How To Stay Stocked Up For Minor Health Problems

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It’s good to be prepared at the best of times, but given the current restrictions and difficulties with going out it’s perhaps all the more important to have some essentials for minor health problems in case they’re needed. This isn’t about ‘stocking up’ on a few crates of Beechams and paracetamol, it’s about having stock of the basics you need for any eventuality.

Without further ado, here’s a collaborative post on keeping on top of your supplies at home for minor health problems.

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Whether you are just taking care of yourself, or you have a family to think about, being able to deal with someone in your home that is sick or injured is essential. Often, the problems that you may encounter may not be bad enough that they warrant a trip to the doctor or the hospital, but you still need to deal with them. 

Having a stash of handy medicines and first aid essentials can help you manage different minor illnesses and injuries. 

You might already have a few things saved from previous illnesses or injuries, but you may not have a useful selection. You will want to be prepared for every eventuality. 

But, how do you make sure that you have everything that you might need? 

Here’s everything that you need to know about setting up a medicine cabinet and first aid kit in your own home. 

Make Sure Your Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Are In A Safe Place

If you have young children, it is essential that you keep your medicine cabinet and first aid kit in a place that they cannot easily reach. This means finding a high up cupboard to safely store everything. 

A close-up photo of different medical supplies, with jars of multivitamins, a thermometer, and various colourful tablet medications on a white surface.

If you have younger children, you should also look for medicines that come in childproof packaging that cannot easily be opened. 

What Do You Need For Your Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit?

You will want to keep a mix of different medicines and first aid essentials in your home. It is important that you only keep items that can be bought over the counter. You should only have prescription medication if it has been specifically prescribed for you and your current condition. If your child has an illness, you shouldn’t give them prescription medication that has been prescribed for you or anyone else. 

You should include the following in your medicine cabinet :

  • Pain relief such as paracetamol, aspirin, and ibuprofen. If you have children, include the children’s versions such as flavoured paracetamol syrups.  
  • Diarrhoea medicine such as gastro stop, and antacids 
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants, cough medicines, and cough sweets

You should also consider having the following first aid items : 

  • Antiseptic cream 
  • Alcohol-free wipes  
  • Plasters
  • A variety of bandages including triangle bandages, eye patches and a mixture of sizes of crepe bandages
  • Tape and safety pins
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Heat and ice packs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Eyewash 
  • A thermometer
A close-up photo of a green and blue tin that says 'first aid case, medicines and bandages', with a small comical ceramic frog wearing a white medical hat next to it on the right.

Keeping Your Medicine Cabinet & First Aid Kit In Order

It’s important that you keep your medicine cabinet and first aid kit in order at all times. When you need items in a hurry, you shouldn’t need to rummage through your cupboard to find them. If everything has its own place, you’ll find things in an instant. 

Make sure that you check use-by-dates on everything on a regular basis. Using expired medicines should be avoided and it’s important that you throw these away once they hit their best before date.

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Do you have a first aid kit at home or a cupboard for day to day medical needs? Do you routinely make sure that you have what you need & check the dates?

[ This is a collaborative post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author ]

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23 Comments

  1. April 15, 2020 / 5:56 pm

    Terrific advice! Luckily, I am the type of person who stocked our spare bathroom in case we have guests, so we have tons of toilet paper, soap, bandaids, aspirin and more..your list is a great one to take on my next trip to the store!

    • April 15, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you for advice. I am trying to do all this. Learning a lot from life these days. You stay safe Caz. Take care.
      Anjali❤️

  2. April 15, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    Something hubby and I have done for years and years. Not only at home, but in the car and our boat. Wherever you are you need to be prepared.

    Have a fabulous day, Caz. Big hug. ♥

  3. April 15, 2020 / 7:23 pm

    I have most of those items but I better check the expiration dates. Old meds lose potency. Some become toxic. While updating my checklist, I’ll be sure to watch for that. Thanks for the useful advice Caz.

  4. April 15, 2020 / 7:57 pm

    I will have to check my First Aid kit to make sure it is up to date and stocked.
    Thanks for the reminder and tips.

