Illness is rampant here in Georgia right now – flu, strep and the stomach flu on top of head colds that morph into raging sinus infections. Three out of the four members of my household have been on antibiotics or steroids over the past 3 weeks. Good times, good time… Now is the perfect time to make a sick kit for your home.
A sick kit is not meant to get you through the entirety of your illness, but it is a great way to have a few basic supplies on hand for those times when the sickness hits hard and fast. Or at least until that super generous friend drops a bag of supplies on your front porch and then runs for the hills so she won’t be exposed too.
Gather Your Sick Kit Supplies
The first step for creating you own sick kit is to gather the basic supplies. These are items that are great to have on hand when an illness begins until those reinforcements can arrive. Suggested items include:
- Canned Soup
- Clear liquids like Gatorade or Ginger Ale
- Basic medicines like Imodium and ibuprofen
- Tissues (I like the really soft kind for those sore, red noses.)
- Sick Masks
- An Extra Thermometer (I just bought this one.)
- Toilet Paper
- Clean Tooth Brushes
- Disinfectant spray and wipes (Personally I wouldn’t store these with the food but nearby.)
Contain Your Sick Kit
Now that you have your supplies together, get a small lidded plastic tub (15qt is a good size) to store everything. Take a second and label it “Sick Kit” so hopefully family members will leave the contents alone until they are needed.
Store Your Sick Kit
Since your sick kit is really an in-case-of-emergency type of thing, store it in an accessible but out of the way location, like the top of the linen closet or under your bed. When illness strikes you will be able to grab the kit easily, but it won’t interfere with your daily storage needs.
I hope you don’t need a Sick Kit any time soon, but now that you’ve made one, you will have those basic supplies handy when sickness invades your home. Click here for more tips on organizing your bathroom and medications.
Watch my video on making your own sick kit and how to organize taking your medicines.