As I’ve excitedly told you all, I’m off on a holiday for the first time in years. In the past, I joined the rest of the sheep and used my holiday time to rip up the common sense rule book. This time, I’ve not only consulted it, but I’m taking it with me. In other words, I’ll be frugal on holiday too. At the ferry terminal, leaflets are pushed through car windows, explaining, on pain of a hefty fine, what you must carry with you, in case of an emergency in France. We’ve always been well prepared on this: the car has been serviced, the spare wheel and jack has been checked, and we’ve also prepared all the onboard necessities for the car. Many of the ferry customers don’t do this and there’s a long queue in the onboard shop to buy beam deflectors, warning triangles, hi-vi jackets etc. They also pay through the nose for first aid kits, that they probably have in their cupboards at home. We take everything, bring most of it back unused and will not be spending anything.
Yes, that is a dishwash tablet container and I’ve cleaned it out and stacked it with first aid and a few minor medical supplies. I noticed, on my last trip, that I couldn’t find a version of Boots or Superdrug, where you could just walk in, work out what you needed and just buy certain medications, such as for a migraine or stomach upset. You had to ask the pharmacist. It was also a lot more expensive that we pay. Here, we can buy 6 loperamide tablets for £1.60 and 16 paracetamols for 16p. Plasters, burn spray, and first aid requirements are pennies here. They are sealed, they don’t ‘go off’ and they can save you a trip to A&E by just having the basics in first aid. Both Dearly Beloved and I have both had first aid training at some time. Did you know, for example, that panty liners, or sanitary pads, are sterile and make really good wound dressings, which you can secure with micropore tape? I’ve burnt myself in the past and know now, it’s always important to have burn dressings in the house. They are a gel pad, with adhesive edges that completely seal the burn and usually no further assistance is needed if it’s just minor.
I’ll blog more this week, about how everything we need is coming with us!!! I’m quietly confident that I can afford this holiday and if I’m really careful. I won’t spend any more than my usual week’s budget for food and will still have the best of times.
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Love Froogs xxxx