7 People on How They're Stocking Their Homes for Coronavirus

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We're not saying it's time to panic. But now's a time for honesty, and tbh, our team has been discussing coronavirus (or Covid-19) every day for the past week or so. And yes, we're admitting to prepping. We don't have doomsday mentalities, but living in a large city like Los Angeles, much of our team has decided there's no harm in keeping our homes fully stocked ... just in case it gets to a point where we're being asked to minimize contact with the world. (::shoulder shrug::) Here's what we've bought:

Gina, Audience Development Director:

Next order, I'll be getting the aloe vera gel and more rubbing alcohol if it's available to make our DIY version.

Leonora, Senior Director:

  • Long-lasting vegetables and fruit: Onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots
  • Frozen vegetables: Kale, spinach, cauliflower, butternut squash
  • Frozen meats: 2 packages chicken sausage, half-dozen pack of chicken breasts
  • Frozen fish: Pack of Mahi Mahi, pack of salmon
  • Frozen meals: 1 Trader Joe's meal kit, two frozen Indian dishes
  • Frozen fruits: Mixed berries, a few bananas, frozen mango, frozen pineapple
  • Non-perishables: 6 cans beans, two boxes butternut squash soup, 5 cans diced tomatoes, anchovy paste, tomato paste, tomato sauce, farro, rice, 3 packs of spaghetti/pasta, bunch of Rx Bars and fruit leather, large packs of nuts, dried fruits (apple rings, dates), olive oil
  • Coffee
  • Household items: We did a Costco run for bulk toilet paper and paper towels (we do this a few times a year anyhow, just pushed it up), laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, anti-bacterial wipes

Now that I look at this list, I realize I want to make sure to add some more things to it: Advil, toothpaste, dish soap, pet food.

Eva, Associate Editor:

Somehow, I feel like our cat has more food stocked up than we do which is not a good look. But I'm planning on doing a refresh of our pantry with some of my staples:

  • Canned things like beans, artichoke hearts (yum), black olives, the works.
  • I'm also a huge fan of cured meats and pickled things.
  • And naturally, we'll stock up on plenty of pasta and rice, along with my personal essentials like tortillas, apples, almond butter, and lots of almond milk.
  • Oh, and cookies.

Colette, Hunker House Manager:

  • Extra formula
  • Baby diapers
  • 2 bottles of wine
  • Baby Tylenol
  • Flu medications
  • Frozen meat and veggies

Laurie, Director of Editorial Operations:

Foodstuffs:

  • Peanut butter, almond butter, jelly
  • Olive oil
  • Canned soup, chili, beans
  • Boxes of mac & cheese, plain pasta, rice
  • Stevia
  • Hard candy, chocolate
  • Canned dog food
  • Chicken and vegetable stock
  • Boxes of almond milk
  • Nuts, cereal, and oatmeal
  • Dried fruit (apricots, apples, mangoes)
  • Turkey jerky
  • Crackers
  • RX Bars and Quest Bars

Home supplies:

  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Extra batteries
  • Hand soap, hand sanitizer,
  • Extra medicine (aspirin, cough medicine, antacids, etc.)
  • Feminine products
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Unscented chlorine bleach

Lowe, SEO Editor:

I haven't really stocked up on anything and I might not ... BUT I do have a lot of water bottles and bubbly at home ...

Katie, Commerce Editor:

  • I got extra bathroom/grooming products so I don't have to get more if they run out: toilet paper, paper towels, bar soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.
  • I also swear by Zicam!

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