Winter is hard on us here in Colorado. It’s cold. And snowy. And very, very dry. After we moved here, I spent the first winter waking up every day with a super-dry throat and chapped hands. Not fun. Actually, everywhere I’ve lived I’ve struggled with dry winters. So I’ve come up with a list of supplies for winter — things we make sure we have in the house before the season starts. These are the things I stock up on every winter. When they go on-sale, I buy extra. I try to have them in these supplies for winter in the house before we need them, because there’s nothing worse than discovering you’re out of them right before bedtime when no one wants to go to the store.
1.) Water, water, water
We drink lots of water. And then when we’re done, we have some more. It’s the only beverage the kids are allowed to have whenever they want, and (now that we’re done potty training), they each have a cup by their bed as well. Water is tricky, too, because when it’s cold out, we tend to want coffee or hot chocolate or something to warm us up. We need to be mindful of drinking water. My daughter and I once went to a Girl Scout camp where you had to have a glass of water before you could have any other beverage, including milk, and I’m trying to do that at home, too.
If I could, I’d get one of those whole-house humidifiers. It’s on the list. But for now, we make due with a humidifier in each kid’s room. It’s really helped keep everyone’s throats from getting too dry, and it also helps with some breathing problems some of the kids have had. We run them all winter long.
Everyone’s hands dry out really quickly and really badly. Sometimes the kids’ hands even crack and bleed. So I keep hand lotion at every sink in the house. And before bed, we slather a ton of lotion or Vaseline on their hands, then cover them up with clean socks so the lotion has all night to really sink in there (and doesn’t come off all over everyone’s blankets). By morning, the chapped hands are totally gone. It’s an amazing miracle cure, I tell you.
4.) Throat sprays and lozenges
I always stock up on lozenges and throat sprays. They’re a wonder for sore throats, which we get a lot in winter. I didn’t know this (until now), but Chloraseptic® sprays are the #1 pharmacists recommended brand for sore throat liquids and sprays. And the Chloraseptic® lozenges have a liquid center to relieve pain and cool stuffed up nasal passages (bonus: they’ve got a new cherry flavor. Cherry, to me, is the essence of sore throat medicines. You have to have the cherry flavor). Chloraseptic® Pharmacist Maria Mantione advises stocking your medicine cabinet with single ingredient medicines, so you have you what you need to treat your specific symptoms. She says topical medications, like 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.
5.) Fever reducers and other medications
Another thing I like to grab before cold and flu season starts, so I’m not having to run to the drugstore at 10pm when someone comes down with a fever. And to help you with your stocking up — I’ve got a Chloraseptic® coupon for you! Go grab a couple so you’re ready for the rest of the cold and flu season.
What do you stock up on each winter?
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