Start and stay clean. At the store, wipe the cart handle with a sanitizer wipe. Wash your hands before shopping or use hand sanitizer before entering the store. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you and use it if handwashing isn’t available.
If your store allows reusable bags, make sure to clean yours frequently. Launder cloth bags in a washing machine and dry them in a dryer or air-dry. Scrub plastic-lined bags with hot water and soap and air-dry. Consider marking each bag for specific items, such as a produce bag, a milk bag, a raw meats bag, etc. It is good practice to use insulated reusable bags for refrigerated and frozen foods.
Remember to clean and sanitize the inside of your coolers and the surfaces of reusable ice packs before and after each shopping trip. These items touch the bags of groceries, surfaces in your car, and possibly the driveway, sidewalk, or garage floor. During transport, food or raw meat juices may also spill or drip in the coolers or on the ice packs. Because coolers will hold food during future shopping trips and ice packs will go back into your freezer, clean and sanitize them to avoid any potential cross-contamination.