First Aid Kit Planning 101

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First Aid Kit Planning 101It’s one of those things that’s overlooked until it’s absolutely necessary: a first aid kit. Whether you’re relaxing at home, navigating five-o-clock traffic, or summer adventuring in your new RV, having a simple first aid kit can mean the difference between an inconvenience and an emergency.

It’s generally advisable to have at least two kits: a larger, comprehensive one for use at home and a more conveniently sized portable option – or several – for your car, RV, etc. Pick a time each year to go through your kits and replace any expired, damaged, or used items. If you’re spring cleaning your old kits with the rest of your house, here are a few suggestions to support first aid needs through the range of conditions and situations the year ahead may bring.

If convenience is your spirit animal and you don’t have any regular health concerns or specific activities that might necessitate a personalized kit, you can always purchase one from any number of reputable providers, including local drug stores, some pharmacies, and the American Red Cross. When selecting an appropriate first aid kit, keep in mind that some kits are developed for specific activities. Such as; hiking, camping, boating or seasonal concerns like; precipitation, temperature, hydration or allergies. Regardless of whether you buy a pre-made kit or create your own, make sure you include necessary medications and relevant emergency contact information.

Additionally, every first aid kit should ideally include:

  • Compress dressings
  • Adhesive bandages of assorted sizes
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes or spray
  • Aspirin or other pain medication
  • Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
  • 1 roll of gauze bandage
  • 1 roller bandage
  • Small and large sterile gauze pads
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • OTC medications (aspirin, pain/fever reducer, antihistamine, antacid, anti-diarrheal)
  • Triangular bandages
  • A first aid guide, CPR breathing barrier, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened cleansing cloths, tweezers, scissors, an instant cold compress, a thermometer, and non-latex gloves.

For camping kits, consider sunscreen, insect repellent, a solar phone charger, waterproof matches, water purification tablets, and an emergency blanket, as well.

Once you’ve gathered supplies, pick an appropriate container to store them in. Heavy-duty zipper plastic bags and simple plastic containers keep contents visible and are convenient for transportation. For larger kits, a small backpack or duffle bag might do the trick. Whatever the case, try to pick a container that provides some level of resistance to water. Clearly label your container, possibly dividing kit contents into respective baggies, and store somewhere convenient and out of reach of small children and pets. Make sure your family knows where they can find the kit and educate them accordingly on basic first aid and emergency measures.

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