Quarantining is an appropriate response to a potential health crisis, but it’s important that we not lose our heads as we attempt to be safe. Here are some tips on how to responsibly prepare for quarantine and what sorts of things you should buy.
Please note the purpose of this is to prevent hoarding, and reduce panic by some basic preparations.
What to Plan For with an Illness Quarantine
For an illness quarantine we need to take the proper safety precautions, for the amount of time recommended by the CDC. Realistically though, you need to be prepared to not go out for at least a month. With that in mind, you should stock up on anything your household is going to need in order to get by for that long. Use any resources you have from pantry space to freezer space, and don’t forget about other household essentials beyond food.
Download the free printable quarantine checklist at the bottom of this post.
How to Handle a Quarantine
When you quarantine it means you don’t leave the house. If you are able to leave at all, it should be minimal and only for emergencies.
How to Stock up on Supplies to Prepare for Quarantine
The biggest problem you will face in a quarantine situation is fear and panic. Ignorance and lack of critical thinking come next, but fear and panic make a bad situation worse by causing more people to make bad choices. When you are stocking up for a home quarantine, don’t get swept up in the hysteria. You don’t have to go overboard in stocking up, just be responsible and plan ahead.
The best thing to do is to order what you can online and have it delivered to your home. For emergency items you have to leave your house to buy, have a game plan in place. Go as early as possible so there will be fewer customers in the store. Wear protective gear, and use self check-out if you can.
What Should You Buy to Prepare for Quarantine
Make a list of truly important essentials and how much you need in order to get by for the next few weeks. Don’t overcompensate and buy more than you need to to make it through. As you compile your list, concentrate on fresh foods, shelf-stable items, freezer items and items for your household.
Grab what you can that’s fresh so you can eat more healthy for your first week or so. get enough fresh fruit and veggies to last you the next ten days. Buy extra bread and keep it in the refrigerator to extend the freshness. For fruits and vegetables, make sure they are thoroughly rinsed before eating and don’t eat anything within five hours of buying it at the store. If you have a freezer with a large capacity, buy more fresh ingredients with the intent to make large meals for freezing. Here are some examples of things to stock up on
- Salad Mix
When you want to stock up, your main focus is going to be on the pantry items. You can stock up on rice and pasta as well as canned beans and vegetables. These last a long time and are relatively inexpensive.
- Canned beans/Chili
- Canned vegetables
- Trail Mix
You can also stock up on things like ramen, cereal bars, and mac and cheese.
You can make cooking easy on yourself by stocking up on freezer meals, or you can cook in big batches and freeze the food that you make. Lasagna and enchiladas do particularly well.
Be smart and proactive about keeping stocked on your household items, but don’t overdo it. stick to what you know you will need and avoid hoarding and paying for unnecessary items. Make sure you have an adequate supply of toilet paper, garbage bags, dish soap, disinfectant, and cleaning supplies. remember those latex gloves, too.
How to make your own cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer
If you are having trouble finding things like: cleaning supplies, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer, the good news is use can use alternative products to make these things at home.
- How to make homemade hand sanitizer.
- How to make your own bleach wipes.
- How to make your own baby wipes.
What to buy to prepare for a lock down or quarantine:
- Water bottles
- Canned goods
- Canned powder milk
- Frozen Meals
- Frozen Fruit and Vegetables
- Frozen Pizza
- Rice / Pasta
- Cereal / Oatmeal
- Personal care items:
- Body wash
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand soap
- Feminine products
- Facial tissues
- Medicine (Over The Counter)
- First Aid Kit
- Pet Food
- Cleaning Supplies:
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Laundry detergent
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Food
- Milk (check dates)
- Medicine – Tylenol, Motrin
- Games / Toys / Activities
The ultimate goal of this list to help you feel prepared in case of a quarantine or lock down. It is to hopefully reduce panic in a situation that can be scary. Please, please do not hoard and only buy what you would truly need, so there is enough supplies for everyone.
Did I forgot any important items on this quarantine list?! What are you buying for your family during the coronavirus outbreak? Share in the comments.
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