This time of the year is always so hard with tons of germs everywhere. It seems like every day I hear of someone else getting the dreaded stomach bug. I love to try and be prepared for the worse so here is a great thing to make- a stomach bug survival kit.
It seems if you have young kids or kids in school sooner or later someone will come home with the stomach bug. I’ll never forget a few years ago my baby got it (but we didn’t know since he was still on bottles and spit up a lot!) and then within 24 hours the rest of us got it and it was so bad. My whole entire body ached so much that I couldn’t even pick up my 6 month old. (Thank goodness my mom lives close by. She came and saved the day and took the baby home with her. )
I vowed that never again would I be stuck with no supplies. Really it takes keeping just a few things on hand to help ease you through the dreaded stomach bug. Nothing but time can really heal you from the nasty virus but there are a few things that can help as you start to feel better but still too weak to get out of the house.
For less than $10 you can make yourself a stomach bug survival kit. You might even have some of these supplies already at home so you can make this for even less than $10!
I have found that it’s great to have a bucket and a designated place to keep all this stuff in. After getting it all together, make sure you show everyone in the family where things are and what to do if the need arises. If you already have a bucket that’s great. The other thing you need that you might already have is an old Tupperware container. A bowl or deep container works great. This will be for kids to use when they are getting sick. More on this later.
Go to the store get these supplies: noodle soup, crackers, vitamin water, Gatorade, Lysol, cleaning wipes, and anything else you can think of that might make you feel better when you are sick. Maybe you can have Popsicles or a special treat on hand. It’s best to look for things that won’t expire for awhile and that you can store in one common place. Keep all of your items in the bucket and have it on hand for if/when the need should arise.
Now make your throw up bucket. Take your old Tupperware bowl or container and line it several times with grocery bags. I used at least 5. This makes for easy clean up when a little kid gets sick. You can take the bowl wherever they go and teach them how to use it. I taught my 2 year old when he had the stomach bug last year and weeks later he said “Remember how I used that bucket?” Poor baby. The trick is to keep your bowl ready to go at all times. Don’t wait until someone gets stick to put this together!
You will be so glad you have this bucket ready. I made my bucket last year when the bug was going around. Last year my youngest got it and my husband. Thank goodness my daughter and I were spared! I was so thankful to have this ready to go and used most of the items.
Once you have the stomach bug, this will help get you through… but what if you could do something to prevent your family from getting the stomach bug altogether? You may want to try this One Simple Thing to Avoid the Stomach Bug this Winter and in the future…