Top 10 Hurricane Supplies You Can’t Do Without: Our Favorites Revealed

Top 10 Hurricane Supplies You Can’t Do Without: Our Favorites Revealed

Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and if the weather forecasts are correct (which I really hope they aren't) we are in for a doozy of a season in 2024 due to much warmer temperatures of the Gulf and Atlantic. 

So now is the time to start getting prepared.  

In this post, I will be sharing our favorite hurricane supplies that we were so thankful to have during Hurricane Ian.

It is a work-in-progress, so as I find more great things to have on hand, I'll be adding them to this article.

Also, if you have hurricane must-have's, please let me know, and we'll check them out!

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best hurricane supplies

1. Portable Generator

This is our #1 top recommendation for hurricane preparedness! This Westinghouse portable generator was a life-saver for us and our extended family during Hurricane Ian. 

We were without power for 5 days, and without internet or cell service for most of that time, and had 15 family members taking refuge in our home.

We were very happy to have a dependable generator that could keep the fridge and freezer cold, and that we could turn on when we wanted water for showers or coffee. We used it sparingly, however, as fuel was scarce and hard to come by. We used the propane we had, then went to gasoline.

We were so grateful for it, that my husband did this video review and demonstration on how to use it:

2. Hand Crank Emergency Radio

During Hurricane Ian, our only link to the outside world, and what was going on with the location of the hurricane and other news, was our cheap emergency hand crank radio that I had bought years ago to have "in case."  

We had never needed it until then, and boy, were we glad we had it!

emergency hand crank radio charger

3. Glass Water Dispensers

Before the hurricane arrives, gather lots of water in jugs, containers and your bathtub. Then get some glass water dispensers to have by your sinks for washing hands and brushing teeth.

As our well pump needed electricity to work. these were so handy to have!

glass water dispenser

4. Paper Map of your Local Area

During the hurricane, we got out our map of southwest Florida, and took turns cranking our emergency radio to be able to follow the path of the hurricane.

Everyone should have a paper map!

5. Solar Charger Power Bank

These are great to have one for each member of the family. A portable solar power bank for charging your cell phone. It also has a flashlight feature.

A must-have for sure!

To recharge, simply place in the sun!

solar charger power bank

6. Wireless Rechargeable Lights

I love these wireless rechargeble wall sconces! I did not have these during the last hurricane, but wish I did!

They do not require electricity, as they use rechargeable light bulbs that last up to 40 hours on each charge.  So when you lose power, you will not be left in the dark! 

So far I just have this one set in my great room, but I am thinking that I would love to have these in every room of the house, especially the bathrooms!

7. Cash

After the hurricane, many of the restaurants and stores that reopened were unable to process credit cards, so were "cash-only," even essential stores like Home Depot, so definitely have cash on hand!

cash only bone hook hurricane

I hope you enjoyed our list of our favorite hurricane supplies. We'll be adding more as we find more must-haves.

If you'd like to read more about our experience during Hurricane Ian, check out our post Hurricane Ian Update from our Family (Southwest Florida)

To read a survivor's story from Sanibel Island, check out Surviving Hurricane Ian (Sanibel Survivor Story)

What are your hurricane must-haves? Comment below!

What Restaurants are Open on Sanibel after Hurricane Ian?

What Restaurants are Open on Sanibel after Hurricane Ian?

Hurricane Ian and its horrific storm surge severely damaged the entire island of Sanibel, and the restaurants were no exception. The great news is that many are working hard to rebuild and come back better than ever!

One by one, the restaurants are reopening.  Some, of course, will take longer than others. Currently,  the ones that have reopened are only open to Sanibel residents and recovery workers (you need a hurricane pass to cross the causeway until Jan. 2, 2023, when the Sanibel causeway will be open to the public), but I'm looking forward to the day when we all can dine at our favorite island places once again!

Sanibel & Captiva Restaurants that have Reopened Since Hurricane Ian

1. Traders Restaurant

I was so excited when I heard that Trader's had reopened! The staff is so friendly, and the lobster ravioli is to die for!

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-7242

traders sanibel lobster ravioli scallops

2. Jerry's Deli, Café, and Coquina Coffee

The Deli, Café, and Coquina Coffee at Jerry's Supermarket are open  from 7am - 2pm daily.  Check out How is Jerry’s Foods Grocery Store after Hurricane Ian? to read more about Jerry's recovery.

1700 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-9300

cinnamon rolls Jerry's foods Sanibel

3. Cielo

Cielo is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm serving a limited menu.

