5 Cold-Crushing Essentials to Include in your Winter Survival Kit

Lying on the couch watching Suits when sick with a cold

I’m often amused by my ambitious mindset. I woke up this morning, slightly disheartened as I realised that overnight, my body had been unforgivingly plagued with the seasonal snot-filled, sneeze-inducing virus – one that I was adamant I wouldn’t fall victim to, in spite of being surrounded by others who had suffered a similar fate, my partner included. And so, I climbed out of bed optimistically, ignoring my body’s plea to remain underneath the doona cover, deciding instead that I wouldn’t allow this sticky mess of a cold to interrupt my Sunday plans. 

Whenever sickness creeps into my consciousness, I react in one of two ways: sook shamelessly or soldier on. Today, I chose the latter and proceeded with my Sunday morning ritual – making a list of everything I wanted to complete today before the weekend came to a close. Unfortunately, my body was only willing to entertain this go-go-go performance for so long. After two hours of playing wonder woman, I retreated back to bed, even though I was trying my hardest not to succumb to the energy-depleting nature of this cold. In an effort to keep my eyes open and continue down the path of productivity, I decided to tap away at my keyboard and pour my thoughts onto the screen. Though writing is mentally therapeutic for me, I can’t say it does much for me physically. Before I knew it, I was curled up in the foetal position, drifting off to the land of nod, emerging an hour later, tempted to dive back in for another hour.

Somewhere between sneezing, sniffling and yawning – an exhausting routine inflicted by this ugly beast of a cold (my shamelessly sooky self says hello) – the proverbial light bulb above my head flickered on unexpectedly. As a proactive precaution, we should all endeavour to create a winter survival kit to nurse us back to health in the event that we are struck down with a cold or worse, the flu. Even if you choose to ride down the path of denial and carry on with your day (wonder woman style) and ignore your body’s protest for sleep, you’ll still want this nifty recovery kit within arm’s reach (for when you decide to give in). The last thing you’ll want to do is brave the weather in pursuit of the standard cold-crushing essentials that, had you taken a page out of the proactive handbook, would already be stored at home. So, here’s what you need to include in your survival kit:

The memory of what it’s like to breathe normally

If you’re currently in fine form, remember this moment. And be grateful. The moment your sinuses turn into a mucus-filled cesspool, you’ll wish that you had shown some form of gratitude during your phlegm-free days. 

The ingredients required for a tea cocktail

Stock your pantry with a box of tea, honey, and lemon juice. A cup of tea with a spoonful of honey and a generous squeeze of lemon will do wonders for your throat. Plus, there’s something so comforting about cradling a cup of tea in both hands when you’re feeling a little worse for wear. Fresh lemons are preferred but bottled lemon juice will do the trick.

Mucus-fighting tools

A quality box of tissues is vital. Don’t skimp out on this one. Your nose will suffer the sandpaper-induced consequences and you will find yourself feeling more miserable than ever. Add to this kit a bottle of Vitamin C tablets, Vicks, Strepsils and Panadol to brave the storm ahead.

Binge-worthy TV shows

Let’s face it, there’s going be plenty of couch sitting/laying during this time. A Netflix subscription (or a few classic box sets) will lift your spirits and make this unpleasant period go a lot quicker. Nothing like a good old-fashioned sitcom or drama to temporarily distract you from reality.

A trusty blanket

You’ll need a warm, cosy blanket to wrap your frail self in when couch-ridden. It also serves as a permanent bear hug when there is nobody around to offer comfort and affection.

And there you have it. Everything you need to battle the winter plague.

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