In the run of day-to-day life, which typically includes ample time behind the wheel, it pays off to be resourceful. That’s why we’ve made a shortlist of products that could be of use anytime, anywhere, within arm’s reach. Each of these five products discussed below merits a place in your glove box, purse, or on-the-go first aid kit.
There is value in being prepared for the unexpected. Preparing for the expected tasks and priorities of your day is one thing. But to be prepared for things that could happen, but are not certain (or even likely) to happen, takes a little more effort. If something goes wrong (e.g., you suddenly come down with a mild headache), you will thank your lucky stars for being prepared to handle it. That’s especially true if you have children tagging along. The following products can help you prepare for unexpected minor illnesses and ailments that arise while spending time driving..
Five Essential Products to Prepare for the Unexpected
Acetaminophen tablets. Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter pain reliever that is useful for many kinds of minor pain. It can relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, and sore throats. It can even be useful in treating arthritis pain in the joints. Always take acetaminophen as it is prescribed on the bottle, since taking too much of it can have dangerous side effects.
Antacid tablets with ingredients such as calcium carbonate or aluminum hydroxide, can help relieve acid reflux and heartburn, as well as bloating. These symptoms can occur due to eating certain types of foods, and/or overeating. An antacid can relieve symptoms for up to a few hours by neutralizing and reducing stomach acid.
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine. This is a type of over-the-counter drug designed to hinder histamine release in the body in order to treat allergy symptoms, and also cold or flu symptoms. It can help relieve swelling and inflammation of the sinuses, sneezing, runny nose, and other common cold and flu symptoms. This is especially handy if you are in the car long enough, such as on an out-of-town excursion, when you can start off feeling great only for something to come on like a case of the sniffles taking up residence.
Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid, usually used in the form of a cream, to treat minor skin irritation and conditions. It’s used to temporarily relieve itching, rash, and inflammation of the skin, and also as a topical pain reliever.
Petroleum jelly is a jelly-like substance made up of mineral oils and waxes. The main ingredient is petroleum, which helps create a water-protective barrier when it is applied to the skin. It can be applied to minor wounds and cuts (and even post-surgery healing areas) after the skin has been cleaned and disinfected, in order to help the healing process. Other uses include moisturizing the skin, preventing diaper rash, and cleaning your pet’s paws.
Being prepared for unexpected skin irritations, stomach upset, and other health-related annoyances is worth it. In keeping some of the above products on hand at home or when on-the-go, you are bound to find them useful for you or your loved ones sooner or later.