Get Well Care Package Ideas for Sick Friends, Family or Loved Ones

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A sticky note on a cork board that reads "get well soon"

Does someone you care about have a cold or the flu and you wish you could help but don’t know what to do? Stifle those sniffles with a Kleenex® Get Well Care Package. When a friend, family member or loved one is feeling under the weather, here are some suggestions for how to make the ultimate care package that will surely bring a smile to their face. You can drop it off safely at their doorstep for a contact-less way to show you care! Below are some of the items you should consider while putting together your care package:

Care Package Idea #1: Comforts

Staying home in your pajamas may sound like fun, but when you’re fighting off a cold you may also want something to help pass the time. Luckily, we have a few suggestions to keep symptom sufferers comfortably entertained.

  • A good book
  • Epsom salts for a hot, soothing bath
  • Kleenex® Soothing Lotion™ tissues, made with a touch of aloe, coconut oil and vitamin E that nourishes and moisturizes to help protect the skin. As America’s preferred lotion tissue* , their nose will thank you!
  • Scented candles (even if they can’t smell them, they’re still nice!)
  • A warm, cozy blanket or quilt to snuggle up in
  • Comfy, fuzzy socks to keep the tootsies warm
  • A jigsaw puzzle, crossword or sudoku puzzle book

Care Package Idea #2: Healing Foods

Certain foods have healing properties that can support your body when fighting an illness – and they just make you feel better. Include some of these nourishing foods in your sickness care package to help your sick friend, family member or loved one on the road to recovery.

  1. Homemade chicken soup or broth:

    Packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein and a source of fluids and electrolytes, these will keep them hydrated and strong. Plus, chicken soup contains the amino acid cysteine, which breaks apart mucus and has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects!

  2. Herbal tea:

    Hot tea acts as a natural decongestant, and the tannins in tea also have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Toss in some fresh lemons, which are rich in Vitamin C and help loosen phlegm.

  3. Raw honey:

    Raw honey is antioxidant-rich and served with tea or warm milk makes a hydrating, cough-soothing, antibacterial drink.

  4. Coconut water:

    Packed with potassium and electrolytes, coconut water is an excellent, refreshing and delicious way to stay hydrated -- one of the most important things you can do when sick.

  5. Bananas and oatmeal:

    Both good sources of calories and nutrients and easy to eat when you’re sick. Bananas also contain soluble fiber which can help relieve diarrhea, while oatmeal is protein-packed and helps stimulate the immune system.

  6. Vitamin C-rich fruits and veggies:

    Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and supports healthy immune function. So, load up your get well soon care package with fruits and veggies packed with this powerful nutrient including oranges, kale, kiwis, broccoli, lemons, papayas and strawberries. 

Care Package Idea #3: First Aid

Now that the basic comforts are taken care of, consider adding some items to help ease their symptoms and bring some much needed relief.
  • Kleenex® Soothing Lotion facial tissues to help protect skin by locking in moisture
  • An over-the-counter nasal decongestant
  • A neti pot or other nasal irrigation device to help clear their sinuses
  • Rubs or ointments that contain menthol to help breathing feel easier
  • A soothing hot/cold pack for aching, sore muscles

Care Package Idea #4: A Personal Touch

Show your sick friend, family member or loved one how much you care by adding a little extra something that’s truly from the heart. 

  • A handwritten note
  • A custom playlist with all their favorite songs

Let Them Rest

You don’t have to limit your care package to what fits in a get well soon gift basket. Ask them if there’s anything you can do to help them rest. These small gestures will let your loved one focus on getting better.

  • Offer to take their dog for a walk
  • Cook them a meal
  • Run some quick errands

Sending a thoughtful Kleenex® Get Well Care Package will help your loved one on the road to recovery faster.

*vs. lotion national brands