    Ne safe Caz. xo

  5. April 15, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    My medicine cabinet is safe and always full.

  6. April 15, 2020 / 11:28 pm

    I have now a few things to buy for my first aid kit, Caz. 🙂
    I haven’t been able to buy disposable gloves for some weeks – I’ll keep trying!
    I’ve never considered to stock antihistamines. Neither Keith nor I have allergies or, fortunately, suffer from hayfever and such. However, it’s probably better to be armed, just in case!
    I used to have an ‘eyewash’, however, on checking it’s no longer there… Hahah… How do these things happen?
    So all in all Thank You for the reminder, Caz. I’m on it…
    xoxoxo
    P.S. Just last week I checked to see if the thermometer was working; and it was. This may prove one of the most important items considering our current world condition.

  7. Svet
    April 16, 2020 / 1:04 am

    I wish I had this checklist when I shopped for medicine a few weeks ago while I was panic buying. I stocked on so many things that hopefully I won’t have to use. Have a good rest of the week.
    Svet

  8. April 16, 2020 / 2:05 am

    Gratefully I have all these items in my medicine cabinet. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  9. April 16, 2020 / 8:37 am

    A great list. Think we should stock up!

  10. April 16, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    Very useful information. Thank you 🙂

  11. April 17, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    I always have a fully stocked medicine + first aid cabinet as I’m prone to minor injuries due to balance issues. Hope you are doing well 💕

  12. luisa
    April 17, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    Great advice
    Thank you

  13. April 17, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    This is a great, comprehensive list. It’s good to have! xo

  14. April 18, 2020 / 5:23 am

    I’ve always kept a first aid kit and made ones up for my sons when they left home too..

  15. April 18, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    I was so thankful that I am one that always tries to stock up on essential stuff anyway when this whole crisis hit. It helped too that I saw what was happening in China and once it started spreading to other countries, I knew we were in for a rough ride so we had a couple months to prepare before it really hit here and everyone started panic buying. Always good to be prepared (just don’t hoard)!

  16. April 18, 2020 / 10:41 pm

    Charlee: “Our Dada says he always keeps his medicine cabinet well stocked with those things.”
    Chaplin: “And he keeps two emergency kits in his car, too.”
    Lulu: “Apparently this is because he’s extremely accident prone!”

  17. April 19, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    I used to have stocks in most my bags. Things like plasters, dailys, towels, cash.
    In my draw I have savlon, vaseline, ibuprofen gel, plasters, tape and bigger bandages etc. I should add more things. Thanks for your suggestions! Like alcohol wipes.

    Thinking of you 💕

    Love, light, and glitter

  18. April 20, 2020 / 3:29 am

    Awesome post, my friend! I think it’s all too easy to forget some of the main items we should have on hand in case of emergency. I think it’s also easy to forget to check our stock! This is a great reminder to be prepared, know what we have and what we may still need to get.

    I’ve shared it on social media so others will remember to check their supplies as well and get prepared. I’ll be checking ours now! 😉

    How are you sweet Caz? I sure have missed coming to read your posts! All my love headed your way and prayers in hopes that you are well. 😘

  19. April 20, 2020 / 5:32 pm

    Great post and items list!! I think in better times, we tend not to consider some of the emergency supplies we could need. Once an emergency is upon us, then it can be impossible to manage without the necessary supplies. I even have a pet emergency kit now, after accidentally hitting Oliver’s quick when I was cutting his nails!! Poor Schnauzer. Great post, as always. Thanks Caz!!

  20. April 29, 2020 / 10:55 am

    Thank You for this, Caz. I was seriously just thinking yesterday that I need to do this. And now, walking backwards through Your blog this is what I landed on. Roger that! I hope You and Yours are well. Sending hugs Your way….❤️❤️❤️

  21. June 3, 2020 / 11:14 am

    Yes, I got us a first aid kit and try to keep a stock of pain relief etc. The last thing you want to be doing is looking for stuff when you need it, as I found out when I had a sprained knee and couldn’t bare weight on it.I was alone, and finding what I needed took longer than it should have!
    Some good tips there 🙂

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