withdrawal headache. Also, none of us can deny the fact that a hot cup of tea/coffee can actually help one calm down. 

Now, just because you’re stuck at home with limited choices, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your food cravings. To help you get creative with limited supplies, we’ve compiled a bunch of simple recipes you can cook. 

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1.    Chapati Noodle Snack – ask us what is the best way to rescue leftover chapatis, we’ll direct you to this recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar.

2.    Parched Rice (Poha) Croquettes – Chef Gautam Mehrishi can help you save the day with his quick and easy-to-make poha croquettes. 

3.    Achaari Chana – If you’ve got your pantry staples handy, this power-packed snack shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to prepare.

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