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There are some things that we really take for granted. There are those items that we can always buy, any time we want, that we don’t even realize are so valuable to us. Of course, the second we don’t have them, we understand their impact. Naturally, right now, people are focusing on collecting survival items like batteries, water, and food. And if you’ve done a good job getting the basics, good for you. That doesn’t mean you have to stop there. You don’t have to be totally uncomfortable during quarantine. Just because coronavirus has us cooped up in our homes doesn’t mean that we have to totally give up on our creature comforts, and sink down to a quality of life that’s formidable.

 

As a woman, you know there are some particular items that you really need to remain comfortable. Men have their stuff, too. My partner, just for the record, stocked up on…of all things…Rogaine! See, we can’t even say that only women need their vanity items right now. My partner is over here concerned about his hairline during the apocalypse. Of course, I don’t know if all the Rogaine in the world could combat the stress that this current COVID-19 outbreak is causing him. Nonetheless, it’s one of his safety blankets. He panicked at the thought of going without it for months, so he ordered it in bulk.

 

And I, as a woman, have my things that I cannot imagine living without for long. I already realized I forgot to pick up some at my recent store run, and am quickly facing the consequences. I’m talking about razors and the very, uh, wild state of things down south right now. And in my armpits. Yikes. Here are essentials every woman should stock up on for quarantine.

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Birth control

Whatever your form of birth control is, make sure you have plenty of it. If you can get in touch with your doctor right now—though she’s likely overwhelmed and underprepared for these circumstances as the entire health care system is—just ask for a six-month prescription. I’m not saying you’ll be in quarantine for that long, but…just in case.

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Razors

As I mentioned, I forgot to buy razors. So if my partner and I are going to be intimate, he’s going to have to prepare himself for a more, um, natural version of me. You may not think shaving is important right now, but if you can’t do so for a month or more, you’ll start to feel itchy and uncomfortable.

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Lube

If you’re remaining sexually active during this time—hey, it’s one way to pass the time if you’re quarantined with your partner—make sure you have the products you need to be comfortable and satisfied. It’s important to stay well lubricated to prevent small tears down there.

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Midol

Under the best conditions, you may not have been able to handle your cramps (which are as bad as a heart attack for some women) and other period-related discomfort. Under the current circumstances, we really don’t need any additional pain—physical or emotional.

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A woman’s multivitamin

Make sure to stock up on women’s multivitamins. We need to keep our health up right now. And if you can’t remember to take multiple different supplements every day, at the very least keep a multivitamin on hand specifically designed for the female body.

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Pads/tampons

You knew this one was coming. But think about it: how the hell would you weather a period without these? Would you just spend the week sitting in the bathtub, having your partner deliver you meals? Actually, that sounds kind of nice…But you know you’ll want to be up and about, walking and getting fresh air for your morale.

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Deodorant

You and your quarantine buddy will find enough things to pick at each other about over the coming weeks. You don’t need to add body odor to the issue. It’s also just bad for self-esteem to smell, and we don’t need one more reason to feel depressed right now.

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Chapstick

If you’re stuck in a cold climate for quarantine, then your lips might be getting really chapped right about now. Make sure to stock up on deeply-hydrating chapstick so you don’t find yourself picking away at your flaking lips. You know your boyfriend or husband just has boring old Carmax on hand, or something like that. But you need your good stuff.

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Moisturizer

When your knuckles, knees, and face get dry, you can practically feel them screaming for help. So stock up on moisturizer. If you’re still keeping up appearances during quarantine, these tinted moisturizers can help address complexion issues while fighting ashy skin.

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Calming scented candles

Trust me. Get them. Your home is about to start smelling really stale. You need to fill your room with calming scents. Smell really does have the power to affect our moods, and for many of us, those moods are all over the place. Just keep the good smells going throughout the house.

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Hot or cool pads

Whichever works to address pain and discomfort for you, make sure you have them. From period pain to a fever to muscle aches—which you can get if you get COVID-19—you need non-pharmaceutical ways to address the discomfort. Plus, these are just emotionally comforting, too.

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Treats

Like I said, you don’t need to have a poor quality of life while on quarantine. Don’t just get essential food. What are your treats? I need gummy bears and sea salt and caramel dark chocolate a few times a week or else my soul dies a little bit. Don’t forget to bring your treats home.

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Good wine

You don’t need to drink crappy wine during the apocalypse. I understand that you likely feel you should save your funds for the important items like water and canned foods. But you actually don’t have to choose between one and the other. This list, for example, covers the best affordable wines at Trader Joe’s. Good wine is good for the soul.

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Mace

I’m not saying this will happen, but if people started to get out of control, you’d want some sort of protection with you. Get some mace. Attach it to your keychain. Keep it with you when you walk your dog or run errands. These are tense times and you don’t know how people will react.

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Data

You may want to buy a bigger data plan so you can keep up with your friends and family as much as you need to to stay sane. Talk to your phone company about a comprehensive package so you don’t find yourself unable to text or post halfway through the month. While men are better at holing up, women are social creatures and we need to stay connected right now.

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