Personal First Aid Kit

When you put together your own personal first aid kit, you have the luxury of including anything and everything that you think would be helpful in an emergency.

To begin with, there are two kinds of first aid kits: those used for minor cuts and scratches, and those that are available in case of emergency. The first type of kit is typically just the basics. The second can include a lot the items that would be very helpful if power is lost, a storm occurs or if you are involved in a disaster. I’m going to discuss the basic first aid kit and then move on to the more complete emergency kit. An emergency kit is just as important, if not more so than a simple first aid kit.

The First Aid Kit

Normally, there are certain things that will be present in everyone’s first aid kit, so you can expect that what you include in your kit will most likely not differ substantially from what others include in their kits. You can choose which brands to include and how much of each item you want to include though. Each person will have his/her own opinion as to what the most important items of the kit should be.

Following is a list of items that I believe should be included in every First Aid Kit:

Adhesive Bandages — A number of shapes and sizes should be included, from small ones to cover a paper cut, to large ones to care for a badly scraped knee. Having various kinds available allows you to adjust to any circumstance.

Micro-Shields — It may be necessary to perform CPR on a moment’s notice, so it is wise to have something available to offer protection to the rescuer.

Neosporin — This is the brand I normally use, but you can use another; you just want something to apply to the wound before the bandage is applied. It is always wise to take precautions with any wound, and I think Neosporin does the trick.

Antiseptic Wipes / Alcohol Pads — These come in handy for cleaning wounds if soap and water are not readily available for that purpose. Using alcohol to clean it can be painful, but it does ensure that bacteria are killed.

Adhesive Tape, Gauze, and an Elastic Bandage — These are needed when an injury is too large to be covered by a band-aid. Sometimes a device is needed to secure a bandage on an area such as the knee, and that is where all of these can come in handy.

Thermometer — Naturally, you need this to determine whether or not a person has a fever.

Gloves — You should have either latex or plastic gloves available in case you have to help someone else. You don’t want to risk introducing germs or bacteria into someone’s wound, and you do not want to get someone else’s blood on you, if you can help it.

Scissors and Tweezers — The supplies need to be cut with scissors, and to take care of a wound that might have something in it, you need tweezers. Of course, the obvious use for tweezers is for extraction of splinters.

Medications — You should have some kind of pain reliever, as well as something to provide digestive relief when necessary.

Cold Packs / Hot Packs — Situations may arise in which you must cool or heat a body area quickly, and these items can be invaluable at those times. That is the reason that both should be staples in your kits.

List of Emergency NumbersĀ  — Your list of emergency contacts may be quite long, and most of us do not memorize the numbers for the Poison Control Center or the Doctor’s Office. Therefore, you should have these contacts listed in your kit so that you can call them quickly and easily.

Wildcard — If someone in your family takes essential medications on a regular basis, it is always wise to have some of that medication in the first aid kit. That way, if the worst happens, they have a back up supply in the kit and that could be a lifesaver.

I have only mentioned the most important items that should be in your first aid kit. You may be able to think of other things to include, but these are the ones that I deem to be most vital.

So now you have a good idea of which items should be part of your First-Aid Kit. Of course, that does not mean that you cannot put in other things that you think are important, but all the things I mentioned should be included at the minimum. When disaster strikes, you want to be sure that you have everything necessary for survival for a few days in any emergency situation.

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