Stay Away From Grocery Stores: Coronavirus Safety Tips

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What about your groceries?

Where and what to buy while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While the government urges to stay home, thousands of people keep crowding grocery stores. They panic-buy like never before, which results in massive food shortages, faster spread of COVID-19, and more panic.

Our family chooses to stay away from grocery stores and any environments where the likelihood of coronavirus transmission is high, while the probability of finding our supplies is relatively low.

  • Where to buy groceries during a pandemic?

  • How to plan ahead and avoid panic buying everything at once?

In this article, we will share how we stock up on most of our groceries online, from the comfort and safety of our own home.

Emergency Grocery Kits During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Whether you’re quarantined or self-isolated at home, be prepared to have a minimum of a 2-week emergency supply of food and water for everyone in your household during the Coronavirus spread. This includes your pets.

Here are some non-perishable foods your family will need to have in your emergency grocery kit during the COVID-19 spread and a possible quarantine lockdown extension. Stock up on canned food, water, grains, pasta, cooking oil, salt, and sugar. Peanut butter and honey will provide for an easy and healthy dessert.

Grains & Cereal

Flaxseed, rice, buckwheat, oatmeal, and more, they all contribute to a reduced risk of numerous diseases, such as diabetes, fatty liver, coronary heart disease, and others. The mechanism is simple: Whole grains are rich in slow-releasing healthy carbohydrates that provide lots of energy for a small number of calories. On top of that, grains are essential sources of nutrients, protein, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and B vitamins.

Benefits of Grains:

  • Healthy
  • Long shelf life
  • Easy or no need to cook

Among our favorite grains:

Whole Grain Crispbread

Why We Like It:

  • Pack of 12
  • Whole grain
  • Goes well with many foods like salmon
  • A quick and healthy snack
  • Rich in nutrients, fiber, protein

Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains

Why We Like It:

  • Pack of 2
  • Contains a mix of healthy grains, all in one pack
  • Rich in fiber and vitamins
  • Best value for money

For more grains and whole-grain foods, visit Amazon Grains Section.

Canned Food

For a wide variety of canned food, visit Amazon Grocery.

Canning preserves a wide range of nutrients, which makes canned foods as healthy as other forms, such as fresh or frozen. Canned soups, corn, fruit and vegetables are affordable and convenient foods to incorporate into your daily diet. Thanks to long shelf life, 1-4 years, canned food is a perfect candidate for your emergency kit during the Coronavirus Quarantine.

Some grocery essentials will include canned soup, beans, stew, fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat.

Benefits of Canned Food:

  • Long shelf life
  • Convenient
  • As healthy as fresh or frozen food
  • Affordable

Among our favorite canned foods:

Polar Boneless Herring

Why We Like It:

  • 18 pack, 100 g each
  • Source of Omega−3 fatty acids
  • Best value for money

Dole Pineapple Tidbits

Why We Like It:

  • 12 pack, 567 g each
  • Real fruit in 100% pineapple juice
  • Best value for money


Most people drink water when they are thirsty, which is not quite right. It is recommended to take a sip of water every 15-30 min throughout the day. This will ensure proper and constant hydration, and you won’t feel thirsty anymore.

Moreover, your body must wind down towards the end of the day before you go to sleep. This means that you should have had enough water throughout your day, and should not feel thirsty or drink much at night. Otherwise, you will overwhelm your kidneys. This is the last thing you want to deal with when hospitals are already at capacity and can hardly accept anyone but COVID-infected patients.

It is recommended to drink 35 ml/kg/day worth of water.

Bottled water we recommend:

FIJI Natural Artesian Water

Why We Like It:

  • 24 pack, 500 ml each
  • Individual-sized
  • Convenient
  • Best value for money
  • Sealed and safe

For more bottled water, visit Amazon Pantry.

Cooking Oil

With flavor and texture that oil contributes to foods, it is essential in any kitchen. It also provides minerals and fats important for your body.

Among our favorite cooking and olive oils:

Avocado Ghee Oil

Why We Like It:

  • 473 ML
  • Cold-pressed
  • Non-GMO
  • Grass-fed
  • High-heat cooking 485°

For a list of cooking oils, visit Amazon Pantry.

Bottom Line

We are proud of those who encourage social distancing.

During these hard coronavirus times, try to stay away from supermarkets as much as possible.

Get your food and water online and save lives by staying home. Not only is it safe, but it also saves you the frustration of going to a grocery store and not finding what you came for.