As part of your emergency preparations, you may have noticed something about your medicines – they are expired. Most of the deluxe first aid kits have antibiotic medications, burn medications, and disposable thermometers. The bandages, tape, and other items are still good. What can you do?
Now you have two options – travel size containers and Amazon!
For some items, travel sizes make good sense. Neosporin, Advil, and other medications come in travel sizes. While some of these items will replenish your first aid kit, not all medications come in travel sizes.
The next solution for replenishing your first aid kit is Amazon. You can find poison ivy/oak/sumac medications, burn medications, and other medications that need to go into the first aid kit. Moist towelettes, cleaning pads, and other items can easily be found on Amazon.
Here’s the secret to replenishing your kit: You want to look for items that would resupply a first-aid kit usually found in businesses, manufacturing plants, and other commercial sites. These items can be bought between one and seven dollars based on the item and medication.
But what if the quantities offered are too much for your first aid kit? If you have friends or family members with first aid kits containing expired medications, offer to split up the items across several kits. For example, one 25-count box of moist towelettes can replace items in three to four kits. In other cases, the cost is so small that the whole box can replenish a single kit.
It’s a good idea to check the kit every six months to make sure that items used or expired can be replenished before the next emergency strikes.
So if you have items in your first aid kit that are expired, don’t rush out and buy a new first aid kit. For a lower cost, look for refills on Amazon first and then visit your favorite store for travel size items to complete your first aid kit.