- Bumps, bruises, scrapes, and illnesses happen when you least expect them. This is why it’s important to keep your medicine cabinet stocked with the right medical essentials.
- To save time and money, you should first take a comprehensive inventory of the things you already have, and throw out expired products.
- Medicine cabinet essentials include a digital thermometer, OTC medications, cough medicine, sunscreen, bandages, and assorted ointments.
You never know when an emergency might strike. Bumps, bruises, scrapes, and illnesses happen when you least expect them. But, by being prepared with a stockpile of at-home medical essentials, you can usually take them all in stride.
You don’t have to rush to the pharmacy every time some unforeseen illness strikes your household. In fact, with one quick trip to the pharmacy, you can be prepared for just about any moderate illness or injury the world throws your way. Let’s take a look at what you should keep in your medicine cabinet at all times.
Step 1: Take Stock
There’s no sense running out to the pharmacy until you’ve taken a comprehensive inventory of the things you already have. It sounds obvious, but sometimes stating the obvious can save you a lot of money and time.
Dedicate as much time as you can to assess your current stockpile. Note what you have, note what you think you may need, and throw out the old stuff too. Over-the-counter medications, sunscreen, and topical rubs all have best-before dates too, which is why you can’t assume that everything in your medicine cabinet is always safe to use.