~ CLOSED ~ Cold and Flu Season Essentials {w/Giveaway}

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

Although I am still missing the summer, I have to admit, I do love this time of year. The gorgeous colours of the trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the crisp, clean air and the brilliant blue of the sky.

Even though the autumn is not the beginning of a new year, for me, it always feels like it is.  With the end of summer, our lives seem to reset and we get back to a more “normal” routine. In many ways, it feels like a new beginning, so what’s not to love?

There is one major thing I do not love about the autumn and that’s the arrival of the dreaded cold and flu season!

It seems that every year, it’s the same story. Despite our best efforts, many of us will be forced to admit defeat and retreat to our couches with a healthy supply of tissues and hot liquids.

While you might not be able to prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place, there are things you can do to feel better and get back on your feet sooner.

Flu Season1. Clear your nose

Having a blocked nose can be one of the worst parts about being sick. If cold medications still leave you feeling stuffed up, try pairing them with a saline spray like hydraSense®. hydraSense® is 100% naturally sourced sea water that is clinically proven to help get rid of nasal congestion so you can breathe better and concentrate on getting the rest you need.

2. Clean up your act

This one is often overlooked! Keep anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer within reach on sick days to avoid leaving germs on the surfaces in your home. The last thing you want to do is spread sickness to your friends and family members. You’ll feel better knowing you’re keeping your germs to yourself.

3. Take a hike

Did you know that light exercise can help to relieve congestion when you have a cold? Instead of staying cooped up inside, a brisk walk can help you feel restored. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

4. Put your sore throat on ice

Sucking on ice chips can help temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat by numbing and calming some of the inflammation causing your pain. Other ways to soothe a sore throat include gargling with warm salt water or sipping on a warm herbal tea.

Flu Season5. Give yourself a (delicious!) boost

When you’re sick, making nutritious meals may feel like more of a chore. If your sick-day meals are more microwave friendly than health conscious, it’s also important to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need with a multivitamin. If you’re not a fan of pills, try One A Day® Gummies. They taste great and help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. For some added Vitamin C, pop Redoxon® into a ½ glass of cold water. You get 10 oranges worth of vitamin C in one tablet†!

And here’s one more essential:

6. Thoroughly Wash Your Hands!

I worked for many years as a nurse in the Operating Room and I cannot overemphasize how essential it is to properly wash your hands. This is important any time of the year but doubly so during cold and flu season. Keeping your hands impeccably clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Flu SeasonTIP – For general hand washing, you should wash your hands with soap and warm running water while silently (or not so silently, it’s up to you…lol) singing the Happy Birthday song. Then rinse and dry your hands using paper towels or a clean hand towel.

And remember, the last thing you will want to do when you’re sick is go to the store. So, stock up today to get ready for the winter!

What is on your “must have” list for a sick day?

†Equivalent to the vitamin C of 10 raw oranges. Data on file. When diet is not enough – Redoxon is not meant to replace food.





WIN – A Bayer cold and flu season essentials kit. (Pictured above, ARV $85.00)
DATES – Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM AT on November 17, 2017
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  1. Florence Cochrane says

    Sickness soup, tissues, cough drops and hot lemon drink.

    • When I am sick I need lots of water and mesicine but most importantly I need my softest blanket and my husband who is the BEST at taking care of me!!

  2. Stephanie LaPlante says

    My must have is pure honey. A table spoon really soothes my throat.

  3. Stephen Gordon says

    Lots and lots of soup vicks heat rub and gingerale

  4. My must haves is a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup and vicks, plus candy or ice chips to suck on

  5. zinc vitamins

  6. My “must have” list for a sick day is kleenex, echinacea, orange juice, water, chicken noodle soup, & sleep

  7. Vitamin C, D & Zinc

  8. Hailey kurzawski says

    My dad homemade garlic chicken soup and a Vicks vapourisor and a bottle of buckleys!

