Eco-friendly Out of the House Essential Kit for the New Normal

Whether we like it or not, these ecq and lockdown precautions is still needed to be retained even post lockdown.

We salute all husbands for doing grocery shopping for the family.

As we embrace the new normal, here are smart tips to prepare and bring when you do need to leave the house to run critical errands like grocery run.

Grocery Quarantine Essentials



1. Compact, Hands-free Essentials Kit

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Lakbay Quarantine Kit

Jacinto & Lirio Lakbay Travel Essentials Kit

Use J&L’s travel essentials kit to store essentials that are unworn like alcohol, tissue, pen , masks, money, phone, pocket notebook and other must brings.

It stores your basic out of the house essentials and keeps them easily accessible, while still being slim enough to tuck in your garment for less exposure from viruses.

2. Lanyard


Jacinto & Lirio Obra Lanyard

Attach our Obra vegan leather lanyard to convert your Lakbay travel essentials kit to a one carrying pouch to keep your hands free and carry all your stuff easily by hanging this from the neck. This way your hands can be used to carry your grocery purchases.

Jacinto & Lirio Obra Lanyard (Design Collaboration with Obrano Heritage Goods)

Aside from attaching to the Jacinto & Lirio Lakbay Travel Essentials Kit, it’s perfect for your ID badges, cards, card holder, keys and small gadgets.  It securely holds your personal items while being stylish and durable too. Important items are just within your reach!

Kaibigan the new normal

Jacinto & Lirio Obra Lanyard attached to Kaibigan ID -Badge Holder –  Wallet

This is a favorite among employees and students because when they’re going out for lunch, they don’t need to bring their bag and wallet anymore with this card holder. They just insert their ATM and credit card in their Jacinto & Lirio Kaibigan ID Card Wallet which includes a slip-on garter to secure paper bills and zippered exterior pocket for coins.

For this Covid pandemic, you may use garter securely holds your grocery checklist as well. Then when the lockdown is over and normal public transportation is operational, you can just insert your beep card here.


Kaibigan ID -Badge Holder –  Wallet

3. Notebook

Does the scenario below sound familiar? 🙂


Well you’re not alone…

Grocery Guide

You can rescue your clueless husband when grocery shopping by including this Jacinto & Lirio pocket notebook for their errand checklist with illustrations of differentiating cuts of meat and various types of fish and vegetables. This way, he doesn’t have to coordinate with you as much via viber or buy the wrong items.

This will also lessen his time outside thus decreasing exposure to any virus.

4. Pen

Tree Hugger World Eco-pen

Don’t use public pens. You never know if the last person who used that pen is infected. Best to bring your own pen.

5. Waterproof jacket with hoodie

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Permanent Fly Waterproof Jacket with Hoodie

The infection can linger anywhere from your head to toe. So it’s best to limit skin and even your hair exposure.

6. Gloves

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Photo from Ohio State University

“Thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds remains the best defense against COVID-19. But when you go to the grocery or other public places, you may not have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer or wipes to clean grocery carts. That’s why some people are wearing gloves.  But do note that the virus can still adhere well to latex and other types of gloves, if you touch your face at any point, you’ve still potentially exposed yourself to the virus. Proper glove use is key”  – Ohio State University
Gloves may be bought from Shopee, Lazada, Watsons or Mercury.

7. Eye protection

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The virus is also airborne. This means your eyes need protection as well.

Not to mention the fact that it’s not as easy as it sounds to apply this rule “Don’t touch your face.”  This is a lot harder than it sounds and requires conscious effort. The average person touches their face 23 times an hour, and about half of the time, they’re touching their mouth, eyes, or nose — the mucosal surfaces that COVID-19 infects.

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Wodd Bamboo Eyewear

Given this, it’s best to wear an eye protective wear to limit the temptation of touching your itchy eyes.

8. Mask

Style Ana Reusable Face Masks

This is something we are all fully aware off and we probably all have since this is a basic requirement to protect ourselves. But the question is, which type of mask should we wear?

Check out this article by the New York Times.

Henry’s daughter Printed Face Masks

Face Mask | Things That Matter

Rags2Riches x Wanderskye Face Mask

This Local Brand Has Zero-Waste Face Masks Made of Fabric Scraps

Anthill Face Mask

Check out more facemask options from Spot.PH

9. Tissue

Sanicare Mini Wipes (2-pcs or 6-pcs) | Shopee Philippines

Sanicare pocket tissue and wiples

Incase you need to touch our face, press the elevator buttons or other public place items—using a tissue is your best option. This is a basic must bring even before the pandemic.

