Regardless of whether you plan to vote Red or Blue, and whether you agree or disagree with Covid safeguards and protocols, it’s becoming more and more likely that we could be facing another lockdown, similar to what we experienced in March.
CNN reported this morning that yesterday the U.S. had the highest one-day total of new cases, and the outlook is not looking great. The next few months will be difficult, because we’ll be dealing not only with Covid but also with the holidays and cold and flu season.
Let’s not waste time and effort debating the effectiveness of mask-wearing, government-ordered shut downs or whether this is all a hoax intended to sway the presidential election. Let’s see the writing on the wall and realize that the predicted second wave is here, and plan ahead. In an effort not to overwhelm grocery stores and pharmacies, and to avoid the crowd, let’s begin preparing now.
Here’s a list of what food and supplies you should check your stock of, and pick up if low:
Health and safety
* Toilet paper
* Diapers, wipes
* Prescriptions – request 90 days, if possible
* Vitamins, especially C and D
* Pain reliever/fever reducer
* Couch drops, cough syrup
* Hand sanitizer
* Hand soap
* Stocked first-aid kit
* Canned goods and other non-perishables
* Pasta, rice
* Dairy products (milk, eggs, butter, cheese)
* Baking basics (flour, sugar, yeast, baking soda, baking powder)
Note: It would be smart to come up with a general plan for two or three weeks of meal ideas, and then shop accordingly.
* Pet food
* Peanut butter
* Frozen pizza and supplies or other quick and easy meals
* Paper plates
* Paper towels
* Disinfectant wipes and spray
* Dishwasher detergent (because with the kids at home you’ll be running the damn thing every day) or dish soap
* Laundry detergent
Think about what you would need if you were home for a few weeks and most stores were closed. Ask your spouse and kids if there’s anything you should pick up for them. Don’t be the mom who forgets the Lucky Charms.
And, it goes without saying: Don’t forget the wine!
It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start coming up with ideas of things to do at home. Make a list of shows to binge on Netflix or movies you’ve been wanting to watch. Pick up some LEGOS, board games, puzzles, art kits and science sets, or trade with neighbors. Create a Pinterest board and fill it with pins of fun at-home activities. Order a stack of books from the library. Involve your kids in the process, so you can refer them to the list any time they say, “I’m bored!”
Finally, let us not forget the #AllInThisTogether mentality. If you’re stocking up, please resist the temptation to clear the shelves and only buy what you need. Remember your friends, family and neighbors. And if things do get dire and you have supplies to spare, share.