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After each autmn, winter creeps in. Sometimes with gusto and sometimes accompanied by the illnesses that seem to plague our families in the chilly season. I like to prepare each of my family members by building winter toolkits that they can keep bedside and in the car to combat winter's sniffles and aches while providing familiar comfort. BenGay is central to our care kits for all that pains us, along with Extra Strength Tylenol. I'd like to invite you to build your winter toolkit along with me.
The first step is to head out to Target, where I pick up Ultra Strength BenGay, Extra Strength Tylenol, lip balms, tissues and more. Don't you just feel so welcome there with such a cheery entry?
You can find the BenGay and Tylenol in the front of the store, either to the left or right as you enter, and right by the pharmacy. Head past the Beauty aisles to the Heathcare section.
In my closest Target, I can purchase Tylenol in aisle 37, directly in front of the pharmacy. Look at all the varieties!
Just on the other side of 36 is aisle 37, where I can find the Ultra Strength BenGay. I was fortunate on this particular day to find that it had a coupon!!! 37 is still directly in front of the pharmacy.
My winter toolkit begins with these two items and contains a few more that I'd like to suggest for your winter survival as well. These have been essential to my family's health for years. My guys are dependant on me to make them winter toolkits that they can use at bedside, in the bathroom and in the car. Let's take a look at these and why they are our favorites.
In our toolkits:
1) Ultra Strength BenGay. I started using this after workouts in high school. I had a lot of sore muscles and joint fatigue from the heavy strength training and long hours running and it became essential to me then. I've continued to use it for the rest of my life and having just come off knee replacement surgery, BenGay is essential to my comfort during recovery. The doctors gave me a prescription pain ointment, which has been the ultimate fail. Not so with BenGay. I use it every day and apply it far fewer times throughout the day than I ever did the rx. It works. It soothes the muscle and arthritis pains.
During winter a couple of years ago, my son contracted mono while at college. If you've ever had it, you know how ultimately miserable it is. And how easy it spreads. My husband got it almost immediately. Having had it as a teen, I was free to administer a LOT, and I mean a lot of BenGay thru the next year. The muscle aches of mono are terrible!!! We treated them with BenGay applied to the skin and Extra Strength Tylenol...which brings me to the next item in the list.
2.) Extra Strength Tylenol. This is something I also started taking as a teenager when I had muscle aches or headaches. My husband and son depend on it for pain relief as well. Tylenol is a staple in our winter toolkits and was especially essential during the mono year. Phew. I don't know what we would have done without it.
3.) Peppermint Tea: My whole family also loves peppermint tea when we're sick, have a belly ache, or just because. My guys like it with a little honey, which helps a sore throat. If your sinuses are feeling lousy, breath in the hot steam because peppermint not only soothes the tummy but it also helps clear sinuses.
4) Candy Canes: The delicious wintertime candy is also part of my winter relief toolkits for the same reason that the tea is. I put it in the car kits not only for the tummy and sinus benefits, but because you never know if you'll need a little extra breath freshening while you're out and about town.
5) Favorite Candle: I put these in the bathroom kit. Who doesn't, right? If we had small children, I would limit the access to it but we're all adults in my home. A favorite scent can be very calming when someone isn't feeling well.
6) Tissues: Tissues are an everytime essential but especially for the winter toolkit. There's something fun about getting cute wintery patterns for something a little special.
7) Hand Sanitizer: You know how quickly a virus can run through a household. We use hand sanitizer for post-sneezing and nose blowing to try to stop the spread. I put it in the car toolkits so that we can keep healthy around town touching various public door handles and shopping carts, etc. Prevention is key to a good winter.
8) Allergy Treatment: This item is just for me. My allergies are terrible here in the winter. I'm allergic to five large trees that bloom outside the bedroom during the winter. I never had bad allergies before we moved here, so this is a newer addition to my own personal bedside winter survival kit.
The last item, and we use a lot of it, is pictured in one of the car kits below:
10.) Lip Balm: I like to use cute silly little lip balms in winter, with all the arctic characters. It's just fun. But my gosh, winter wind and air is so drying to the skin and lips that we all use a lot of these especially during winter. I buy my guys regular looking balms, but for me...well, too cute to resist.
One thing to remember when building your toolkit and deciding where to store them is the ages of the residents of your home. If you have small children, you need to keep the items high enough that they can't reach them. BenGay should only be used by adults and children 12 or older to temporarily relieve the pain of backache, strain, sprain and arthritis. Don't leave candles burning on the bathroom counter.
Also take into account what your climate is. When I lived in Alaska, we never left BenGay in the car during the winter, and here in Arizona, during summer, we don't leave any of this but tissues in the car. Everything else could be ruined or melt!
Do you build your family a winter survival toolkit? What's in yours? I'd love to hear what your winter essentials are!