Our annual camping trip is next week, and I am in the process of organizing and getting ready to go.
I am usually pretty organized, so don’t let the picture fool you. It actually is controlled chaos. I know where everything is.
|Yes, I know it looks like a total disaster, but there is a method to my madness.
I sort and pack things on the dining table, then stage them in an area where HH can just pack up the car and trailer.
Anyhow, as I was going through the First Aid portion of my check-list and discovered that virtually all of our medicines and OTC remedies were expired! Fail!
The worst was some hydro-cortisone cream that had an expiration date of 9/2007. Yipes!!!! No wonder my mosquito bites were staying itchy. Most items had expired in 2010, but there were a few 2009s and 2008s in there too.
Handsome Hubby says that expired medicine simply means that it has started to lose its potency… not that it’s ” gone bad” …. guess what? I want potent medicine, thanks. While I might let something slide if its expiration date was within the last several months, um, no thank you on the 2010 stuff.
I use a portable file box to house all of our First Aid stuff. It’s the right size, I can see through it, and it’s easy to carry. (I keep it at home in our linen closet, so I can access it here if I need to as well.)
I cleaned it out, re-stocked it and made sure I had everything that was on my checklist.
This is what’s in our first aid kit, and I think we’re good to go.
Am I missing anything? What do you keep in yours?