Items to have ready at home in case you or a member of your family contract COVID-19:

Items to have ready at home in case you or a member of your family contract COVID-19:

TTP_Parent_Centered_4CMedical items

  • A thermometer.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them for personal reference.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure you have a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have at least a 30-day supply of medication, including over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen, cough and cold medicine, stomach remedies, fluid with electrolytes and vitamins.
  • DO NOT self-prescribe any medication.
  • Cloth bandana or something similar to use as a face mask.
  • Contact lenses and contact solution.
  • Hearing-aid batteries.

Bath and hygiene

  • Toilet paper in reasonable amounts.
  • Feminine hygiene products.
  • Hand soap (you do not need hand sanitizer).
  • Laundry detergent.
  • Diapers, formula, baby wipes and other infant needs.
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner and skincare needs.
  • Cleaning supplies (disinfectants, floor and window cleaner, cleaning sprays, etc.).
  • Dish soap and sponges.
  • Paper towels.


There is no definitive list of food items, but nonperishable food items are recommended.

Store additional supplies of food and water to include:

  • Dried beans, rice and other grains, like oatmeal.
  • Canned fish, chicken, soups and stews.
  • Essentials like oil, flour, sugar, salt and pepper, and spices.
  • Smoothie blends and protein powder.
  • Coffee, tea and powdered milk.
  • Snacks that have a longer shelf life, like granolas, dried fruit and nuts.
  • Cured meats.


  • Meat and poultry (ideally vacuum-sealed), like chicken, beef and pork.
  • Avoid fish, which can spoil if not properly frozen.
  • Vegetables and fruits.


  • Pet food.
  • Flashlights.
  • Batteries.
  • Candles.
  • Lighter and/or matches.