1244 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-5555

Cielo sanibel Ian
Cielo sanibel Ian

4. Gramma Dot's

 Update: As of February 15, 2024, Gramma Dot's is now open!
Gramma Dot’s has been running for over three decades and is now open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

634 North Yachtsmen Drive, Sanibel, FL

gramma dots sanibel

5. Captiva Island Pizza

Captiva Island Pizza is open 11:00 -3:00 Monday - Thursday and 11:00 - 8:00 Friday and Saturday.

11513 Andy Rosse Ln, Captiva, FL
(239) 395-0823

captiva island pizza Ian

6. The Sanibel Grill

The Sanibel Grill is now open Thursday - Sunday, noon to 6pm!

Stay updated by following their Facebook page HERE.

703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-4453

the sanibel grill open after Ian

7. Sanibel Deli

The Sanibel Deli is now open!

You can follow their updates on their Facebook page HERE.

2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-2555

Sanibel deli open Ian
Sanibel deli open after Ian

8. Old Captiva House at Tween Waters

The Old Captiva House restaurant is now open!
15951 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

the old Captiva house restaurant Ian

9. Island Pizza Sanibel

Island Pizza, a fun family pizza place on Sanibel, has a target reopening date of Jan. 1, 2023.

But they’ve fired up the smoker and have been offering BBQ since December 16! 

You can stay updated on their progress on their Facebook page HERE.

1619 Periwinkle WaySanibel, FL 33957

+1 239-472-1581

Island Pizza Sanibel Ian

Island Pizza Sanibel

Island Pizza sanibel BBQ

Island Pizza Sanibel BBQ

10. The Shack of Sanibel

Sanibel's Fresh Frozen Custard Shack -- serving fresh frozen custard dessert treats, is now open!

You can stay updated about The Shack of Sanibel on their Facebook page HERE.

1219 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957

The Shack of Sanibel custard open after Ian

The Shack of Sanibel custard - open after Ian!

Sanibel Lighthouse hair clip

and other cute beach hair accessories!

Click below to learn about the lighthouse hair clip named in honor of the steadfast Sanibel lighthouse that withstood the winds & waves of Hurricane Ian! #SanibelStrong

Sanibel lighthouse hair clip beach accessories

Multiple sizes to fit all types of hair, from baby-fine to super-thick!

sanibel lighthouse hair clips

11. Mud Bugs Cajun Kitchen

Mud Bugs Sanibel at night open after Ian

Mud Bugs Cajun Kitchen is open!

Initial hours are 11 am to 7 pm. Live music daily starting at 3pm.

Happiest of Happy Hour specials including a “special hurricane”!

1473 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-2221

Mudbugs restaurant Sanibel Ian

Mudbugs cleanup after Ian

Mud bugs Cajun kitchen open sanibel after ian

12. Blue Giraffe Sanibel

The Blue Giraffe now has a food trailer open at:
 Periwinkle Place Shops
2075 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

No reopening date for their restaurant yet, but the Blue Giraffe on Sanibel has been working hard to be able to welcome guests once again!

You can stay updated on their progress on their Facebook page HERE.

2075 Periwinkle Way #14, Sanibel, FL

+1 239-472-2525

Blue Giraffe Sanibel after ian food truck open

13. Huxter's Food Truck

1203 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

14. Cantina Captiva Food Truck

14970 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

15. Tutti Pazzi Sanibel

Tutti Pazzi opened on January 15!
11 AM - 7:30 PM Wednesday through Monday

Tutti Pazzi open after Ian Sanibel

Tutti Pazzi Sanibel  - photo credit Mary Jean Hays

16. The Mucky Duck Captiva

As of January 25, 2023, the Mucky Duck is Open!

11546 Andy Rosse Ln

Captiva, FL

(239) 472-3434

You can read more about how Mucky Duck fared during Ian at How is Mucky Duck after Hurricane Ian?

17. Great White Grill

As of January 25, 2023, The Great White Grill is open!

You can stay updated on their Facebook page HERE.

2440 Palm Ridge Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-0212

great white grill sanibel pizza

18. Sweet Melissa's

Sweet Melissa's has a Pop-up every Thursday and Friday at Island Pizza!

1619 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

19. Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille

Although the Captiva Doc Fords location will not be reopening, as of February 17, the Sanibel Doc Fords location is open!

To learn more about Doc Ford's hurricane damage and to stay updated on their recovery, check out their website page HERE.

2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-8311

seafood paella doc fords sanibel

Doc Ford's Seafood Paella

deep water mahi mahi doc fords sanibel

Doc Ford's Deep Water Mahi Mahi

20. The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market

Timbers Restaurant is now open 5-8:30pm daily!

The Fish Market at the Timbers is open 1-7pm daily and 2 pm on Sundays.

