15 must-have products to help you prepare for cold and flu season

Fall and winter are right around the corner, and along with the falling leaves and holidays, they bring with them something not as enjoyable: cold and flu season. Unfortunately it can be hard to avoid getting sick during the colder months, but there are certainly products that can help you feel better when you're under the weather. Ahead are 15 essentials to consider having on hand if you fall ill later this year.<br />
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Fall and winter are right around the corner, and along with the falling leaves and holidays, they bring with them something not as enjoyable: cold and flu season. Unfortunately it can be hard to avoid getting sick during the colder months, but there are certainly products that can help you feel better when you’re under the weather. Ahead are 15 essentials to consider having on hand if you fall ill later this year.

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Cold, dry weather and blistery winds in the winter can remove all the moisture from your skin, lips, and sinuses. To combat it, a warm mist humidifier like <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-humidifiers?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">our favorite one</a> by Vicks can help return moisture to your home, and in the process, soothe sore throats and dry noses. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Vicks-Humidifier-Filter-Free-Moisturized-V745A/dp/B001FWXKTA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=f373849678a674c9a82b8482ee53614a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$38.55 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Cold, dry weather and blistery winds in the winter can remove all the moisture from your skin, lips, and sinuses. To combat it, a warm mist humidifier like our favorite one by Vicks can help return moisture to your home, and in the process, soothe sore throats and dry noses. ($38.55 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
When you're sick, a cup of chamomile tea can go a long way. In order to brew it up quickly so you can get back in bed, you'll need an efficient electric kettle. This one by Cuisinart is <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/ovens/best-right-now/the-best-electric-kettles?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">our absolute favorite</a>, and had the fastest boiling time out of all the models we tested. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CPK-17-PerfecTemp-1-7-Liter-Stainless/dp/B003KYSLNQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=8b3a01c5ce2a2408c9c20fa033692bb1&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$60.83 on Amazon</a></strong>)

When you’re sick, a cup of chamomile tea can go a long way. In order to brew it up quickly so you can get back in bed, you’ll need an efficient electric kettle. This one by Cuisinart is our absolute favorite, and had the fastest boiling time out of all the models we tested. ($60.83 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
There's no official cure to the common cold, except for rest and lots of fluids. If you want your bed to be super comfortable and cozy this winter, especially in the event that you have to spend all day in it, this LinenSpa comforter should do the trick. It's <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-comforters?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">our favorite affordable option</a> too, so it won't cost you a pretty penny. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/LINENSPA-All-Season-Alternative-Quilted-Comforter/dp/B00VGR4VW4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=5063494949afe611013bbc2d85f2090e&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$29.99 on Amazon</a></strong>)

There’s no official cure to the common cold, except for rest and lots of fluids. If you want your bed to be super comfortable and cozy this winter, especially in the event that you have to spend all day in it, this LinenSpa comforter should do the trick. It’s our favorite affordable option too, so it won’t cost you a pretty penny. ($29.99 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / CAMRYN RABIDEAU
Staying hydrated is not only the key to moisturized skin this winter, but also very important if you catch a cold. The CamelBak Eddy will help you drink more water because all you have to do is flip the mouthpiece, bite it, and sip, which is great for when you're sick and don't feel like moving a muscle. It's one of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-water-bottles?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best water bottles we tested</a>&nbsp;because it also holds a good amount of water and is a great price to boot. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/CamelBak-Water-Bottle-Dragon-75-Liter/dp/B00NTYHBUG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=9d672f657ca93f2e9877221565d459d2&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$14.99 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Staying hydrated is not only the key to moisturized skin this winter, but also very important if you catch a cold. The CamelBak Eddy will help you drink more water because all you have to do is flip the mouthpiece, bite it, and sip, which is great for when you’re sick and don’t feel like moving a muscle. It’s one of the best water bottles we tested because it also holds a good amount of water and is a great price to boot. ($14.99 on Amazon)
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Along with all the other annoying flu symptoms, loss of appetite can drain you of energy and make you feel incredibly worse for wear. While you may not be able to stomach eating some soup or crackers, a yummy smoothie can be easy to keep down and also give you the nutrients and vitamins you need to start feeling better. To whip one up, we recommend the the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, which is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-affordable-blenders?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best affordable blender</a>&nbsp;we've ever tried, as it can crush ice, and blend fruits and veggies like a breeze. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSB1575ER-5-Speed-60-Ounce-BPA-Free/dp/B00CGSES9I/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=c254e5f2bbcfa90fff46946091eb352c&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$104.99 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Along with all the other annoying flu symptoms, loss of appetite can drain you of energy and make you feel incredibly worse for wear. While you may not be able to stomach eating some soup or crackers, a yummy smoothie can be easy to keep down and also give you the nutrients and vitamins you need to start feeling better. To whip one up, we recommend the the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, which is the best affordable blender we’ve ever tried, as it can crush ice, and blend fruits and veggies like a breeze. ($104.99 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
One of the worst things when you're sick, or perfectly healthy, to be honest, is not being able to fall asleep. There always seems to be something distracting happening around you, so it&rsquo;s always a good idea to have some earplugs lying around. These are the best&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-earplugs-for-sleeping?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">pair of ear plugs</a>&nbsp;we've tried, as they strike the perfect balance between blocking sound while still being ultra comfortable. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Hearos-Plugs-Xtreme-Protection-pairs/dp/B000NP79YM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=98b97c9d4d6fcda1ce51a7337e493632&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$7.98 on Amazon</a></strong>)

