Stockpiling and prepping are actions often associated with a pandemic, quarantine, lockdown or highly unpredictable situation you have no control over. Stockpiling is, similarly to prepping, the act of accumulating a large stock of goods or materials, and usually takes place before an emergency situation by means of preparing for it.
But the main drive behind stockpiling and prepping is often fear. And the one thing that people do when they fear they may run out of essential goods is panic-buy.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the CDC recommended having a two-week supply of food and knowing how to get food delivered if necessary. Naturally, panic-buying was already a thing in countries like the USA and Australia, and it seemed that these people, who were overstocking on goods like toilet paper, were not going to change their minds any time soon.
As it is easy to get caught up in the panic yourself, you might want to keep a distance from such notions. Panic-buying and hoarding can be avoided if you avoid being influenced by others and learn to exercise self-control. Some useful steps include the following:
Tip #1: Think about others when you go to the grocery store.
Then next time you enter a grocery store, look around you. What kind of people do you see? Are they, potentially, in a more vulnerable state than you are (elderly, disabled, etc)? If they aren’t, they may very well be suffering on the inside, dealing with anxiety and panic due to the situation, or even a chronic emotional condition. As soon as you begin to sympathize with these people, you may begin feeling a little different about how much you want to buy.
Tip #2: Think about what example you are setting when you overbuy.
Do you really want to turn into one of those people who get into a fight over an extra 6-roll pack of toilet paper, then end up having their face all over the news or YouTube and being made fun of? I didn’t think so. If you’re not a maniac hoarder, then don’t act like one. This isn’t the kind of example you want to set or be known by.
Tips #3: Think critically rather than emotionally.
If you go by your emotional impulses and nothing else, you are bound to let fear get to you as soon as you turn on the TV and hear about rising pandemic numbers. As a social being, you will also get affected by your friends and the people that surround you, following their example and splurging on whatever it is they’re panic-buying (why do you think people started stockpiling on toilet paper during the Covid-19 pandemic? Was there any rational thinking behind it, do you think?). BUT if you can pause for a moment and think critically, you will most likely realize that fear will get you nowhere, and thus avoid panic-buying.
Tip #4: Help others who cannot stockpile.
Sometimes helping others who are in more need of help than we are gives us a sense of purpose and lifts the weight of our own perceived problems off of us. It also gives us a good reality check by illustrating what it really looks like to be in need. Delivering groceries to a disabled neighbor or putting in an online grocery order for your elderly parent who does not know the first thing about computers are great, soul-fulfilling ideas to implement during uncertain times.
Tip #5: Relax and remind yourself that this is only temporary.
Take a few deep breaths, hold, then exhale for double the amount of time it took to inhale them. Now affirm to yourself: “This is only temporary. It will pass”. And there you have it – a quick and easy way to calm yourself down and rewire your brain for positivity rather than negativity!
Whether your country is shortly going into strict lockdown or you want to be prepared for it just in case it does (or you can’t get to the shops) or you are for whatever reason going to be self-isolated during this period, it is advised you at least stockpile on what is absolutely necessary.
To stockpile for whatever duration, you will have to first make some calculations:
Based on your answers and calculations, you should be able to come up with:
I am providing a guide of the things you should sensibly stockpile on for a month without referring to numbers or quantities, but rather the things that I believe are absolutely necessary to have in your home. Based on the previous question-style guidelines, you should be able to work out the quantities you need. Should you need to stockpile for more than a month, simply multiply those numbers accordingly (however, there must be a really severe reason for needing to stockpile on goods for that long).
You may have to do without fresh food during lockdown or quarantine. But if you can access it, focus on purchasing the following:
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Let’s admit it – no one wants to cook every day (which is why the numbers I have stated above do not necessarily apply for daily cooking). You can, by all means, order takeaway depending on your budget (but please don’t overdo it). Some other tips to avoid daily cooking include:
Stockpiling sensibly is highly advised if you are to survive a lockdown or quarantine period. It is recommended you stockpile for a month based on absolutely necessary goods while addressing your own specific needs. There are various ways to buy smart, save money and cook sensibly on a low budget.