How do I prepare myself for home quarantine?

How do I prepare myself for home quarantine? What to stock up for Coronavirus? The Essential Home Quarantine To-Do List

With COVID-19 cases rising across the world, we're constantly hearing about quarantine, social distancing, and isolation. However, what do these phrases mean? 

Social distancing means reducing social contact with other people, e.g., working from home, avoiding bars and restaurants, and avoiding people with COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation is when someone stays at home due to developing suspected COVID-19 symptoms. These people should stay at home for 7 days since their symptoms started. 

Quarantine means separating yourself, or seriously reducing your movement, after potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or travelling through a high-risk area. In the UK, the government recommends that anyone living with a suspected COVID-19 patient, or anyone returning from a high-risk area, should quarantine for 14 days

In case quarantine happens to you, you should know how to prepare. Although everyone's needs vary, these guidelines are a good place to start.

Stock up on bath and hygiene products

Ensure you have essential hygiene and medical products to last you at least 14 days. Right now, buy:

  • Hand soap and hand sanitiser 
  • Home cleaning supplies, including sponges, gloves, dishwashing products, and disinfectant to wipe down surfaces and door handles
  • Personal sanitary products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo 
  • Skincare products you need
  • Baby products, including nappies, baby wipes, baby food, and formula 

Stock up on food and kitchen supplies

It's a good idea to buy in frozen food and non-perishables right now, and check you have the right equipment to make food at home.

Kitchen supplies

  • Tinfoil and cling film
  • Kitchen roll
  • Sponges
  • Pots, pans, and other cooking utensils if you don't have them


  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Meat such as poultry 

Cupboard food 

  • Canned soup
  • Beans and lentils
  • Pasta
  • Salt, pepper, and other seasoning
  • Sauces
  • Cured meats
  • Protein powder 
  • Snacks such as rice cakes and nuts 


  • Thermometer
  • Pet supplies including food bowl and pet food

Set up a comfortable working from home environment

It's easier to work from home if you have the right setup

  • Dress for work, i.e., put on something other than pyjamas.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Clear a space to set up a laptop and other essentials.
  • 'Clock out' and put work things away every night.
  • Establish how you'll communicate with coworkers if one or more of you self-isolates or goes into quarantine.

Exercise frequently

Exercise isn't just great for your immune system – it supports mental health.  

  • Unless the authorities tell you otherwise, you can still get some fresh air in your garden.
  • Walk around the house more.
  • Try yoga or meditation.
  • Check out home exercise channels online – there are plenty of great free YouTube and Instagram workouts.
  • Dust off your home exercise equipment if you have it, or consider buying a pair of dumbbells or a few resistance bands.

Keep your morale up 

Try to stay as upbeat as possible during this challenging time. 

  • Use Skype and other tools to stay connected to family and friends.
  • Try out a new hobby.
  • Read a new book, or find a cool new show on Netflix.
  • Set limits on social media.
  • Trust only reliable news sources, for example, WHO, NHS, UK government websites, and the CNC.
  • Contact your healthcare professional if you notice a decline in mental health.


Remember, the outbreak won't last forever. Keep an eye on your mental health, and always turn to authoritative sources for advice. Here at Your Sanitiser, we're committed to helping you get through this COVID-19 outbreak. 

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