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I never thought I’d be writing for preparing for a pandemic. One week we are having an outdoor Birthday party at a park. The next week, we were making a plan for staying home indefinitely and going on a search for toilet paper and hand sanitizer. I’ve been working from home and doing zoom meetings as I am also keeping the kids home and homeschooling during quarantine. I recently starting looking for masks with filters in case we go for a walk or I have to go to the store. With all this happening, I wanted to write a checklist of items that we should buy for home quarantine like alcohol, hand sanitizer and face masks. This is not only good for preparing for the Covid-19 virus but also for the future. This certainly took everyone off guard. I never want to be in this position again.
Although, we usually stock up for a week or two ahead on most household items, here are necessities for preparing for a pandemic.
Essentials for Preparing for a Pandemic
One of the symptoms of the Corona Virus is a fever, so it’s important to check your temperature. You need a good thermometer and my favorite one is the forehead thermometer. These are not only great for adults but are good for kids who have trouble sitting still or keeping something in their mouth
It’s important to have a face mask for two reasons; to protect yourself and to protect others if you are sick. Although in the beginning of this pandemic there were questions whether or not one needs to wear a mask if their not sick, recently new evidence suggests that if you leave your house, for groceries for instance, wearing a mask is taking a proactive precautionary measure. You can buy disposable masks but I suggest washable and reusable masks.
It’s good to have at least one bottle of alcohol to keep stocked. I did not have any and have still not had any luck fining any at the pharmacy or grocery stores . This is probably because they need them at the hospitals. and so I went three weeks without it. I found a large bottle at Costco.
Hand sanitizer kills most germs if it has alcohol in it and since I had a couple of small bottles I was able to use those. The key is to have at least 60% alcohol. I am unable to find hand sanitizer anywhere and I’m sure hospitals are priority so I found my favorite one on Amazon. Although it says they are out of stock, I have been able to order 2 boxes for myself and two boxes (6 small bottles) for my parents and my friends have been able to order. You just have to check every day to see if they are in stock. It’s called Everyone Hand Sanitizer in Coconut and Lemon and is usually sold in Sprouts and wholefoods but they are all out now. I was also able to get their peppermint and citrus flavor.
Don’t forget hand cream. With all this constant washing hands and sanitizing, your hands will dry out. I love L’Occitane Nourishing Lavender Hand Cream. It’s so hydrating, I keep a tube by my bed.
Get cleaning supplies like Clorox wipes and Lysol. I had one bottle of each but would like to have a months supply. I was able to find some at Target if I went about 20 minutes before opening.
We have never stock piled anything. I always keep pasta and rice in the house because they always work for the kid’s meals. We like our food fresh so we usually go to the store every day. Well, those days are over and I started growing herbs and will be attempting to grow my own garden. But for now, it’s important to make sure that you have at least a two week supply of food. Click here for a list of foods that last two weeks.
Two Week Supply of Water
Make sure you have water. Costco allows two cases a person. We also have a water filter dispenser.
Prescription Medications and Get Well Supplies
Keep your pharmacists information handy and make sure you have at least a 30 day prescription. You also want to get some “get well” supplies like cold and flu medicine and Emergen-C packets.
Although many people are buying medical grade or disposable gloves, I think those should be left for people in the medical field like doctors, nurses and physical therapists. It’s getting hot here in Arizona, but I think wearing cotton gloves if needed (which shouldn’t be a lot anyway) are appropriate.
These are essentials to preparing for a pandemic. If you have anything you think I should add to this list, let me know!