Are You Really Ready for Outdoor Adventuring?

By Lisa  |  Friday, May 6, 2016  |  ,  |  Leave comment

Robin Williams Spring Quote

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:

  • Water
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid supplies
  • Snacks

And if you are hiking trails or venturing off the well-traveled path, these may help:

  • Map of the area
  • Compass
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra clothing
  • Firestarter and matches

Check those expiration dates. Prepare an outdoor Kit for the Outdoor Adventurer

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!

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