Make Your Own First Aid Kit

When you make your own first aid kit, a myriad of items is required. Depending on the level of trauma you are expecting, you can make it as fancy or as simple as you need. Many people like to make their own first aid kit because they can place everyday items that they know they will need in it. Some first aid kits give you a lot of stuff you may never need or use. When you make your own first aid kit, make sure you keep a list of items that are supposed to be in it and the number of each item. So when you go through and check expiration dates, you can replenish things that are out of date or not good to use anymore.

Make Your Own First Aid Kit

When you make your own first aid kit, there are some common items that you should have. These include bandages of all sizes, gauze, instruments of some sort, masks, some medications, and some other ointments and gels. These is not an all inclusive list, but it will get you started. For instance, a simple first aid kit may contain bandage wrappings, gauze, aspirin, antibiotic cream, and some alcohol wipes. You really don’t have to go all out to make a first aid kit.

If you want to make a really fancy first aid kit, you can add all sorts of extras to it. There are plenty of items that you can place in the kit to have if you need them. Examples might be Ipecac syrup, cold packs, penlights, eye pads, butterfly bandages, and Personal Protective Equipment. These extras may not ever be used, but it is good have them available.

For instruments, you may get a stethoscope, trauma scissors with a protective edge, tweezers, hemostats, suction bulb and irrigating syringes. For PPE or Personal Protective Equipment, you may need to invest in a CPR mask or some kind of a face shield to use while you are breathing for the person. Flashlights will also come in handy if you are traveling in the dark or the electricity goes out.

Some medications to have on hand are antibiotic creams such as Neosporin or Iodine wipes. You could also place some calamine lotion in the kit for those pesky mosquito bites. As far as oral medications, you may want to have some aspirin or acetaminophen. Some people like Ibuprofen too. Add some Benedryl for itching or allergic reactions. Aloe Vera gel would be a good thing to have especially for minor burns including sunburn.

One more thing you should have available especially if the person is allergic to insect bites or bee stings is an Epipen. An Epipen gives the person a dose of epinephrine to help with stopping an anaphylactic reaction. Epinephrine is akin to Adrenaline. If you want to cover someone eating poison, there should already be some Ipecac syrup in your kit. Ipecac syrup when swallowed will make you vomit, thus emptying you stomach of the poison. Read the label on the poison first to make sure you are supposed to make the person vomit. Some poisons will burn the esophagus.

Once you have gotten your various items together, create a nice sized box to keep it all together. You may even want to corner it off and various spaces for various items. It is really up to you in how you design it. Just make sure everything is accessible and within easy reach. If you have to stop and search for something, that make take minutes away from your victim that they don’t have. So take time to familiarize yourself with your own first aid kit. Make sure you family is familiar with it as well.

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