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What to Stock up on for Winter 2020

The weather is getting colder and family gatherings are growing with the start of the holiday season. This year we have the unique threat of dealing with flu season and COVID-19 at the same time. As we see COVID-19 cases rise all across the United States now is the time to start stocking up on staple items. There is no need to panic shop and hoard large amounts of toilet paper, but it is a good time to make sure you have your necessities. One thing we can learn from the empty shelves in the spring of 2020 is that a little preparation can go a long way. We can reduce our trips to the store by planning ahead and keeping our houses stocked with necessities. Reducing trips to the store reduces our potential exposure to COVID-19 and the flu. Try to keep these products on hand in case you have to self-isolate or someone in your household falls ill.

Household cleaning and personal protection

Keeping the surfaces in your house sanitized is always a good idea but this year it is more than a good idea. Having surface sanitizing spray and sanitizing wipes can be the key product keeping germs from spreading in your house. These sanitizing products will be especially important if someone in your house does get sick. Kitchen counters, doorknobs, light switches, and bathroom surfaces are important to keep sanitized.

You need to stock up on toilet paper but you may not need as much as you think. In response to the toilet paper shortage in the spring of 2020, a student software developer and a London-based artist created This helpful website can estimate how much toilet paper your household needs to have stocked at once. It is good to keep a supply of toilet paper that will last at least two weeks.

Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and hand soap are vital items. The importance of keeping your hands clean is irrefutable. The US Center for Disease Control recommends using a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. They also provide a list of key times to wash or sanitize your hands. If your local grocer or general retail stores runs out of soap or hand sanitizer check online. You can purchase Sympol hand soap and hand sanitizer in our online shop. You can also find Sympol hand sanitizer and soon to be hand soap on Amazon. Keep your hands clean to help keep yourself and others safe.

Cleaning supply purchasing limits and shortages

According to The Denver Channel, Kroger and H-E-B are currently restricting the quantity of these supplies purchased per visit. These restrictions are mostly preventative measures. They are only experiencing a shortage of disinfecting wipes.

Medicine Cabinet Necessities

For a well-prepared medicine cabinet purchase cough drops and cough suppressants, decongestants, acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain and fevers, and antidiarrheals. Always consult your doctor when using new medications. Both COVID-19 and the flu have fever as a symptom. Make sure you have a well-functioning thermometer. If you have a medical condition, keep your condition-specific prescriptions stocked for emergency preparedness.

Getting your flu shot is the best way to protect against getting the flu. You won’t find this in your medicine cabinet, but it is fitting to mention here. If you are hesitant to get a flu shot, the CDC thoroughly explains the importance of getting your flu shot.


It is a good idea to keep non-perishable food stocked in case of emergencies. You should try to keep two weeks worth of food in your house if possible. This suggestion is in case your household has to self-isolate.

Stocking up on canned goods such as beans, soups, vegetables, fruits, sauce, and fish can be diet staples that help keep you away from frequent grocery shopping.

Aside from canned items, consider stocking up on dried goods such as pasta, oats, rice, quinoa, cereals, and spices.

Snacking is a favorite pastime. Make sure to stock up on your favorite snacks. Nuts can be a great source of vitamin E and calcium among other vitamins. Dried and frozen fruits are another nutritious snack with a long shelf-life.

Always take into consideration your dietary restrictions and allergies when accepting suggestions.

Food purchasing limits

According to CBS DFW, Albertsons and its subsidiary Tom Thumb stores have placed purchasing limits on certain items but mostly meat. They are limiting purchasing to two packages of beef, pork, and chicken per household per visit. Officials say they are only experiencing shortages of disinfecting wipes. These restrictions are in place to prevent shortages and panic purchasing.

Stay safe

As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, we need to make sure we are prepared to stay home for extended periods of time. Print this brief list of things to stock up on for emergency preparedness provided by the ADPH. Wash and sanitize your hands, wear a mask, and maintain social distance.

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