You never know when a sudden injury is going to happen. It’s time to make a first-aid kit so you’re always prepared.
But what’s in a first-aid kit anyway? What do you need and what can you leave out?
We’re here to talk about it. Read on to learn all about how to make a first-aid kit for any situation.
First: What’s Its Purpose?
Before you start putting your first-aid kit together, consider what you’re going to be using it for. You only have limited space, so you don’t want to take up any of it with things that you’re not going to use.
If this is an “around the house” or “in the car” first-aid kit, you’re going to stick to the basics with a few extra items thrown in. If this is a kit for hiking or other outdoor activities, you may want to include some items that can help with more serious injuries.
Honing in on one “type” of kit will make things easier for you.
Common First-Aid Supplies
So what do basic first-aid supplies consist of? You can buy all basic first aid supplies online.
Start with bandages. Get a pack of bandages that comes with several bandage sizes so you can use them in multiple situations. It’s also helpful to have gauze, though it’s less likely that you’ll need it in a home kit.
Include antibiotic ointment, alcohol pads, and saline pads so you can keep any potential cuts clean and safe.
Tweezers, a small pair of scissors, and some safety pins will round out your basic kit. You may also want to include over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
If someone in your home has a serious allergy, you should include an Epipen in your basic kit for home or car use.
If you’re using your first-aid kit during more dangerous activities, we recommend bringing a few extra medical items with you.
First, make sure that you have any necessary medications with you, even if you don’t plan on being away from home for too long. You never know when you’re going to be stranded.
Bring an arm sling, wrapping bandages, and adhesive tape. If possible, bring a stitching kit or super glue. Glue isn’t the best solution when there’s a serious cut, but it’s better than nothing.
Non-Medical First-Aid Kit Supplies
Not everything in your first-aid kit is going to come from the medical supplies section of your local department store. There are a few things that everyone should have on hand if they’re bringing their kit away from home.
First, a flashlight. This is a necessary item that can be a lifesaver. Don’t rely on your phone’s flashlight because your phone may lose power.
Sunscreen and bug spray should go into every first-aid kit that’s coming outside with you.
It’s helpful to bring simple snacks in your first-aid kit, especially if you or someone in your household has diabetes or hypoglycemia.
Make A First-Aid Kit Today
When you start to make a first-aid kit, don’t forget some of these essential supplies! Remember, the types of first-aid supplies that you’ll need will vary depending on what you’re using the kit for. Only pack what you need!
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