A first aid kit is one of the most important things every household should have. While having a medicine cabinet in the bathroom is a good thing, every family should still have a fully stocked first aid kit that they can bring during events such as camping or little league games and even store inside the car.
Do you have active kids who run around? Or, are you planning an out-of-town family vacation soon? If so, then read on and learn how to make your very own first aid kit that will help keep you and your family safe.
- Find a box. The first thing you need to do is to find a box that is large and sturdy enough to hold all the medical supplies that you will be putting inside. There are boxes that already come with divided compartments that you can use so organizing your supplies will be easy. Also consider a box that comes with a lid, latch and handle so that it will be more convenient to tow it around.
- Prepare the supplies. Now that you have found a box that you can use, it’s time to prepare all the medical supplies that you need in cases of emergencies. Keep in mind that having a first aid kit will not only be useful during minor injuries but also in administering immediate action during serious cases so it is best to fill your kit with the necessary materials. Gather antibacterial wipes and cream, rubbing alcohol, hydrocortisone ointment, hydrogen peroxide, and betadine antiseptic that will treat skin injuries or scrapes. Also prepare medicine tablets for headache, fever, flu, cough and colds. Include anti-inflammatory tablets like aspirin, anti-allergy tablets and pain relievers as well. Next, arrange cotton swabs, bandages, gauzes, medical tapes, gloves, a small pair of medical scissors, safety pins, space blankets, hot/cold pack packages, CPR mask, eye drops and a flash light that might come in handy during emergencies. If someone in the family is taking medications, pack some in the kit as well.
- Print vital information. Once you have all the medical supplies needed, print first aid instructions on how to resuscitate, stop bleeding, help an unconscious person and most importantly, how to call for help. You can also print out other emergency numbers to call beside 911.
- Pack your kit. Pack everything inside the box nicely. If your box does not have compartments, you can use little containers instead. Pack according to category. For example, put all medicine tablets inside one container and all wound dressing materials in another. Label them properly so you will not be confused later on. Keep all printouts neatly folded. Arrange everything in order and make sure you can still close the box after everything has been packed. You can now store it in a cool, dry place that must be easy to find and reach at the same time.
And there you have it, your very own first aid kit. Make one to store in the car or even in the office. Remember that, like everything else in the world, when the unexpected happens, it never hurts to be prepared.