How to Make an Emergency Flu Kit

Don't wait until your temperature is 102 to realize that you're out of ibuprofen or it's expired. Stash away these essentials now, in an emergency flu kit.

You will need

  • Thermometer
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Cough suppressant
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face mask
  • Liquids
  • DVDs

Step 1 Have a thermometer Put a thermometer into your emergency flu kit. One sign that you have the flu is a high fever.

Step 2 Sock away some ibuprofen Sock away some ibuprofen or acetaminophen to lower your temperature and relieve muscle aches.

Step 3 Tuck in a decongestant Tuck a decongestant into your emergency flu kit to treat nasal blockage.

Step 4 Include a cough suppressant Include a cough suppressant to take at night if needed. Avoid taking it during the day, when it’s better to expel any phlegm.

Step 5 Stock up on tissues Stock up on tissues and hand sanitizer. Consider keeping a face mask in your emergency flu kit to help prevent spreading the flu to housemates with weakened immune systems — the very young, the very old, and anyone with a chronic illness.

Step 6 Store liquids Store sports drinks to avoid dehydration. If you prefer bottled water to tap, have extra set aside. And put away some packaged soups and herbal tea; hot liquids can be soothing and you probably won’t feel like cooking. Finally, stash some comedy DVDs — because laughter really can be the best medicine.