We have prepared a budget-friendly coronavirus shopping list that will help you & your family to stay nourished for the next couple of weeks. The sharp spike in corona cases across Pakistan has caused panic among the people. The health organizations & government officials have ordered people to stay indoors & avoid any kind of physical contact to stay safe during the coronavirus epidemic.
Authorities & Government officials of Pakistan have extended the lockdown to slow down the spread of the deadly virus COVID-19 in Pakistan. As the lockdown extended by the government, it is imperative to think ahead & make sure your fridge & pantry are fully stocked for the next couple of weeks. As we all know, grocery stores are among the most crowded places & especially in the middle of such pandemics, one must avoid visiting the grocery stores more than once. It is better to make a list of your need for the next couple of weeks & than go shopping.
Most people got panic because of the deadly virus & started to buy useless things. Panic buying is not a solution; it will only make things worse.
Therefore, to help you during this epidemic, we have prepared a list of the products that will keep you & your family nourished for the next couple of weeks.
Best time for shopping during the Coronavirus outbreak
If you want to stay safe during this crisis, your priority should be to avoid physical contact as much as possible. Since supermarkets & grocery stores are among the most crowded places & the chances of getting an infected increase in crowded areas so you should have to plan your trip to grocery stores during the early morning hour. Most of the superstores have implemented the social distancing policy after the outbreak of coronavirus, it is recommended to plan your trip early morning so that you do not have to stand in long queues.
You need to inquire about the opening & closing timing of the nearest supermarkets & grocery stores to plan a visit. This way you will save your time.
Coronavirus shopping list: what to buy?
Before you start making a list of product that you will need during quarantine, you need to go through your pantry & kitchen cabinets. Make a list of all the items available in your kitchen & pantry with the available quantity. This way, you will know what you already have & what you need to buy & in how much quantity.
We have categorized different food items that you will need in the next couple of weeks. Take a look at the following list.
- Pantry staples
- Fresh produce
- Canned products
- Long-lasting perishables
- frozen items
- Cleaning & toiletries supplies
If you want to stock products, pay more attention to long-lasting perishables or no perishables & also keep the budget in your mind.
Pantry staples are the essential products & last for a longer period also these products are fairly inexpensive.
We have prepared a list of staples that you need to add in your coronavirus shopping list. Take a look at the following list:
- Dry fruit
- Mixed nuts
- Food supplements
- Mixed seeds
- Granola bars
- Tea/ tea bags/ coffee
- Cooking oil
- Drinking water
Once again, we are reminding you to buy what your family needs for next month instead of panic buying.
Out of all the items in the coronavirus grocery list, fresh produce has the shortest shelf-life. We can’t ignore the importance of fruits & vegetables although fresh produce won’t last long. Spinach, broccoli & citrus fruits are considered the top immune boosters, which means if you want to stay healthy you need this fresh produce in your daily meal.
Some fresh produce such as garlic, potato, ginger, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflowers & onions can last longer as compared to other products. So, it is better to buy more of these. Some fruits such as bananas, orange & apple also last a bit longer, you can also buy these more. Make sure to properly wash them before eating. You can also refrigerate them if needed. Keep in mind fresh produce will last only for a few days, so don’t buy them in bulk. Otherwise, it will end up in the trash.
Canned items can last for decades & these are the recommended products in case of any epidemic & emergency. Whether you are simply unable to leave your home because of the corona outbreak or are in self-quarantine, canned items will help you in consuming essential dietary minerals, fibers & vitamins to keep your body healthy & active.
The following are the things that you need to add to your coronavirus grocery list.
- Canned fruits (sugar-free)
- Canned vegetables (low sodium)
- Canned fish
- Canned chili
- Canned beans
- Canned soups
- Canned tomato puree
Most importantly, you need to buy those canned items that you will consume in the next couple of weeks. If you are not a fan of canned items then it is useless to buy such expensive items for no reason.
Following are some of the long-lasting perishables that you must have to add in your coronavirus shopping list:
- Breakfast cereals
- Baby formula
- Powdered milk
- Pasteurized milk
- Regular salted/unsalted butter
If you have kids at home, you need a lot of snacks to stock up. Since kids usually have a weak immune system & they need to eat from time to time to replenish their energy. Snacks can be considered as a treat for kids staying at home during the quarantine.
Following snacks will be needed for kids during quarantine:
- Potato chips
- Instant noodles
- Ready cupcakes
These are among the essential items that you will need in quarantine. You can either buy frozen items from the superstore or can buy simple products and store them in your freezer yourself. Freezing the items by yourself will take your time as these items need to be washed properly & dried off before being stored.
Following is the list of the frozen items that you need to add in your coronavirus grocery list:
- Frozen beef
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen poultry
It is recommended to stay away from frozen junk items available in the market. You need to focus on healthy food to stay safe from this deadly virus. Healthy food will help you in improving the immune system of the body.
You need to stock up commonly used medicines for the next 30 days during the lockdown. Apart from prescription medicine for elders; you should also buy some pills for acidity, stomach ache, pain killers & for cough and flu as well. Also, make sure that your first aid kit is fully stocked for emergencies.
Cleaning & toiletries supplies
If you ask experts how to stay safe during coronavirus outbreak, they will recommend you to wash your hands with warm water & soap after regular intervals. Therefore, you need to add lots of cleaning & toiletries supplies to your coronavirus grocery list.
Some of the essential cleaning & toiletries supplies that you will need during quarantine are:
- Hand sanitizer
- Anti-bacterial handwash
- Disinfecting/Antibacterial cleaning wipes
- Dishwashing soap
- Antiseptic disinfectant liquid
- Laundry detergent
- Kitchen towels
These are the things that you will need during lockdown or self-quarantine.
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