One of the worst things when you’re sick, or perfectly healthy, to be honest, is not being able to fall asleep. There always seems to be something distracting happening around you, so it’s always a good idea to have some earplugs lying around. These are the best pair of ear plugs we’ve tried, as they strike the perfect balance between blocking sound while still being ultra comfortable. ($7.98 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
The only thing worse than having the sniffles is having to use toilet paper to blow your nose when you inevitably run out of tissues. If you don't want to run out and end up irritating your nose this cold and flu season, we recommend this bundle of Puffs Ultra Soft, which are&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-facial-tissues">the best tissues we tested</a> because of how soft yet durable they were. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Puffs-Strong-Non-lotion-Tissue-Tissues/dp/B072FTWMVD/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=18dfb61a21e2243df88c92819f7ffdd9&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$17.99 on Amazon</a></strong>)

The only thing worse than having the sniffles is having to use toilet paper to blow your nose when you inevitably run out of tissues. If you don’t want to run out and end up irritating your nose this cold and flu season, we recommend this bundle of Puffs Ultra Soft, which are the best tissues we tested because of how soft yet durable they were. ($17.99 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
They always say that orange juice is good for you when you're sick, but sometimes that old carton of Tropicana just won't cut it. For a healthier version, this juicer by Omega will churn out high yields of some of the freshest juice you'll ever taste, which is why we named it <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-juicers?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best&nbsp;juicer of 2019</a>. While it's on the expensive side, just think of all the use you'll get out of it not just when you're sick, but for breakfasts, brunches, and more. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Omega-J8006HDS-Dual-Stage-Masticating-Revolutions/dp/B07GWNHDXH/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=b5b4db81f9d9402a181816b8b88b2a9b&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$298.98 on Amazon</a></strong>)

They always say that orange juice is good for you when you’re sick, but sometimes that old carton of Tropicana just won’t cut it. For a healthier version, this juicer by Omega will churn out high yields of some of the freshest juice you’ll ever taste, which is why we named it the best juicer of 2019. While it’s on the expensive side, just think of all the use you’ll get out of it not just when you’re sick, but for breakfasts, brunches, and more. ($298.98 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
A little chicken soup is always the best medicine for a cold, but if you're sick, you won't want to hover over the stove trying to make some. A pressure cooker makes it easy to throw all the ingredients in a pot and hop back in bed, and best of all, it'll be done before you know it. This model by Crock-Pot is our favorite&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/cooking/best-right-now/the-best-electric-multi-cookers-and-instant-pots?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">affordable pressure cooker</a>, as we loved the user-friendly presets and how easy it was to clean. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-Multi-Use-Programmable-Stainless-SCCPPC600-V1/dp/B074PHL51Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=6ed425b430773036362ca144202d1b5f&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$59.99&nbsp;on Amazon</a></strong>)

A little chicken soup is always the best medicine for a cold, but if you’re sick, you won’t want to hover over the stove trying to make some. A pressure cooker makes it easy to throw all the ingredients in a pot and hop back in bed, and best of all, it’ll be done before you know it. This model by Crock-Pot is our favorite affordable pressure cooker, as we loved the user-friendly presets and how easy it was to clean. ($59.99 on Amazon)
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if you want to beat your cold this winter, getting some shut eye during the day will be one of the best remedies. Of course, sunlight can make it incredibly hard to take a nap, which is where this Nidra Eye Mask comes in handy.&nbsp;We think it's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-sleep-masks?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best sleep mask</a>&nbsp;because it stays put all night and leaves some space for your eyes so they aren't pressed against the fabric. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Patented-Contoured-Adjustable-Satisfaction-Guaranteed/dp/B01N4GNSX6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=192840fc8c797558634176430f0df8a3&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$11.95 on Amazon</a></strong>)

