Pandemic Preparedness Check list (free printable)

I have gone through many things in life but never thought I would be self isolating for so long. We live in Ontario Canada and are now on week four of staying at home. I have had a two week list that I prepared for myself at the beginning of this self isolation but now we are moving on to week five and I had to adjust the list and create a new one based on what I used/needed most last month. I wanted to share this list with you as it might be helpful for you. I will have a free printable at the end of this post.

For those of you that do not know what I am talking about it is COVID 19 and most of the world at this time is suppose to stay at home and only go out for essentials when needed. I was going out once every two weeks but now with meat processing plants shutting down I wanted to have enough meat to last me at least a month. If you do not know what Pandemic means its definition is “an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people”.(wikipedia)

I also want to clarify that this list is an Emergency list but it is not for No Power/No Water emergency list. This list is for now when we have those things and can store our food properly.


  • Water (we have an RO System so I don’t buy water on regular basis but like to have around 3-4 cases in case for anything that we might need it for)
  • Coffee / Tea (we ground our own coffee beans and for a month supply I like to have about 4 big bags of beans)
  • Sweetener that you use (I like to have a bag of brown and white sugar, bag of monk fruit, stevia and a jar of honey and maple syrup)
  • Bagged beans (go a lot further than canned)
  • Canned tomatoes ( I buy a case from Costco )
  • Bottled tomatoes (sauce kind that has just tomatoes)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Rolled Oats (I like these for baking and granola)
  • 22lb AP flour
  • Any other specialty four that you may need
  • Pancake mix (I use Kodiak and buy 2 boxes)
  • Cereal ( I buy one big box we are not big on cereal)
  • Broth ( I buy a case.  I use a lot of broth and usually use my own but in case I run out I like to have back up)
  • Pasta (I buy the 6packs from Costco)
  • Semolina (to make my own pasta)
  • Bag of Rice ( I buy a big bag it lasts me for a lot longer than a month)
  • Big bag of Potatoes
  • Big Bag of Onions (I buy red and white)
  • Garlic (I like to get fresh but you can also get jarred)
  • Peanut butter 
  • Box of Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Any other type of seasoning that you use on regular basis
  • Cooking oil
  • Salad Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vinegar (cooking, cleaning, salads)
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla 
  • Chocolate Chips.  
  • Soup noodles


  • Frozen fruit and vegetables
  • I like to have enough meat in the freezer to last me a month (ground pork, turkey, beef, steaks, pork loin, pork tenderloin, whole chickens, chicken breasts, fish, whole turkey halved, soup bones, Beef for roasts and stews etc)
  • Bag of French fries
  • Frozen pizza
  • Box of chicken strips
  • Sausages and Hamburgers (we make our own sausages so I have them in the freezer and I also make Hamburgers myself so I need to have ground meat on hand)
  • Mayo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Yeats
  • Eggs (I buy couple flats, they keep long in the fridge)
  • Fruit (properly stored can keep in a fridge for a while.  We usually eat fruit that will go bad faster first and than save apples for later)
  • Vegetables (same way as fruit)


  • Dog food
  • Bird food
  • Dog treats
  • Medicine
  • Poop bags


  • Cleaning products
  • Bleach
  • Paper Towel ( I typically don’t use it but I have a new puppy and don’t want to wash poopie  rags)
  • Laundry supplies
  • Trash bags
  • Food Storage bags
  • Wipes
  • Face Masks
  • Gloves
  • Feminine Products
  • Hand Sope
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothpaste / floss
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Body Soap / Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Body Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Paper
  • Prescription Meds
  • Vitamins
  • Painkillers
  • Allergy Meds
  • Cold Medication
  • Antiacid
  • Anti nausea
  • Anti diarrhea

Free Printable

This list is good for a month for most things. Fresh fruit and veggies as well as any dairy I buy won’t last me a month. I did not include yogurt and milk or cheese however I do buy them when I go and just try to find the longest expiry date and if it is could of weeks away I will buy a few especially milk and yogurt, the cheese lasts a lot longer if properly stored.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see how I store all my food for longer shelf life. There are a few things I use and follow for proper food storage.

Hope this was helpful and I think I covered and included everything but if you have something that you think I should add to my list let me know.

If you would like to see how I equip my purse for the safest grocery shopping check out my What’s In My Bag video

Happy Reading stay safe and stay at home


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