A well-stocked first-aid kid can help you effectively handle emergencies and common injuries. You should try your best to have a first-aid kit in the places you are most often including your home, car, and workplace. Make sure that everyone in these locations, including children, knows where to find your first-aid kit in an emergency and the basics on how to use some of the items inside.
Though you can buy a pre-made first-aid kit, it’s best to build your own so you can make sure it has all the things you and your family might need in an emergency. Some of these ticket items include:
These items should be in any first-aid kit.
- Triangular bandages
- Gauze pads and rolls
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Nonlatex gloves
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- Medical tape
- Instant cold pack
- Tweezers & Scissors
- Surgical mask
- Aspirin or another pain-killer of choice
- First-aid guide
These items are great supplements to the basics.
- CELOX – helps stop bleeding fast
- Eyewash solution
- Finger splint
- Safety Pins
- Medicine cup
- Turkey baster to flush wounds
- Sterile saline for flushing wounds
These medications are optional but might be beneficial to include in larger first aid kits.
- Aloe vera gel
- Cough and cold medications
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Personal medications if they do not need refrigeration
- Epi-Pen if needed
Other Emergency Items:
These items are great additions to a larger first aid kit you might find in your workplace or at home.
- Emergency contact info for doctor’s and emergency services
- Medical consent forms for all family members
- Medical history of all family members
- Emergency space blanket
- Small flashlight and extra batteries
- Solar charger for cell phones
- Non-perishable food and water
Make sure to check your first aid kit every year or so to replace expired and used up products.
Remember, having a first-aid kit is better than having none, you can build your first aid kit over time to have everything you might need in an emergency. This is just a guide to get you started!