President Buhari on Sunday announced a total lockdown and restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun for 14 days.
The lockdown will commence at 11 pm on Monday, 30th March.
With this, access to food and essentials for daily living will be restricted and may also become scarce and so the need to stock up is important.
Also, try not to panic-buy so you end up not buying unnecessary items thereby wasting money in the process. In turn, you are also allowing other people to have access to these items too.
Get a list and make sure they are the most important things you are purchasing.
Here is a rundown of all things you should stock up your home with.
1.Dried Food and Grains
This consists of garri, rice, beans yam, potatoes, noodles, bread plantain, pasta, wheat, palm-oil, vegetable oil, dried fish, dried pepper, crayfish, seasoning, curry and thyme, onions, etc.
This is one period where these foods are necessary and handy as they don’t perish easily and can last for a long time.
Make sure they are also stored properly in places far away from rats and cockroaches.
2. Frozen Food
The power supply in your area should be put into consideration before stocking up on frozen food. You don’t want to buy them and they get spoilt due to epileptic electricity.
If your power supply is however decent enough, stock up on meat, fries, chicken, fish, seafood, yogurt, tomatoes, and pepper, sausages, etc.
Also, make provision for soups and stews that can last at least a few days.
Your immune system will need lots of fruits this period so they should be part of your stock up list.
If you are not sure how long they can last just buy in small quantities.you should consider fruits like apples, citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, tangerine) watermelon, pineapple, coconut etc
Also vegetables like carrot, broccoli, kale, mushrooms, cabbage,green peas, red bell pepper, garlic and ginger, should be stocked.
Running out of water during a lockdown is not something you want to consider. Remember that you and your family will be consuming lots of water during this period.
Whether your supply is sachet, bottled or via dispenser, make sure you stock up in large amounts.
Canned foods are lifesavers any day and this period is no exception.examples are sardines, tuna fish, canned beans, canned milk, canned tomatoes to mention a few.
Cereals like Cornflakes, Golden Morn, Oats, Custard will come in handy too. If you have babies or toddlers, don’t forget their cereals too.
7. Emergency Kit/Medications
Because unforeseen emergencies may arise during the lockdown, you need to have an emergency kit.
This should contain essential times like thermometer, scissiors, methylated spirits, disposable gloves, safety pins, face mask, insecticide etc.
You should also have medications and pain killers like paracetamol, ibuprofen
Staying clean at all times during this COVID-19 pandemic is very important so therefore you e.g Hand Sanitizers, Tissues/Toilet Roll, Bleach, Dettol, Hand Wash, Detergent, Wipes, Menstrual Pads etc.
Consider buying Milk, Yogurt, Eggs, Butter as you will need lots of them.
10. Other Miscellaneous Items
Snacking and eating up to four times is almost inevitable so try to buy other miscellaneous items like beverage, cofeee, biscuits, potato chips, chocolate, groundnut, cashew nut, chinchin, etc