The COVID-19 outbreak has sent everyone into survival mode – and rightly so. One of the ways to stay safe from coronavirus is to practice social distancing and to self-quarantine. Due to this, people have been stocking up on all the essentials – food, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, etc. as this will minimize their grocery runs and prevent them from having to go out, where they could possibly contract the disease.
When rationing, it is easy to go all out and empty everything off the shelves – but remember you should ration sensibly, not hoard. Here’s the proper way to ration necessary supplies in such times of adversity.
1. Make a List of Things You’ll Need
When you find out that you won’t be able to get the necessary supplies soon, it’s easy to get all panicky and rush to the nearest store and buy anything and everything you see. However, that’s not a sensible way to go about it.
You should first determine what items are used and needed the most in your household. Write them down on a piece of paper so that you don’t forget to buy them. You should try to select items that are long-lasting or foods that you can easily freeze.
Some essentials your shopping list should include food that you usually eat and food and beverages that you enjoy (chips, tea, coffee, etc.). Also, make a note of cleaning supplies, toiletries, medications, and pet food you will/may need.
2. Consider the Number of People You Are Rationing For
You should take into account the number of people you will be feeding and looking after during quarantine. If it is only you and your partner, then doing the math won’t be difficult. But if you have a large family, you will need to think your shopping list through instead of going on a hoarding spree.
Consider the quantity of food your family members eat and the number of other supplies used in your house every day. This will help you stock up supplies in adequate and sufficient amounts.
3. Estimate How Long You Want Your Food Supply to Last?
Don’t forget that many retail and grocery stores are still open and are most likely to stay open in the near future. To be on the safe side, it is best to ration at least one month’s food and other supplies – especially if you want to stay in your house as much as possible. However, if you don’t want to step outside at all, buy the essentials accordingly.
It is hard to stay sane when the world around you seems like it is ending. But remember – you have to keep your cool. Avoid panic buying at all costs and think about others too. Stock up on food and other supplies wisely.