There are some things you really need to survive in Nebraska…and there are other things we just seem to have collectively decided belong in every home in the state. Of course, you’ll find some of this stuff in homes in other states, but almost every household in Nebraska will have these essential items.
1. Lots and lots of winter gear.
Hats, coats, scarves, gloves...we've got them all, usually in multiples because we're sensible and we know we'll always need spares.
2. An assortment of snow shovels and other winter tools.
There's a different use for each one of those shovels - something you learn after many winters of snow removal.
3. Fuzzy socks or slippers.
These delightfully soft foot cozies are a welcome gift for any holiday. Whether they come handmade from a relative or straight from the dollar bin at Shopko, these things are the best in cold weather.
4. A collection of bug sprays and sunscreens that could rival any drugstore.
These are the absolute essentials right here. We collect so many bottles because most of us have a hard time throwing them out after they expire...or even accepting the fact that they have expiration dates.
5. A quilt made by a family member.
Whether it's a treasured family heirloom or a gift from your last birthday, these are priceless.
6. A tornado kit.
If you don't have a full kit ready to go every summer in your basement, you've probably at least got a flashlight and a weather radio just in case.
7. College gear.
We usually think of Huskers gear first, but there are a lot of colleges in Nebraska and we like to show pride in our favorite.
8. Something in a camo print.
We don't even hunt in my house, but somehow we have a couple of camouflage items that seem to have just appeared on their own.
Bonus points if all of yours have the names of banks or insurance companies on them because you've gotten them all at parades!
10. These little corn on the cob holders.
Summer doesn't feel right without lots of fresh corn on the cob, and it's a heck of a lot harder to eat if you aren't protecting your fingertips from the heat with these handles.
11. Dorothy Lynch.
This is the most delicious, versatile condiment ever invented, and no Nebraska household would be complete without a bottle or two.
12. A scented wax warmer.
Why do we have these? Because they can make your house smell like cookies all the time. COOKIES! They're magical.
Do you have all of these in your house? What other items are essential for every Nebraska home? Let us know in the comments.