We are living in extraordinary times. Since many Singaporeans have ample amounts of supplies before the Circuit Breaker (CB) period started, you probably have what you need inside your home already. There is no reason for you to crazy and hoard items on the grocery shelves. There are more vulnerable consumers such as elderly and people with auto-immune diseases that may need supplies right now.
Think about other people apart from yourself. Take what you need and save some for the rest. On that note, here are the essential items to purchase during CB period.
#1: CANNED GOODS
Canned goods are staple items to stock up on during emergencies. If kept at a room temperature, canned goods may last decades. While you will not need a canned item to last you that long, we do not know how long this pandemic will last. It is best that we stay prepared. Buy canned goods that have fish, veggies, and fruits in them. This is a great way to ensure that you are still consuming vital minerals and vitamins.
#2: PET FOOD
The same can be said for your pets. Ensure that you have sufficient pet supplies to last you for a month. Do you need to purchase grooming supplies or extra litter boxes? You can get creative by cooking your own pet food too.
#3: DRY GOODS
Aside from canned goods, dry goods can last a long time in your pantry. Dry goods include pasta, cereal, rice, nuts, and beans. You can easily throw these things to a pot and cook.
My father cannot live without his trusty energy drink. If you need an energy drink or a caffeine fix to boost your day, you will have to stock up your supply. The amount of drinking supply that you will purchase depends on how frequently you consume it. You know your habits the best. It is a good idea to brew tea or coffee at home too.
Hand sanitizers are scarce in all parts of the world. If you are isolated by yourself or are quarantined with your family, there is no need to carry one all the time. All you need is to religiously wash your hands with soap and water. You can kills the coronavirus through scrubbing for at least 30 seconds. Experts agree that cleansing with soap and water is the best option!
#6: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
You cannot go to the gym since fitness centers and parks are closed. However, you can still pick up a mat or a dumbbell and complete a set of exercise inside your home. Look through YouTube for free exercises that will heighten your mood. Personally, I like to follow dance and yoga tutorials.
#7: ENERGY BARS
Whether you call it protein or energy bars, these bars can help you fell well enough to go out for a quick run. You can also snack on these ready-to-go snacks after a grocery run or while you are watching Netflix at home.
#8: FROZEN FOOD
A lot of frozen food does not last forever – much like relationships. You do not want to waste your time, money, and efforts. Purchase enough supplies that will incorporate frozen fruits, frozen veggies, and frozen meat. You can buy chicken breast and ground beef. These can be added to soup or rice. For frozen fruits, you may purchase peaches and mangoes. These are rich sources of Vitamin C. Lastly, you may consider frozen spinach, broccoli, peas, and carrots.
#9: POPCORN AND CHIPS
If you are going to be inside the home for two weeks, chances are you will be watching plenty of shows on Netflix, YouTube, and Toggle. Buy several boxes of microwaveable popcorn and several bags of chips, if you like to make it the old-fashioned “cinema” way.