703 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-3128

Timbers Restaurant Sanibel island florida

21. Rosalita's Cantina Sanibel

New Sanibel Tex-Mex location! Rosalita’s offers a full menu of both food and drinks. Try their signature table-side guacamole made right in front of you with  nachos piled high. They have a full array of classic Mexican dishes, more modern specialties and specialty margaritas. 

975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel, FL
+1 239-955-7673

Rosalita's Cantina Sanibel Mexican

22. Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro & Wine Bar Sanibel

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

+1 239-565-1608

Bleu Rendezvous French bistro & wine bar Sanibel Island

23. The Shipyard at 'Tween Waters Captiva

The Shipyard is a brand new Gulf-view restaurant next to The Old Captiva House at 'Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa.  Its grand opening was on May 15, 2023. Be sure to check it out while visiting Captiva!

BREAKFAST 7.30 AM – 11 AM | LUNCH 11.30 AM – 2 PM | LITE BITES 2 PM – 5 PM | DINNER 5 PM – 10 PM

15951 Captiva Drive
Captiva, Florida 33924


The Shipyard at Tween Waters Captiva

24. RC Otter's Captiva

As of June 17, 2023, RC Otter's on Captiva is open!

Live music daily with indoor and outdoor dining available.

11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva, FL

RC otter's captiva open 2023
rc otters captiva open after ian

25. The Crow's Nest Steakhouse

The Crow’s Nest Chophouse and whiskey bar had its grand opening on July 6, 2023.

It is in a stunning new location on top of the new Shipyard Restaurant at 'Tween Waters, for an unrivaled vantage point for watching the legendary sunsets over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

15951 Captiva Drive
Captiva, Florida 33924


Crow's Nest Captiva Tween Waters

26. The Green Flash Restaurant Captiva

UDPATE: As of  September 22, 2023, The Green Flash Restaurant on Captiva is open!

15183 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL
+1 239-472-3337

Green Flash Restaurant re-opening after Ian

27. The Sanibel Cafe

UPDATE: As of February 9, 2024, The Sanibel Cafe is open 7 days a week!

Serving breakfast and lunch all day, every day, from 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 

2007 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
(239) 966-4017

28. Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

UPDATE: As of February 13, 2024, Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream is open!

2075 Periwinkle Way #33
Periwinkle Place Shops
Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-6566

29. Lazy Flamingo Food Trailer

UDPATE: As of February 20, 2024, the Sanibel location of Lazy Flamingo has a food trailer open.

You can enjoy their famous grouper sandwich and other delightful menu items in their outdoor area with picnic tables with umbrellas. 

lazy flamingo sanibel after ian open

30. Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant

UPDATE: As of April 2, 2024, Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant is OPEN!

From the Wickies' website:
"On this small island of Sanibel, two devastating events happened within two months of each other. A fire completely destroyed The Island Cow Restaurant in August of 2022 and Hurricane Ian wiped out The Mad Hatter Restaurant at the end of September.  These two tragic events left two friends wondering what their next moves will be while they wait to rebuild their iconic restaurants. Being idle isn't really their strong suit. That's when... Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant came to fruition!"

362 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-0011

Wickies Lighthouse Restaurant Sanibel

Sanibel Lighthouse Hair Clip

I'm so excited for the release of the new Sanibel lighthouse Flexi hair clip named in honor of the beautiful historic Sanibel Island lighthouse.

Despite devastation all around and losing a leg in the 13-15' storm surge during Hurricane Ian, the steadfast lighthouse remained standing.

It is now a symbol of hope for residents, visitors, and Sanibel-lovers everywhere! ❤️

Watch the video below to learn more about this beautiful new lighthouse clip, and learn 3 quick & easy hairstyles you can do with it, no matter how thick or thin your hair!

You can also purchase it HERE.


What else is open on Sanibel?

There are many businesses, shops, services, activities, and accommodations on Sanibel & Captiva that have reopened since Ian.

Check out our post for the full list: What is Open on Sanibel?

Support Sanibel restaurants and shops

One way you can support the restaurants and shops of Sanibel until you can visit again is to shop through their online store! To see all the Sanibel and Captiva businesses that have online shops, check out my article Sanibel Island Online Shopping Directory (after Hurricane Ian)

Stay Updated!

Follow me on Facebook HERE to stay updated on all things Sanibel, Captiva and SW Florida!

Sanibel beautiful strong loved shirt

Keep me posted!

This is an on-going article that I hope to keep updated. If you hear of a Sanibel restaurant that has reopened or has set a date to reopen, please let me know in the comments below!  Thank you! 💜