Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Pandemic Pantry ~ Medicinal Musts

 With all the news about the Coronavirus, I thought I'd write a series of posts on how to best prepare for what may come our way.

I found an excellent source of up-to-date information on the Coronavirus that is easy to understand.  The YouTube channel is by Dr John Campbell. Dr Campbell is a clinical nurse, medical teacher, and author from Northern England who is posting daily updates and information via YouTube. I have found these videos so informative and interesting!

Back to preparing

What might we need if we are quarantined at home for 30 days?

Today, let's talk about stocking up everything to meet any medicinal needs we might have.

 Prescription medications - check to see what you may need to fill or refill and if possible, refill for three months instead of one month

Analgesics - advil, tylenol, motrin, aspirin - these are over the counter pain medications that will help fever, aches, pain, and inflammation

Cold/Flu medications - dayquil, nightquil, etc (including topicals like Vicks vaporub)

Vitamin Suppliments

Tummy medications - pepto bismol, antacids, etc


Medical/Surgical Masks

Medical Gloves


Heating Pad

Rubbing Alcohol

Betadine Solution

Bandages - bandaids, adhesive patches,  gauze, surgical/medical tape

Oatmeal Bath

Lotions & Creams

Essential Oils/Herbal Remedies

Clean linens, towels, and washcloths

Additional bed pillows

Tissues - Kleenex

Paper Towels

Medicinal Beverage Helpers - Pedialyte, soda pop (to settle tummies), fruit juices, herbal tea, vitamin waters, bottled water

Medicinal Food Helpers - soda crackers, bread, soups, broths, honey, jello, popsicles or ice pops, soft diet foods (soft boiled/scrambled eggs, mashed potoatoes, cream of wheat etc)

Tomorrow, my post will be on the Pandemic (Kitchen) Pantry.

This list is not complete by any means.  If you'd like to add to my pandemic pantry medicine cabinet, please let me know what else you would include!

**Thank you, Arlene, for reminding me how important it is to check expiration dates on medication!


  1. Gina, what a good post to read this evening. I am going to print off your list and start checking out the cabinets tomorrow. Thanks for the link as well! Stay well and healthy!

    1. You are very welcome, Robin. I'm sure there are other needful things I can't think of!

  2. Being a nurse I tend to have an arsenal of various medicinals. It is good to check the dates from time to time so I probably need to restock some things now. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Thank you so much, Arlene, for reminding me about expiration dates!!

  3. What a good idea to have this list, Gina. I don’t have any masks, so I guess I should pick up some of those. Thank you for helping us to be prepared.

    1. Kitty, I hope you find some masks. I have heard they are hard to find. I have some because my daughter had ordered them weeks ago. xo

  4. I just saw on the tv yesterday that we should have some things on hand, like dry and canned ingredients just in case, so I will be buying a few extras the next time I go shopping :)

    1. Absolutely, Connie. I read an article today about Honolulu grocery shelves were bare from people stocking up. Yikes!

  5. Hi Gina~

    This has been a subject that Bob and I have been discussing. We are pretty good about having plenty of food stored, but we need to step it up on the medical end. It's so scary to think that we could be quarantined to our homes, but it's a very big possibility, especially in more populated areas. We have a list started, so I guess I better get on the stick and fill my medicine cabinet!! Thanks for link to the video, I'm looking forward to watching it! Hope all is well with you Gina, you are always in my prayers! XOXO

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Barb, I really enjoy this gentleman's videos. I've learned so much and it is good to know what is going on (apart from US news) Thank you so much for praying, sweet Barb! xo

  6. Hello dear Friend, I am so thankful you posted this, I will copy this list and visit Dr Campbell. Dh and I have been talking about making our preparationsd this helps me so much!.
    I was happy to see you had posted a new post, I enjoy reading your posts so much, you are always so encouraging both on posting, and your comments. wow! there are a lot of post words in my last sentence. ~lol

    1. Sue, thank you so much. I hope you find Dr Campbell informative. Let me know what you think! xo ♥

  7. Such good advice, Gina. I do need to stock up on my first-aid kit, for sure. It's nice to have a list. I recently found a great product for upset tummies. It's a product in the juice aisle, called 'Ginger Soother'. Don't know if it is available everywhere, but it sure works good. I always seem to feel it in my tummy when I am sick. I am praying over this terrible pandemic. Hugs xo Karen

    1. Karen, thank you for letting us know about the Ginger Soother. I will definitely look into this! xo ♥


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