We decided to take a family vacation over Thanksgiving break and I remember the stress of trying to pack for a family of five. Just when I thought everything was packed and ready to go, a motherly instinct lead me to the medicine cabinet where I proceeded to pack a mini kit in case any of the kids got sick. Two of my kids ended up catching a bug during our travels and I was so thankful that I traveled prepared, because I typically never carry a kit like that with me! That incident taught me a valuable lesson, that I need to be prepared at all times, not just when we are on vacation. I decided it would be a great idea to create my very own cold & flu survival kit. This is something that I believe every single family should have on hands, whether it be in the car or a diaper bag, these items are always great to have readily available.
So let’s go over all of the items I have included in my cold & flu survival kit. There is a bottle of water, fever/pain reliever, , vitamin c pills, vapor rub, honey, a thermometer, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer and Chloraseptic® Sore Throat Spray. All of these items will get help you out significantly if someone in the family comes down with a cold and you need some quick remedies. There are so many places and situations where I desperately wish I had been prepared and packed a survival kit such as this. The last thing you want to do is run around the store trying to find all of these supplies, especially if you are on vacation and unfamiliar with the area and stores.
There is no doubt about it that with the flu season comes runny noses and coughs that make our throats raw and sore. Chloraseptic® is the # 1 sore throat relief brand that provides fast-acting relief for sore throats and mouth pain to help you get through the day. I was so thrilled to see that they now offer the new cherry flavor of Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray®. Chloraseptic® products are available at mass retailers, major drug stores, and grocery stores nationwide, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding it. Always make sure Chloraseptic® is in your cold & flu survival kit so you are prepared to get the relief you need, when you need it. Don’t forget to grab your coupon before heading to the store, you can save $1.00 on any Chloraseptic® product!
Chloraseptic® Pharmacist Maria Mantione’s Tips for Cough & Cold Season:
- Wash your hands often. Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of the common cold.
- Prevent illness by practicing healthy habits. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat a balanced, nutritious diet, exercise, and minimize stress.
- If you do get sick, talk to your pharmacist about how to manage your symptoms with medications. Before cold season, stock your medicine cabinet with the essentials. Stick to single ingredient products, so you have you what you need to treat your specific symptoms. These include pain relievers and fever reducers, a decongestant, cough medicine, lozenges and a sore throat spray. Topical medications, like Chloraseptic sore throat sprays and lozenges are great to have on hand because they are portable, can be used safely with other cold medicines, and have very few side effects.
- Get your flu shot! The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is easy to get – just talk to your pharmacist. It the BEST way to prevent the spread of the flu. It does NOT prevent the common cold, but the flu is a devastating, serious illness that could put you out of commission for a week or more, or even worse, land you in the hospital with pneumonia or infect someone you love with a weaker immune system – like babies, the elderly, or those undergoing chemotherapy.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.