Coronavirus List For Vegans (and non-vegans, too!)

I know I said I was going to post this list a couple of days ago, but my youngest got sick. I don’t know what my kids have gotten but it starts with a sore throat, which quickly turns to fever, vomiting, and finally, an incessant cough. It’s really been super fun.

But here’s the list I’ve come up with, so far.


  • Prescription meds for yourself and your children – I know insurance makes this damn near impossible but try to get what you’re able to buy. Don’t forget any medications your pets take.
  • Fever reducers like Tylenol for you and your kids
  • Vitamins – probably a good thing to be healthy before anything happens, but also in case your diet gets kinda weird later on
  • Vitamin C
  • Stomach medications – think Pepto Bismol and Tums
  • Cough and cold meds – another thing that’s good to have around all the time, but especially now. I’ve seen Mucinex suggested on other sites, but whatever works for your family. Also, cough drops/throat lozenges.
  • First aid supplies – items like neosporin, bandages, peroxide, alcohol, Benadryl cream, etc.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil – No, I’m not big into EOs *BUT* this is one of the ingredients in Vicks shower tablets and Vapo Rub. I like minty things when I’m stuffed up and it’s easier to just buy this than try to track down shower tablets.
  • Humidifier
  • Thermometer

Household Supplies:

  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning supplies for wiping surfaces
  • Garbage bags
  • Hand soap
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer (if you can find it)
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Tampons or pads
  • Toothpaste, mouthwash, floss


  • Water? I’ve seen people talk about buying water but I’m not sure this is necessary. That said, it can’t hurt to have some bottled water on hand.
  • Gatorade
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other veggies that store well
  • Pasta sauce
  • Salt, pepper, and basic herbs/spices. For us, it’s cinnamon, Ginger, garlic powder, turmeric – just whatever you normally use in recipes
  • Tea – we’ve consumed so much tea in the past two weeks here! Throat coat, Breathe Deep, Chamomile, Belly Comfort. I don’t know how much any specific tea helps besides Throat Coat, but hot liquid seems to help with all the mucus.
  • Honey
  • Cereal
  • Cereal bars or protein bars
  • Canned soup and vegetables
  • Peanut butter – for sandwiches, peanut butter crackers, and any recipes (like energy balls)
  • Jelly
  • Nuts – for recipes and for snacking
  • Dried fruit like apricots, cranberries, and raisins
  • Trail mix – or you can make you own
  • Beans – canned or dry
  • Any sauces or marinades you like to use – ketchup, tamari/soy sauce, mustard, etc.
  • Stock up your freezer with frozen fruits and veggies
  • Yeast
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Tofu and tempeh
  • Sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Oils – coconut, olive, canola
  • Crackers and pretzels
  • Coffee
  • Oats – old fashioned and quick-cooking
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Bread
  • Gluten-free flour and baking needs
  • Applesauce and canned fruits
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Vegan items like cheese, tofurkey, beyond meats, veggie burgers
  • Plant milk – some for the fridge and also shelf-stable cartons


We have a cat, a fish, and two gerbils. Obviously, buy what you need for your pets.

  • Cat medications
  • Cat food
  • Cat treats
  • Fish food and filters
  • Gerbil bedding
  • Gerbil food
  • Gerbil treats
  • Gerbil dust bath

Baby and kids:

It’s been a while since I’ve had babies but I remember a couple of things.

  • Baby formula
  • Baby diapers – if there’s a quarantine, you really don’t want to run out!
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby food
  • Your kids’ favorite snacks
  • Whatever your kids will willingly eat when they’re sick. Don’t forget BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast)

Now, is all of this necessary? First, I hope not.* I hope no one else gets Coronavirus. Second, I know it’s damn near impossible to go out and buy everything, especially if you’ve got a limited budget. I wrote everything I could think of. You can pick and choose what works for your family. Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add your suggestions to the list!

*I hope we don’t get to where we need quarantine measures but that may become necessary. Also, if you are sick, please stay home. You may be young and healthy enough to fight off an illness, but please consider who else is in the grocery store or in other public places with you. There are elderly folks, immunocompromised people and so on that need to be able to go to the store without being exposed to this. Also, wash your hands!