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Surely you’ve seen the memes with that character from “Game of Something or Other” warning everyone to brace themselves because winter is coming. Well, mamas, it’s no joke. Winter is coming and you best be prepared because you know what else is coming? Seasonal illnesses and all their accompanying aches and pains.
Winter officially starts on December 21 this year, but I urge you not to wait until then to put together a winter survival kit that will help you get through the season as painlessly as possible.
I’ve already put my kit together, which I will share below, because once someone in the family is already sick ain’t nobody got time to be running around and buying stuff. Heck no, plus I will use any excuse to go to Target, which is where I like to stock up on my over-the-counter winter must-haves.
My Winter Survival Kit
I started my kit-making mission by going to the cough/cold relief aisle at Target to pick up Children’s Tylenol for my daughters. We’ve tried other medicines, but Children’s Tylenol is the only one that we don’t have to wrestle our kids down and force them to take. They don’t mind the taste (they actually like it) and it doesn’t upset their tummies. It really helps reduce fevers and relieve minor aches and pains due to the common cold, the flu, headaches and sore throats.
Once I got the goods for my daughters, I headed to the general pain relief aisle to pick up Extra Strength Tylenol for me and my hubby. We both use it to help when we have a cold or flu. Hubby is a gardener and does a lot of physical work so he takes it when he’s got achy muscles or a sore back too. I take it when my monthly visitor shows up with cramp-y guests that try to take over my abdominal area with pain.
OK, so thems the basics of my winter survival toolkit. I make sure to have a digital thermometer thrown into the mix to keep track of fevers. I recommend you start with the basics like I did and then go from there.
Once your basics are covered, you can round out your kit with some other items that will make your life more pleasant when one or all of you are sick during the winter.
Tissues and cough drops are no-brainers and my Latina mom would disown me if I didn’t have a certain menthol ointment stocked at ALL times to rub on chests or the bottoms of feet. Bandanas are something you might want to consider stocking up on too. We like using them as handkerchiefs to help cover mouths when sneezing or coughing.
My mother always gave me chamomile tea with honey and lemon when I had a cold and that habit has stuck. The tea is relaxing, soothing and keeps you hydrated.
PRO MOM TIP: Stock up on reading material. That way when everyone is sick and fighting over what to watch on TV, you can let them battle it out while you get lost in a book.
So there you have it! My winter survival kit consists of…
- Tylenol products for the whole family.
- A digital thermometer to easily keep track of temperatures.
- Tissues and bandanas for runny noses and coughy, sneezy faces.
- Menthol ointment for chests and feet.
- Chamomile tea with lemon and honey to soothe the soul.
- Books to escape for a minute or many.
I wish you a happy and healthy winter. If you and your family do get sick, I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope you stock up on what you need ahead of time so that I don’t have to say, “I told you so.”
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