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OK, I know, it’s not a very interesting sounding title. It sounds like it’s bound to be some terrible sponsored post where I’ve been asked to include the phrase ‘fabric plasters’, but honestly it isn’t. I am literally that boring that I thought a fun evening activity would be to give my first aid box a makeover. Sure, Rex London did give me a lovely new tin and some cute plasters, but that was my idea.

I probably need to get out more.

Let’s face it though, my old medical kit was in need of some first AID itself – both in terms of presentation and actual content. The old plastic tub doesn’t exactly scream ‘medicinal chic’ does it?

First aid kitThe products themselves are even worse. I have an empty Olbas Oil box, the obligatory empty box of paracetamol, designed to tease you when you have a headache, a tub of Vicks that says ‘Use by Aug 11’, a tube of Germolene with an expiry date in 2009 and an ear syringing kit, amongst other things. Belle has a LOT of wax, and after the GP and local hospital refused to do anything about it I decided to take matters into my own hands. I can’t say it was terribly effective. I don’t even know what that squeezy thing on the left is – I think it may be some sort of cake decorating tool.

First aid kit

What I really wanted was one of those beautifully organised first aid boxes full of tablets for every occassion, so I could appear wholesome and prepared for all medical mishaps, so first of all I set off to Tesco to restock. I suspect I may have looked a little suspicious with a basket full of painkillers, but I used the self-checkout so no-one could judge me.

Here’s a top tip when you’re shopping for medicine. DO NOT be conned by big brands and fancy packaging. I checked with the pharmacist and 342mg of Ibuprofen Lysine is just 200mg of Ibuprofen under a fancier sounding name. If you see this anywhere on painkillers then all you are paying for is the brand. A pack of 16 Ibuprofen tablets in Tesco was 32p so you are literally paying over TEN TIMES as much just for a pink box. Don’t do

FeminaxAfter the shopping, the glory moment – the new tin!

*drum roll*

Isn’t it lovely?

Vintage medicine boxWith all of my new medicines in I think it looks rather lovely, and definitely qualifies me as a super organised mummy, to be looked up to and admired.

First aid kit

In my essential medicine box I have:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Decongestant tablets and Olbas Oil (Belle found it in my bathroom amongst my stash of stolen hotel toiletries.)
  • Antiseptic wipes (I’ve never had these before. Fancy!)
  • Strong men plasters (Dotcomgiftshop have a really cute plaster selection), and some Savlon plaster spray.
  • Indigestion and heartburn tablets (for when I eat one too many biscuits – a definite medical emergency.)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Non-mouldy Germolene

I also have tic tacs, because everyone knows that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

What’s in your medicine box?

Dotcomegiftshop sent me the first aid tin and plasters for the purposes of this post. Buy yours here for just £15.95, which I think is an excellent price for an evening’s entertainment.



  1. 24 September, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Ohh that is a lovely tin and so very organised!

    • admin
      26 September, 2013 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks Kim, I DO feel very proud when I look in it! (Which is quite often at the moment…)

  2. Emma Tait
    25 September, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    Hehe sounds like something I would get excited about but the amount of stuff I keep it would never fit in that lovely tin!!

    • admin
      26 September, 2013 / 12:30 pm

      You’d need two ;-)

  3. Dibs
    25 September, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    Oh how I wish for a lovely looking tin for our medicines & first aid supplies, but I’d never fit everything in. Our supplies are kept in a drawer in the kitchen & are threatening to take over another……………… I do have a slight addiction to fun plasters that only get used by me (unbelievably teenage daughter & husband refused to wear the bright coloured animal shaped plasters I recently bought, there was even a bright green bat!), so maybe I can treat myself to a fabulous tin just for those!

  4. 25 September, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    I have a kitchen cupboard full of empty paracetamol boxes, hayfever tablets & half used bottles of vitamins. Would you like to tidy mine next?

    • admin
      26 September, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      Oooh yes please! I feel a new career coming on…

  5. 26 September, 2013 / 8:40 am

    What a fantastic tin, I think I will take some of this and sort my cupboard out.
    Thank you for sharing, a great post .

    • admin
      26 September, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      You’re welcome Emma, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  6. 26 September, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    The new medicine box looks lovely! I think it’s time to sort out ours as I have a load of out of date stuff in it. You’re right about the painkillers. They say when you take a painkiller it will be effective only where there is pain. So how does a tablet that costs ten times more, know that it’s supposed to go to a specific area?

    • admin
      26 September, 2013 / 12:33 pm

      I have never understood that ‘targets pain fast’ thing – a painkiller is a painkiller as far as I can tell from studying the boxes!

  7. 27 September, 2013 / 8:14 am

    I love that tin, it’s so cute! I have a tupperware box that I keep some of my supplies in but there was a bit of leakage of some calpol and it’s a bit sticky!

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