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?
The 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.
What I really wanted was one of those beautifully organised 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
Isn’t it lovely?
In my essential medicine box I have:
- 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.