All over the world, people are in quarantine at their homes due to Covid19. Some are in quarantine voluntarily. Others are in mandatory quarantines enforced by local governments.

What is quarantine?

The main rule is, nobody comes in and nobody goes out. If you are in quarantine, you are distancing yourself from people aside from the ones in quarantine with you, like your family or roommates. The reason for this is to stop the spread of an illness or possible illness.


  • You have it and you don’t want others to get it
  • You’ve been exposed to it and don’t know if you have it but you don’t want to spread it in case you do
  • You want to avoid catching the illness and you don’t know who has it so you’re staying away from everyone to avoid exposure
  • You are under mandatory quarantine – the government has told you and possibly everyone else to stay home under penalty of law

It doesn’t really matter which of these reasons you’re in quarantine. The basics are the same.

Whatever supplies you start your quarantine period with will need to last you throughout the length of time you are unable to leave your home.

What supplies do you need to stock up on for a quarantine?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Medications
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Sanitation and cleaning supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Special needs supplies
  • Entertainment


Think about the things you normally eat – it’s good to stay as close as possible to your normal diet to keep your digestive system happy and to prevent a mutiny in your home.

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, ham)
  • Canned soup and pasta meals
  • Canned beans
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Dehydrated soups
  • Meat and fish for the freezer
  • Coffee/tea
  • Milk or powdered milk
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit juices
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Snack food – chocolate bars, cookies, chips – an occasional treat will help with the monotony – HIDE THESE or they’ll be the first to go
  • Rice or Quinoa
  • Cereal/oatmeal
  • Condiments

Add some long-lasting fresh food:

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Apples
  • Oranges


As far as water is concerned: firstly fill up all the empty vessels you have at your house. Even if this water contains chloride. It’s better to have this water than no water at all. Of course you also buy drinking water. A good average amount of drinking water is a minimum of 2 liters a day. This means that per person per week you must have at least 14 liters of drinking water. For a family of 4 it ads up to 56 liters water per week, 112 liters for the current recommended quarantine of 2 weeks. That is a lot of water to buy in one time. So this you must prepare. Every time you go to the store you can bring a few bottles of drinking water.


  • Vitamins (especially a good multivitamin, B-complex, C, D3, and Zinc lozenges)
  • Cold and flu meds – if someone gets sick, you’ll be able to treat the symptoms at home
  • Expectorants or coughing medicine– this one is very important with the current outbreak – get that gunk out of people’s lungs
  • Cough drops or lozenges
  • Peppermint tea and other herbal teas
  • Basic medications you might need over the period of a month without going to the store – think about what your family uses regularly (heartburn meds, ibuprofen or other painkillers)
  • Wound care supplies – if it’s reasonable to do so, you’ll want to treat wounds at home instead of sitting in a germ-filled emergency room.

Personal hygiene items

Even if you never use things like bleach or Lysol, this might be the time that you’ll want to do so. Sometimes situations call for natural remedies, but sometimes they call for chemical ones or a combination of the two.

  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion and skincare products
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby supplies
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial soap

You may not require everything on this list and you may already have most of what you need, Check your cabinets.

Sanitation and cleaning supplies

Get in the habit of routinely cleaning any household surfaces that you frequently come into contact with. This includes countertops, faucets, door knobs, drawer pulls, light switches, computer keyboards, tablets, remote controls, toilets, telephones, and the handles of implements like brooms, mops, and pots and pans. .

The coronavirus is effectively destroyed by almost any household cleaner or simple soap and water,

Don’t forget that you’ll also need plenty of paper goods: paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper, at a minimum. Consider picking up extra garbage bags, too, so you can safely toss contaminated tissues and paper towels.

You’ll still have sanitation and personal hygiene needs during a quarantine. Use this list as a general guideline and pick up the items your family uses regularly.

  • Bleach
  • Antibacterial cleaner and sprayer
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Never wear the same shoes you use outdoors in your home. Take shoes and boots off, and leave them just inside the door. If you must make multiple trips to get all your groceries in, place them inside the door. Once you are done, remove your shoes, go into your home, and continue disbursing your groceries.

Spray down your coat and any other garments you were wearing with antibacterial spray. It will also help to completely change your clothes, take a shower, and wash your hair.

Pet supplies

Don’t forget your pets during a quarantine.

  • Pet food
  • Pet litter
  • Treats
  • Pet medications
  • Pee pads
  • Poo bags

Think about how your pets will do their business during a quarantine. If you have a yard, it’s fine to let them go outside – your goal is to stay away from other people, not to hide inside in the dark. However, if you’re in an apartment building you may need to think about other options for your cat or dog.

Special needs supplies

Do you have any family members with special needs? These could be health-related or based on age. Here are a few things to think about.

  • Baby food
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Meal replacements
  • Special medical equipment


What will you do if you have to stay home for a while? If you or your family members are always on the go, you may begin to get cabin fever pretty quickly. You can go to a cheap store for some cheap entertainment and stash these things away to pull out when people begin complaining about being bored.

  • Cards
  • Games
  • Books
  • Craft supplies
  • New toys
  • Puzzles
  • Puzzle books
  • Check for cool apps
  • And there is also Netflix or Amazon Prime – make sure it is paid for the quarantine period

Don’t forget batteries and chargers!

Staying informed

Television and internet are the most important sources for updates. It is also good to have a radio at hand so that if all fails you always can get news updates from your radio.

Again: if you have any extra charger batteries or loose batteries for your phone or tablet: make sure everything is fully charged!

Learning and Studying

Contact your school for home study options. There are many online home school studies, though mostly not free. Youtube and Wikipedia are great sources for online learning as well. You can also use WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger or other Social Media platform to stay in contact with classmates. Now is a great time to make and practise a contact ‘tree’ with your classmates and also family!


When you can’t go outdoors for even short walks, you will become weak very quickly. Start off by choosing between an exercise bike or a manual treadmill, then choose a few weights to work with. Learning Tai-Chi and Pilates are also inexpensive ways to get good quality exercise without the need for fitness equipment.

Extra thoughts

A major concern that isn’t mentioned often is the cost of being in quarantine. If you can’t go into work, you may not be getting paid (unless you have a job where you can telecommute). Buying all these goods isn’t so cheap either. The bills will keep coming as well during this period. When you have your own business, if everyone in your area is in quarantine you will loose your income as well during this period. Plus if you sell food that expires within two weeks you will loose those products as well. On the positive side: after the quarantine period people will need to restock.