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    Be Prepared With The 15 Best Things To Stock Up On At Costco As Hurricane Season Approaches

    Buy a few of these best things to stock up on at Costco on future warehouse trips.

    Accuweather and other outlets are predicting a “super-charged hurricane season” for 2024, with 20-25 storms forecasted. Add to these wild tornados, landslides, and other strong weather events, and many people are at risk of power outages and storm damage. 

    It’s best to be prepared.

    While lots of fanfare has been made about Costco’s Emergency Supply bucket, that’s not the only great item to stockpile in case of a storm. From canned goods to bottled water, the warehouse is full of items to have in your hurricane kits. The best time to stock up is before the forecast arrives. So, grab a few items next time you head to the warehouse.

    We’ve got 15 things to stock up on at Costco to prepare for storm season.

    Costco Stock Up List

    The National Weather Service recommends having three days of food on hand in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Costco’s bulk items are the perfect place to buy your stockpile at great prices. Here are the best Costco items to have in your hurricane kits.

    Bottled Water — $7.49 for 40 Bottles

    This is the most important item to have on hand. Water can be contaminated, wells may not run, and who knows? Having at least three days of bottled water is recommended, and most experts suggest one gallon per person per day. If you’ve ever been out days before a storm hits, you know bottled water is one of the first items to run out, so it’s top on our Costco stock-up list for storm season.

    Best Things To Stock Up On At Costco Canned Goods

    Chickpeas — $7.99 for 8 cans

    Goya Chickpeas

    These protein-packed beans are great to have on hand in case of a disaster. You can eat them right out of the can as a snack or mix them with tuna for healthy sandwiches. They are shelf-stable and last for a few years if left in a cool, dry place. 

    Beans — $7.99 for 8 cans

    Goya Beans

    Costco carries two types of Goya beans: red kidney and black. Both are excellent mixed with some boil-in-a-bag rice for a comforting lunch or dinner in a snap. Like chickpeas, these beans have a long shelf life.

    Baked Beans — $10.49 for 8 cans

    These are great with hot dogs or on their own. You don’t even need to heat them if you don’t have access to a stove. We’ve seen Bush’s Baked Beans on Death Star several times, so stock up when you see them. 

    Nissin Cup Noodles — $11.79 for 24 cups

    Cup Noodles are an excellent Costco food to stock up on, and they are no longer relegated to dorm room micro-fridges. They are inexpensive, last forever, and ready in minutes with only boiled water needed. We typically buy the bricks or Lotus Brown Rice Ramen Noodles, but these prepacked cups are easier for a hurricane kit. 

    Quaker Instant Oatmeal — $13.79 for 52 Packets

    Everyone thinks about snacks and dinners when making their Costco stock-up list and forgets about breakfast.  Quaker Instant Oatmeal needs to be in your pantry. It’s easy to make and lasts for years, and the three different varieties mean that even if you eat oatmeal for days, it will taste different. We lived on these when we lost power for weeks during Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

    10 Costco Pantry Items to Have On Hand

    Kirkland Signature Almond Butter — $6.69 for 27 ounces

    We’ve openly discussed our love for Kirkland Signature Almond Butter, and there are almost as many fans of Costco’s Peanut Butter. These spreads are great for making simple sandwiches, mixing them into oatmeal for a protein boost, and putting on crackers for a filling snack. 

    Trail Mix — $12.99 for 12 packs

    A nutrient-dense snack filled with chocolate? Sign us up! Unopened trail mix doesn’t last nearly as long as canned goods, but you can still have a jug on hand for 6-9 months before the quality starts to degrade. 

    Bumble Bee Tuna — $17.49 for 8 cans

    We’ve reviewed the canned tunas in the warehouse to find the best and several good options. Canned tuna is one of Costco’s best things to stock up on because it’s versatile. Besides the standard tuna sandwich, you can mix it with pasta and olives for an easy dinner or have it with crackers for a filling snack. 

    Kirkland Signature Premium Chunk Chicken Breast — $12.99 for 6 cans

    Not everyone loves canned tuna—we get it! So check out a lesser-known canned protein that might be more palatable for your loved ones: Kirkland Signature Canned Chicken. From quesadillas to chicken salad, this canned good produces many delicious meals.

    Go Go Squeez Apple Sauce — $17.59 for 28 pouches

    Apple Sauce is a great snack and can replace cooking oil for baked goods. Kids love squeeze pouches, but if you have adults who aren’t too keen, there are small Dole cups in the warehouse, too.

    Shelf Stable Milks — Various

    Whether you’re looking for organic whole milk, chocolate milk, oat, or chocolate banana almond milk, Costco has many dairy and non-dairy shelf-stable options. Whether you use it in your morning (instant) coffee or cereal, it’s great to have on hand. 

    Pasta — $8.99 for 7 Boxes

    The warehouse carries several types of pasta; we love the Barilla variety pack. If you don’t have power, you can boil water on your camping stove or BBQ 

    Rao’s Marinara Sauce — $11.89 for 2 Jars

    This is by far our favorite jarred sauce at the warehouse and beyond. It has simple ingredients, no added sugar, and a great tomato flavor. If we had to rank items, Rao’s sauce would be number two on our Costco Stock Up List. It’s about ⅓ cheaper than the local grocery store and goes on sale about twice a year. Sign up for our weekly newsletter if you want our picks for the best Costco sales directly in your inbox.

    Energy Bars — Various

    In case of a disaster, you may have clean-up to do, and you need to fuel your body. The energy bar aisle is full of options, from kid-friendly Clif Bars (one of our favorites) to RX Bars and more. If you don’t have a favorite, look for bars with ingredient names you understand, calorie counts between 200 and 400, and 15-20 grams of protein. 

    Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee — $16.49 for .88 lbs

    Simple comforts are much appreciated when you are without power for a few days and life is upheaved. One such comfort is a cup of coffee. Costco carries a 14-ounce container of Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee. All you need is boiling water, which you can make on a grill or camping stove. 

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