Who doesn’t have a fear of the winter plague? When your co-worker starts sneezing next to you, there’s nothing you’d rather do than run and hide. When you’re shaking hands with clients, you’re silently praying they washed their hands (don’t deny it).
Luckily, there are plenty of handy items you can keep right on your desk to stay healthy all season long—whether it’s to fight off a cold, avoiding getting your co-worker’s cold, or just boost your immune system in general.
Here are 11 things you must (in my personal, humble opinion) stock up on—some more practical, some just really fun to have.
Whenever the heat’s on low (or you’re extra chilly), this little accessory will warm you back up—and help you get back to typing.
This should be enough to get you through all the handshakes and door holdings you’ll do this winter. Bonus: This one doubles as a stress-reliever.
Definitely a staple during the cold months—but who says your tissues can’t have some flare?
Let’s be real: Your phone could easily be the cause of that sudden flu. So get to it before it gets you.
Keep your space dust (and germ) free with this tiny helper.
Help keep your immune system strong by stocking up on healthy snacks you can reach for when a craving calls, such as this snack pack by Justin’s.
(Or, try packing a healthy lunch instead of making a run to the nearest burger joint.)
7. Tea, $13
Having a batch of good wellness teas can make all the difference when you start to get the sniffles.
Your daily reminder to stay hydrated (and away from sodas).
For those lucky enough to have a private office, this USB humidifier’s the perfect way to keep the room from getting too dry.
This guy gets you—and he’ll even let you squeeze your frustrations out on him when your face looks like his.
(For even more fun options, check out these 18 stress-relieving toys that’ll fit right on your desk!)
As your mother said, always best to be prepared for the worst. So, probably a good idea to have Dayquil, Emergen-C, and cough drops handy at all times.
Want more tips for a healthy winter? Check out these 19 office hacks that’ll turn your daily routine around.
Photo of desk courtesy of Hoxton/Tom Merton/Getty Images.