Every house hold should have a first aid kit for when someone gets hurt, injured or sick. You may not always have the chance to go to a hospital or a pharmacy to grab what you need for those emergencies. There could be a storm or natural disaster that hinders you from leaving your house. Being prepared in this way is smart and easy to accomplish.
So if I’ve finally convinced you that you need a first aid kit then you are probably asking yourself “how do I make my own kit and what should I include in it?” I’ve listed in this article what exactly you need, how to assemble it and few other tips to help you make your own first aid kit.
First you will need to choose a container for all your first aid supplies. You need to make sure that it is large enough to hold everything as well as light enough to carry around. A good choice would be some sort of bag made of a thick plastic, like what some women may use as a makeup bag. Try to stay away from canvas or cotton type materials because when these types of materials get wet they will soak through and mess up the contents inside.
Tip: If you want to waterproof your kit then you can use a Ziploc bag to store your kit in.
Items For Your Kit
When filling your container with your medical supplies make sure that everything is sterile as well as new and not close to expiration. Remember when you are making your kit to put practical items in there and make sure you know how to use or apply everything in your kit. In the case of an emergency you do not want to have to find instructions before you can apply care.
Here is a list of items to include in your kit:
- Large and small cotton balls
- Band-aids of all sizes
- Adhesive tape
- CPR breathing mask
- Antibiotics and antibiotic ointments
- Differentiating sizes of gauze
- Sterile saline
Tip: When organizing your first aid kit you should sort it in such a way as to separate medications from the basic supplies such as bandages and wraps. This will help you to quickly grab what you need in the case of emergency without having to fumble around or dump the whole kit out.
Now that you have your emergency first aid kit assembled you can safely store it away. When storing your kit away make sure you choose an area that is easy to access but off the floor and out of high traffic areas. Every month or 2 you should take an inventory of your kit making sure that everything is up to date and still in tack. Once a month may sound like a lot but any number of things can happen to your kit when stored away. For instance, mice could find their way into your kit and chew away at different items or you could get a leak and have everything soaked.
With these tips you should be able to make a suitable first aid kit for you and your household.
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Henry Hernandez is a survivor of hurricane katrina and father 5. He started learning how to prep after the hurricane and got a job as a builder for an underground bunker company, risingsbunkers.com. Henry is on Google+.