Prepare your family for summer with these must-haves for the medicine cabinet.

By Real Simple
Updated May 28, 2015

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages COMFORT SHEER Assorted Sizes

Scrapes and cuts come in all shapes and sizes, so choose a variety pack for all your little ones’ adventure wounds.


This alcohol-free solution is perfect for the whole family, including children 6+, to protect against all those summer ice cream cones and popsicles.

SPF moisturizer

Chlorine and sun can dry out your skin, so you want a light but effective moisturizer on hand to soothe and keep hydrated. One with an SPF can act as a double-duty protectant.


There’s nothing like that feeling of a clean face after a long day, to wipe off makeup, sweat, and dirt from all your summer activities.

Cortisone cream

Topical hydrocortisone can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, like insect bites, poison oak or ivy, eczema, allergies, dermatitis, and more.

Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera is a handy little plant that you want to stock up on for summer, you could even invest in a few plants for around the house. A must-have for sunburns, but you can also use as a shaving cream, makeup remover, or for dry feet.

Bug repellent

Bug repellent is key, but how to choose? A spray is fun and effective for antsy and active kids, but choose one that is safe for kids and adults alike. Select one with no more than 30% DEET, and remember to reapply every few hours.

Spare toothbrushes

With summer comes backyard BBQs, sleepover parties, and late-night get-togethers. Keep a few extra toothbrushes on hand for unexpected guests.