On day 127 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I reassembled my first aid kit.
We all have them: expired medications, salves and ointments, and other questionable bandages lingering in our first aid kits.
Let’s be honest, sometimes our first aid supplies clutter up the medicine cabinet (if you happen to still have one of those relics), leak all over the place, or worse — hide when we need them the most. And, if you’re like me, it’s not all that uncommon to dash to your supply area in an emergency, only to find that what you need has expired. (Well, poo.)
So, after having this happen to me a few times recently, I decided it was time for an overhaul of my kit. After examining each item’s expiration date, I sorted them into categories (bandages, OTC medications, ointments, etc.) and reassembled the kit. Next, I took inventory, making sure that I had a working thermometer, an ample supply of bandages, antibacterial ointment, and other frequently used supplies.
Then I made a shopping list of items that needed to be replaced. Since most products expire within a year or so of purchase, it can be expensive to keep them on hand if you won’t likely use them. For that reason, I now purchase seasonal allergy supplies only in the Spring, being careful not to over-purchase since I’ll likely have to toss them by the time the next season rolls around. Likewise, I’ve decided to start buying cold/flu medication only as needed (and thankfully, that isn’t very often).
Ensuring that you have a well-stocked first aid kit isn’t just a self-care activity–it’s a family-care activity.
Is your first aid kit up to date?