The Sick Box

What a title, huh? Let me just tell you right now, if you don’t have one, you need one! Well, let me explain what I’m talking about first, how’s that?

Once, during our first year of marriage, we got good dose of food poisoning. (And NO, it was nothing I cooked!!!) We had gone to one of our favorite BBQ restaurants for a late dinner, and at about 2:00 the next morning, my poor hubby woke up SICK. He didn’t mean to, but he woke me up, too, and once I was awake, I realized that I was feeling pretty nasty, too. I knew it was only a matter of time before I started to get as sick as he was, and I also knew that I was supposed to go to the grocery store that day. So we had NOTHING at home to make us feel better at all. I made a mad dash for our 24-hour Walmart, and just in time, if you know what I mean.

As we lay there feeling miserable, I promised that I would never let the same thing happen again. And so was born…

The Sick Box


Here’s what it’s stocked with:

  • Gatorade
  • Bottled water
  • Crackers
  • Soup
  • Applesauce
  • Pain reliever
  • Vitamin C
  • TheraFlu
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Ginger tea
  • Throat Coat tea
  • Decongestant
  • Tums
  • Jello
  • Cough syrup

We always have bread in the freezer (for toast for hurting tummies) and popsicles, too (for sore throats) so we’re good there. I also always have plenty of bleach, Lysol and Clorox wipes at the house, too, to kill all the germies! And we are always well-stocked with tissues and general first aid stuff. But my main concern was, if we both ended up sick at the same time again, it’s no fun to try to get in and out of the store for supplies without…well, getting sick! And if I kept these things in our regular medicine stash, then we would use them and forget to replenish them, and they wouldn’t be there in an emergency situation. We can’t have that!

The Sick Box is especially important during this time of the year, when the weather is wacky and EVERYONE is sick. They’re dropping like flies around us, and I’m just hoping that we’re not going to come down with anything! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

And we don’t have kids yet, but when we do, let me assure you: each one of them will have a Sick Box, too! Because as parents, I’m sure the last thing you want to do is have to pack up your sick baby in the car and go to the store for feel-better items! (Especially if YOU aren’t feeling good yourself!)

So there you have it!

What about you? Do you keep a stash of things on hand in case anyone gets sick? Or are you planning your Sick Box right now? Can you think of anything I’M missing in my Sick Box?

101 thoughts on “The Sick Box

  1. I don’t keep a sick box because my family tries to be as holistic as possible. We use essential oils for our healthcare/medicinal needs to stay healthy and heal our bodies if we get sick. I just go to my “oily cabinet” and grab one of my Young Living oils depending on what the problem is. I don’t want to combat an illness by loading my family’s bodies with chemicals.

  2. Experience is the best teacher. We do have items on hand for such auspicious occasions. I remember one time, a good many years back, all 3 of us had a nasty stomach virus at one time. My husband had a test in one of his college classes that morning and went to school anyway. Strangers were offering to help him, it was obvious how sick he was, he made an A on that test! We were out of sick supplies at home so my niece brought them. She placed them in between the storm door and the big door and left, LoL. Yes, a sick box is a good thing!

  3. Great idea! We have a sick closet shelf. I seriously have more medications around than anyone else I know. But the Gatorade and tea are a great idea! I need to get some. It never fails, I get sick and have to ask someone to go get me some drinks. My husband can’t drive because he is disabled. If I put the Gatorade in the back of the shelf, the kids won’t snatch it.

  4. I have a small box of medicine on a high shelf in a kitchen cabinet (so the grands can’t accidentally get in it), but thankfully we rarely have to use it. Because of that, I’m constantly having to check the dates and dispose of medicines that have expired. Great idea!

  5. Great idea! I love that this means no emergency trips leaving the house. I always hate having to decide whether to venture a trip to WalMart in the middle of the night just to pick up Gatorade.

