I love when spring finally arrives after the long,
cold winter. The sun is shining and there's more time for
adventuring outdoors. It's also a great time to get your outdoor
packs ready so you can enjoy the weather without having to worry
about being prepared.
Many of us keep on hand the basic essentials for outdoor fun:
sunscreen, anti-itch treatments, portable cleansers, and first aid
items. Did you know that these items can expire over time? Spring
is a great time to take inventory, dispose of expired items and
restock your kit.
How do you know if your supplies are expired?
Over-the-counter drugs, such as first aid or anti-itch products,
will have an expiration date somewhere on the package. For
instance, our Calagel Medicated Anti-itch Gel, has an expiration
date stamped next to the batch number on the label.
Homeopathic medications do not always have an expiration date.
As an example, Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub does not
have one. We recommend disposing of our products if they are older
than two years. If you are not sure how old your product is, you
can call the manufacturer and give them the batch number.
Typically, products are marked with a batch code either printed on
the label or stamped into the crimp on a tube, for example.
Cosmetic products, such as soaps and cleansers, are also not
typically marked with an expiration date. Again we recommend
replacing products that are older than two years. Our Tecnu
Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is a cosmetic product and not marked
with an expiration date.
Most products can be disposed of in your garbage. If you are not
sure about how to dispose of a product, call the manufacturer or
your local pharmacy.
So what should you take with you when adventuring
Some of the basic essentials:
- First-aid supplies
And if you are hiking trails or venturing off the well-traveled
path, these may help:
- Map of the area
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Extra clothing
- Firestarter and matches
- Emergency shelter
So take a few minutes and review what you have in your
ready-to-go pack so you can enjoy the outdoors safely, without
sunburn and itch-free!