The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest public health threat that people around the world are facing right now. It calls for decisive, actionable plans on a broad scale to help minimise the spread of the virus.

While there’s a lot of doubt, what’s evident is that things can change dramatically week by week even by the moment. So getting some essentials on hand is a good move. Below, you will know about the list of essential items to ensure safety during a pandemic.

Essential Items To Ensure Safety During A Pandemic

It’s advised to buy these 15 essential items during this public health crisis. These things will help you get through and overcome the pandemic. These essential items will help to make sure to keep you and your family safe.

Ingredients For Home Cooking

As much as possible, cook your own food and avoid food deliveries. This is to ensure that you are not at risk of making contact with someone that may have the virus.

Canned Goods and Snacks

Canned goods are one of the important things on the list as it is vital that you stock up on food that will not expire that fast. With these, you won’t always need to go to the supermarket which minimises your risk of exposure. Make sure that it will help you last for two to three weeks.

It is unavoidable to eat some snacks when you are feeling a bit hungry, so save some money for those snacks that will surely last long as well.

Vitamins and Medicine

It’s important to stay strong and healthy while at home. Get those vitamins today and strengthen your immune system.

Having a stock of pain relievers, fever reducers, etc. is also a good idea. This is good for an emergency because it is now more preferable to stay at home than go to the hospital where the risk of having the coronavirus is much higher.

Alcohol and Hand Sanitisers

Nowadays, sanitising is very important and you need to have your own pocket alcohol and one big enough that will sustain your needs at home while hand sanitisers are a good alternative if you don’t have your pocket alcohol.

Face Masks

When you have no choice but to go out, you should have a face mask on to minimise the risk of being infected with the coronavirus. Look for a PPE store online or the nearest drugstore that offers different kinds of masks. Make sure to buy only what you need, as masks are often running out of stock and essential workers around the world need these first and foremost.

Disinfectant Sprays and Soap

Whether you’re working outside or not, there comes a time when you will need to go outside. Having disinfectant spray is essential because you need to spray those that you bring from the outside to the inside.

You should wash your hands with soap more often because the hands are the most likely to make contact with things and other stuff.

Essential Items To Ensure Safety During A Pandemic - Wash hands

Cleaning Materials

Use cleaning materials (bleach, for example) that are potent enough against the coronavirus.

Water Filter

If you mostly buy bottled water from the stores or supermarkets, why not get a water filter instead? You can filter your own home water with this equipment, which can also cost you less in the long run. There are many different types of water filter on the market today.

Fitness Equipment

It’s important not to let your body go by not doing some exercise because you are at home all the time.

Many gyms are closed during the pandemic, so why not consider getting some fitness equipment? Your muscles will weaken if your body is inactive. Exercise is very important, and studies say that it boosts mood as well.

Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

Obviously when you are at home on lockdown, cleaning items are pretty essential. When buying these items though, do not hoard them. Get the amount of items that you will need to wipe off things.

Microfibre Cloth

Microfibre cloths are a good alternative than paper towels if there aren’t any. Remember to wash and clean them properly after use because they can also be a source of germs and bacteria if not properly kept clean.


Because you will be mostly taking care of yourself while at home, it is essential to have your own thermometer so that you can check your temperature every now and then.

Things That Will Provide You Entertainment

If you are home 24/7, it’s a good idea to buy things that will provide you entertainment especially for the care of your mental health.

These are unpredictable times, and it’s understandable to feel nervous with the news changing every day. The bottom line is that you should just stay away from people as much as possible and sanitise yourself frequently.

Although taking the virus seriously is necessary, don’t hoard items and panic buy. Buy just what you need, and leave for the essential workers and healthcare workers things such as masks.

For more advice on keeping your family safe and well, check out our Grown ups: Keeping your family safe section.

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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