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I’m loving fall right now, but of course, cold weather is just around the corner. As the chilly weather sets in, my husband always seems to pick up a cold, or worse, the flu.
No one likes being sick, especially him. So this year, I decided to surprise him with a Cough, Cold, and Flu Care Package.
This Cough, Cold, and Flu Care Package is the perfect way to cheer up your favorite sick person.
From soothing tea to healthy snacks to entertainment, it has everything they need to get through the day. Plus, it’s easy to put together.
Tea is my go-to drink when I’m sick, especially green tea.
It’s minimally processed and rich in catechins, antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Recent studies have even shown that green tea can help you avoid getting a cold in the first place and reduce symptoms if you do catch one. Sounds like a win-win to me!
I love Bigelow Tea, and I always look for it when shopping.
Not only does it taste great, but it’s 100% American made. Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden. You can visit it to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history.
Wouldn’t it be fun to take a tour?
Bigelow has also sent almost 4 million bags of tea to troops overseas with their for Tea for Troops program. Visit Tea for Troops for additional information.
The flavored green tea has an awesome flavor, and it’s full of those great antioxidants I mentioned earlier. Chamomile tea is also great for colds due to its immune boosting and antibacterial properties, plus its relaxing and soothing qualities help promote restful sleep. Something we can all use more of when we’re ill!
There’s nothing better than a cup of hot tea when your sick, so it was the perfect addition to my Cough, Cold, and Flu Care Package.
How to Make a Cough, Cold, and Flu Care Package
What to make your own care package? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cough, Cold & Flu Care Package Printable (get it at the end of the post)
- coffee mug
- healthy snacks ( I used pretzels and an apple.)
- magazines, books, DVDs, or other entertaining items
- card stock
- hole punch
- contact paper
- tissue paper
Start by printing the “Cough, Cold & Flu Care Package Printable” on letter-size card stock. Cut out all the pieces, trimming around the dark lines. For the “Get well soon!” tag, cut around the edge of the thicker white line.
Laminate the bookmark by covering each side with contact paper. This will make it extra sturdy. After applying the contact paper, trim it close to the bookmark’s edge.
Punch a hole in the top if the bookmark using the hole punch. Cut a 6-inch piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Run the two loose ends up through the front of the bookmark. Pull the ends through the loop, as shown below, making a knot. Trim the ribbon ends to the desired length.
Next, fold the “Feed a Cold” label in half and staple it to the pretzel bag (or whatever snack you’re using).
Note: I wanted to make my basket as cute as possible, so I transferred my pretzels to a zip top bag, but that’s totally optional.
After you’ve made the bookmark and labeled the treats, it’s time to assemble the basket.
Start by placing the tallest items—magazines, books, etc.—at the back of the basket. Continue filling the basket, adding the shortest items last.
Tip: place crumpled tissue paper under anything that needs a little height, like the mug and snacks. You can also use the tissue paper to fill in empty spaces.
Finish the basket by punching a hole in the Get well soon! tag and tying it to the basket with a little ribbon.
Don’t forget to tuck in the Sick Day Checklist, too!
I’m so happy with how this Cough, Cold, and Flu Care Package turned out!
It’s makes such a sweet gift for anyone who’s ill. Why not surprise your loved one, friend, or favorite college student with one of their own?
Click anywhere on the image below (except the “Pin Me!” button) to download the free printable. For best results, print at full size on card stock paper.
Looking for more healthy inspiration for your fave sickie?
Check out my tips for How to Survive a Sick Day, too!
What is your favorite way to treat someone who is sick?