one Keep everything in one box

In many homes, it is customary to keep all medicines in one large box with no dividers. This is a bad idea for several reasons..

  • In an emergency, extra time will be spent trying to find the right drug, bandage or ointment for burns.
  • When everything is mixed up, it’s harder to keep track of expiration dates. As a result, at the right time, it may turn out that the necessary drug is available, but it is no longer possible to take it.
  • It’s easier to mix up the packages and take the wrong medicine. This is especially dangerous in a home with children and the elderly.

How to do it right

Divide medical supplies according to their purpose. For example, in the hallway, you can store a small box of patches separately. In the kitchen there is a box with tools that are needed for cuts and burns. Antibiotics and strong drugs — in a separate box, away from children. Put everything else in a special plastic box with dividers so that you don’t have to dig into it. If there are people with allergies, weak hearts, or diabetes in the house (i.e., anyone who could suddenly become ill), get an emergency box that contains first aid supplies and keep it in a conspicuous place.


2 Keep medication in the bathroom

Manufacturers recommend keeping most medicines in a dry place at room temperature. When you take a shower, the temperature and humidity of the air rise noticeably in the bathroom, even in closed cabinets. In addition, in the bathroom it is difficult to make a first-aid kit inaccessible to children.

How to do it right

Leave a mini first aid kit in the bathroom in case of cuts. But it is better to take all other medicines and medical devices to another room. For example, in the kitchen or in the bedroom.


3 Keep everything at room temperature

Another annoying mistake is to read only the method of use in the instructions for the medicine and ignore the method of storage. There are drugs that need to be kept in the refrigerator, otherwise there is a chance to take a spoiled medication.

How to do it right

Strictly follow the storage recommendations. Usually manufacturers are asked to put ointments, gels, suppositories, ampoules in the refrigerator. Select one of the shelves of the refrigerator for them and make sure that the temperature is set correctly, and the medicines will not freeze. If there are children in the house, place medicines in a child-proof plastic box.


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four Store unpackaged medicines

Many tend to fit more medicines in the first aid kit by throwing out cardboard packaging. Along with the packaging, instructions are usually sent to the trash. Remember that at the right time there may simply not be time to search the Internet for the dosage and method of application. In addition, the packaging protects the preparations from moisture, sunlight and prevents the tablets from spilling over the first-aid kit.

How to do it right

It is better to leave the packaging and instructions. It has an expiration date, and it is easier to make out the name of the drug than on a blister. In addition, if you decide to take some medicine with you, you can be sure that it will not spill or spill into the bag.


5 Don’t make a fuss

Many people never take apart their first aid kit, but only add new drugs to it. As a result, the box is overfilled, and expired medicines are stored inside.

How to do it right

Get in the habit of opening the first-aid kit every six months and sorting through its contents. Get rid of the delay and write a shopping list. So you will never face the lack of an important medicine at the right time.