Covid Lockdown Prep: What to Stock Up On, Just in Case

Covid Lockdown Prep: What to Stock Up On, Just in Case

With Omicron making the rounds in Beijing, a question in the back of everyone’s mind is: “What do I do if my compound gets locked down?” Well, we’re here to help ease your worries with a list of the essential items to stock up on just in case, because it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

The basics:

Water - Probably a bit of a no brainer but make sure you’re fully stocked up drinking water as we all know that drinking Beijing tap water is a big no no! As a rule of thumb, the average adult human can survive without water for three days at most, so it's best to stock up with water that'll last beyond that point.

Medication – for anyone on daily medications make sure to have a backup supply of those and also having some common pain killers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen etc. on hand is a good idea.

Vitamins – Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a bit hard during a lockdown, so it's a good idea to have daily vitamins on hand as an alternative.

Toiletries – Hand soap, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo and conditioner are all good things to have a supply of to make sure you can keep clean and hygienic.

Feminine hygiene products – Ladies! No one wants to be stuck without these so make sure you are fully stocked just in case.


In Beijing it is so easy to become completely reliant on waimai deliveries so it’s a good idea to stock up on some long-lasting food that you can rely on instead. Here are some best possible options to consider:

  • Instant noodles
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned vegetables, beans, tomatoes, fish etc.
  • Ready made sauces
  • Frozen dumplings
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Frozen meat
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Cereal
  • UHT milk
  • Bread (you can put it in the freezer)

A great thing about all these foods is that even if you don’t get caught in a lockdown you can still eat them at a later time, so you won't have to worry about food waste!


Now these aren’t strictly “essential” items, however they can be super useful for helping you make it through lockdown with your sanity still intact. 

Coffee/tea if you’re anything like me, a daily cup of coffee or tea is a must so keep some of this handy if you need your daily caffeine fix.

Chocolate, chips, and other snacks – Ok this might sound like a bit of a luxury to stock up on, but if you’re going to be stuck in your apartment for a week or two having some comfort food to help get you through it is a must.

Alcohol – Now we’re not encouraging anyone to spend their lockdown getting drunk alone, but just like having some chocolate in the house, being able to settle down with a drink in the evenings can be a small creature comfort to make a lockdown a little bit better. It should be noted, though, that excessive alcohol intake can lead a weakened immune system, so it's best to drink in moderation.

Activities – Sometimes there is only so much Netflix you can watch so it can be a good idea to have some other non-screen related activities on hand such as jigsaw puzzles, board games, cards etc. to help fight the boredom.

Books – Just like having some activities to hand, why not have some books too, hey if you are caught in a lockdown this could actually be a great opportunity to catch up on some reading!

Yoga mat/exercise equipment – For those of us who are gym rats, the thought of being locked up in a small apartment may feel like the ultimate punishment, so getting in some basic equipment so you can exercise at home can make all the difference.

READ: Beijing Bears Down as Omicron Surges in Other Mainland Cities

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