There are only a few things that can send shivers down my spine. Someone uttering the word moist, the sound of nails on a chalkboard, mustard spilling onto someone’s clothes…and, of course, cold and flu season. Because as we moms know, there isn’t much worse than when your child is sick and there is absolutely nothing you can do to make it better. And don’t you find that sick days tend to pop up when you have a huge deadline at work or a vacation or holiday to prepare for? Or maybe that’s just me.
After having a horrific winter filled with the flu and other super bugs that kept tormenting my family over and over, I decided to prepare for cold and flu season like I never have before by creating a Sick Day Survival Kit. Was I over prepared? Maybe. But once the first hint of the flu hit my house, I shockingly wasn’t flustered because of my box of germ fighting goodies. And when Mama isn’t stressed or anxious, and it makes a HUGE difference in my house. So do yourself a favor and check out how I survive sick days with my Sick Day Survival Kit.
Kleenex (the soft, lotion infused kind)
Toilet Paper (the softest you can find…look for those ever convincing bears on the package!)
Paper Towels (the more absorbent the better)
Can of Lysol Disinfecting Spray
Fever Stickers (yes, this is a thing and they are AMAZING)
Temporal Thermometer (Exergen is our favorite brand)
Tylenol (Liquid and pill form)
Motrin (Liquid and pill form)
Sore Throat Pops (Little Remedies is a favorite)
Vicks Vapor Rub (and don’t forget the plug ins, too!)
Hand Soap (the cloudy kind that has lotion infused)
Hand Sanitizer (again, the kind that has lotion infused)
Large plastic bowl
2 old towels
Cheap craft kits (The Dollar Store, Target, and Michael’s have great, cheap options)
Small gift bag
Small trinkets and toys (think stocking stuffers and items that you would find in a Happy Meal)
New books (Stockpile some from school Scholastic book orders)
Apple sauce pouches
I know, I know…my list might seem a bit…much. But let me tell you…it will cover just about ANYTHING that comes your way. One of the worst things about a sick day is having to schlep your sick kid into the car so you can go to the pharmacy to get medicine and other standbys such as Vitamin Water and animal crackers but if you create a box like this, you are totally and utterly prepared.
If you look through the list, you will see that I have included some really random things like a small gift bag and some very specific items like the Vicks Vapor Rub plug in. Why? Because kids can decorate a small gift bag with markers, stickers, etc. and then use that bag to corral all of their dirty tissues so you don’t get sick picking them up. And the Vicks plug in? It’s been a sleeping GAME CHANGER for us ever since our first cold and flu season as parents.
While I didn’t include a bottle of wine or a vat of coffee in the Sick Day Survival Kit, you definitely can add that in. Not something you prefer? Just be sure to cut yourself a little slack and give yourself some grace. If that means that your mountain of laundry grows? So be it. If all your kid wants to do is watch Disney Junior, ignore any and all screen time rules (for the record, I think “Octonauts” is the least annoying show on that network). And if you are starting to go stir crazy, take a break and head outside…even when not feeling well most kids would love to paint the snow…and don’t feel bad calling in reinforcements (whether it is grandma or your favorite Uber driver delivering some much needed Starbucks).