Stocking up During the Pandemic: Supplies You Need and You Absolutely Don’t

Oct 18, 2020 | Parenthood & Family | 12 comments

At the height of the pandemic, many have found it necessary to stock supplies to help them have what they need. When grocery store shelves were lacking inventory, it quickly became apparent it would be wise to stock up and be prepared. It is imperative individuals are prepared because the pandemic is certainly not over. Being prepared means purchasing the right supplies and avoiding unnecessary ones.

What Should You Avoid When Stocking Up?

Stocking up can prove smart, but there are some things that are certainly not necessary. Knowing what to avoid when stocking up for Covid-19 or any other crisis is wise. Try to avoid the following when stocking up on supplies. By keeping things simple, individuals can rest assured they will be prepared, should another shutdown or empty shelves occur. To get more information, continue reading.

As discovered at the height of the pandemic, toilet paper can quickly become depleted, resulting in empty shelves. For the most part, it appears toilet paper hoarding is over, but it could rise again if people begin to panic. There is no reason to stock up on too much toilet paper.

Individuals do not need to hoard thousands of medical masks. Yes, masks are effective in helping to stop the spread of the virus, but hoarding thousands of them only creates a shortage. Simply stock what is needed and leave some for others.

No matter how inclined a person is towards snacking, there is no reason to stock up on tons of cookies, chips, and other foods that can lose their freshness in a short amount of time.

Buying a bunch of bottled water is simply a waste of money and time. Those who have a water purifier on their faucet or a purifying pitcher will have all access to all the clean water they need.

What are Necessities for Stocking Up?

There are some needful items that are smart to stock up on for everyone. The Coronavirus has placed everyone on edge. Thankfully, there are steps individuals can take to ensure they are stocked up on their needs. Consider the following when stocking up to prepare.

Groceries are good for stocking up on supplies. It is recommended people only go to the grocery store every couple of weeks, so they can avoid the spread of the virus. Canned goods and non-perishable foods are good to have on hand.

Medications are an important necessity. Having at least a month’s worth of medications for both prescription and over-the-counter is beneficial.

It helps to have a first-aid kit on hand, especially during a lockdown. Being prepared for unexpected injuries is helpful.

Baby supplies can quickly become depleted when people begin to panic. Diapers, formula, and baby food should always be well-stocked.

Soap and hand sanitizer are some of the first things to go missing off the shelves in a pandemic.

Cleaning supplies are a sound purchase, as long as a person does not stockpile a year or more worth of them.

It never hurts to purchase books and board games for boring times in lockdown. Having a little entertainment can go a long way towards better mental health.

Personal hygiene supplies can sometimes become depleted. Having extras on-hand is beneficial.

Stocking Up Wisely Makes Sense

By stocking up on necessary items, without hoarding, individuals can be prepared for pandemics. With a little careful consideration and a lot of planning, everyone can be prepared.

With the virus still waging war across the world, it is smart for people to prepare for further shutdowns. By stocking up on the above essentials and avoiding unnecessary purchases, individuals will be prepared.

12 Comments

  1. Lyka (Mitra) Baqueros

    Nag stock din po kame pero hindi hoarding lalo na po ng mga hindi essentials. 👍 mahirap na po kaseng masiraan ng pagkain lalo pa at hindi naman po sinasabi ng gobyerno na may shortage.. at kung mag stock man eh yung pangmatagalan po talaga siya.

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    • Graz Covz-Guyle

      Agree on this ma. Essentials lang talaga dapat Ang sinostore. No point na manghoard ng di na man necessary. Mas mapapagastos ka.

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    • Roxanne Aricaya

      Nung nagstart ang covid dito sa Pinas,. Jusko grabe talaga ang hoarding. Good thing may stocks akong alcohol sa bahay kasi nagkaubusan eh… Everytime na pupunta ng grocery gusto ko talAga bumili lagi ng stocks lalo na kung minsan nauubusan ng budget atleast may makakain na stocks.

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    • Joyangelique Balleta

      Nung March grabe na ang mga tao mag hoard ng alcohol at iba pa to the point na di na ok at kawawa yung di pa nakakabili. Tulad nmin bumili lang ako ng sapat at kaya ng budget namin bukod pa sa iniisip ko din yung iba na need din makabili. Lalo na ang daming mapagsamantala na ang ginawa ay nag hoard talaga tapos ibebenta ng napakamahal sa tao.

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  2. Arlene Bejosano Obien

    Nag stock din po ako para at least maiwasan ang palagiang paglabas but not to the point na mag board po siguro for at least mag last Lang ung supplies for 2 weeks and then grocery na ulit

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  3. Nemia Dorimon

    Nagstock din kami ng groceries lalo na diapers kasi meron akong special need child pero syempre Hindi hoarding ..this is a must read ,lalo na sa atin mga mommies para may idea Tayo what to stock properly para d na labas Ng labas

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    • Antoniette Sanchez David

      Ngayon pandemic dapat Alam natin kung ano ang pwede natin stock at hindi kami naman po sakto lang po ang stock namin hindi sobra sobra dahil may mga foods din po nasisira kaya nag stock kami yung saktuhan at pwede palitan weekly pangit din mo mag hoard kasi kawawa din ibang tao

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  4. Jasmin Palaganas

    Dana’s ko yan momsh may mga ibang tao kasi naghohoard kaya tuwing maggrocery nako minsan empty na ang shelves lalo na ang alcohol at ibang foods pero nako never naman naghoard nagsstock lang ako ng sapat na supply for our family lalo na nung naglockdown

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    • Dhel Manog

      Nako pag announce palang ng ecq dami na agad naghoard ang bilis maubos ng mga food at kelangan sa loob ng bahay na hindi dapat gawin,yes importante ang pag stock para nga naman hindi na labas ng labas because of covid.pero dapat din isaalang alang na dapat bilhin lang yong mga kelangan ..

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  5. Mona Romero

    Stocking up without hoarding, yun talaga yung pinaka-word that everyone should consider lalo at hindi naman lahat kayang mag-stock and para maiwasan din ang pagkasayang ng pagkain. Also tama rin buying books and things for fun and enjoyment while at home kasi sobrang boring po talaga.

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  6. Jeng Manalo

    No to hoarding talaga, lalo na pag madaling masira like foods kasi nasasayang lang.Ako talaga I used to stocks ng mga essentials ,lalo na at may pera pero never akong nag hoard kawawa naman kasi yung ibang need din like gatas at pampers.Nagkaubusan talaga ng alcohol nung nagsimula ang lockdown buti ngayon limitado na nag pagbili kaya di na nagkakaubusan.Kung baga bumili lang ng sapat

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  7. Lea latagan

    No to hoarding .yung sakto lang po na foods at mga di agad na sisira .ng Stock din po kami lalo na yung mga needs ni baby milk at diapers .danas ko din nung kasagsagan ng lockdown naubusan ng alcohol buti tlaga ngayon limitado nlng kaya di na ng kakaubusan
    Maingat pa din sa pag labas ng bahay lalo na sa pag grocery .

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