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What I Wish I Had Brought Into Quarantine


November 22, 2020

If you read my previous post, you’ll recall my daughters and I did a mandatory 14-day quarantine when we went home to Canada to see my family. Overall, I did a pretty good job of preparing and packing (minus forgetting my older daughter’s laptop charger), but I thought I’d share a few things I wish I would have brought with us.

To back up a bit, we rented a cottage from a family member of a friend and it was perfect. They had towels, washcloths, linens, pots and pans…basically everything you would have at home. The family who owns the cottage is American and because of the border closure had not been back in almost a year, so there were a few things I should have brought:

  • Food storage containers. Although my kids have been eating about 11 times a day since the pandemic hit, there are times when they can’t finish their meals, so I wish I would have brought a few storage containers with us instead of using the precious two Ziploc baggies I found in the pantry. Which leads me to…
  • Storage bags. Snacks, open containers, leftovers would have been much easier to preserve if I had extra food storage bags.
  • Toilet paper and paper towels. Thankfully, my mom was able to drop some off because we went through what was in the house pretty quickly.
  • A few more things for me to do. I brought a bunch of work, two magazines and six books. When you are in someone else’s house, you can’t leave and no one can visit, it’s actually pretty amazing how much downtime you get. I plowed through extra work, got my email inboxes down to almost zero, read my magazines and a book…and then got pretty restless. I’m used to going-going-going. Downtime at home usually translates to random things like cleaning the linen closet, organizing the basement storage room, dusting, changing lightbulbs…you know, all the things. I wish I could have brought my awesome new Designer in a Binder book that I had just purchased before we left. We’re doing quite a few home renovations, so it would have been fun to actually have a clear head to work through the binder, sketching things out and putting a mood board together.

There are a few other random things I wish I would have brought (like butter), but the above items were must-haves. When you can’t actually leave the house (by law), you realize there are a lot of things you take for granted during a “normal” day.

So, whether you’re headed for a longer vacation in a rental (hello, road-tripping families with virtual learners–one benefit of the pandemic!) or a mandatory quarantine in another country, hopefully, my two posts help you plan.

Leave a comment below and share your must-haves for staying in a rental.

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