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How Easy is it to Make a First Aid Kit?

Updated on June 23, 2013

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor if you, an animal, or another person is injured.

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This is an example of a basic first aid kit.
This is an example of a basic first aid kit. | Source

The Value of a First Aid kit

Accidents are never planned. The wise person will be prepared for anything, especially parents. Heaven forbid there is an accident in your home and you are not prepared. Take into consideration natural disasters that could come as a surprise. Wouldn’t you be better off prepared to help your family, friends and neighbors? Of course you would. So be sure to stock your first aid kit with the following items at the very least.

Remember that most medical supplies have an expiration date. Each time you change your clocks to and from daylight savings time, change the batteries in your smoke detectors, and check the expiration dates on all your medications.

Important Items to Have in Your First Aid Kit

  • Sterile gloves for protecting the caretaker(s)
  • Antiseptic wipes for cleansing the wounds
  • Triple antibiotic ointments for protection from infection
  • Various sized band-aids for cuts and scrapes
  • Gauze pads for deeper flesh wounds
  • Roll gauze for deeper flesh wounds
  • Medical tape for use with gauze
  • Scissors to cut the tape
  • Burn gel packets for easing painful burns
  • Portable ice pack for comfort and to reduce swelling
  • Benadryl for allergy relief and to reduce swelling (and Epi Pen if needed)
  • Ammonia smelling salt to keep someone conscious
  • Tongue depressors for keeping a seizure victim from biting his or her tongue
  • Ace bandage for sprains

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

When was the last time you checked the expiration dates on the items in your medicine cabinet? Be sure to do it as soon as possible. Also, as the seasons change, you may need to alter your stock. For example, you will need sunscreen, anti-histamine, and aloe vera more in the summer time. Cold medicine, heating pad, and throat lozenges will be more useful in the winter.

See the recommended items below:

Safety Around the House

  • Don’t forget to have at least 1 to 5 fire extinguishers and keep them inspected and current.
  • When reaching for items high up, use a sturdy Step ladder instead of a chair.
  • Install at least 2 types of locks on all of the windows and doors.
  • Set up all cell phones in the family on find via GPS
  • Record in your cell phone all emergency contacts and name them “ICE” which stands for In Case of Emergency.

What you have in your medicine cabinet can save a life!  It is important to have a first aid kit in your vehicle.  However, if you do not have one at home, your medicine cabinet can serve as an at home first aid kit.
What you have in your medicine cabinet can save a life! It is important to have a first aid kit in your vehicle. However, if you do not have one at home, your medicine cabinet can serve as an at home first aid kit. | Source

Important Items to Have in Your Medicine Cabinet

  • Sterile gloves for protecting the caretaker(s)
  • Cotton swabs and cotton balls for applying topical treatment
  • Various sized band-aids for cuts and scrapes
  • Gauze pads for deeper flesh wounds
  • Roll gauze for deeper flesh wounds
  • Medical tape for use with gauze
  • Scissors to cut the tape
  • Tongue depressors for keeping a seizure victim from biting his or her tongue
  • Hydrogen peroxide for cleansing wounds
  • Rubbing alcohol for sterilizing needs
  • Sun screen with SPF of 50 or higher to prevent sunburn and other damage
  • Aloe Vera gel for easing painful burns
  • Triple antibiotic ointments for protection from infection
  • Calamine lotion for itchy rashes and bug bites
  • Benadryl for allergy relief and to reduce swelling (and epi pen if needed)
  • Cold medicine for cold symptom relief
  • Throat lozenges for sore throats
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief and fever reduction
  • Ibuprofen (Advil) for pain relief and inflammation reduction
  • Aspirin for quick treatment if someone is suspect of having a heart attack
  • Portable ice pack for comfort and to reduce swelling
  • Heating pad for muscular relief
  • Ammonia smelling salt to keep someone conscious
  • Ace bandage for sprains

I certainly hope the read was helpful and educational. Your opinion is always welcomed and appreciated. If you are so inclined, leave a suggestion, comment, or constructive criticism in the comments section below. Thank you so much for your interest in my work.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan

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    • Mellonyy profile image

      Mellonyy 5 years ago

      Checking the vote, I was puzzled how many people missing first aid kit in their vehicles. It is a must! Great hub, shared!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Marcy. As always, I appreciate your input :)

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is a very thorough and well-planned list! It's so important to know where each of those things is rather than wasting time searching for something when you need it. Or not having it in your car or camper.

      Voted up!