Safety Tips: What to Include in Your First Aid Kit
No one can predict what lies in the future, that’s why it’s always best to be prepared for whatever comes. In that sense, having a well-stocked first aid kit at home will come in handy just in case your kid falls down a tree, scraped his knee, or any medical emergency that may happen.
It’s essential to keep one at home and in your car when you are traveling. You can buy a kit from a drugstore or assemble one yourself. Regardless, your first aid kit should have all the things that you might need.
If you’re a bit clueless about the importance of first aid box, here’s a quick guide to what you should know!
What medical emergency should your first aid kit cater?
Home medical kits usually treat the most common types of minor traumatic injuries. Examples are burns, cuts, stings, scrapes or abrasions, strains, sprains, and splinters. Meanwhile, for your travel first aid kit, it should be a bit more comprehensive for the possibility that a drugstore might not be available.
Aside from personal medical items, your kit should have something to help cure the typical symptoms of viral respiratory infections like fever, cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Additionally, it should also have items to treat mild pain, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, and skin problems.
How can you make your own first aid kit checklist?
If you opt to assemble your first aid kit, the first thing to take note of is to keep it small and simple. Remember that almost anything that can provide an excellent visible view of its contents can be used for your kit.
Here are some additional tips:
- If you think you’ll frequently be needing your first aid kit to be on-the-go, it’s better to use a drop-proof, water-resistant container.
- You need not spend a considerable amount of money on a medical bag. You can go for a resealable sandwich or oven bags to compartmentalize items.
- Separate wound supplies in one bag and medications in another.
What items should you have in your home and travel first aid kit?
Head over to the nearest well-stocked drugstore and have a pharmacist assist you in purchasing the following:
- 2″, 3″, and 4″ Ace bandages – for wrapping on splints, for wrapping sprained or strained joints, for wrapping gauze on to wounds
- 4″ x 4″ sterile gauze pads – for covering and cleaning wounds, and can also be a soft eye patch
- Adhesive tape
- Anesthetic spray (Bactine) or lotion (Calamine, Campho-Phenique) – for insect bites and itching rashes
- Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – oral antihistamine for allergic reactions, itching rashes. Disposable gloves – for infection protection
- Non-adhesive pads (Telfa) – for covering wounds and burns
- Pocket mask for CPR
- Polysporin antibiotic cream – to apply to simple wounds
- Resealable oven bag – to contain contaminated articles, can become an ice pack
- Safety pins (large and small) – to remove splinters and to secure a triangular bandage sling
- Triangular bandage – as a sling, towel, tourniquet
- Tweezers – for splinter or stinger or tick removal
On the other hand, your travel medical kit should have the following aside from the items mentioned above:
- Antacid – for indigestion
- Antidiarrheal (Imodium, Pepto-Bismol)
- Antihistamine cream
- Antiseptic agent – for cleaning wounds and hands
- Aspirin – for mild pain, heart attack
- Book on first aid
- Cigarette lighter – to sterilize instruments
- Cough medication
- Dental kit – for broken teeth, loss of crown or filling
- Insect repellant
- Knife (small Swiss Army-type)
- Moleskin – to apply to hot spots or blisters
- Nasal spray decongestant – for nasal congestion from colds or allergies
- Oral decongestant
- Personal medications
- Polysporin antibiotic ointment
- Small flashlight
Here are some additional pointers for you.
Don’t forget to include critical personal items such as medications, medical history documents, emergency phone numbers and other things your doctor may suggest. Also, see to it that you check your kit on a regular basis. Lastly, look for expired contents and replace them immediately.
There you have it! Get prepped for any emergency that happens by having your own medical kit ready! This guide is given to you by Houston Texas Painters!