With a few bouts of the stomach bug in our home already, I know that this is only the beginning of this year’s cold and flu season. I have four elementary school aged kids and circumventing illness is next to impossible. I know that my weekly cleaning efforts are not in vain, but capturing every germ that they bring in on backpacks, lunchboxes, and shoes is inconceivable. We eat healthy and practice good hygiene as a family, but I know that bypassing cold and flu season with no runny noses or tummy troubles is not happening. As a parent, being unprepared when kiddos fall prey to cold and flu is tough. Who wants to make late night runs to the pharmacy? Not me! I have certain items that I always keep on hand for those inopportune times. Stocking up now means that I can be prepared. Here are my must-have items to have on hand for cold and flu season.
Items to Have on Hand for Cold and Flu Season
#1 Tissues. This is a no-brainer, right?!?! Between now and April, my kids will go through so many tissues. I have one kid who will carry around a tissue box everywhere he goes when he is sick. He finds it comforting to have tissues with him at all times when he is under the weather. We are Sam’s Club members, and their tissues provide a great way to stock up!
#2 Supplements. I know that every family has their go-to supplements that they keep in their medicine cabinet to either provide immune support or help rejuvenate health after illness. Have these on hand before getting sick.
#3 Humidifier. Every time that I have taken my kids to the doctor following cold symptoms, the physician always recommends a humidifier. Adding extra moisture to the dry, winter air helps nasal passages. Pick one of these up before illness strikes.
#4 Saline Spray. I purchase each member of my family their own saline nasal spray. This goes hand in hand with #3 above. Saline nasal spray helps keep nasal passages moist when you’re on-the go. Saline nasal spray is inexpensive, and I’ve purchased it in bulk during the past few seasons. Use a marker to write each family member’s name on their individual bottle.
#5 Essential oils. I have an essential oil diffuser that helps during cold and flu season. I pick up my personal selection of oil scents and use the diffuser to eject the scent into the air to help with a variety of cold and flu issues.
Avoid getting caught off guard when cold and flu season hits. Do you have items that you stock up on that you would add to the list?