(Meredith) -- As your family prepares for the back-to-school season, organizing your medicine cabinet may fall last on your to-do list.

Yet, it's essential to stock up on first-aid items that will help keep your kids healthy and safe throughout the school year. Rachel Sylvester, a senior lifestyle editor for Real Simple, shared some medicine cabinet must-haves that you'll want to have on deck.

For life's smaller emergencies, make sure to grab the basics: ibuprofen, hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, saline solution, and a thermometer.

"If you're a jock family, add the following to that list: bandages and gauze, a steroid nasal spray for seasonal allergy relief, instant ice packs, and a sporty sunscreen," said Sylvester. "For that last one, make sure it's a broad spectrum product of at least SPF 30."

Don't forget to keep all these products well out of reach of children, as medication dosage mistakes and unsupervised ingestions are common ways children are poisoned. It's also important keep the number to poison control on hand.

You can save the following number to your phone or write it down and post it to your fridge: 1-800-222-1222.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends calling the number if you think a child has been poisoned, but they are awake and alert.

For more of these tips, visit realsimple.com.

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