How to build and stock your own first aid kit

A first aid kit is essential in times of emergencies. A kit should be readily accessible and portable. Make sure that your kit is big enough to accommodate all the basics. In most cases, a small tackle box is an ideal kit or you can utilize a re-sealable freezer bag. When building your kit, you have to consider the type of kit you intend to build and where it will be placed.

Ideal location for your first aid kit

A first aid kit should be kept in a central area to ensure that it is accessible during emergencies. It is recommended to have 2 different kits – one for home use and another in a car. With more than one kit available, it ensures that they are readily on hand at all times. Suitable places to store your first aid kit includes the following:

  • Kitchen cabinet
  • Bathroom cabinet
  • Car (especially in the glove compartment)
  • Garage or workshop

Essentials for a car or boat kit

For a mobile first aid kit such as a car or boat, one item should be included – cellular phone. This is no better tool in case of emergencies. In case you cannot access the emergency medical services, your kit is not complete.

Remember that a cellular phone should have enough battery power for it to be turned on and used in case of emergencies. You can utilize an old mobile phone that is no longer used and include it in your kit.

First aid kit

Elastic bandages are one of the essentials in a first aid kit.

Storing items for your first aid kit

Even though not necessarily part of a kit, those who have medical conditions must have his/her medical information readily accessible at all times. As for the essentials to include in your kit, it includes the following:

  • Tweezers
  • Medications such as acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Medical adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic hand cleanser
  • Elastic bandages
  • Sterile gauze especially in 4-inch squares
  • Gloves
  • Instant cold packs
  • Adhesive bandages in various sizes
  • Triangular bandages
  • Bandage scissors
  • Insect bite swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Triple-antibiotic ointment
  • Barrier device for CPR

Make sure that any items used should be replaced so that your first aid kit is always ready to use. Since medications have expiration dates, check them regularly and discard the expired ones so that new ones can be added.

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