We’ve all been there, it doesn’t matter if you’re 2 or 62, band-aids come in handy, as we’re never prepared for the day when we accidently cut/scrape ourselves. When you run out or if you don’t buy band-aids you usually just let the cut bleed until it stops or you wrap a piece of paper towel around the cut to stop the bleeding. All you’re really doing is making yourself more uncomfortable by having to hold down your paper towel or tape it. So just keep a pack in your medicine cabinet, and if you get the ones with ointment even better as it will help speed up the healing process
Most of the time when you purchase a TV or get that new cable box installed the remote controls come with new batteries. But let’s face it, those batteries aren’t going to last forever. Buy a small pack of batteries and store them. Plus, don't forget that your apartment has smoke detectors that also run on batteries, and you will need to change them from time to time. Keep in mind batteries have expiry dates so if you only have 1 or 2 items in your apartment that need batteries don’t buy a huge bulk pack of batteries from Costco.
3. A needle and Thread
This is only useful if you know how to use a needle and thread in an emergency wardrobe situation. If you lose a button, tear a seam etc a needle and thread can save the day. You can wear your lucky blazer to that meeting after all, or else you would have to take a trip to your dry cleaners and hope they can fix it for you.
Let’s face it, you may not like it but you will need it eventually. You could get sick, and what better remedy to help you feel better than a warm glass tea with some honey. According to Dr Oz. honey in your tea will help sooth your painful throat and honey actually has a tone of health benefits. You might also find yourself hosting a get together and one of your guest could be a tea drinker, or you run out of Ice Tea. Even though you think you don’t tea in your apartment, you will find yourself using it in more often.
After a party, usually the host is left with the mess to clean up and all leftover food. In order to keep your leftovers fresh longer store them in Tupperware. Also, if you have inexpensive Tupperware you can share the leftovers with guests to take home.
6. Basic Medication
The most important medication to have is Tylenol or Advil in your medicine cabinet. They’re great for any back pain, head ache, menstrual cramps, fever etc. You should also keep on ointment on hand for cuts and burns; Polysporin is great to help treat the area and help reduce scaring. During the winter months keep some Halls or other throat lozenges around and your favorite brand of Cold & Flu medication.
7. Spare Light bulbs
You never know when your light is going to burn out just plan ahead and keep a pack of light bulbs in your closet. The worst thing that can happen is your bathroom light burns out right before your guest come and you know have to run out to buy spare bulbs. Or there could be a winter storm out there and your kitchen light burns out…how are you supposed to cook? Not in the dark and there is no way you’re walking anywhere in the middle of storm. So next time you’re at the grocery store just buy a pack of 2 or 4 light bulbs to store in your apartment.
8. Hand towels
When your guest need to use your bathroom they need somewhere to dry their hands on. So buy a cute set of towels to put out when guest are over… some great stores sell these sets for $20. Also, when you have company over, move your bath towel or robe out of your bathroom, maybe put them behind your bedroom door instead.
9. Canned Soup and Frozen Vegetables
You never know when you have to work late, or when you need something easy and quick for lunch. Canned soups are great, get a chicken noodle soup with vegetables these are delicious. Also, frozen vegetables are perfect for quick stir-fry, and the best part, they last longer than fresh vegetables so you don’t have to worry about it rotting in your freezer. Plus as a bonus, cream of mushroom can with some frozen peas or spinach goes great over any pasta.
10. Plug-in Cord Telephone
OK….I know what you’re thinking, what do I need that for?? Sometimes people forget that their cordless phones or their cellphones need power to work. You never know when we’re going to be stuck in another blackout, and if you want to call someone during it then you better have a cord phone somewhere.
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