First Aid Kit Basics

When it comes to First Aid, there is a lot of advice out there. You also get a number of ready made kits. The problem with these is that you tend to use only some of the items contained within whilst the rest go to waste. The best idea, of course, is to set up a kit that suits your purposes – it is not difficult to do and you will be able to save a significant amount of cash.

Get a container to hold the kit – a plastic, sealable box is ideal – it needs to be on the large side. It does not hurt to make sure that the box is watertight. As an added precaution, use resealable bags to enclose items within the kit.

The kit you get together should be based on your family’s specific needs. The larger the family unit, the larger the kit will need to be. The ages and characteristics of each family member need to also be taken into account – a rambunctious toddler is more likely to hurt themselves than a teenage girl, for example. What injuries do you treat most at home? Have supplies ready accordingly.

You want the essentials – plasters, swabs, guaze, etc. Think about what you will need if you need to sanitize a sore – you will need to clean it out, you will need something to curb future infection and something to protect the injury until it has properly healed. Don’t forget something to cut bandages, etc. and a set of tweezers.

IN terms of medicine, you should keep a basic pain killer like paracetemol. You will also need something that can help with the symptoms of an allergy – say, that someone is stung by a bee, for example. Upset tummies may need to be catered for and also have poison remedies in place. All of these are readily available in any medical supplies store.

One should also print out a list of emergency contacts and place this by the telephone and on the kit itself. Include your emergency contact numbers in case something goes wrong at home and you need to be contacted. You also need to let the family and any care givers, like baby sitters, know where you are putting the kit. Do drills, in need, to practise for an emergency situation.

The kit should be kept up to date. As soon as you use one of the supplies, put that item on your shopping list – you never want to be caught short. Every 6 months or so check whether or not any of the items have passed their expiration date and replace if necessary.