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Stocking the cupboards

Stuff happens, and sometimes your parents won’t be able to get out to the shops as often as they’d like. Here are a few ideas of items worth keeping stocked up in their cupboards and freezers for the difficult days.

In the cupboards

  • Tins and tins of soup
  • Long-life ready meals (better in an emergency than nothing)
  • Back-up tea and coffee
  • Hot chocolate, Horlicks or a cosy drink of choice
  • Porridge oats (if they don’t attract wildlife in)
  • Shortbread, chocolate and other indulgences
  • Long-life milk
  • Long-life juice drinks
  • Olive and/or sunflower oil
  • Foil
  • Clingfilm
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing powder
  • Soap

In the freezer

  • Small plastic bottles of milk (even if it doesn’t taste quite the same – it’s better than nothing)
  • Ready meals (even if they are all awful and enough for two)
  • Bread and crumpets

In the fridge

  • Butter or spread of choice
  • Eggs (obviously not too long term)


  • Cash
  • Stamps
  • Crossword or Sudoku compilation book, Word Searches are also good
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream or rinse
  • Painkillers as allowed
  • Flu and cold remedy as allowed
  • Diarrhoea relief, to be balanced with …
  • Constipation relief

Any other useful ideas? Tell us what you keep stocked up in your parents’ cupboards. If you found this article helpful, why not join the family?

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