How to Build Your Sick Day Kit: Everything You Need

How to Build Your Sick Day Kit
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Now that the chillier days of the year have arrived, it’s time to be extra vigilant in the fight against those pesky viruses ready to wreak havoc on your health. But if you find yourself in a losing battle against sickness, make sure you’re armed and ready to face it head-on. Arm yourself with a well-packed sick day kit.

How to Build Your Sick Day Kit

How to Build Your Sick Day Kit

How to Build Your Sick Day Kit

See what you already have on hand and make sure you pick up what you may need so that you are not scrambling when you are under the weather.

For Tummy Troubles:

No matter why your tummy is hurting there are some tried and true items that will help it settle down and get you some rest.

  • Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea can help ease the pain of an upset stomach. Keep a couple of packets in your kit to help reduce unpleasant cramping.
  • Heating pad: Heating pads are an inexpensive and cheerful way to soothe and calm your stomach. They also give you that warm comfy feeling that will make curling up on the couch much more pleasant.
  • Ginger: I dice up a thumb-sized piece of ginger and throw it into a pot of water to boil gently for 20 minutes. This ginger tea always soothes my tummy issues.

For Cold and Flu:

Once school starts back up I am hyper vigilant with colds and flus. My kids seem to bring them all home and it takes weeks to run its course in our home. Stocking up on the following is a huge help.

  • Tissues: This one is a no-brainer. There’s nothing worse than running out of tissues when your nose is leaking like a faucet. Keep your nose happy with a pack of your favourite soft tissues and keep your family happy by leaving the toilet rolls where they belong – in the bathroom.
  • Soup packets: No one wants to cook when they are sick and drinking soup is a great way to make sure you’re getting the liquids you need to stay hydrated.
  • hydraSense: Clear your nose fast with a hydraSense saline nasal spray for your nasal cold symptoms. Just spray, blow and you’re clear. hydraSense is medicine-free, so you can use alongside your other cough and cold medication.
  • Redoxon: Redoxon is a great way to get your vitamin C dose year-round whether you are sick or not, but it is especially helpful when a cold throw off your usual diet. Just one tablet gives you 10 oranges worth of vitamin C**! Redoxon also gives your water a fun fizz and flavour in case you’re getting tired of gulping down plain water all day.

For Headaches:

I don’t get headaches often which is why I like to make sure I know exactly what to do when they do arrive. I get floored when the pounding begins and my essentials are always close by.

How to Build Your Sick Day Kit

  • Keep an over-the-counter pain reliever to help take the sting off your headache.
  • Essential oils: While essential oils may not have any scientific claim to healing, a nice peppermint, lavender or rosemary oil can help you.
  • Ice pack: An ice pack can help temporarily take the sting off a headache. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or cloth before applying for more comfort.

While many of us prepare for beating sick day symptoms, we often forget to make a plan for getting back on track once the symptoms subside. Here are a few things you can keep on hand to get you back into your regular routine.

Getting Back on Track:

  • Aromatherapy diffuser: Nothing can truly rejuvenate your system like a full night’s rest. This may sound simple, but sleep plays such an important role in your overall health by reducing stress, improving mood and increasing energy. Try setting a diffuser 30 minutes before you go to bed, so you can be fully relaxed for a long, peaceful sleep.
  • One A Day multivitamins: When you are sick you may feel like you’ve been unable to eat much of anything, which means you may not be getting the important nutrients your body needs. One A Day Gummies Plus Immunity Support contain zinc and vitamin C to help maintain immune health in a great-tasting gummy.
  • Motivational playlist: A great playlist will lift your spirits and get you motivated to start moving again. Try popping your headphones in and boost your energy levels with a solid workout. Whether it be yoga, hitting the gym or going for a jog, a good tune will put you in the proper mindset for a great sweat, so you feel as good as new!

How to Build Your Sick Day Kit

And there you have it – almost everything you need to make sure you’re prepared to fight the good fight, or at least make your sick day more bearable. Remember, if your symptoms are severe or you find they are getting worse instead of better, talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you.

Do you keep a sick day kit at home? Let me know your must-have items!

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. November 19, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Great suggestions. I always have Sovereign Silver and Oregano oil to help the family.

  2. Tammi L.
    December 10, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    What I love about your list is that it isn’t full of medicines with expiry dates. I go and buy all these pills and syrups and then the next time anyone is sick everything is expired. Drives me crazy because they cost so much!

  3. Debbie White-Beattie
    December 16, 2018 / 3:31 am

    I try to keep the essentials for sickness in stock for emergencies

  4. Shirley OFlynn
    January 8, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    Great checklist! There are a lot of ideas there that I wouldn’t have thought of. I really need to put together a Sick Day Kit.

  5. Emily
    January 9, 2019 / 8:06 pm

    Very useful post, I always keep a sick day kit but I added a few more items from your list that was missing from my kit 🙂

  6. Jenifer V
    January 9, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    I’ve never thought about doing this but it seems like a good idea! Whenever I get sick I’m so tired to do anything so having all this in one place will make things easier.

  7. Janet M
    January 12, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    We all need an up to date sick day kit.

  8. January 25, 2019 / 9:51 am

    Great idea to be prepared, especially in the winter when you don’t want to have to go out in a blizzard and on icy roads to get what you need!

  9. Treen Goodwin
    January 25, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    Great list of essentials , thanks for sharing ! i need to buy all the stuff for when the need arises !

  10. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 22, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    Good tips here, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 28, 2019 / 10:57 am

    When I lived in Germany it was the law that you had to carry a first aid kit in your car, your car had a safety inspection every 2 years at least and the first aid kit was also checked that the contents hadn’t expired.

  12. Alla Tsa
    March 1, 2019 / 10:57 am

    This is a great post, thanks for the tips. Love to stay healthy and take preventative measures.

  13. Leanne
    March 8, 2019 / 11:15 am

    This is a great list . We’ve had a lot of colds around here this winter . Wish I had of put one of these together. Would be nice for everything to be in one place .

  14. March 14, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    This is such a great idea! Thank you so much for the suggestions/ideas.

  15. JoKing
    May 9, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    One tip is to keep a list with your kits of expiry dates. Nothing worse then needing something and find it ineffective due to expiry!

    June 4, 2019 / 8:23 pm

    Thanks I make sure I check our kit in the fall in case someone gets the flu through out the winter,

  17. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    September 23, 2019 / 11:24 am

    It really is a good idea to have everything at hand for when someone falls ill.

  18. mrdisco
    October 14, 2019 / 11:31 am

    i really need to build a new health kit

  19. Linda
    November 29, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    My sick day kit has to include garlic. I often take garlic, ginger and honey together.

  20. Linda H
    November 22, 2021 / 10:43 am

    Great list and I have some of the essentials but just need to check expiry dates.