I buy bulk ingredients rather than prepared or processed food for delicious, healthy homemade meals.
I buy bulk ingredients for delicious, healthy homemade food.

Coronavirus or COVID-19 has us all frightened and the government has recommended we be prepared for a pandemic with two weeks’ worth of food and supplies so that we can quarantine if necessary. Here’s what I’ve bought without spending much more than normal, focusing on bulk ingredients for delicious, healthy homemade food. I also cover emergency and first aid supplies.

Quarantine and Disaster Preparedness Checklist


Baking: Sugar, cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, iodized salt, spices

Staples: Rice, beans, lentils, grains, oats, quinoa, bran, couscous, pasta

Preserves: Peanut butter, honey, jam, pickles, mayo, canned/frozen veggies, canned soup/chili, condensed/evaporated milk

Vegetables: Root veggies like potatoes (store in dark), carrots, celery, turnips, beets

Dried fruit: Raisins, prunes, cranberries, trail mix

Stimulants: Coffee, tea, cocoa mix or caffeine pills, alcohol

Protein: Canned tuna, chicken, salmon, silken tofu, nuts, protein powder, powdered mik

Oils: Butter, oil, shortening, lard

Water: Use milk jugs (labeled with date by store) or water heater/toilet tank/rain barrels

Dehydrated foods: Mountain House or other

Pet food: Chicken/dog/cat/fish, bedding, crates

Not recommended: Ramen, soda, processed foods, candy, protein bars, MREs


Prescription medicine, diabetes supplies, pet medicine

Bandages, antibiotic cream

Ibuprofen, cold/cough medicine

First aid manual

Disinfectant (isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide)

Gloves, masks


Crank radio, fashlights, batteries, generator (crank/gas/solar), lithium battery,  gas, fire extinguisher, candles, matches

Tools (Leatherman, gas shutoff wrench)

Camp stove and fuel, Rechargeable LED lamps, go bags (Weapons)

Water purification tablets or filters


Sunscreen, toothpaste or baking soda, toothbrushes, floss, soap, toilet paper?? Or bidet bottle/cup


Fireproof folder including birth certificats, deeds, passports


Evacuation/meetup plan

Phone tree

Print out of emergency addresses and phone numbers


Printed instructions or recipes


Weather-specific gear

Clothes for children