One Mom’s Coronavirus / COVID-19 Shopping List

Will our family be quarantined because of the virus? There’s no way to know. However, I have been slowly buying certain things over the last few weeks so we are prepared just in case Coronavirus / COVID-19 reaches my community and our family does have to deal with an unexpected quarantine. I researched and bought air purifiers for the bedrooms. Based on recommendations from the CDC, I found humidifiers for each bedroom. We have enough fever-reducing and cold medicine in the house for the kids and for us. I also ensured that we had enough food, common sense cleaners, personal care, and other household supplies to sustain us for a period of time. Some friends were interested in my shopping list, so I gathered it in one place for easy sharing.

Air Sanitizer that plugs into the wall

Our core meals are spaghetti, home-made macaroni & cheese (plus modifiers), chicken breasts + veggies, chicken soup, beef stew, pinto beans, bacon & mixed beans, hamburgers w/ potato fries, various forms of Bisquick magic, and lentil stew. Lunches are usually sandwiches or Ramen noodles. Breakfast is pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, or eggs & veggies. My family has no food limitations. We just eat what we all like to eat and have time to cook.

So, without further ado, here is my full shopping list. The only foods that are long-term emergency “stock” are beans and rice. Everything else was just purchase in amounts slightly more than we would usually buy. This list will not be your family’s shopping list, but, hopefully, this list of items will trigger thoughts about what belongs on your own family’s shopping list.

As you’re thinking through this project, don’t forget that it may be important to have important documents on hand (like health insurance cards, id, birth certificates, immunization records, etc). Collect everything into one place so you know where it is if you need it.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts. I am adding to this list as needed. Community makes everything better.

Amazon List:

Corona Virus Shopping List - What Do You Need?

Walmart List:

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  • Hurst Hambeens 15 Bean Soup
  • Egg Noodles
  • Strawberry Jelly (no corn syrup)
  • Frozen Chicken Thighs (for chicken soup)
  • Frozen Orange Juice
  • Cheez-Its
  • Malt-O-Meal Breakfast Cereal, Tootie Fruities, Frosted Flakes, Coco Roos
  • Hand Sanitizer refills
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Melatonin
  • Multi-Vitamins (kids)

Costco List:

  • Rice
  • Bisquick
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Fish Sticks
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coffee (Regular)
  • Coffee (Decaf)
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Hamburger
  • Milk (enough gallons for two weeks – to be frozen). Powdered milk as backup.
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Toilet paper
  • Chips
  • Frozen Lasagna
  • Frozen vegetables (whatever looks good)
  • Batteries (remotes, controllers, flashlights, etc)
  • Gatorade

Aldi List:

  • Frozen Pizzas
  • Regular fresh vegetables (apples, oranges, bananas, 3 bags of celery, 3 bags of carrots, cabbage, jalapeños, avacadoes, plus the usual pile of other fresh vegetables)
  • Cheese (Shredded Mozzarella and Cheddar)
  • Sour Cream
  • Bacon (to be cut in 1″ slices, frozen for beans)
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Spaghettios
  • Canned Ravioli
  • Macaroni noodles
  • Ramen noodles
  • Velveeeta
  • Cream cheese
  • Cream
  • Almond Milk
  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • Lunchmeat
  • Oatmeal
  • Raisins
  • Cashews
  • Other Groceries

Pharmacy / Vitamins / Aromatherapy:

Remember to check prescriptions, refill, and pick up all needed prescriptions for your immediate family. Check with your parents or any other aging adult that you are responsible for and be sure they have done the same. Walgreens and CVS make it easy to manage your prescription refills online. Walgreens even makes it easy to spend FSA dollars on important medical-kit supplies like band-aids.

If you are responsive to aromatherapy, here are some suggestions for calming essential oils to have on hand.

CDC Emergency Preparedness

My shopping list assumes that we have power and clean water so we can cook and keep everyone warm and safe at home.

A full list of what the CDC recommends that families have on hand in case of emergencies (where that may not be the base assumption) is available on the CDC website. This list helps families prepare for scenarios where you may not have power, clean water, and may not be able to cook for a period of time. It is a good list to review.

Jenn is the Founder and CEO of Cotton Babies. She holds an Executive MBA from Washington University. She was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Emerging Category for the Central Midwest Region in 2011. Among many other awards, she recently received a 2017 YWCA Leader of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurship. Jenn holds many patents on various inventions in a number of different countries and is listed as one of 50 Missourians You Should Know. She is particularly fascinated by languages, chickens, and children (she has four) when she’s not reading economics journals.

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