  9. I like hot tea when im sick

  10. Alison Braidwood says

    If I can swallow, then mushroom soup with hot buttered toast is my go-to feel better comfort food. And lots of chewable vitamin C.

  11. My must ahves are pain killers, a heating pad, lots of fluids and tissues

  12. My must have are tissues and vitamin C.

  13. My must have for a sick day is a cosy blanket and buckleys

  14. Gillian Morgan says

    Tissues, tea and sleep.

  15. LILLIAN BROWN says

    ZIinc and Vitamin c, also drink lots of orange juice

  16. There is nothing like chicken soup to make you feel when you have a cold.

  17. Feist Laura says

    Chicken soup

  18. A warm blanket and lots of tea.

  19. Tissues and aspirin are my go to

  20. Debbie White Beattie says

    I need a heating pad, vitamin C, chicken soup, DayQuil & NyQuil

  21. Sab Edwards says

    IF I even feel my eyes itch, or a tickle in my throat I start eating my chewable vit c & d !! (and if I do happen to get sick I try to buy the lotion tissue!!)

  22. My must haves are chicken soup and hot toddies.

  23. My must haves are chicken soup and gingerale

  24. Rosanne Robinson says

    My “must have” list for a sick day is soft tissues, Tylenol, cough syrup, chicken soup, vitamins, tea, blankets & lots of soft pillows.

  25. ivy pluchinsky says

    My must have list when I am sick is tea, soup, cough syrup, and a good book.

  26. My must haves would be tea and a nap.

  27. Darwin Chau says

    My must have items would be tea, soup and a cozy warm blanket.

  28. Lisa Williams says

    I usually have tissues,cough drops,chicken soup and tea with honey and/or apple juice,some sort of multi-symptom cold and flu medicine and Vick’s vaporub a nice comfortable pillow and comforter and comfy pajamas and a t.v.show on that it turned down low so I can nap.

  29. Martin Keating says

    I must have chicken soup ginger ale and tons of Kleenex

  30. sherry moffitt says

    Chicken soup and a nice cup of tea. Cough drops and Kleenex close by.

  31. Juliee Fitze says

    My must have is Tylonal sinus and chicken noodle soup.

  32. A cup of tea is my sick day MUST have

  33. On my must have list for a sick day is tissues (with lotion!), cough drops, chicken soup, my bed and Netflix!

  34. Sick days call for chicken soup!

  35. Judy Cowan says

    Must have is homemade chicken noodle soup, tea and ginger ale.

  36. Treen Goodwin says

    Vitamin D , ginger ale , orange juice homemade chicken soup and a box of Kleenex

  37. I need tissues, and a drink made of hot water, honey and lemon.

  38. On a sick day a must have for me is a cup of tea and a bowl of chicken soup.

  39. laura feist says

    chicken soup

  40. A must have for me on “sick days” is a good blanket, tissues, warm tea and Tylenol.

  41. I need to have ginger ale, water, chicken soup, and a good book!

  42. My must haves are tissues, water, warm blanket, and some TV!

  43. Since I was introduced to it, I really enjoy a cup of 911 tea. I just stocked up earlier this week – be prepared.

  44. kathy downeY says

    My must have item for a sick day is Lemon!

  45. On my “must-have” list for a sick day is soup, kleenex and medication!

  46. josephine evans says

    Must have for sick day includes soup and tea.

  47. Vitamin C, tea, tissues and soup

  48. a ton of tissue lol

  49. Julie bolduc says

    My must haves are Tylenol tissues and a good book

  50. Sinus meds, cozy blanket and pillow and lots of water.

  51. when I’m sick I need hot tea.

  52. a heating pad to curl up with. thanks

  53. Throat lozenges & good tissues!!

  54. Pearl Saban says

    Tissues, mentholated cream, cold medicine, lots of hot tea with honey, lemon & fresh ginger

  55. My “must have” list for a sick day:
    Snack Food
    Oil of Oregano
    Lots of Sleep and a comfy bed

  56. Erika Letson says

    On my must have list for a sick day is definitely soup, hot tea and over the counter cold meds!

