With some states issuing a “Safer at Home Act” and more to follow, now might be the time to prepare for a possible home quarantine. This doesn’t mean to go out and buy everything that you can get your hands on. You want to get just enough that it can last you a few weeks and save some supplies for everybody else. Nobody wins if everybody keeps buying up all the toilet paper! Here are a few tips to help get you prepared:
Get the Basics
Food, cleaning supplies, and medication are the big three basic essentials. When buying food, keep in mind you want it to last at least two weeks, so non-perishables like rice, pasta, and canned fruits and vegetables are great to stock up on. Don’t forget about your pets either! Make sure you have enough food to last them two weeks, as well.
The virus is killed with almost any household cleaner, so ensure you have plenty in stock at home. Then try to get into a routine of wiping down objects you come in contact with a lot with such as countertops, doorknobs, and light switches. Make sure you have enough OTC medicine in case someone needs them. More importantly, try to get an extended supply of any prescription medication you need. Usually, you can get a 90-day supply if you ask your doctor. Minimize social interaction even more by getting your prescriptions mailed instead.
It’s important to remember that most grocery stores and restaurants (take-out/delivery) will remain open during shelter in-places, so don’t panic! Food will still be available when you run out.
Leave the Masks
One thing you don’t need is facemasks. People who are infected and healthcare workers are the only ones who need them right now and they’re facing a huge shortage. It’s hurting hospitals and the very people that are trying to fight the virus. If you already have a box or two at home, donate it to your local hospital! Another thing you don’t need is bottled water. This isn’t a hurricane or earthquake where water gets contaminated and bottled water is necessary. Your taps will be just fine!
We don’t know how long these quarantines are going to last, so now would be a great time to purchase some stuff that will help keep you (and the whole family) entertained. Buy that new book you’ve been hearing about or grab a few new board games your whole family will love. If you’re more into technology, now would be a great time to download a new streaming service. Plus, most of them have a free trial period, so you can start streaming for free! It’s important in times like these to be prepared, but also remember to find ways to take your mind off all the craziness and still have fun.
Don’t forget to check out the Luv Your Life app for more assistance! We’ve gathered dozens of resources to help with everything from staying active indoors to keeping the kids entertained. It will be your go-to app during this crazy Covid-19 time.