What should be in your ‘sick-day’ kit?

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED April 16, 2018 02:34 pm | UPDATED April 16, 2018 01:55 pm

(Inside Manila) No matter what the situation is, suddenly getting sick is bad—worse, getting sick alone. If you're in a situation where you can only trust yourself to take care of, well, yourself, then chances are, the things you need should be in one place where you can easily get hold of it since you can't really function that much. We can call those necessities a "Sick day kit".

So, what should be in a sick day kit you ask? Here are some things below that can help you formulate your own kit in case of sudden sickness.


Medical Thermometers are an unwritten requirement in every home, more so when living alone. Since no one can pat your forehead or neck to check whether you're at the normal temperature or not. It's a helping hand to have something you can monitor yourself with or others.


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Cold/Hot Pack

Cold/Hot Packs have multifunctional uses making it another must-have at home. The pack can be your first aid of relief if you're running a high fever.


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Cold medicine

One of the most important in one's sick-day kit? Medicine. In your kit should be the most basic medicine for the common illnesses: headaches, fever, diarrhea, cough, and colds, etc. If you're a woman add in medicine for dysmenorrhea.


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Drinkable water and/or Electrolyte drink

Water is another item you need to have when you're sick. Drinking water keeps you from dehydrating while you sweat because of high fever or in cases when you have diarrhea. You could also add in the kit a bottle of electrolyte drink to hydrate you without the extra sugar.


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Easy to cook meals

When you’re feeling under the weather you should be able to provide your needs without putting up much effort. Easy to cook meals such as cup noodles, canned and ready-to-cook soups will help sustain your strength, fill you specially if you're experiencing nasal congestion.

Ginger ale

We recommended going for a ginger ale for something to sip when you're sick. Ginger in its natural form has cold and flu benefits (some even recommend chewing it!) that can help you feel better. Plus, it's a hearty drink.


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Rubbing alcohol

Since you're pretty much a source of sickness you also need to be wary of those around you and not bring them the same faith. It's best to religiously disinfect your hands when you sneeze and cough before grabbing, reaching or holding stuff around.


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You don't need to be a snotty sick as you can easily wipe it with a good soft tissue that won't irritate your nose. Tissues are also handy in coughs and just all around usable so better keep this one within reach.


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