How to prepare your medicine cabinet and what are the most important items?

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When it comes to your medicine cabinet, regular maintenance is key. Know what to look out for with our tips. Be guided through the task of putting the right contents together for your medication cabinet with an easy, downloadable checklist.

Time to take care of your medicine cabinet

1. Store it in the right place

This may seem like a given, but you should always store your medication in a safe but easily accessible place. After use, always remember to put it back there. Make sure that everybody in the household knows where the medicine cabinet is located.
If you have toddlers or small children, the opposite applies of course: Keep your medicine cabinet in a cool, dry place which is locked up and out of your child’s sight. Always make sure that they are not able to reach it.
Also, keep it organised: Having to look for a package leaflet that’s flying around somewhere because you haven’t returned it to the package is unnerving.


2. Check for expiration dates and age specifications
Go through your medicine cabinet at least every six months and check the expiration date of evey package. Be safe and toss out anything that has expired, as well as antibiotics that have not been used up completely. Do not throw any of these in the garbage, but return the products to your drugstore or pharmacy. They will dispose of them safely and in an environmentally-friendly way.

Also, check for age specifications and dosage recommendations on the medication intended for your children. The types of medications they can use change as they grow older, as does the dosage. Upgrade and stock up when and where neccessary.


3. Check whether you have the right first aid bandages and products
Be prepared when it matters most. The majority of accidents still happen in the household or during sports, so make sure to have the right products when you have cut yourself or sprained an ankle. Check the Elastoplast range for especially convenient essentials and solutions, such as Elastoplast Universal Plaster or Elastoplast Spray Plaster which protects your wounds even in difficult places.

4. Assemble a “to-go-set”
Why should a medicine cabinet be something stationary? It makes sense to compile a selection of products that can be taken in your sports bag in case something happens during a workout, hiking or other outdoor or sports activities. For instance, Elastoplast Wound Spray, which provides instant effective protection against infections, along with a selection of plasters and bandages (i.e. Elastoplast Plaster with Healing Ointment) are a safe choice. And always keep in mind to follow Elastoplast's simple three-step wound-care routine.

5. Calling sheet
This can be a crucial time-saver: Always keep important emergency phone numbers such as those for an ambulance, for your doctor and pharmacy, or for any hotlines (e.g. poison hotline) in the medicine cabinet.

Medicine cabinet checklist

Make sure your medicine cabinet includes these items.
Check supplies regularly every six months.


  • Antidiarrheal treatment
  • Cold medication (decongestants, cough medicine, throat lozenges).
  • Basic headache medication or other painkillers
  • Medication to reduce fever

Wound care:

Other items:

  • Sterile gloves
  • A small pair of scissors – ideal for cutting medical tape, compresses or other bandages to the right size
  • Tweezers, e.g. for removing splinters or particles from wounds this should belong in your medicine cabinet
  • A thermometer

You can download the list for your medicine cabinet here. We recommend that you save the list on your mobile device to have it with you wherever you are.

Clever products and time savers

Sometimes it is about more than just restocking your supplies. It is about knowing about new, clever products with added benefits. Check out these smart innovations that should not be missing from your medicine cabinet.

Aqua Protect

The waterproof Elastoplast Aqua Protect Plasters protect all types of smaller wounds when washing, showering, bathing or swimming.


Kids Plaster

The Elastoplast Kids Plasters feature images for children in order to make wound healing more fun. Since they are easily removed, tears will be a thing of the past.


Fast-Healing Plasters

Try Elastoplast Fast Healing Plasters, made to support continuous healing with its innovative technology. They are also waterproof, can stay on for several days and reduce the risk of scarring.

Your medicine cabinet for travel

Whenever you are away from home, there are a few essentials you should always have with you. They can not only save the day but your entire trip.

For surfers and mountaineers

Safe, durable and waterproof protection: The Elastoplast Extra Robust Waterproof Plaster should not be missing in your travel kit if your holidays are on the active side.

Blister Plasters Packshot

For long city marathons

Make sure your feet stay healthy and unharmed by shoes, heat and moisture. Even when you have a blister, Elastoplast Blister Plaster will help you walk for miles.

For cuts and abrasions

Elastoplast Elastic Plasters are suitabel for all types of smaller wounds and come with a comfortable non-stick woundpad. They are extra flexible and  adapt to all of your movements.

Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. 
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainity of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages.

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