10 Quarantine Essentials That Aren’t Toilet Paper

Chances are, wherever you are, you’re watching the news anxiously and preparing to shelter in place.

When your coworker has a cough that they swear is “just allergies!”

Quarantine” is a scary word, even for the most well prepared.

The news and social media are reporting runs on everything from bottled water to toilet paper (uhh yea…it’s bidet time) and it’s only natural to want to be prepared for when your shelter in place orders come through.

Pew Pew Tactical Shooting with MIRA Safety Gas Masks
Pew Pew Tactical Shooting with MIRA Safety Gas Masks

That being said, if you don’t know what you need to stay at home for two weeks, let’s talk. We’re sharing our top essentials to stay sane, healthy, and safe under isolation.

Bunker Door
These bunker doors only open for Postmates drivers!

1. Cold Medications

Whether you’re working from home or just staying home, you’ll want to make sure that you have a little extra cold meds on hand to keep you comfortable. It’s still cold and flu season, and if you’re still venturing out, you still have a chance to catch something, even if it’s not The Boogaflu.

Just a TV Doctor
Wait… Alan Alda can’t save us all?!

We’re stocking up on daytime and nighttime cold medications, including cough suppressants, anti-inflammatories, cough drops, and the like.

Don’t forget to refill your prescription medications, too!

2. Food

“Duh, we know!” 

Okay, yes, but do you have two weeks of food on standby? We’re talking a mix of canned goods, dried goods, frozen foods, and fresh foods. You’re still going to have your refrigerator and freezer, so there’s no reason to exist solely on MREs… yet.


(If you do, though, check out our taste-test of popular survival foods, or watch the video!)

Besides, if you didn’t stock up on toilet paper, you probably don’t want to experiment with a big change in your diet, y’know?

For the tastiest camping food… try out Mountain House.

Want to go bigger and longer (heh)?

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Caffeine

Look, we know you don’t have to interact with others if you’re in isolation, but you also don’t want a caffeine headache either.

Starbucks, I miss you so…

Stock up on your coffee necessities, including filters, beans or grounds, sweetener, creamer, or anything else you’ll need if you can’t make it to a Starbucks. 

It’s going to be tough, but we all gotta make sacrifices.

4. Treats

Just ‘cause you’re stuck under quarantine doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it a little. Go ahead and splurge a little–stock your bunker with cookies, chips, sodas, pickles… whatever floats your boat.

You know what to do.

After all, times are tough and scary. If ice cream eases your soul a little, then you deserve ice cream. Just remember, all things in moderation.

5. Hygiene Supplies

We know you stocked up on TP and hand soap, but we’re talking the kind of soap you wash the rest of you with, as well as face wash, dish soap, laundry detergent, softener, and plain ol’ cleaning supplies.

Old wash tub with soap on rustic bench
This stuff. Right here.

If you’re stuck in the house, what’s a better time to catch up on laundry and scrub the shower? It’ll help you feel more comfortable if you’re stuck in the house to be stuck in a clean house.

Not to mention, a nice warm bath is a great way to unwind and relax a bit after all the stress of the news.

6. WiFi and a Streaming Service

While you can’t run out to the store and buy this, it’s still important to have.

You’re going to want to have access to the outside world, anyways, and this is a pretty dang good excuse to binge-watch the latest season of whatever is hottest on your streaming service of choice.

netflix mug
Just… one… more…

You’ll also want to get familiar (and familiarize others in your life, like your parents) with services such as Skype and Zoom, so you can keep in touch and see some others face to, well… screen.

7. Hobby Supplies

What’s your choice of fix? Video games? Cross-stitch? Board games? Nerd dice? Whatever it is, why not splurge a little and get something new for your stash?

There are… other hobbies? Besides guns?

You can even try something you’ve been meaning to learn, but haven’t had the time to pick up. YouTube can be a great source of instruction, so pick up those knitting needles or leather awl and get to it.

Start a campaign on Discord with your buddies–everyone is going to have more time for a DnD game when everything is canceled! Now it’s your time to shine.

Matthew Mercer Murder Hobos
Fight on, there are no scheduling conflicts to stop you now!

The Pew Pew Editors would like to note that some great games are releasing today.

David is looking forward to Doom Eternal, while Allison’s very much excited about Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

8. Exercise

It’s an essential, we swear. 

Do You Even Lift
Do You Even Lift

While you can’t go buy fitness, you can get some new kettlebells or free weights. You can start that yoga for shooters course you wanted to try. You can try out stretches or bodyweight exercises to keep you limber and in shape for your post-quarantine life.

We’re particular to the TRX style system that you can easily rig up in most homes and can give you a decent full-body workout.

Whether you’re running up and down your stairs or taking a walk (and keeping plenty of distance from others), raising your heart rate will help raise your spirits.

Check out our very own YouTube Dude John’s tutorial for a great workout you can do from home, too!

