At this point, most of us have been hunkered down at home for quite some time, and it seems like we might be in it for the long-run. Quarantine can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Here is the ultimate quarantine survival pack, with 20 products that are sure to help you get through the quarantine and make the most of your time at home.
1.) Weighted Blanket
Since we are nearing the summer months, a blanket might seem like an unnecessary addition. However, weighted blankets come with countless proven benefits, such as easing anxiety and insomnia, fighting stress, and improving focus, which are problems that everyone seems to be dealing with right now. So next time you you got the quarantine blues, try curling up under a weighted blanket for a few minutes and judge these promised benefits for yourself!
2.) Exercise Equipment
Ever since all the gyms closed down, and social distancing became more enforced, exercise options seemed to drastically decrease. However, exercising at home is a good alternative to the exercise dilemma, will help keep you in shape, and will also give you another way to pass the time.Ward off those quarantine pounds by investing in some equipment, and it doesn’t have to break the bank! Try a set of dumbbells, a yoga mat for floor exercises, a medicine ball for aerobic, or resistance bands for muscle toning.
Sometimes it just does not make sense to put on a full outfit during quarantine. If you wish to spend your quarantine in comfort, consider buying a pair of good sweatpants to spend the day in. They’ll keep you comfortable and at ease, and can help to minimize stress while working from home. In no time, they will be your go-to quarantine outfit!
Now that you have comfy sweatpants, it might be a good idea to get something comfy on top for maximum comfort.
5.) Scented Candles
After a long day of working from home, it might be difficult to transition to an environment more at ease. Bring the spa to your home with a few scented candles. Lighting some scented candles after work will help your mind adjust into a more relaxed space, and will immediately transform your home into a cozy and tranquil space.
6.) Skincare products
Quarantine might mean wearing less-makeup, but it definitely does not mean you should neglect your skin too. Having a good skincare routine down is an important part to maintaining skin health for the long-term. Your routine does not have to be expensive or extensive, just enough to provide your skin type with its basic needs and nourishment. There are plenty of products available out there. And the best part is that once quarantine is over, all the TLC you skin received will show its pay-off!
Perfect to save for those nights when you’re feeling a little indulgent…
8.) Face Masks
Spending time by yourself in quarantine doesn’t have to be lonely. It also means that you have more time to take care of yourself. Taking some time to do a face mask is a great way to decompress and show yourself the extra care you deserve.
9.) Bubble bath
With all this extra time on our hands, there should be no reason to feel rushed through a shower during quarantine. Instead, feel free to take some more time to indulge in a bubble bath. As Sylvia Plath once famously said, “There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them”.
10.) Fancy Tea/Coffee
Quarantine has helped to bring out the joys of the “little things”, and taking time to enjoy some high quality tea or coffee in the morning is a simple but effective way to appreciate a small moment.
11.) Fuzzy Socks
Fuzzy socks are a simple clothing item that can immediately make a huge difference. They are fun, comfortable and affordable and will be sure to become part of your quarantine “uniform”.
12.) Frozen food
Frozen food is great to have around for those days when you’re not in the mood to cook or spend money on take-out, and they will also help to minimize extra trips to the grocery stores.
Find your escape from the pandemic by losing yourself in a book. From classic literature to modern novels, there is sure to be a book that will satisfy and entertain even the pickiest of readers.
14.) Cozy Lighting
The space we live and work in can have a big impact on our state of mind and overall mental wellbeing. Consider trying out some new lighting products to transform your space that helps ease your mind. I recommend fairy lights, as they can be installed on almost anything and will instantly give your room a magical and whimsical feeling.
15.) Healthy Foods
During stressful times, maintaining good nutritious habits is key. Especially during this time, when your immune system might have to kick in. An easy way to maintain your health and support your immune system is to make sure your pantry is stocked with lots of healthy and nutritious foods. Avoid giving into the temptation of choosing the comfort and convenience of processed or sugary foods and instead take the time to choose foods that will provide a balanced diet, such as foods that are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Eating well will help strengthen both body and mind.
16.) Over-the-counter medicines (just in case)
Stocking up your at-home medicine cabinet now means that you will be prepared for any mild ailments that might occur during quarantine. Consider keeping painkillers, cough drops and Tums or Pepto-Bismol stored away, just in case a need for them arises.
17.) Seat cushion
A simple but great option for those with long working hours in front of the computer. A good cushion will help you maintain comfort and good posture while you work.
18.) Noise cancelling headphones
Will help to reduce any distractions and allow you to stay focused on your work, or on your digital entertainment.
19.) Cleaning supplies
Tidy space tidy mind! Having a clean home during the pandemic will help minimize any chance of contamination, but also comes with many other benefits, such as relieving stress, boosting productivity and contributing to a happy and positive mindset.
20.) Toilet Paper!
Say no more, this one speaks for itself.
Quarantine is tough, but it doesn’t have to be! With these products you will be prepared to get through quarantine! Do you have any quarantine must-haves? Let us know in the comments!
Allison Havermale grew up in sunny San Diego, California. She is a senior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is majoring in English Language & Literature. She has a passion for food, literature, traveling, fashion, and beauty, and is hoping to pursue a writing career in one of those fields. When she’s not reading or writing, you can usually catch her at the beach or grabbing brunch with friends!