10 Things That I'll Definitely Stock in My Pantry Every Winter

The past couple weeks have hit everyone here like a ton of bricks!  This Winter has been long and tedious and we've recently been hit with colds, stomach viruses and headaches. 

This past week, I've found myself running short on some supplies that would have been very helpful.  There are some things that I just don't keep in the house because it's not something that we normally eat or drink.  Some of the things I don't keep in the house because the items have ingredients that I don't want on a regular basis, but those items are still helpful during times of illness.  For instance, we don't regularly consume sports drinks because they usually have artificial colors.  But, they sure come in handy when dehydration hits from a stomach virus.  Here's my list of things that I WILL be stocking up on in January (or sooner!), every year going forward.  Having these items on hand will save me from having to run to the store in snowy or icy conditions when I already have to deal with a sick child.  You can most likely get all of this stuff on Amazon, as well.  This is what my "quick run" looked like this week:

(Okay. . . .forget the picture. . . .I'm having an I/O device error. . . apparently I take my SD card in and out of my camera and computer waaaaay to often.  Guess it's time for a new one.  You'll have to use your imagination to picture all the things I ran to the store to get.)

1. Children's ibuprofen and children's acetaminophen.  I didn't even know that we were running low on these two things until we needed them to help get a fever down.  From now on, I will automatically restock every January.

2. Chicken Broth I usually have a couple cartons in my pantry.  I will definitely buy more boxes to have a lot of extra broth in the pantry.  When my son was having dehydration issues, I was able to get him to eat a banana and some chicken broth and it helped get rid of his feet and leg pain (from dehydration.) 

3.  Gatorade or other Sports drinks This is one of the things that I never buy because we just don't use it on a regular basis.  It's more money than I want to pay, we are not super-athletes and most of the ones I've seen have fake coloring and a lot of sugar.  But, I don't mind if the kids have it when they're sick, because at least they're getting some form of hydration.

4.  Soda crackers.  Here's another thing we don't keep in the house.  I don't usually buy very many things that are made with white flour because we do a lot of whole grains.  Once again though, they come in handy when little tummies don't feel well.  I plan on buying a couple boxes in January from now on to get ready for our "sick season."

5.  Individual containers of organic apple sauce.  Apple sauce is one of the things on the BRAT diet that is recommended when someone has diarrhea.  If you've never heard of it, the items that are suggested to eat are Bananas, Rice, Apple Sauce and Toast (dry).  I read this a long, long time ago before I ever had kids, but I've always remembered it.  Applesauce is another thing that  I don't normally have in the house because my kids don't usually eat it.  I'd rather they just eat a whole apple.

6.  Real Ginger Ale.  I'm sure most of you know that ginger helps soothe stomach issues.  We don't keep any kind of soda in the house usually because we try to drink water as much as possible.  If the "bad stuff" is here, than we will drink it.  But, I might need to buy a few bottles and hide them in January for when the stomach viruses begin.    Every time one of my kids have a stomach virus, I want to give them some ginger ale, but that entails loading that sick kids in a car and going to the store.  It would be better if it was already stocked in my pantry.

7.  Name Brand Tissues with lotion.  If you've seen my post "Signs it Might be Time for a Stay at Home Mom to get a Job" (that post is gone now!  Let's just say my hubby was a smart-a## one morning and left a very unfriendly note about tissues, around the same time we were discussing getting our backsplash in the kitchen.  I went out that day and bought over 40 boxes of tissues and created a backsplash from tissue boxes so that I might return his smart-ass-ery~~luckily he laughed when he saw it!),

You know that we won't be needing tissues any time soon.  I don't think any of those are comfy tissues for sore noses that have been blown or wiped too much though.  I even opened a box of tissues that are supposed to be lotion tissues, but they still hurt my nose.  They were a store brand.  I guess they don't compare to the national brand.  My nose still hurts!

8.  Green Tea.  I don't know if it was the copious amounts of green tea that I was drinking that helped my cold seem shorter or not, but I figure it's worth a try.  From now on, even if I don't have green tea in the house any other time, I will buy a few extra boxes in January. 

9.  Extra Toilet Paper.  Do I really need to explain this one?

10.  Bleach or bleach sprays.  I don't usually like cleaning with chemicals, but when all these sicky bugs start flying around our house in  Winter, I feel like I need to use something stronger than peroxide or vinegar.  It might be all in my head, but I feel better using something with bleach in it.  The fact that it comes pre-mixed and ready for me in a bottle that actually sprays makes my life easier. 

Do you have anything to add to this list?  These are the things that I found myself running to the store for in the past week.  It would have been so much easier if I already had them stocked and ready to go. 

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  1. Great list! The only thing I would add is another disinfectant spray. There are some bugs that bleach kills and some that a disinfectant like lysol kills. When someone here has a cold, I spray door knobs, phones and everything else they have touched. I would add a something that soothed the throat, but I don't know what that would be. Hubby thinks something with zinc in it makes his throat feel better faster.

    1. Those are great additions, Marti! Thanks for adding to the list. I agree, something like Lysol would definitely have been useful around here the last couple weeks!


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