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 (OTC) 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 usually have an expiration date.
As an example, Tecnu Rash Relief
Spray does not have one. We recommend disposing of our
homeopathic products if they are older than three 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 three years. Our Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin
Cleanser and Tecnu Extreme Poison
Ivy & Oak Scrub are cosmetic products and are not marked
with an expiration date.
Most homeopathic and cosmetic products can be disposed of in
your garbage. For OTC's, check to see if your community offers a
drug take-back program. 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 outdoors?
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
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!