Do you want to prepare for self-isolating at home? We've gathered some top recommendations here for all the things you'll need in times of emergency and provide some advice on items you can prepare and store in your fridge and freezer in advance to avoid any headaches when shopping for several weeks without issues.
Self-isolating at home can be self-imposed, ordered or necessitated in the event one suspects they have contracted an illness and are at risk of spreading it to others. Regardless of the reason as to why might be shuttered in at home, it is wise to be prepared and have all the necessities you require at home. Additionally, if you've come down ill, you may find yourself not having the energy or ability to go out and buy the things you need.
The British Government has released quite a bit of helpful information and guidance about self-isolating and how best to look after well-being whilst at home. Regardless of whether staying at home is caused by widespread illness or catastrophes such as electrical power outages, lack of water, strong storms etc., it never hurts to prepare in advance.
It's always a great idea to have water jugs, matches, a sleeping bag, heat source and camping cooker at the ready as a precaution in the event anything should go wrong.
If widespread flu or illness is the cause of staying at home, there likely isn't much need to be concerned about the availability of fresh wahter or electricity. However, it is important to ensure you have sufficient food at home, ideally, enough to not have to go out and re-fill your freezer or pantry for several weeks.
How much food you need to have at home of course depends on how many people their in your household and their individual nutritional needs, as well as medicines and the like. As a general rule of thumb, you should always be prepared with at least 3 days worth of food and provisions in your household in the event a crisis should occur. Items with long shelf-life are usually safe bets so things like canned or dried foods are good things to stock your pantry with and they are usually fairly nourishing as well.
Store dry foods in an area that is cool and dry. Be sure to also rotate the items you consume, so that they don't go beyond their expiration date waiting to be consumed.
If the healthcare system is at full capacity and only prioritising the most gravely ill patients, it's important to ensure your medicine cupboard has what you need to help you deal with small injuries or symptoms of illness.
Don't forget the smallest members of the family, make sure you have enough of the following items at home.
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