  57. For a sick day, I need a bed, a quiet room, and lots of lemonade.

  58. Doreen Lamoureux says

    I would say essential oils, Epsom salt, lots of water, green tea, book, netti pot, a nice warm blanket and my husband rubbing my back.

  59. my son has bad allergies so we always have Benedryl and I also keep honey at home all the time because its good for coughs

  60. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    Tea with honey helps soothe a sore throat. :-)

  61. I always have Echinachea tea on hand, and drink it with honey and lots of lemon.

  62. Doris Humber says

    Peppermint tea

  63. Christine Holliday says

    organic lemons so you can add the peel, and organic honey, either in the blender or as hot tea

  64. I have to have tissues with lotion to prevent irritation of the nostrils.

  65. Must haves for me are my neti pot, tissue with lotion, fuzzy socks, electric blanket, lemon or peppermint tea and a good book.

  66. My must have list for a sick day would include:
    cold and flu medicine and aspirins
    lemon infused water
    a vaporizer
    chicken soup
    and a warm blanket.

  67. I must have extra vitamin C

  68. Elizabeth Robinson says

    A good book.

  69. I must have Vitamin C, rest, water and chicken soup.

  70. caroline m. says

    A bath of Epsom salts and lavender essential oil is a must for me.

  71. vitamin C

  72. Orange juice and soup! To recover

  73. Kleenex and tea are my sick day list. I always have plenty on hand.

  74. Robyn Bellefleur says

    My must haves are tissues and tea with honey and lemon.

  75. crystal porter says

    Epsom salt and eucalyptus in the hot bath

  76. Definitely some Fisherman’s Friend and Buckley’s.

  77. SweetPanda says

    Lots of warm water and a lot of sleep

  78. Jessica eapen says

    Lemon tea is a must have!

  79. Must haves is orange juice, comfy pyjamas and lots of meds.

  80. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says

    I really need to have my bed and pj’s

  81. Hot soup, lots of fluids, warm covers on my bed and Netflix on the television are my essentials when I am sick.

  82. Rest, lots of fluids like chicken soup, ojand tea with lemon and honey, rest, rest, cold and flu medicine and rest.

  83. green tea with lemon

  84. Tara Betterley says

    I must have is Vick’s Rub and Ginger Ale when I am down with a cold!.. Makes me feel so much better being able to breath and swallow.

  85. orange juice, toilet paper, Advil, Fishermen’s Friend

  86. Debbie Petch says

    Honey tea and nasal sprays!

  87. I like to have gingerale, , orange juice, Contac C, Vicks Vapor Rub and my 2 dogs nearby.

  88. Danielle L says

    I must have sleep, medicine and a warm blanket.

  89. Warm blanket and good tv

  90. Cheryl Krangle says

    Advil/Tylenol cold and sinus, nasal spray, soup and tea

  91. Brenda Penton says

    My must have is Oil of Oregano. It really works!

  92. Vegetable soup broth, plain chicken sandwiches, & spoonfuls of honey are my biggest go-to’s when I’m sick!

  93. Hot tea, soup, and a warm blanket

  94. lemon tea and chicken soup.

  95. lemon tea and chicken soup. and a box of tissues.

  96. Warm broth and tea as well as oregano oil!

  97. Tammy Dalley says

    Neo Citran and advil cold and sinus!

  98. Deb Dorrington says

    Chicken noodle soup, hot tea, a warm soft blanket and Netflix.

  99. Hot tea with lemon & honey

  100. Cold medication is a must-have for me.

  101. my must haves for sick days
    lemon zinger tea & honey
    lots of tissues preferably with lotion in them for the sniffles
    extra sleep

  102. for me it’s soft tissues, chicken noodle soup and broth, neo, and cold meds

  103. Karla Sceviour says

    orange juice, warm cozy blanket,and chicken noodle soup!

