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.
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.
- Travel-Size Air Purifier with UVC Light (for hotel rooms)
- Dried Elderberries (we make our own elderberry syrup in the InstantPot using dried elderberries, sugar, cinnamon oil, and clove oil)
- Elderberry Gummies
- Small Room Humidifier (one for each bedroom)
- Small Room Air Purifier with N13 HEPA Filter (one for each bedroom)
- Dried Lentils (our family eats a lot of legumes)
- Dried Pinto Beans (our family eats a lot of legumes)
- Hard White Wheat Berries (we make bread in a bread maker)
- Hand Sanitizer (large – for the office)
- Hand Sanitizer (individuals)
- Hand Soap Refills (Better Life – a St. Louis-created brand that I love)
- Kitchen and Bath Cleaner
- Disinfecting Wipes (for wiping down knobs and faucets)
- Disposable Gloves
- Simple Green
- Tide Free & Gentle HE
- Clorox Bleach
- N95 Masks
- NyQuil Cold & Flu
- Always Maxi Pads
- Kotex Super Plus Tampons
- Carefree Pantiliners
- Colgate Kids Toothpaste
- Crest Toothpaste
- Hint Deodorant for Women
- Tea Tree Shampoo
- Tea Tree Conditioner
- Vicks Digital Thermometer
- Elemental Joy Cloth Diaper Kit (x2) – NOTE: If you have a baby, reusable diapers are good to have on hand during emergencies. My company, Cotton Babies, manufactures this particular product.
- Toilet Paper
- Hurst Hambeens 15 Bean Soup
- Egg Noodles
- Strawberry Jelly (no corn syrup)
- Frozen Chicken Thighs (for chicken soup)
- Frozen Orange Juice
- Malt-O-Meal Breakfast Cereal, Tootie Fruities, Frosted Flakes, Coco Roos
- Hand Sanitizer refills
- Vitamin C
- Multi-Vitamins (kids)
- Chicken Nuggets
- Fish Sticks
- Peanut Butter
- Coffee (Regular)
- Coffee (Decaf)
- Chicken Breasts
- Milk (enough gallons for two weeks – to be frozen). Powdered milk as backup.
- Sliced Cheese
- Toilet paper
- Frozen Lasagna
- Frozen vegetables (whatever looks good)
- Batteries (remotes, controllers, flashlights, etc)
- 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)
- Spaghetti sauce
- Spaghetti noodles
- Canned Ravioli
- Macaroni noodles
- Ramen noodles
- Cream cheese
- Almond Milk
- 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.