Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit should be part of your emergency preparation. The first aid kit is the first thing you need when there is an emergency around you. Although you can use your resourcefulness to improvise, time is of the essence when you need to save a life. Having a first aid kid close-by will take away the stress in dealing with emergency situations.
You must keep a first aid kit handy in your house as well as in every car you own. Yes, in your vehicle, too. Having a first aid kit in these places will ensure that you have the tools you need in case of an emergency. You can also bring a first aid kit when you travel. Just make sure that you place the first aid kit in your checked-in baggage because some of the items in there are not allowed in hand-carried baggage.
There are ready-made first aid kits sold in drugstores and your local Red Cross organization. But you may opt to prepare it by yourself.
Here are the essential things that need to be in your emergency kit. The contents of the kit are enough for a family of four. You need to add a little if your family has more than four members.
- First Aid Manual
- Two 5×9″ absorbent compress dressings
- 25 assorted adhesive bandages
- One adhesive cloth tape
- Five antibiotic ointment packets
- Five antiseptic wipe packets
- Two packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- One blanket
- One breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- One instant cold compress
- Two pairs of large non-latex gloves
- Two 1 gram hydrocortisone ointment
- Calamine Lotion
- One 3″ roller bandage
- One 4″ roller bandage
- Five 3×3″ sterile gauze pads
- Five 4×4″ sterile gauze pads
- Oral thermometer (Please look for non-mercury and non-glass thermometer)
- Two triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- Disposable cold packs
- Flashlight and spare batteries
Aside from the listed items, you need to include your personal prescription medicines and a list of emergency numbers in the kit, too. Once you have the items ready, put them in a bag.
In addition, please take note of the following important reminders after the kits have been prepared.
- Tell everyone in your family where the first aid kit is. Store your kit in an accessible place but away from very young children.
- Read through the first aid kit manual, with your older kids if possible, so that you will know how to use the items in your kit. It will save you time and the stress to know what exactly you need to do in emergency situations.
- Check your first aid kits regularly and replenish the stock once it has been used up or expired already.