  104. A box of tissues and the TV remote!

  105. Jennifer L. says

    When I get sick, I want to spend the day in bed and eat homemade chicken soup.

  106. Nicole Jubleew says

    Gingerale, kleenex, and chicken soup are must haves.

  107. Jennifer P. says

    My sick day must haves are my fluffy robe, cozy blanket, tissues, chicken noodle soup, nasal rinse, nasal spray, water, and throat lozenges.

  108. When I am sick, I need tea, a good book, and a comfy bed!

  109. Sarah alexis says

    Slippers and a blanket and a day off work!

  110. A babysitter is on my sick day wish list but must haves are some good books for the kids, coffee and medicine for me.

  111. Must needs are a cold mist nebulizer, essential oils and lots of vitamin C

  112. honey, tea, medicine, cozy blanket, chicken noodle soup

  113. When I’m sick I need chicken noodle soup, Vick’s, pain relief pill, tea of some kind. I also need a few Oreo cookies :) they make me feel better

  114. A hot Toddy and a blanket. And a book.

  115. Linda Svarovsky says

    My must have is soup.

  116. Carol Denny says

    I need lot of water and soup.

  117. Anu Chopra says

    Soup, blankets and tissues.

  118. My must haves are sleep and tea.

  119. I must have lots of sleep and blankets

  120. Wendy Jensen says

    On my “must have” list for a sick day is vitamin C and chicken noodle soup!

  121. Diana Powell says

    I’m not a big pop drinker but I always have gingerly on hand if I’m not feeling well.

  122. My must haves are chicken soup, hot tea with honey, tissue, a warm blanket or sweater, a hot shower and plenty of rest if possible!

  123. My must have would be ginger,lemon,honey and hotwater.

  124. Jessica M Walker says

    Have to have lots of fluids and soup

  125. a book & a hot bath & then a blanket!

  126. Jenn Beckett jennpup says

    Hot broth, a cozy recliner and Netflix.

  127. Connie Bocsik says

    Tea. It is my comfort food!

  128. Vitamins and soup and hot tea.

  129. My Neti Pot!

  130. Tea, good movies, and cozy blankets!

  131. Tissue, warm blanket and hot warm Tea

  132. Soup, tissues, blanket, socks, and honey lemon tea!

  133. Chicken noodle soup or tea and honey!

  134. Peace and quiet is on my must have list for when I get sick.

  135. Erica Seaman says

    I must have tissue, hot tea, and some sinus meds.

  136. Caryn Coates says

    Definitely tissues and orange juice

  137. Linda Leroux says

    My must haves are Chicken Noodle soup, tea with lemon and a warm blanket!

  138. Katie Burridge says

    Eucalyptus oil and Epsom salts in a hot bath, lemon and ginger tea

  139. My must haves are decongestant, herbal tea, tissue and a nice hot water bottle.

  140. A babysitter so I can actually have a sick day- that’s my must have! Everything else is a bonus.

  141. barb bombardir says

    Must have for a sick day, strangely enough salt and vinegar chips for my sore throat!

  142. Tissues, dristan, blanket, heating pad, buckley’s

  143. Jason E Woods says

    An electric blanket, Soup, vicks heat rub and gingerale. Perhaps a tablespoon of whiskey.

  144. Catherine Guinta-Theriault says

    My must haves on a sick day are Buckley cold and sinus, neo citran and my Winnie the Pooh sick mug!

  145. Nicole Jubleew says

    My must have list includes Chicken soup, Hot lemon drinks, toast with butter, and kleenex!

  146. Valerie Warmington says

    Hot tea, a good book & BayerAspirin!

  147. Must haves are tissues, soup and lots of tea

  148. Creamed or Orange Organic Honey & Fresh lemons

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