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My Coronavirus Quarantine Shopping List

I cringed writing this post because on one hand I want to roll my eyes at all the ridiculous hype around the situation, but on the other, it’s also nice to be prepared. If you have to be stuck inside, it’s good if you feel well-stocked. It could make the difference between feeling claustrophobic and cozy!

If you’re like me and consider yourself a non-alarmist who likes to feel prepared AND cozy, have a look at this list I made for myself with that mentality. Here’s what we got on our trip ahead of the two week quarantine, or lockdown, as they’re calling it in some places:

pasta sauce
almond/oat milk (non-refrigerated)
dried mango
plain cashews/raw nuts
canned tuna/salmon
baby food
peanut butter
grilled sesame oil (adds great flavor!)
olive oil
rice cakes
brown rice
canned beans
protein powder
parmesan cheese or other hard cheeses (they keep about a month in the fridge)
citrus fruits (they have a longer shelf life than thin skinned fruit)
bell peppers
popcorn (if you have a microwave)
frozen bread (like ezekiel which is super high in fiber and nutrients)
preferred meats/seafood which can easily be frozen and stored for a while
yogurt (also keeps a while in the fridge)
chicken/veggie stock
all purpose flour (if you’re in the mood to bake something special/fun)
butter (if you’re in the mood to bake something special/fun)
protein bars

body wash
toilet paper

hand soap
white vinegar (great to use as a natural cleaner in a pinch)
dish soap
paper towels
rubbing alcohol
trash bags

Medicine cabinet:
throat lozenges
tylenol adult/baby
cold medicine like Nyquil/Dayquil

This is enough for at least a couple weeks, save for a few items that’ll need to be replenished sooner like some baby food and fresh produce. There’s no need to go crazy and hoard a bunch of medicine, but it can’t hurt to have a little on hand in case you catch a cold or regular flu.

Over to you! Did you shop for anything special I didn’t include? Feel free to add it to the comments below– let’s help each other out! 🙂

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    March 22, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Mine was pretty similar, but had some different stuff on there:
    – wholewheat wraps
    – sweet potatoes
    – broccoli
    – canned tomatoes
    – curry paste
    – coconut milk
    – frozen peas (because my toddler is obsessed with them)
    – pesto in a jar
    – frozen berries
    – nuts and dates to snack on

    And obviously wanted to add I bought small amounts of groceries, just enough for us to stay inside for about 1-2 weeks (still comes down to quite a big shop) and tried to plan out meals so I shopped with purpose so as not to take more than I needed.

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      Erin Motz

      March 23, 2020 at 6:36 am

      ooo, wraps are a great idea as are the frozen berries!

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    March 22, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I went to the grocery store yesterday with a list, but more importantly the mindset that I was going to be creative if they didn’t have the items I wanted. I decided to be excited for the challenge of trying new things and creating unconventional recipes. (Here in California a lot of household staples are sold out, but there is still food on the shelf, maybe just not what you’re used to!)

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      Erin Motz

      March 23, 2020 at 6:35 am

      LOVE this mindset! such a great idea and great way to stay sane. you make a great point too about there still being food just not what you’re used to!

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    March 23, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Our list is pretty similar but we picked up a bunch of frozen veggies, canned tomatoes, and dried lentils which are all normal things on our regular shopping list. We just bought a little extra and have been home for a week and feel like we still have plenty. In a way, it’s forced me to start cooking regularly again instead of meal prepping all day on Sunday which is nice! We also grabbed bleach and did a really thorough cleaning/disinfecting of everything.

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    March 23, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Sadly, where I am, there’s not much on the shelves (& I really don’t want to spend much time in there, anyway…hubs has lung issues, so in high risk group). Luckily, my pantry is pretty stocked most of the time (always enough for a couple of weeks….might have to get creative, but we have enough to get by) The thing I’ll miss most is fresh produce!!! We eat a LOT of that. But, I found a co op that is still delivering to a location in town (for now) & I ordered a box (keeps me out of the grocery store). I drive to a store parking lot, & pick up.

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    November 9, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Yesterday, I went to the grocery shop with a list and, more importantly, the attitude that I would come up with a solution if they didn’t have the products I needed. I made the decision to look forward to the challenge of experimenting with new foods and coming up with creative dishes. Many home essentials are sold out here in California, but there is still food on the market; wordle hint, it might not be what you’re used to.

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    Kiara Mills

    March 12, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    Since making that decision, I’ve found that I actually enjoy the process of trying out new ingredients and developing original the backrooms recipes.

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