With the beach calling, the kids out of school, and outdoor adventures on the horizon – summertime is a time when having a well-stocked medicine cabinet is a necessity. Though dealing with cuts, burns, sickness and other hazards is no fun, a fully stocked medicine cabinet makes life’s bumps and bruises easier to manage.
But which supplies are truly essential in the summer? We’ve created the ultimate list to ensure you can deal with any malady that may befall you and your loved ones, complete with supplies to refresh your medicine cabinet, to avoid getting caught unprepared for an emergency.
5 Essentials for Your Summer Season Medicine Cabinet
Clear the shelves and make space for the following items:
- First Aid Package
During the summer, First aid supplies are important. You and your family members will be spending a lot of time outdoors, thus making you vulnerable to sunburn, falls, allergies, physical injuries, etc. Having a first aid kit stocked with supplies ready to take care of any type of injury will allow you to immediately contain an injury before it possibly gets worse. For example, burns can be treated with burn ointments and creams. Likewise, gauze and butterfly bandages can protect small wounds and cuts by pulling the skin together to allow you to stop the bleeding and seek proper medical attention.
Most people are unaware that their nutritional requirements change in the summer. The humidity and the sun’s rays rob your body of essential vitamins. That’s why it is essential to keep vitamin tabs in your medicine cabinet during this season. The most important vitamins to buy are Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Daily dose of Vitamin A can make you immune to skin cancer. Vitamin E protects the skin from the harmful UV rays, and also increases physical endurance. Vitamin C plays a vital role in protecting the body from heat rashes and strokes during the hot months.
Thermometers are an important piece in any medicine cabinet as often one’s body temperature is an indication of an ailment. Several types of thermometers are available in the market – temporal artery, mouth, rectal, forehead, ear, or armpit. Temporal artery thermometer is the most recommended, as it requires a non-invasive procedure and gives accurate readings. They’re great to use on the young ones, even newborns. Because they’re easy to use, you might just be able to avoid waking up the 3-year-old when measuring his/her temperature.
- Anti-inflammatory Herbs
Your diet varies most during the summer months due to longer daytime hours and being outside. This variation in your eating habits can cause inflammation on the inside and the outside of your body. By stocking anti-inflammatory herbs in your medicine cabinet you will ensure that you’re able to fight inflammation before it gets out of hand. Oil of Oregon, for example, fights inflammation quickly and can be taken at the first sign of illness. Likewise, Witch Hazel is an extract that serves as a natural astringent. It can be applied painlessly and quickly to areas with bug bites.
- Baking Soda
If baking soda isn’t already in your kitchen, it should definitely be in your medicine cabinet. It’s a great remedy for splinters when added to a small glass of water. Soak the affected site in the mix of water and baking soda twice a day. It can also be a great remedy for sunburns; add half a cup of baking soda to lukewarm water, and get natural relief by soaking the affected sun-burnt area in the mix.
With these 5 essentials in your medicine cabinet, you can enjoy the summer season to the max without getting overwhelmed when issues arise.