This year hasn't exactly been easy and no one's expecting it to get any easier over the next two-and-a-half months. I mean already in stores there are shortages in paper products again, it is kinda hit or miss when you go out in a hunt for the highly sought after toilet paper creature.

According to a new survey, almost three-quarters of people say they're expecting the toughest winter eveeeeer! But since we know it's coming, we're preparing in advance. Here are the top eight things people are stocking up on.

Naturally, the COVID-19 pandemic topped the list of the most frequent anxieties respondents have encountered during their time in quarantine, closely followed by their family's health and their own wellbeing.

A further 36% cited political instability and the upcoming presidential election (33%) as frequent contributors to their stress levels.

With all of these trials and tribulations, 67% of respondents are worried the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on their holiday cheer.

It's no surprise then that nearly three-quarters of respondents shared they're planning to take better care of their mental health this winter.

Face masks. still in stores but prices on some are pretty high.

This one can be hit or miss now already, Toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues.

Vitamins, still on the shelves but not so much with the popular ones.

Canned good always good to stock up on them

Things for the medicine cabinet.

Flashlights and candles, living here always a great idea to pick up extra now..

Warm socks, people will be trying to save money on heat etc..so get them when you can

Blankets, luckily for me I have an overload on those.

What is comes down to look at what you know your family will need for the winter and try to pick it up when you can.

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