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.
3. Tissues, $11.19
Definitely a staple during the cold months—but who says your tissues can’t have some flare?
4. Smartphone Sanitizer, $19.95
Let’s be real: Your phone could easily be the cause of that sudden flu. So get to it before it gets you.
5. Mini Mushroom Desk Cleaner, $6.24
Keep your space dust (and germ) free with this tiny helper.
6. Healthy Snacks, Price Varies
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.
8. Water Bottle, $13.95
Your daily reminder to stay hydrated (and away from sodas).
9. USB Humidifier, $16.89
For those lucky enough to have a private office, this USB humidifier’s the perfect way to keep the room from getting too dry.
10. Stress Ball, $12.30
This guy gets you—and he’ll even let you squeeze your frustrations out on him.
(For even more fun options, check out these 18 stress-relieving toys that’ll fit right on your desk!)
11. Medicine, Price Varies
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.
Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author