First aid box check-up

So, when was the last time you updated the contents of your medicine cabinet? You should have all the essentials on hand at all times.

When it comes to your medicine cabinet, regular maintenance is key. Know what to look out for with our tips. We will guide you through getting the right contents together for your medicine cabinet with an easy, downloadable checklist.


1. Store it in the right place
This may seem like a given, but you should always store your medication in a safe but easily accessible place and should always put it back there after use. Make sure that everybody in the household knows where the medicine kit or cabinet is located. If you have toddlers or small children, the opposite applies of course. Keep your medication in a cool, dry place that is locked up and out of your children's sight and make sure that they are not able to reach it.

 Also, keep your medicine cabinet organised: having to look for a package leaflet that’s flying around somewhere because you didn't return it to the package the last time you used that medication is unnerving.

2. Check for expiration dates and age specifications
Go through your medicine cabinet at least every six months and check the expiration date of each package. Be safe and throw out anything that has expired, as well as antibiotics that have not been used up completely. Do not throw any of these in the rubbish, but return the products to your chemist or pharmacy. They will dispose of them safely and in an environmentally friendly way.

Also, check for age specifications and dosage recommendations on the medication intended for your children. The types of medications they can use change as they grow older, as does the dosage. Upgrade and stock up when and where necessary.

3. Check whether you have the right first aid bandages and products
Be prepared. Most accidents happen in the home or during sports activities, so make sure to have the right products to help you – for example, when you've cut yourself or sprained an ankle. A well stocked medicine cabinet means you are all set. Check the Elastoplast range for especially convenient essentials and solutions, such as Plastic Plaster, which protects your wounds even in awkward places.

4. Put together a go-to medical supply
Why should a medicine cabinet be stationary? It makes sense to gather a selection of products for your sports bag in case something happens during a workout, hiking or other outdoor activity. For example, Elastoplast Plaster with Healing Cream is a safe choice.

5. Calling sheet
This can be a crucial time-saver. Always keep emergency phone numbers such as your doctor and pharmacy, or for any hotlines (e.g. the poison hotline) in your medicine cabinet.

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Make sure your medicine cabinet includes these items and check your supplies every six months:

  • A thermometer
  • A selection of painkillers and headache medication
  • Cold medicine (decongestants, cough medicine, throat lozenges)
  • Antidiarrheal medicines 
  • Disinfection solution
  • Plasters in various sizes (Elastoplast offers a wide selection, from waterproof to extra-sensitive and child-friendly )   
  • Tweezers and scissors 
  • Fever medication
  • Sterile gloves

Sometimes it's about more than just restocking your supplies.

It's knowing about new and clever products with added benefits.

First aid box check-up

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Check out these smart innovations that will help you save time and hassle –
and support healing.
  1. The Elastoplast 1-2-3 Wound Care Routine

    A good wound management consists of 3 steps:
    1. Cleanse: A clean and cleansed wound is the first step to an optimal healing. Cleanse your wound from dirt, bacteria and visible particles with the Elastoplast Wound Spray to prevent infections.
    2. Protect: The second step is to protect your wound from dirt and bacteria to enable an undisturbed healing. Cover your wound with a plaster, sterile wound dressing or compress from Elastoplast.
    3. Heal: In the third step, you can help your wound to heal safely, fast and with a lower risk of scarring. Apply the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment regularly until the wound has healed completely.

  2. Sensitive Antibacterial XL/XXL Sterile plaster with antibacterial silver
    Be protected against infection: take care of your wound by using an Elastoplast antibacterial sterile plaster. Plasters such as Plastic Antibacterial will kill harmful germs with the help of Silver Technology. It not only reduces the risk of infection, but also repels water and dirt while protecting and cushioning your wound.
  3. Sensitive Skin Plasters
    The convenient solution for sensitive and hypersensitive skin.
  4. Junior Plaster Will heal children’s wounds and console. Elastoplast plaster with children’s motives make woundhealing more fun. Tears no more, as they are also easy to remove and skin friendly. Check out our wide selection of Disney motifs.
    © Disney

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Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. 
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainity of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages.

First aid kit essential supplies| Elastoplast UK

When it's time to refresh the medicine cabinet, use our first aid kit supplies checkbox to make sure you've included all of the essential first aid supplies and medicines.