No one looks forward to the cold and flu season.
Runny noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats cause missed days of work and school.
Plus, usually, the flu comes at a time when you’re not prepared to be sick.
Here are my tips for getting through the cold and flu season and even how to avoid getting sick altogether.
Stock up on essential cold and flu season supplies early
As soon as back to school season begins I recommend stocking up on essential cold and flu supplies.
The first reason I recommend doing this is that you can find some great deals on things such as hand sanitizer and tissues. The second reason I recommend this is because you’ll be able to handle any germs that the kids may pick up at school quickly as well.
Recommended Cold and Flu Season Supplies
The basic cold and flu season supplies you should stock up on include:
- Hand sanitizer
- Daytime and night time cold medicines
- Nasal spray
- Facial tissue
- Toilet tissue
- Cough and throat drops
- Vapor rub
- eTherm Thermometer
- Sore throat spray
Stock up on pantry essentials
During the summer months, we typically don’t have a ton of soups and teas sitting around.
So, when it’s time for cold and flu season, it’s important to make sure the pantry has the proper essentials just in case they’re needed.
Recommended Pantry Essentials
I recommend adding the following pantry essentials to your next grocery list:
- Chicken Noodle Soup (or your family’s favorite soup)
- Green Tea
- 7 Up or Sprite
Stock up on cleaning supplies
I’m already a little obsessed with cleaning because I hate messes and clutter.
However, during cold and flu season it gets worse and I add some additional cleaning supplies to my rotation to try to limit the spread of germs.
Recommended Cleaning Supplies
My essential list of cleaning supplies for cold and flu season consists of:
- Clorox Wipes
How to prevent sickness during cold and flu season
In the past, once I would catch a cold I would be stuck with it all winter.
Additionally, once one of the kids was sick the others would all get sick shortly after.
However, I found a way to prevent illnesses for the most part during the cold and flu season by doing the following things.
Set up sanitation stations
While we all know washing your hands frequently is a great way to prevent spreading germs, let’s face it, kids are not always going to wash their hands after playing, coughing, etc.
So, to eliminate germs from spreading through your home set up sanitation stations.
In these sanitation stations, you’ll keep hand sanitizer and facial tissues.
I have four sanitation stations set up in my home.
One upstairs and three downstairs.
Not only are they great for my family to use but they are also useful for when guests come over as well.
I don’t know about your kids, but mine love putting on hand sanitizer AND I encourage it.
I have a station set up in their learning center, the living room, and the kitchen downstairs so it’s always in plain sight and regardless of where they may sneeze or cough, tissues and hand sanitizer is easily accessible for them to stop germs in their tracks.
Change toothbrushes more frequently
When you read my list of essential cold and flu season supplies and saw toothbrushes on the list you may have thought I lost my mind.
Toothbrushes are essential because the mouth is where all the germs are.
If you’re a family that uses electric toothbrushes, I highly recommend converting back to traditional toothbrushes during cold and flu season ( at least when someones sick anyway) as you’ll want to change toothbrushes (or toothbrush heads) at least once a week for the person who is sick during the duration of their sickness.
This will help them from constantly recycling the germs back into their system.
I understand that doing this can be pricey when having to purchase replacement toothbrush heads so that’s why I recommend doing this with traditional toothbrushes instead.
Clean things you’d otherwise forget
We’ve discussed upping your cleaning supplies and adding Lysol and bleach to the mix. However, avoiding getting sick requires cleaning things that you normally may forget about such as cellphones, laptops, tablets, kids toys, etc.
Germs can get on literally anything and the more people who touch the products the more it spreads.
I also understand cleaning a bunch of little gadgets can be a huge pain and time suck. Therefore, to make things a bit quicker and simpler for you I’d recommend a tool such as HANS. It’s small, easy to use, and can be carried with you on the go.
Keep sickness from spreading if someone does get sick
After you’ve done the above-mentioned things to try to keep sickness out of your home during cold and flu season if someone still decides to get sick, take the following additional precautions to your already set protocol.
Remember I mentioned eTherm as one of the cold and flu essentials above?
If someone does get sick, you’ll be glad that you invested in it.
With eTherm you’ll be able to easily monitor fevers throughout the duration of their sickness and since it only requires skin contact, you can even monitor your kid’s fevers while they sleep without disturbing them.
Furthermore, if once one person is sick, everyone gets sick in your house, eTherm makes it easy for you to stay on top of everyone’s fevers even while being sick yourself.
Clean everything they touch
You can’t trust sick people to be vigilant about washing their hands.
They’re sick and probably snotting and coughing everywhere and since they’re not feeling well, they’re not going to keep running to the sanitation stations or the bathroom to wash their hands.
So, it’s up to you to follow them around with Lysol.
SPRAY EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH!!!
Yes, you’ll want to spray the doorknobs, faucet handles, and the toilet handle.
However, don’t forget about pantry handles, tops of chairs, closet handles, refrigerator handles, dresser handles, etc.
I know this may seem like a lot of work, but I hate being sick so it’s definitely well worth it.
AND if you want to take it one step further, change their bedding daily.
Think about it, at night they’re coughing and sneezing in bed and all the germs are just floating around in the covers.
Conclusion: You can get through cold and flu season
With essential cold and flu supplies and a bit of creativity, you can get through cold and flu season.
We’ve successfully been able to avoid getting the flu for years AND I’ve been able to keep colds down to a minimum using these strategies.
What do you do to help your family get through the cold and flu season?