Essential Supplies to Weather a Pandemic

Getting through the Coronavirus outbreak is anything but easy. With about three[1] in four Americans staying at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that you invest in a few items that will help keep you and your loved ones sane and healthy. Here are five things we recommend you stock up on to outlast the Coronavirus from home:

1. Hygiene Supplies

Having the right supplies may help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the best ways you can combat the Coronavirus is by thoroughly washing your hands. That’s why purchasing hand soap and hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol is a must for your household.

Another essential item you should consider getting is a face covering.* Studies[2] have also shown that face coverings, even made of cloth, can potentially reduce your chances of transmitting or contracting viral illnesses. Consider getting a cloth mask made from material that can help filter incoming germs such as heavy cotton or flannel.

*The Centers for Disease Control are now recommending the use of cloth masks as a method to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here.

2. Dry Goods and Canned Food

During food shortages, dry goods and canned food are essential. Stock up on dry goods like rice, pasta, and other non-perishable items to ensure that your food supply will last a few weeks. Canned foods like beans, fruits, and vegetables have a long shelf life and can be added to a variety of meals. If you can’t find many dry goods or canned food, freeze-dried foods or frozen foods are an alternative.

3. Board Games

As more of us practice social distancing, it’s important to get some necessary mental stimulation. While it’s easy to binge-watch every new TV show and movie on streaming services like Netflix, eventually you’ll be clawing for other things to do. Participating in activities like board games can stimulate your brain and help soothe anxiety. If board games aren’t your thing, you can also try puzzles, arts and crafts, or an online course in a subject that interests you. Here are a few board game suggestions for people of all ages:

For adults:

  • Catan the Board Game
  • Chess
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf
  • Sequence
  • Spontaneous the Song Game

For families:

  • Battleship
  • Blokus
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Melissa and Doug Suspend Family Game
  • Spot It!

For kids:

  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Concept Kids: Animals
  • Jenga
  • Mousetrap
  • Scrabble Junior

4. Medical Supplies

If someone in your household has a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, or hypertension, make sure you have enough medical supplies for another month or so. Stocking up on items like contact lenses and over the counter medications is also a good idea because they’re typically in high demand. Lastly, if you don’t have a first-aid kit on hand, you should consider building one with the following items:

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages
  • Benadryl or other antihistamines
  • Cotton balls
  • Ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Scissors
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Roller bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Tape

5. Movement

Sitting or lying down for extended periods of time isn’t best for your body. However, Mayo Clinic reported that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day can counteract the effects of sitting. Movement also has other benefits, including decreased stress, better sleep, and improved thinking. Stay active at home by participating in activities such as:

  • Free home workouts on YouTube or Instagram
  • Walk through your neighborhood if you’re able to get outdoors
  • Household cleaning activities
  • Play with your kids
  • Dance in your living room

With these tips, you can stay safe and healthy at home!

Find more tips on how to stay mentally well in our blog post 10 Tips to Stay Calm During the Coronavirus.