Is it better to have one big container of your basic stocks — such as sugar, flour and pasta — or to divide it up?
My preference is to divide pretty much everything into at least two containers. Usually, I have three: a smaller container that I get into “all the time” and then my main stock divided between at least two airtight bins. There are several reasons for this:
- If something happens to one container — say bugs get into it or it gets moldy — you haven’t lost your entire stock of that item.
- The more you get into a container, the greater the chances of getting contamination or bugs in it. So having containers that you aren’t getting into will decrease the chance that those containers of food will have a problem.
- It’s usually easier to find places to store smaller containers.
- Smaller containers are lighter in weight and much easier to handle when the boat is moving.
Paper products — particularly toilet paper and feminine hygiene products — should also be divided in case of a leak in a locker. You really don’t want to lose your entire stock of either one. Read more tips on storing paper products.