You really can make and pack a first aid kit with the stuff you have laying around the house. In fact, there's a good chance your medicine cabinet has most of the items you will need to get started. Of course, there may be the need to get a few odds and ends at the store. By having a first aid kit prepared and ready to go, you will be able to handle many emergencies that pop up. Here is how to make a first aid kit for your home, office, or even for traveling. Keep your family safe!
Get a box:
An old metal lunch box will work just fine for your makeshift first aid kit. There are plenty of other containers you can use as well. Keep in mind that a rigid or hard box that won't easily crush or bend is highly preferred. If you were to use cardboard, it can get crushed, and possibly ruined. Make sure it's big enough to hold all the supplies you need for your first aid kit. It's also a good idea to mark it as such. You could simply write the words on it, or use a cross to mark it.
- ·Antibacterial wipes: These are essential in all first aid kits. Protect yourself and your wounds from germs. Alcohol wipes will work well, too.
- ·Alcohol and peroxide. These can reduce infection and should be included in any first aid kit.
- ·Hydrocortisone creams: These are important to have in your first aid kits.
- ·Bandages and gauze: This will come in handy for small to medium cuts and scrapes
- ·Butterfly bandages: These will hold deeper cuts together, reducing blood loss and infection.
- ·Tapes: Bandage tape is essential for your first aid kit. A small length of duct tape could come in handy as well.
- ·Super glue: Super glue can be used to hold very large, gaping cuts together to avoid severe blood loss. This really does work, and it has been used by many people that are in danger of bleeding out. Be prepared for the worst.
- ·CPR masks: Just in case resuscitation is needed. It could save a life. Prepare for emergencies, you never know when they may happen.
- ·CPR directions: Print these off the internet and include them in your first aid kit. This can come in handy during a serious emergency requiring CPR.
- ·Gloves: Protect yourself from blood when possible. These are an important safety item that should be used whenever possible.
- ·Space blanket: These often look like tin foil, but they can be an effective way to maintain body heat in case of an emergency. Best of all, they fold or roll up really small, so they won't take up too much room in your first aid kit.
- ·Aspirin: Can be used in case of a possible heart attack. They can also be used to dull pain. Consider packing ibuprofen and acetaminophen as well.
- ·Safety pins: You can use these to hold bandages in place. They have many uses in a first aid kit.
- ·Scissors: These will allow you to cut clothing, bandages, and plenty of other things.
- ·Emergency numbers: Have emergency contact information listed in your homemade first aid kit. This way, children will know who to call. Adults may also find these things handy, as panic can set in, causing an inability to remember basic things.
- ·List of medical conditions: Just in case of a real emergency requiring an ambulance. You can give the crew the list, so they know how to treat you. Include a list of meds taken by each member of the family as well. Keep these things updated!
- ·Emergency Meds: Some people with heart conditions take Nitro. Meds like this can save a person's life, when used properly and by the person they are prescribed to.
- ·Flashlight: It's best to use the kinds that don't need batteries. It makes it easier to see inside the mouth, in case someone is choking on an object.
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When you pack your homemade first aid kit, you want to make sure the items fit in the box, without being crammed in. When the items are crammed in too tight, you run the risk of ruining them. Some items, like sterile gauze, are no longer sterile when opened or torn. Make sure it fits right. I realize that if you were to place all of these items, at their full size, into a first aid kit, the box would be too big to store properly. For this reason, you will want to downsize a little:
There are so many things that could be placed into a first aid kit, that it would be hard to fit them all into the box. You will need to do some downsizing. For example, use small scissors. Only put in a few aspirin. Just use two or three individually packed alcohol wipes, not the whole box. Just include a short length of duct tape. You can see where this is going. By downsizing your first aid kit supplies, without eliminating them, you can make the items fit into a travel sized box, making it mobile, so you can take it with you on trips.
You really need to go over the uses of the items in your first aid kit with your family, especially children. It is very possible that you may have the medical emergency, leaving your kids to scramble for the homemade first aid kit. If your children know what's in it, and how to use the items, they will be much more prepared. Here's a great example of how this can work: You are stung by a bee, and are allergic to them. You are either unconscious or incoherent. Your kids know enough to dial 911. After they dial for help, they get the homemade first aid kit out, which has a list of your medical conditions. The ambulance crew no knows how to treat you. They will also know what meds you are on, so they don't give you something that could interact with one of them.
A family first aid kit is essential for every home. Make your own homemade one today, or buy one. You never know when an emergency will happen.