First aid kits are a must-have for any home. To understand why it is important to keep one in your home, you should know what it contains and how to use it. First aid kits provide the basics of any medical care, from wound treatments to allergic reactions. You can make up your own first aid kit by buying supplied from pharmacies or supermarkets, and there’s lots of information online to help you put together your perfect first aid kit.
In order to make sure that you have all the necessary supplies in your kit, you can try to talk to a pharmacist or a doctor for advice on what you should put inside a first aid kit at home, but let’s look at the first aid kit essentials for every family.
The best first aid kit is one that includes items that are most likely to be needed in a given situation, with the most appropriate type of supplies for the injury or illness being addressed.
First Aid Kit Essentials
With first aid kits, they will differ from family to family, depending on health conditions and disorders. For example, if you have a relative with a nut allergy, you may need to have an EpiPen in your first aid kit, for example.
Should anyone have a serious health condition, the major component of any first aid kit is an emergency medical identification with contact information, so that it is possible to locate the individual in the event they are transported to a hospital.
Doctors recommend including a list of the medication you take daily and your health conditions, so if you were unable to communicate, medical professionals would know the vital information about you.
What to Keep in Your First Aid Kit at Home?
The purpose of a first aid kit is to have all the tools that you need to take care of a medical emergency for either for yourself or someone else. In order to be prepared for any type of emergency, there are some items that should be in your kit at home.
In your kit, it’s important to have different types and sizes of bandages and antiseptic wipes. You should also make sure that you have a variety of pain relievers and over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
There should be a lot more in your kit depending on what you need it for, but these are some essentials. Some examples of items you could have in your own family’s first aid kit are items like;
- Cold and flu medicine
- Hayfever remedies
- Medicated eye drops
- Eye wash
- Tubular bandages
- Safety pins
- Plasters in different sizes and types – for example hypoallergenic and waterproof
- Gauze dressings
- Triangle bandages to use as slings
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Wound cleaning spray
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- Digital Thermometer
- Sore throat lozenges
- Antiseptic cream
- Paracetamol / ibuprofen / aspirin – over the counter pain relief
- Indigestion relief
- Stomach settler products
- Bite and sting relief
- Lint-free wipes
- Face shield / pocket mask
- Aluminium blanket
- Rubbing alcohol
- Burn dressings
First-aid kits are a crucial step in the prevention of injury and illness. Especially for those who have children or pets, a first-aid kit is necessary for potential emergencies, and I hope these tips help you put together the perfect DIY first aid kit.