  6. My husband maintains the “sick box,” the first aid bag, and all the detailed stuff I’d never think of keeping. Big picture gal married to a very detail oriented guy. But then again, he’s ex Army infantry and very good to have in a crisis!

    Be Fabulous!

    Peggy Nolan
    Frazzled to Fabulous

  7. I was laughing when I read this because I too have a sick box! I find it is so important, especially since we have had kids. Nothing worse then being tired, sick and miserable then having to go to the pharmacy to stock up on medicines (not to mention the insane costs when its not on sale!). Thanks for sharing this post!

  8. Great idea! Nice to see someone else to have medications in a box. Thankfully we rarely have to use it. Because of that it is full of medicines that have expired :(.

  9. Sick Box is a neat idea! We don’t have one right now other than the advil or tylenol lying around. But I need to make it professional like the one you have. Thanks for this πŸ™‚

  10. I love the idea of a sick box. There is nothing worse than rummaging through the house trying to find medicines when you just aren’t feeling well! It would be great to have a quick box to run to for all your needs!

  11. We don’t have a “Sick Box” per se but we always keep bottled water, powerade mix, and plenty of medicine around the house, just in case. My daughter also keeps squeeze applesauce in case she is too sick to cook.

  12. We don’t have a sick box, but we have a sick cabinet. It’s a small three shelf cabinet we keep in a corner and is filled with pretty much everything you mentioned in your post, as well as cough drops, sore throat spray, ginger ale, inhalers, and pedialyte. I learned the hard way.

  13. I have never thought about a sick box actually. But love the idea. I will copy your list and add some extra for our sick boxes. Thanks for a great idea!

  14. I have one of those Sterilite pull out drawer thingies and that’s where I keep all my sick supplies. It’s so nice knowing you have one set spot for stuff like that! Oh, and you poor guys with that food poisoning at the same time…awful!

  15. I wish I’d found your blog a few years ago. I’d have found the best ideas here for when the kids were younger. I never had things together in one place.

    I want to say I will now, but that’s probably not true! I’ll struggle through the sickness with what I randomly have in the house.

  16. We also have a sick box, I started it when I was a single mom. Kids always get fevers in the middle of the night and nothing is worse than dragging your child that does not feel well to the store for medicine, gatorade, etc. It is such a great thing to have on hand.

  17. We do have a cupboard stocked with items that we can use when we get sick. Gatorade is a great idea because that is one thing we were missing last month when we all got the stomach virus going around.

  18. I generally have a stash of items around just in case and you just reminded me to check it out in case I have run out of something! It really is a good idea to have these types items always on hand just in case.

  19. Oh, I’m old, we have a sick closet. Well, shelves dedicated to grab n go. Just yesterday I had to grab something so I could settle my belly long enough to make it into work. I just hate being out sick. Although, I have to replenish the ginger ale. That is a must have in our house if there’s a stomach bug. I have been known to have a small stash in my desk drawer too. You just never know when illness is going to strike!

  20. Great idea, I’ll probably make one of these too. The only thing I wouldn’t put is Gatorade (not sure if Pepsi did eliminate the brominated vegetable oil from it or it’s still added?), and I’d replace it with Lugol’s iodine, Perfect for anything, as an antiseptic and even to take internally.
    The more I look at this box, the more I want one too now in my house!

  21. Great idea! I’m a naturalist type, so I would probably have herbal tea’s, essential oils and other herbal remedies like echinacea, chamomile, brochosan, etc.
    I really, really love this idea! I should make myself a list of things to start collecting. πŸ™‚ Pinning!

  22. I love this idea and actually have one for my family; too… Thanks for sharing and reminding me to check if mine are expired or if I need to refill any of the items…

  23. This Sick Box is such a great idea! I definitely want to make one for each of my family members, so we are prepared for ugly sickness!

  24. You have a well stocked sick box! It sucks being sick but you are so prepared there, you’ll kick that bug in no time with the items you have listed. That’s if you ever get sick. πŸ™‚

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