Living on your own you has many responsibilities: feeding yourself, clothing yourself, paying your bills, cleaning your bachelor pad, and taking care of yourself physically.
On average, most of us get sick at least once a year and spend a day or two in bed. Once you begin your career, you’ll find missing a day at the office isn’t good: email builds up, meetings are missed, voice mails go unanswered, projects begin to lag, and co-workers can become frustrated.
By being prepared with some basic supplies in your bachelor pad, you can significantly reduce the number of days that you otherwise spend being sick. Once sick, you won’t want to venture out to get these items, unless you really have to.
The basics to this “medical cabinet” are:
1: Pain Killers (Tylenol, Advil, or Bayer)
You work hard, and you play hard. You get bruises, soreness, headaches and maybe a toothache throughout the year. You should not have to suffer when there is over the counter pain medication available to help you through these aches and pains.
2: Flu medicine
A: Night time (NyQuil, Robitussin, or Threaflu)
B: Day time (NyQuil, Robtusioon, or Threaflu)
Your throat begins to swell or feel scratchy, you feel a headache coming on, and your body doesn’t feel 100%. You are either hung over, or possibly you are starting to catch a cold or have the flu. Don’t let these symptoms get you down. Fight back by getting plenty of rest, washing your hands to avoid spreading germs (to co-worker or roommates), hydrate yourself, take cold and flu medication for your symptoms, and do your best to eat healthy foods.
3: Back relief (heat pads)
Lifting heavy items improperly, carrying heavy items for extended periods of time, sleeping in awkward positions, or straining your back while playing sports may cause enough discomfort to really limit you. Shorten your symptoms with anti-inflammatories like Advil and use cold packs. Once the pain and inflammation have subsided, you will want to have a heating pad available to promote mobility.
4: Anti-Diarrhea (Imodium AD)
It is better to have and not want, than to want and not have. Keep a few pills in your car, your briefcase, dop kit, and at home. You never know when it will strike, when it does, you’ll want to be prepared. Otherwise things could get messy.
5: Allergy relief (Claritin or Zyrtec)
I never had allergies growing up, but after turning 30 these symptoms came twice a year. Stuffy noise that was also runny, dry eyes, and really dry skin affected me for weeks in the Spring and Fall. Without these medications to control my seasonal allergies, getting through the work day would have been difficult, and weekends would be a lot less fun.
One of the best ways to tell if you are having a fever is using thermometer. It also can show if your fever is getting worse or subsiding.
7: Cold pack
Cold packs are great for strains, pains, migraine headaches, or to reduce swelling in a sore joint. Always keep them in the freezer so they will be ready when you need them. They also work great for wrapping around beers to chill them quickly.
There is nothing worse being sick, and not having food in the house. Delivery works, but it can become very expensive. Have a few cans of soup stored away. It’s easy to make and makes cleaning up after a meal simple. Just be mindful of the expiration date.
Have at least two bottles of Gatorade, Powerade, or coconut water horded away for when you fall ill. One of the best ways to recover from a cold or flu is to make sure you are well hydrated. Water is great, but it does not have the electrolytes your body needs to help you recover quickly.
We kept the list as simple as possible for what items you need for your “modern medicine” cabinet. These are just our ideas for what to have in your bachelor pad. You know better than us what works and what doesn’t for your body.