In few instances does the old maxim — “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it” — hold more true than when it comes to the items you stock in your medicine cabinet. When you do need some drug or balm, you’re invariably in the kind of exigency where you decidedly do not feel like getting into your car and driving to Walgreens. Ergo, it pays to keep your medicine cabinet well-stocked. Here’s what you should always have on hand (if you have kids, you’ll need the children’s versions of some of these items too):
- Calamine lotion. For alleviating bug bites you can’t stop itching.
- Muscle balm. Topical creams like Bengay temporarily soothe your muscle and joint aches. For longer-lasting (if less wintergreen-y) healing and relief, we’re big fans of stick-on heating pads.
- Sunscreen. For preventing sunburn, natch. If you’re someone who routinely forgets to apply this cream, then you should keep on hand another: aloe vera.
- Box of Bandaids. Get ’em in a variety of sizes. They not only work to cover a wound, but their magical pain-relieving effect on children’s boo-boos has been “scientifically” proven.
- Acetaminophen. It’s good to keep both acetaminophen (like Tylenol) and ibuprofen (like Advil) on hand for different uses. Acetaminophen may be better for treating headaches and…