Sick Day Food Kit

I was never a Girl Scout, but I do like to be prepared.  I’m a plan-aheader, a list-maker, a just-in-case kind of person.   And when I get sick, I like to be prepared with certain foods.  Because let’s face it–a trip to the grocery store in your baggiest sweats, stringiest hair, and clutching a kleenex is just a drag.  Now, I am blessed with people in my life who will gladly drop everything and deliver a box of kleenex and a take-out container of phở.  But sometimes I am just too miserable and/or contagious.  That is why I have long had a stash of sick-day food on hand for those occasions.

The items in the kit are non-perishables, and don’t require much in the way of cooking.  Popping a top or peeling off a foil lid are about all a sick person should be required to handle.

I have put together sick-day kits for one or two of my nearest and dearest, instructing them to stash it away in case of dire need. But preferences in sick-day food are often fiercely idiosyncratic, and I suspect that these lines in the sand are drawn early, based on what an individual’s mother served (or didn’t serve) when they were sick as a child.  Sprite vs. Seven-Up vs. Ginger ale can be the source of impassioned debate.

Personally, I had enough 7-Up when sick as a child to forever associate the taste with vomit, and thus I go for Ginger Ale (or Sprite in a pinch) as an adult.  But the Lipton Noodle Soup (without chicken, please!) that my mother used to make for me with four saltines when I was feeling poorly and serve on a tray all tucked up in her bed watching The Price is Right?  Nothing else is ever quite as comforting, whether I have a cold, flu, or stomach bug.  Gatorade for real emergencies, applesauce and peaches for day two, plenty of saltines to nibble on, and I can crawl back into bed to sniffle and amuse myself with a pile of magazines, my iPod, and the cat for as long as need be.

What would you put in your personal sick-day kit?


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6 thoughts on “Sick Day Food Kit

  1. Monet

    My husband loves that chicken noodle soup too! For me? I always like a plain white bagel when I have an upset stomach…and gatorade too. As for a cold? A bowl of soup, hot tea and honey. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent. Your blog is a great way for me to end my dad. I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  2. Victoria

    My sick day kit (SDK) would include my laptop, my phone (to snap pics of the cats who are sleeping on top of me while I’m wrapped in my sleeping bag on the couch), Vernor’s (a soda pop we grew up with in Cleveland but eventually made its wat to Seattle), and my mom’s “juicy eggs”. She would spoon poached eggs over torn up bread and add a pat of butter. Very comforting. But since I can’t very well store “juicy eggs” I’ll pack tapioca pudding and whole wheat pretzels.


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