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Your essential coronavirus shopping list

As the UK response to Covid-19 begins to have more of an impact on our day-to-day lives, the UK Government have advised people to create a plan for your household or family in order to prepare for any periods of social distancing. And whilst it’s important to follow the NHS guidelines for preventing the spread of infection in order to protect the more vulnerable members of our community, we would like to encourage you not to worry.

What you can do, however, is start to make some preparations to ensure that you and your family have all the basic household essentials you may need in the coming weeks, such as food, medication and cleaning supplies.

First and foremost, you’ll want to scan through your cupboards to make sure that you’re not buying more than what you need. Remember, lots of families are in the same position and they need to collect their essentials too.

In order to help you with your household plan, we’ve put together an essential shopping list to help you prepare for social distancing.

Long-lasting perishable foods

Fruits and vegetables are essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, but we may start to find more difficulty in getting out and about to top up on fresh produce. However, there are lots of long-lasting fresh foods that you can find in your local greengrocer or supermarket that you will be able to enjoy for a longer period of time, such as:

  • Fruit – apples, oranges, lemons, limes, melon, pomegranate, pears
  • Vegetables – onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, garlic
  • Dairy products – long-life milk (either cows’ milk or a plant-based alternative)
  • Bread (this can be kept in the freezer and defrosted slice by slice, as and when you need)

Non-perishable foods

If you are unable to re-stock your long-lasting perishables before they run out, tinned fruit and vegetables are useful to keep on hand. However, if you can, try to find tinned goods with low sodium if possible – this is beneficial as a healthier option and to avoid too much salt intake. Here are a few suggestions to keep in your cupboard:

  • Tinned fruit in water – apples, pears, fruit medleys
  • Tinned vegetables in water – sweetcorn, carrots, peas, potatoes
  • Beans and pulses – beans, lentils, chickpeas
  • Canned soups

Dried foods

Dried foods are often essential carbohydrates and a staple part of every meal. These can also be particularly useful for families needing to feed larger numbers, or if you are looking to bulk-cook meals to keep in the freezer for a later date. These include:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Cereals


As always, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated during social distancing, but you may like to keep some additional beverages in the house that you enjoy from time to time, such as:

  • Juices – either freshly-squeezed or cordials
  • Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate
  • Protein drinks (these are important to retain muscle strength in case you become unwell and lose your appetite)

Cleaning supplies and toiletries

The most effective way to reduce the spread of infection within your home is to keep clean, so you may want to ensure you have the basic household cleaning supplies that you’ll need to keep the spread of germs and bacteria to a minimum. These include:

  • Anti-bacterial spray
  • Disposable tissues/wipes
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Handwash and sanitisers
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soaps and shower gel


Out of everything, the most important thing to ensure is that you have the medicines you need to remain healthy. It’s important to note that individuals have been advised against ibuprofen to manage coronavirus symptoms. However, we do strongly recommend speaking with your GP or pharmacist if you are unsure of any medication. Here are some essential medicines you may want to ensure you have in your cupboards:

  • Prescribed medications
  • Paracetamol
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Cough and cold remedies

Do you know someone who needs additional support?

If you know someone who could do with a helping hand in the coming weeks, our team of carers are available to help, and taking every precaution to ensure that they can continue to provide safe and reliable home care to those who need it most.

Whether it’s someone to pop to the shops to stock up on some household essentials or someone to support you with your personal care, we’re here to ensure that you never have to compromise on your comfort and safety at home.

To find out more about how we can help you throughout the coronavirus outbreak, please call us on 0808 278 2589 and we’ll ensure that you have the support of a dedicated professional carer whenever you need, for as long as you need.

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