10. Phone

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Bring as little items as possible. This includes being bag free. Attaching your phone to a lanyard is the key to this convenience.


11. Alcohol or Sanitizer

All Natural Sanitizer

Human Heart Nature Natural Sanitizers

Did You Know? Human Nature Natural Sanitizers contain 60% alcohol (sugarcane-derived ethyl) thus meeting the recommended standard for alcohol content in sanitizers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more at

It’s not just our hands that we need to sanitize nowadays, but everything we bring out.

5 Time Management Tips for the Busy Student

“If only I had more time to study, I probably would have aced this exam,” I’ve probably said this a million times in my head every time I blankly stare at a questionnaire during exams. Instead of actually thinking about how to answer, I’ll think about all the time I spent binge-watching on Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. I’ll blame myself for a minute then I’ll pretend like it was “time” itself that was at fault.

The truth is, on most occasions, “not having enough time” is just an excuse I make to take the blame off myself. I know that I am not alone in this; many people struggle with this as well. We all have the time, it really is just a matter of using it well. People always tell me this that it’s almost repetitive at this point, but it is true and I’ve learned it the hard way. During my freshman year, I’ve crammed essays up to the last minute. I’ve taken a physics exam clueless. I’ve gone to sleep at 10 PM (which by the way, is way too early for my usual bedtime) unaware of the looming deadlines the next day. I was a mess and so were my grades.

Since my experiences, I really put a lot of conscious effort to managing my time well to effectively juggle my time for research, academics, student org responsibilities, and my internship. Here are some tips I personally do:

  1. Make a calendar of all your activities

Of course, this is an obvious tip but it is also one that most people struggle with. I find that writing down all deadlines and reminders on a calendar really helps a lot with planning and allocating days for studying and doing research. I also use my smart phone to take note of meetings and due dates so I can set alarms for everything. I need that extra push to have some sense of urgency.

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Recommend: Alamat Dream Board Planner 

As a visual learner, I find this desk planner extremely helpful as it comes with a vision board that I can regularly customize to plot down my daily plans and activities.

           2. Set a “to-do list” for the day and get as much done.

Nothing feels better than crossing something off your to-do list. My personal tip is to really plan your week ahead, each day of the week. Try to do as many of your weekly tasks at the start of the week so that in case you can’t finish them all, you’ll still have time to finish them during the rest of the week. Wouldn’t it feel great to celebrate Fridays without stressing over deadlines? You can finally binge- watch on Netflix without feeling guilty. You deserve it!


Recommend: Pinto Personalizable Journal

I really like this one because you can put all your reminders on the cover of the journal. 

         3. Think of a reward you can give yourself for accomplishing tasks.

I read an interesting blog post about the psychology of time management. Present-oriented people find it more difficult to do certain tasks because that would mean delaying activities that they enjoy. Whereas future-oriented people understand that delaying gratification can mean better rewards in the future. Future-oriented people are better at planning and managing their time because they always look forward to something they can enjoy without guilt.

Even if you’re not a future-oriented person, you can still pretend like you are one. Just think of a reward you’d give yourself if you accomplish a task days before the deadline (I personally like to treat myself to a milk tea drink). This way, you are finally done with the dreaded essay and you can enjoy your free time drawing or painting without feeling pressured with pending deadlines.

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Product in the picture: Fiesta Traveler’s Notebook 

After accomplishing your tasks, you can draw and paint on the Fiesta Traveler’s Notebook which can carry your planner, pens, and art tools.

            4. Some things are worth more than others.

It always comes to a point when you have 2 exams, 4 deadlines, and 2 meetings scheduled on the same day. No matter how much planning and scheduling you do, there are external factors you just can’t control. When this happens, it’s really important to recognize the value of prioritizing and rescheduling. To efficiently do this, you have to weigh in every single factor. Can this meeting be pushed the next day? Is this exam extremely critical to your passing the subject? If not, then maybe it’s best to focus on other things in the meantime.

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Product in the picture: Pitaka Multicard Pocket Wallet

              5. Don’t forget to rest!

What good does finishing a research paper do when you can’t even get out of bed to submit it on time? Always remember that your physical and mental health will always be more important than your grades or your professor’s appreciation. I know that there’s a lot at stake, but spreading yourself too thin may actually do the opposite of your intended goal. Remember to take deep breaths and quick naps when you find yourself at the brink of extreme exhaustion. You can even take a day off and go on vacation for your peace of mind. It gives you the extra boost to finish everything at once.


Product in the picture: Artisan II Dual Journal/ Passport Sleeve Journal