Austin Quarantine Home Survival Kit

Looking for the ultimate quarantine home survival kit?  We’re building it day by day and piece by piece. Now that the “shelter-in-place” is going to be required until April 30th, we need as much guidance as possible to help us stay busy and avoid “Cabin Fever”.  We’re going to try to keep this blog up to date and current and try to include activities for all ages. But since the adults are the ones that need to keep control of all this chaos so we’ll start with them.  

Adult Activities





  • Delete old and duplicate pictures so that pesky iCloud storage reminder finally goes away

  • Clean your desktop (and build a separate folder so you can stop saving to desktop)

  • Physical:

    • Clean out your closet and donate clothes you don’t wear anymore and recycle to nearby Goodwill or thrift stores

    • Cancel unused subscriptions

Food and Cooking:


Where to get booze - delivery/pickup 

Bored at home with nothing to do? Say no more. One of the most popular adult activities in Austin is drinking.  And apparently, getting your favorite alcoholic beverages delivered to your doorstep has never been more convenient. If you want to take a breath of fresh air and pick up some cocktail kits, some locations offer that too. That means you can host virtual happy hours via Zoom as well! Drink responsibly.


Alice’s Restaurant


Apt 115

El Arroyo

Aviary Wine + Kitchen

Aviator Pizza

Better Half

Blue Owl Brewery

Brew & Brew


Bufalina/Bufalina Due

Celis Brewery

Central District Brewing

Central Machine Works

Deep Eddy Cabaret

Easy Tiger

Fabi & Rosi

Foreign & Domestic

Gelateria Gemelli



Hops & Grain

Independence Brewing Co




Jo’s Coffee

Juliet Italian Kitchen

Knomad Bar

Little Brother Bar


The Little Darlin’

L’Oca d’Oro




Mi Madre’s

More Home Slice


Nixta Taqueria

Old Thousand


Pinthouse Pizza

Prohibition Creamery


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Radio Coffee & Beer (PS: Check out our review of them here, as well as other 78704 gems)

Rebel Cheese

Second Bar & Kitchen


Ski Shores Cafe

Southern Heights Brewing Co.

St. Elmo Brewing



Via 313

Vista Brewing

Whip In

Z Tejas

Zilker Brewing

Kids’ activities

In case you’re also looking for some simple, easy ideas that will keep your kids busy on days you’re cooped up inside. Here are a list of simple and easy activities that will keep them entertained and educated!

  • Wash cars

  • Teach chores

  • Teach cooking/baking (mug cake, cupcake decorating, granola, cookies)

  • Make slime and clean hard to clean things (keyboard)

  • Fashion Show

  • Read

  • Build and Create with materials in-home (tallest rocketship with household goods)

  • Card games

  • Make TikToks

  • Make instruments + parade through house

  • Indoor sports

  • Watch movie

  • Write letters to first responders

  • Bubble Wrap activities

  • Learn how to code

  • Exercise

  • Marshmallow catapult

  • Crafts

  • Tie-Dye stuff

  • At-home science experiments

  • Legos

  • DIY Puppets + Show

  • Origami

  • Make a fort

  • Take a bath

  • Salt dough ornaments

  • Puzzle

  • Board Games

  • Indoor obstacle course

  • Indoor camping

Essential places that will be open

Shelter in place orders generally close all nonessential businesses and prohibit their employees from leaving their homes to work, though the definition of “essential” businesses can vary depending on the specifics of the order. Here is a list of the most recent businesses that will remain open during this time.

  • Hospitals

  • Pharmacies

  • Veterinary care

  • Dentists

  • Mental health providers

  • Clinics

  • Pharmaceutical companies

  • Grocery stores and supermarkets

  • Farmers' markets

  • Food banks

  • Convenience stores

  • Liquor stores

  • Other establishments that sell canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish poultry and other household products such as cleaning and personal care products

  • Farms and other establishments that fish and raise livestock to sell

  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services to the needy

  • News media such as KVUE

  • Gas stations

  • Auto dealerships and auto shops

  • Banks and related financial institutions

  • Hardware and supply stores

  • Critical trades such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, pool cleaners and other services that maintain safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences

  • Infrastructures such as electricity gas, water, wastewater and other public works

  • Mail and delivery services including post office boxes

  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers

  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food as long as customers can only order delivery and takeout

  • Businesses that supply products for those who work from home

  • Businesses that supply computers, video and audio electronics, microelectronics, semiconductors, hardware, paint, electrical and plumbing material, sanitary equipment and medical equipment

  • Food delivery services

  • Transportation such as aircraft, taxis and other private providers such as Uber and Lyft

  • Home-based care and services, which includes caregivers who take care of seniors, adults and children

  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, children and animals

  • Professional services such as legal or accounting services, insurance services and real estate services

  • Information technology services

  • Moving supply services

  • Hotels and motels

  • Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery and other funeral-related services as long as social distancing can take place

  • Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities

  • Childcare facilities

Alternatives to Grocery 

Social distancing is vital at a time like this. Instead of going outdoors to shop for household goods, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons many of us still are allowed to leave the house.

Walmart Grocery




Amazon Fresh/Whole Foods




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