Having the right supplies in your medicine cabinet is important. It will ensure the health and happiness of you or a loved one in an emergency. If you’re wondering what to stock in your bathroom, here are some tips on what to put in your medicine cabinet.
1 – Pain Relievers
Things like ibuprofen, Tylenol and others would be good to keep for relieving pain. If you have children, acetaminophen is a good alternative pain reliever to keep on hand, available in chewable tablets. They’re good for children that are under 12 years of age and over babyhood. It’s called a medicine cabinet for a reason. Store any prescription medicines you have in the medicine cabinet as well.
2 – Oral Hygiene
The medicine cabinet is a great place to store your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. You’ll have it handy for when you go through your morning routine.
3 – Antiseptics
Some antiseptics like hydrogen peroxide are good to keep in your medicine cabinet, as it cleanses scratches and cuts. Anti-bacterial ointments or creams are a good alternative to hydrogen peroxide.
4 – Thermometers
For children, you’ll want a rectal or oral digital thermometer in your medicine cabinet. Rectal thermometers are made to determine an exact temperature. Oral digital thermometers are made to be very quick. This could be very useful for children who don’t appreciate having their temperature taken.
5 – First-Aid Kit Supplies
First-aid kits are a very convenient way to stow away supplies. They are also very light. You can carry them on camping trips or whatever you may want them for. Some items you will usually find in a first-aid kit include:
- Examination gloves
- Triangular bandage
- Lip ointment packets
- Antibacterial ointment packets
- Sterile gauze dressings
- Arm splints
- Thermal blankets
Adhesive bandages and scissors are also important to have on hand, as well as elastic bandages. First-aid kits are found in many stores or you can purchase them online. If they are in stock at your local store, they would be in the sporting goods section, or even in the pharmacy area.
6 – Other
Based on your family’s needs, you might want to add the following to your medicine cabinet. Rubbing alcohol and absorbent cotton make another good disinfectant for small injuries. Other things like antacids, bee sting kits, eye drops, anti-fungal cream and cold medications will be important to keep in your medicine cabinet.
These are just a few things you will want to have on hand in your medicine cabinet. The medicine cabinet is also a traditional place for storing beauty supplies, such as lipstick, mascara and other makeup, combs and brushes, a curling iron and nail clippers. You may be limited on what you can stock in yours, based on its size, shape and depth. Make a list of what you use on a regular basis in the bathroom, and store the things that you’re most likely to need for health and safety or personal grooming.