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My Sick-Kit: 10 Things I need when I’m Sick + A Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

10 Things I need when I’m Sick

+ A Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

sick kit

I never really noticed before, but I apparently have a “Sick-Kit” of must-have items to help me feel better. Chris went to Walmart to grab me a few care items, and it was when I was putting together a list of things I like to have when I’m sick I realized I’ve been using the same cold & flu remedies for as long as I can remember.

It is not often that I am knocked on my rear by a cold, but when I am it is normally pretty nasty. Last week I found myself sicker than I have been in a long time, and I wanted my Vaporub and my Ginger Ale, among a few other things.


My Sick-Kit

My Sick-Kit

  1. Vicks VapoRub. This is a staple item in my medicine cabinet, and something the kids and I use whenever we have a cold, flu, or stuffed nose.
  2. Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I love Ginger Ale (it is really the only pop I  like) but there is something about having it when you’re sick . I automatically crave it whenever I’m not feeling well. Only Canada Dry will do, all other Ginger Ale’s are wrong.
  3. Orange Juice. Real, 100% orange juice, hold the pulp.
    sick kit
  4. Hot Tea. Earl Grey is normally my go-to tea of choice when I’m not feeling well, but any black tea will work. Chai and peppermint tea work as well.
  5. Vicks VapoDrops. Perfect for a scratchy throat and to help clear the nasal passages.
  6. Tylenol Cough Cold & Flu Syrup. I actually like the way this tastes. I know I’m a grown-up and there are pills for this, but I prefer the syrup.
  7. Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges with Soothing Liquid Centre. I actually really like these, and they are my cough drop of choice.
  8. Bathroom Tissue. We don’t buy a lot of Kleenex, so T.P. is our choice for all our nose-blowing needs. The kids also use a decent amount of Boogie Wipes when they have a runny nose (and I admit I do too).
  9. Chicken Noodle Soup. Simple and comforting. (Keep reading for recipe).
  10. And last, but not least, my favourite blanket. I love blankets, and I especially love my old brown blanket. Its my cuddle blanket of choice when I’m not feeling well.

Quick & Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Soup in about an hour
Serves 6

Because I’m Mom, I had no one to make me soup last week when I was sick. Also, because I’m Mom, I still needed to make dinner. I solved both problems by making a quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Take 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts and dice into small pieces. Toss with about 1/4 cup Zesty Italian Salad Dressing.
  • Add a splash of oil to a dutch oven/large soup pot. Sauté chicken for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add 6 cups of water and 2 pots Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock Bouillon. Add 1 tsp each: Italian Seasoning, Onion Powder and Garlic Powder.
  • Bring to a boil, and then turn down heat and simmer while you cut the vegetables.
  • Peel and thinly slice a few carrots and a parsnip. Peel and dice 2 small (or 1 medium) potato. Thinly slice a few celery stalks, including leaves. Dice one good sized tomato.
  • Add vegetables to soup. Stir, and bring back to a boil.
  • Take a small handful of spaghetti noodles and break them into smaller pieces. Add to the boiling soup.
  • Turn the heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes, until the noodles and the vegetables are tender.
  • If soup is too thick, you can add additional water to get the consistency you want.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste. I didn’t add any additional salt but I did add a few shakes of ground pepper.
  • Serve with crackers, buns, or grilled cheese sandwiches.



Do you have any must have items in your sick-kit?

Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.


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  1. I always use toilet paper to blow my nose too. My go-to items when I’m sick are always Gingerale (always Canada Dry, no other brand will do), Buckley’s cough syrup and my cold pillow (pillow that has a cooling liquid on one side).

  2. Melissa Bowers

    Oh that soup sounds and looks delicious! I hope you dont mind but I have copy it. I know it will be a hit in our house. Thank you

  3. Darrah Bailey

    TOTALLY agree, and the soup is a must!

  4. s powell

    Love homemade soup thanks for the recipe

  5. Lynda Cook

    You have the same sick kit as I do, all great products here and we never buy kleenex, why would you when toilet paper is just as good!!

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I remember my mum rubbing Vicks VapoRub on my chest when I had a bad cold or a stuffy nose, memories. I hardly ever get a cold these days so I’m afraid that I don’t have a kit nor anything special.

  7. Lynne B

    Tea and ginger ale are always sick kit standards for my family.

  8. Debbie White Beattie

    This is a great sick emergency kit and you’ve got great items in it but I think I’d add and couple of things in case you get the flu. I’d add a hot water bottle or heating pad, blanket and thermometer especially if I were to give it as a gift, which I think is a fabulous idea.

  9. Judy Cowan

    Definitely Canada Dry Gingerale and Chicken Soup in my sick kit. Another thing I often crave when I am sick is popsicles.

  10. Janet M

    There is nothing better than chicken noodle soup when you are sick.

  11. Calvin F.

    That chicken noodle soup looks great, even if I’m not sick I’d eat it any day. Looks like you’re more prepared than me!

  12. Catherine Robichaud

    Your soups sounds wonderful and I agree Canada Dry Ginger Ale is a must when I’m sick too.

  13. Shirley S

    That chicken noodle soup looks good. Another must have item in my sick-kit is a hot homemade lemon tea.

  14. Forsberg

    As a guy, give me codeine and xanax. Let me sleep it off.

  15. Courtney H

    All this plus tea !

  16. My sick kit is pretty much exactly the same as yours. The only thing missing is mommy. I always need my mommy when I’m sick.
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  17. Definitely, definitely need the chicken noodle soup – does a body good when under the weather.

    Extra strength Tylenol complete to help keep me a bit sedated at night so I can sleep.

    Ginger Ale has always been a staple in our home when we have coughs, flus or colds, somehow seems to make it better.

    Thanks @amomsperspective.com for the chance

  18. monique s

    this is such a check list to have ready for the season. the kicks seem to pick up anything the other kids have at school so need to be prepared.

  19. Tricia Hope

    You covered all my go tos,well done!

  20. Ginger Ale, Vick’s, and Chicken Noodle Soup are top on my list of things I need when I’m sick.
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  21. I agree with the gingerale. It has to be Canada Dry. I would stir it alot to make it flat for an upset tummy. It works better.

  22. sarah alexis

    Thanks for all these tips .. my boyfriend is sick right now, I should make him some of this soup!

  23. MY items are always vicks,tylenol. and tissues!!!

  24. Chicken soup is my go to when I don’t feel well, I love it when someone else makes it. When in a pinch I used the packaged stuff

  25. Betsy Barnes

    I also include a movie. When my son was little, he would always want to cuddle while watching a movie when he was sick. He would always fall asleep, great way to help him rest.

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