Whether on the playground, around the house, or in the car, kids will sustain everyday bumps and bruises. Having a well-stocked first aid kit at home is the perfect remedy for minor injuries while at home and is the key to dealing with injuries at a moment’s notice. You should always keep a first aid kit in your home. It should be kept within easy reach of an adult but out of reach for small children.
First aid kits can be purchased at any local drug store, or you can put one together yourself. If you decide to do it yourself, choose a spacious container that’s easy to open and carry. Plastic tackle boxes, for example, make great homemade first aid kit containers. Read what items should be in a first aid kit so you’ll be prepared the next time injury strikes.
If you decide to make your own kit, here are some items to include:
- A first aid manual
- Different sized sterile gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Bandages in several sizes
- Elastic bandage (like an ACE wrap)
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic solution (such as hydrogen peroxide)
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Disposable instant cold packs
- Alcohol wipes
- Plastic non-latex gloves
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- A blanket
- Mouthpiece for administering CPR
- Calamine lotion
- A splint
Make sure to read the entire first aid manual to understand how to use the first aid kit’s contents. Keep the book with the equipment for quick reference. Not doing this could put you in a bind come crunch time when you need it the most. Check the kit regularly. Some frequently used supplies may run out, such as bandages, while others might not get used at all. Make sure to replace items regularly, so you have them in the future.
Luckily, you don’t even have to leave your home to assemble a first aid kit. Online supplies make your shopping experience much smoother since you won’t have to leave your couch or go to multiple stores. This guide should help you know what items should be in a first aid kit, whether you buy it pre-made or assemble it yourself. So, be prepared and make sure your home, car, or backyard is equipped with a first aid kit.