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Schools been in session for a few months now and if your kids are involved in any type of activities at all, I think you’ll agree that down time is basically non-existent. Busy kids equals busy parents. If you’re like hubby and I, and you sit on any boards or booster groups you probably feel like you should just set up a cot at the school. In fact, as part of my band mom duties I actually have slept on a cot in a high school gym a couple times in the past few weeks and believe me when I tell you I’m getting to old for that stuff. High School Marching Band is not for the faint of heart and I’m not just talking about the kids. The parents that volunteer do a lot of the heavy lifting, in fact we call ourselves the “Pit Crew”. I’d never tell the kids, but after every competition weekend, I feel like an old lady the next day thank goodness I travel with something for pretty much every ailment in my mom bag. Really everyone should have a family survival kit to help you get through anything the school year might throw at you.
Putting together your healthy family kit is actually pretty easy to do and you’ll feel better when you know you’re prepared for whatever might be thrown at you this school year by stocking up on a variety of Pfizer products at Walmart when you’re doing the rest of your regular shopping. Here are a few things I keep in my families survival kit:
- Advil® Liqui-Gels®: Nothing’s faster on tough pain* (*Among OTC pain relievers. Use as directed.) so this is probably the number one item in my survival kit. When you can’t ignore the pain of sore muscles and aching backs, but you can’t stop and take a time out either, Advil is what saves the day and allows everyone to keep going until the show is done. Did I mention my son’s a drummer? He’s pretty good but days on end of non-stop drumming on everything, because that’s what drummers do, since the 5th grade, I can say Advil has come to the rescue many times when headaches hit.
- Hand Warmers: Believe it or not, hand warmers are good for more than just warming hands and cold toes. Now sports and Marching Band families will agree that warming hands at Friday Night football games in the late fall is important, but if you have a muscle strain or tension headache, get one of these babies out and slap it on the sore spot. We like to do that and take Advil when we have headaches.
- Mints and/or Gum: Mints and gum are two fold life savers. Maybe you slept on that gym floor the night before a big competition and forgot to pack your toothbrush, these will help tide you over. They can also help calm nauseous tummies though when nothing else is easily available. It may be the difference between settling those pre-game nerves (for kids and mom) or being benched.
- Chapstick®: Skincare for lips™moisturizes & softens for smooth lips everyday. While fall clothes like boots and sweaters are comfy and cozy, the dry skin and chapped lips that come with the cooler air most certainly are not. Avoid this by keeping Chapstick on hand and using it regularly for smooth lips everyday.
- Athletic Tape: This is also a multi-purpose magic mom-bag item. Rolled ankles that need extra support? You’re covered. Drum sticks that need to be wrapped 2 minutes before the band goes on? Yup, we have that covered too. Color guard or cheer wardrobe malfunction. Athletic tape can get you through the show – just give it one season and see how many times you use it, you’ll be sold.