These Are the Sick Day Must-Haves You Don't Want to Be Without

You can feel it in your bones: that dull ache and lump in your throat—you caught a cold. Despite prevention methods, the common cold affects the average adult nearly two to three times a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Don't be caught off guard this cold and flu season and stock up on these essentials now to make your next sick day a little more comfortable.

Woman sneezing into a tissue while in bed.
Woman in black pants and long sleeved buttoned pajama set from Amazon. photo

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Comfy Pajama Set

When you're sick (or even when you're not), you need a comfortable set of pjs to lounge in all day long. This best-selling two-piece pajama set comes in over 30 different styles in a lightweight cotton perfect for snuggling under the covers without overheating. With size-inclusive options available all under $50, this is one pajama set worth buying in multiples, and it even makes a thoughtful gift. One reviewer says their comfort level is unmatched, even by high-end brands, saying, "These pajamas exceeded my expectations by a mile…[They're] the only pajamas I can sleep in without waking up in the middle of the night and tearing off because I'm bound or otherwise bothered by the bunching of fabric." (from $33; amazon.com)

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Sleep Eye Mask

Sleep is one of the best ways to combat a cold; let your immune system recharge while you rest up with this silk sleep mask. The luxuriously soft, 100 percent silk mask is lightweight yet effective at blocking out light, so you can catch some z's and sleep deeper, even in the middle of the day. The adjustable strap and minimal compression make this mask secure and comfortable to wear all night without slipping off. You can even use it to secure eye patches and creams without worrying about them coming in direct contact with your eyes while you snooze, taking beauty sleep to a whole new level. ($10; amazon.com)

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Weighted Blanket

Got the chills? You'll feel warm and cozy—like you're being wrapped in a giant hug—with this weighted blanket. Known for their anxiety-calming qualities, weighted blankets give you the feeling of being held due to being filled with tiny glass beads. As useful and snuggly as they are, weighted blankets can run up into the triple digits. Luckily, this best-selling version at Amazon comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, and it's on sale right now! Tip: Select a blanket that's about 10 percent of your body weight plus one. For example, a 15-pound blanket is suitable for someone who weighs 140 pounds. (from $36, usually $60; amazon.com)

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Disney+ Subscription

Stay entertained between sniffling and sneezing (and take a stroll down memory lane) with your favorite feel-good Disney movies, TV shows, and more using the new Disney+ streaming service. Now you can access all of the Disney classics, animated Pixar features, Marvel movies, Star Wars sagas, National Geographic, and more in one place alongside new original content. With hours and hours of Disney magic at your fingertips, you won't need to resort to watching reruns on daytime television during your next sick day. (from $7/month; disneyplus.com)

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Body Pillow

This body pillow is the perfect cuddle buddy because no matter how much you cough and sneeze, you can always toss it in the washer for a quick and easy clean. It's also made from hypoallergenic materials and a soft cotton for added comfort. One shopper calls it "softer than clouds" and says it offers ample support for her hips and neck. ($18, usually $24; amazon.com)

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Bath Bomb Set

Few things are more therapeutic than a relaxing bubble bath. Just pop one of these bath bombs in a tub of warm water and surround yourself with the soothing scents of vanilla, coconut, or rose. The hydrating formula will give dry skin some much-needed TLC, not to mention the humidity from the warm bath can help clear up a stuffy nose. One self-proclaimed bathtub addict says she keeps coming back to this 12-piece set for the superior quality (read: non-glittery) of the bath bombs and incredible value: You can scoop up this handmade set for less than $30. ($27; amazon.com)

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Heated Socks

Say goodbye to cold, achy feet with these revolutionary socks that pack in the heat—literally. These tech socks have a built-in heating area powered by a rechargeable battery that you can wear for up to six and a half hours. Great for indoor or outdoor use, these socks are essential for keeping your toes toasty during cold and flu season and beyond. ($43; amazon.com)

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