A Few Easy Ideas for Your First Aid Kit

When you put together your own first aid kit, you can put in anything you think you will need in an emergency.

You can have one type of emergency kit for dealing with cuts and bruises and another for more serious injuries like broken bones and other major injuries. A simple first aid kit contains a few basic things. A full-blown emergency kit contains all that and more.  If you are caught up in a natural disaster or even if you are just without electricity for a few days, you will want an emergency kit. First, I want to tell you about the basic first aid kit.  Then I will tell you about the emergency kit.  This is a little more involved and at least as important as a good first aid kit.

The First aid Kit

Generally, you will find the same things in most people’s first aid kits.  The things you think are important will probably be pretty much the same as the next person’s. You can pick whatever brand of supplies you prefer for your kit.  You can also determine what quantities you think are appropriate.  It is your first aid kit, and it should suit your needs.

What you should find in every good First Aid Kit:

A Box of Adhesive Bandages – Be sure to have several sizes and shapes for any eventuality.  You want to be able to treat anything from paper cuts to banged up knees. With a variety of types, you can have almost any situation covered.

Micro-Shields – If you need to perform CPR, you will want to protect yourself from germs and illness.  Be sure to have micro-shields on hand for this purpose.

Neosporin or Other Antibiotic Salve – Be sure to have some sort of antibiotic salve to apply to the wound after you have cleaned it and before you apply the bandage. There is a reason to try to take care of a wound safely, and I believe Neosporin is the best to use.

Antiseptic Wipes and Alcohol Pads – This is very worthwhile to sterilize a wound if it happens somewhere where you don’t have access to water to wash with. It may hurt to clean it with alcohol, but at least you will know all the bacteria are dead.

Elastic bandages, gauze & adhesive tape – If you have a large or odd-shaped bandage, you may need something to help secure it in place.

Thermometer – Vital to have on hand when you have to find out if someone has a fever.

Scissors and Tweezers – You need scissors for cutting the supplies, and tweezers to help pick gravel out of wounds. Of course, tweezers can also be utilized to deal with splinters.

Gloves – If you need to help someone who is bleeding or if you need to handle bodily fluids, you will want to have some plastic or latex gloves readily available. You don’t want to take a chance when taking care of somebody’s wound, or end up with blood on you.

Over The Counter Medications – Be sure to have an anti-inflammatory on hand for pain.  Something for indigestion, like Tums, is also a good idea.

Hot Packs & Cold Packs – You never know when you will need to cool down a heat stroke victim or warm up a frostbite victim, so be sure to have hot and cold packs on hand. Because of this, you need to keep both of them in your kits.

An Old Fashioned List of Emergency Numbers – Don’t trust your memory for the phone numbers you need.  You are highly unlikely to remember the number of your doctor’s office, much less the Poison Control Center.  Don’t trust it to a cell phone or other electronic device.  Write a list on paper or cardboard, and put it in your emergency kit. Your contact list should remain in your kit if something happens for you to use them.

The Wild Card – If you have a family member who takes a special medication, be sure to have a dose or two in your first aid kit.  This goes for pets that take special meds, too. Always have a back-up in case of emergencies. This way, if the worst happens, they are able to depend on the kit, which might end up preserving their life.

These ideas are just the beginnings of things you may need in your first aid kit.  They are the bare basics that should be available in any first aid kit.

Thus concludes the list of must-haves for your very own First Aid Kit. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t put other things in your kit that you think you need, but you should, at minimum, have everything I discussed. Be certain that you have all the necessities to survive an emergency for several days.

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