if you want to beat your cold this winter, getting some shut eye during the day will be one of the best remedies. Of course, sunlight can make it incredibly hard to take a nap, which is where this Nidra Eye Mask comes in handy. We think it’s the best sleep mask because it stays put all night and leaves some space for your eyes so they aren’t pressed against the fabric. ($11.95 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
Nobody likes getting the chills when you're sick, but a heated blanket can stop them in their tracks. When we tested <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/best-electric-blankets" target="_blank">the best electric blankets</a>, we chose this sherpa-lined one by Biddeford as our &quot;best value&quot; pick because of its ultra-soft&nbsp;faux shearling and 10 impressive heat settings, which all in all made it one of the coziest options out there. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Biddeford-2061-9032138-302-MicroPlush-Electric-Blanket/dp/B076B5CMW2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=a63c4639533cdfa865e1e4d76d7dc1c7&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$64.95 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Nobody likes getting the chills when you’re sick, but a heated blanket can stop them in their tracks. When we tested the best electric blankets, we chose this sherpa-lined one by Biddeford as our “best value” pick because of its ultra-soft faux shearling and 10 impressive heat settings, which all in all made it one of the coziest options out there. ($64.95 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / CAMRYN RABIDEAU
Nobody has time to cook a full blown meal when they're under the weather, so a kitchen gadget that does all the work for you is a real game changer. We love this&nbsp;Crock-Pot for that exact purpose, and rated it <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/cooking/best-right-now/best-slow-cookers-crock-pots?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best affordable slow cooker</a>&nbsp;because of how well it performed in all our tests, making it well on-par with higher-end models. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCCPVL610-S-6-Quart-Programmable-Stainless/dp/B004P2NG0K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=41b1175c9577f27af285e945a7a430dd&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$35.47 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Nobody has time to cook a full blown meal when they’re under the weather, so a kitchen gadget that does all the work for you is a real game changer. We love this Crock-Pot for that exact purpose, and rated it the best affordable slow cooker because of how well it performed in all our tests, making it well on-par with higher-end models. ($35.47 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / BETSEY GOLDWASSER
Cold nights during the winter can be brutal, especially when you have a cold. If you don't want to jack up your thermostat and spend an arm and a leg on your gas bill, a space heater can solve all your drafty woes. This one by&nbsp;Delonghi is our favorite <a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-space-heaters?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">space heater we tested</a>&nbsp;because it was the fastest at making rooms super toasty, and was incredibly easy to lift and transport. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-HMP1500-Mica-Panel-Heater/dp/B005MMN75G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=a4682ba3e7abc45b4d45fdce4c605e6a&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$88.98 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Cold nights during the winter can be brutal, especially when you have a cold. If you don’t want to jack up your thermostat and spend an arm and a leg on your gas bill, a space heater can solve all your drafty woes. This one by Delonghi is our favorite space heater we tested because it was the fastest at making rooms super toasty, and was incredibly easy to lift and transport. ($88.98 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JONATHAN CHAN
Having a stuffed-up nose means you can't smell very much of anything, but a diffuser may be able to help with that. Not only do they add moisture to your room, but depending on the oil you choose, such as&nbsp;eucalyptus and lavender,&nbsp;they may help clear your sinuses or help you fall asleep. This one by InnoGear is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-essential-oil-diffusers?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best essential oil diffuser</a>&nbsp;we tested because of its large water reservoir, different mist settings, and color-changing lights. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/InnoGear-Aromatherapy-Essential-Ultrasonic-Humidifier/dp/B00V9JP8EE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=8276953faf6141b891250817f3a3f20e&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$14.98 on Amazon</a></strong>)

Having a stuffed-up nose means you can’t smell very much of anything, but a diffuser may be able to help with that. Not only do they add moisture to your room, but depending on the oil you choose, such as eucalyptus and lavender, they may help clear your sinuses or help you fall asleep. This one by InnoGear is the best essential oil diffuser we tested because of its large water reservoir, different mist settings, and color-changing lights. ($14.98 on Amazon)
REVIEWED / JACKSON RUCKAR
Sometimes asthma or winter allergies can masquerade as cold or flu symptoms, which means humidity in the air is actually the last thing you want. A dehumidifier will be your best friend in that case, and we happen to love the LG Energy Star PuriCare, which we named&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reviewed.com/home-outdoors/best-right-now/the-best-dehumidifiers?utm_source=usat&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=collab" target="_blank">the best dehumidifier of 2019</a>. While it's on the expensive side, it can make major differences in the air quality and humidity of your home. (<strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/LG-Energy-PuriCare-70-Pint-Dehumidifier/dp/B06XZ66JPR/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=usatgallery-20&amp;linkId=bb599b92eb31439c17f682e37775ff73&amp;language=en_US" target="_blank">$268.99 on Amazon</a></strong>)<br />
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Sometimes asthma or winter allergies can masquerade as cold or flu symptoms, which means humidity in the air is actually the last thing you want. A dehumidifier will be your best friend in that case, and we happen to love the LG Energy Star PuriCare, which we named the best dehumidifier of 2019. While it’s on the expensive side, it can make major differences in the air quality and humidity of your home. ($268.99 on Amazon)
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