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We all have them: expired medications, salves and ointments lingering in our first aid kits.
And let’s be honest, they tend to clutter up the medicine cabinet (if you happen to still have one), leak into bathroom drawers and do their best to hide when we need them urgently.
If you’re like me, it’s not that uncommon to dash to your supply area in an emergency only to find that a key product you need has expired. (Great!)
Noticing that this has happened a few times recently, I decided it was time for an overhaul of my supplies. I examined each item, checking for expiration dates and sorted them into like categories. Alas, an organized, up-to-date first aid station!
Next, I took stock of my supplies, making sure that I had a working thermometer, an ample supply of bandages, antibacterial ointment and other frequently used supplies.
Then, I carefully made a list of items that needed to be replaced. Since most products expire within a year of purchase, it can be expensive to keep them on-hand if you won’t likely need them. For that reason, I now purchase seasonal allergy supplies in the Spring, being careful not to over-purchase since I’ll likely have to toss them by the time next spring rolls around. Likewise, I purchase other cold/flu-type 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?