With summer falling quickly behind us, it’s time to start shopping and stocking up on all the items our homes and families need for Fall and winter. Some of these come quickly to us – we know we need winter coats, snow boots, and hot cocoa for those cold winter nights. Other things you might overlook, especially if you succumb to stress during the holiday season. So, let’s take a quick rundown of all the essentials for fall and winter we’ll need in the coming months.
Stock Up On Supplements
As the weather cools down, we’re spending more time indoors with friends and family. While this is, of course, a blessing because during these cozy months, some of our best memories are made, it’s also a time where we’re less active and might not be getting in as healthy a diet as we do in the summer when fresh fruits and veggies are in season.
Make sure you’re stocking up on supplements to add to your daily routine. While multivitamins are a great start, it’s worth adding in extra vitamin C and vitamin D. Another great supplement to add is CBD, especially if you’re feeling stressed out. While CBD is known for its calming effects, it’s also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and other healing benefits. You can get it in forms like CBD mints, tinctures, or gummies. It’s an excellent addition for the adults in your household.
Disinfectants and Cleaners
With Fall and winter come the usual bugs that we’re used to picking up during the season. A lot of this is unavoidable as children are back in school, and then families are mostly hunkered down in the house, especially during the really frigid winter months. So, make sure you’re fully stocked on disinfecting wipes or sprays and other cleansers to keep your family safe and healthy.
Medicines and Comfort Items
In the same vein as the above mentioned cleansers, make sure you’ve got all the go-to medicines your family reaches for when someone does catch a cold or flu. A lot of people are brand loyal when it comes to these, so there’s no wrong direction to go, but there’s nothing worse than having to run to a 24-hour drug store in the middle of the night when your little one comes down with a fever and cough, so plan ahead accordingly.
Additionally, you’ll want comforting items like hot water bottles, eye masks, ice packs, and humidifiers at the ready. And what’s a medicine cabinet without some Vicks VapoRub. Just remember, luck favors the prepared.
One essential that can easily get overlooked is subscription services that will keep your household running smoother. With studies showing that a much more significant percentage of families are homeschooling right now than ever before, subscribing to services can save you valuable time and money. Subscriptions also encompass subscriptions to streaming services to watch family movies together and create lasting memories. Or to share a cozy night on the couch with your sweetheart.
Other subscriptions that could become essential in your life are apps that help with meditation or exercise. It’s necessary to keep your mental and physical health in peak condition during the winter. Not only will it help with possible seasonal affective disorders you or your loved ones may deal with, but it also helps keep those pounds off from all the holiday cookies you’ll be eating.
Winterize Your Toiletries
That’s right! With their heat and humidity and likely the extra hydration you’re taking in during the summer months, your cosmetic needs differ significantly from your fall and winter needs. The air in the Fall in winter is colder and brisker, meaning your skin is likely to dry out. Invest in quality cream cleansers and moisturizers that suit your skin’s particular type and needs.
You also want to make sure you’re moisturizing your lips, hands, and feet daily as those areas tend to try out and chap easier than the rest of your body. And, don’t forget, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can skip on the SPF. The sun still shines in Fall and winter, and SPF is a must year-round.
Hopefully, this list serves at minimum as a gentle reminder that it’s always best to plan and be ready for anything. That way, you can better focus your time on the things that matter most—loving yourself and others in your life. And, if this list saves you a lot of time, consider donating some of that time to helping the under served and underprivileged in your community.