9. Pet Supplies

Four-legged, feathered, or finned, you want to keep your pets safe and healthy too. Don’t forget to buy extra food and treats for them.

Derp Cat with Ozark
That look you get when you’re still working from home.

They’re going to love all the extra attention they’re going to get, and you’re going to want to spoil them, so make sure you have things on hand that are good for your fur-babies to eat and don’t risk too much people-food.

10. Medical Records

Time to make a copy of your records!

Your medical records contain vital info, but they aren’t shared widely. If you find yourself getting care from anyone who isn’t your doctor, you’ll want a copy of your medical history to fill them in about prior conditions or anything else they need to know.

Blackhawk medical chopper
Blackhawk medical chopper

Keep a copy of the records for every person in your household or anyone you’re responsible for. While you’re at it, don’t forget to get a copy of your pets’ vet records, too!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing


We know this is a tense time. You want to be prepared for the worst, but we’re all in this together. So, don’t hoard, check in on your neighbors, be polite to your cashiers and delivery drivers, and let’s get through this.

Prepping 101 with Allison
Prepping 101 with Allison

Keep checking back here at Pew Pew Tactical, too! We’re stuck at home, and cooking up plenty of articles to keep you entertained while we ride this thing out. We’re glad you’re here, and we’ll see you around!

Gang, how are you getting prepared in case you get the shelter-in-place orders? What are you most looking forward to about getting stuck at home? Follow me over to Prepping 101, where I’ll walk you through all the basics.

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20 Leave a Reply

  • Ethan S

    I read this a little late, but no joke I spent most of quarantine either playing Tarkov (luckily had the set up pre-Covid) or plinking the ol' 22 rifle and handgun.

    4 months ago
  • Peggy

    Beer, and make a will please.

    11 months ago
  • James Neil

    What is the safe hes hidingnin in the first picture at the top ??

    11 months ago
  • Beth

    Oo I'm a natural at this. I got all those things right before the madness. Cookies, candy, pickles, baking supplies, a giant thing of powdered coffee creamer. I'm trying not to break into the giant summer sausage and jug of four roses quite yet. Thanks and be safe all!

    11 months ago
    • Allison Goodwin

      Yaaas, gurl! *germ-free internet high-five* I'm still gloating that I bought a mega pack of TP right before things got nuts, despite much teasing from my boyfriend. Enjoy that summer sausage! You deserve it!

      11 months ago
  • O

    Great post! Thanks for always bringing useful info along with a healthy dose of light-heartedness.

    11 months ago
  • Windy

    I guess those of us that have been quietly prepping all along are not as 'nutty' as the leftist media makes us out to be hmm!? Learned early on that the scouts motto of 'Be Prepared' pays off.

    11 months ago
  • Josh

    Not only should you have an extra pair of prescription glasses and sunglass, you should also have a copy of the prescription as a backup. It maybe faster to get a new pair than get to the spare.

    11 months ago
    • Allison Goodwin

      Great tip! Thank you for adding that!

      11 months ago
  • BryGuy

    I wouldn't be recommending anti-inflammatory medications atm. They're making the virus multiply faster in the body. So, no ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.

    11 months ago
    • ArmchairOutdoorsman

      False. - The W.H.O.

      11 months ago
    • Allison Goodwin

      Thanks for noting that! Personally, I keep a collection of anti-inflammatories and painkillers on hand because well... they come in handy (and in any other shelter-in-place situation, they'd be useful). Currently, the WHO isn't not recommending anti-inflammatories, but honestly, it's hard to keep up from day-to-day. All I can say is be mindful that they've been indicated to worsen COVID-19 infections, so... talk to your doctor if you're worried! Either way, thank you for looking out for your fellow readers!

      11 months ago
  • Ryan

    Can’t help but notice what looks like a bullet hole in the kitchen countertop (picture “prepping with Allison”). I understand the frustration having the gun ranges shutdown, but using your kitchen? Thanks for making some great and fun reading.

    11 months ago
    • Allison Goodwin

      *whistles innocently* Not sure the real story behind that broken tile is any better than what you've come up with so... yeah... let's go with that! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to bringing you more articles like it!

      11 months ago
  • mauro

    Ok. Thank you very much for the information. Greetings from Argentina.

    11 months ago
  • D Santos

    Thanks Pew Pew Team! Nothing like some quality PPT time to keep me sane through this unprecedented time. BTW, don't forget a stash of ammo lol

    11 months ago
    • Allison Goodwin

      Glad to have you along for the ride! And I mean, we'd mention ammo, but with this crowd, do we really need to? ;)

      11 months ago
  • Gary Crown

    Great job! I always appreciate humor and we all need that these days. Thanks.

    11 months ago
  • Louis Ignarro

    Actually a basic and practical list. Thanks

    11 months ago
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