How to Make a First Aid Kit - For Your Car, Home, or Office


How do you pack a family first aid kit that will do the trick when needed for an emergency?  Whether you're traveling, camping, or just hanging out around the home, a first aid kit can come in very handy. Let's take a look at what you'll need to make your own, without having to be a complete set.  Best of all, you can personalize it to fit your needs.

In order to make a first aid kit, you should have a suitable container to place the items in. You could purchase and empty first aid box, but they can cost almost as much as a complete kit. I'd recommend using a lunch box or similar container.  A hard case is often preferred since it is more durable.

Pack your first aid kit with supplies. You should pack bandages, tapes, alcohol wipes, bandages, and gauze at this minimum. You may also want to consider packing ethyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.

Pack you first aid kit with some basic medications. You should include some hydrocortisone cream, ibuprofen or aspirin, and some triple antibiotic cream.  These are really very important components, so don’t ignore them.

You should pack some basic tools in your first aid kit. Consider packing cold packs, a flashlight with batteries, CPR mask, plastic gloves, scissors and safety pins.  This is really just the minimum.  A small jack knife, rubber bands, belts and plenty of other items could be included.

There are some additional odds and ends that should be included. Pack a list of emergency numbers, CPR directions, and even a blanket, if possible.  There really is no limit to what you can pack when you make your own first aid kit.  The biggest thing is making it small enough to use for whatever you need. 

Make sure your first aid kit is clearly marked and that family members know the location of the kit. Keep out of the reach of small children.

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