5 Essentials for a First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit Essentials

It’s summertime, and often that means there’s a greater risk of accidents. From playing in the yard to riding bikes, kids are taking the outdoors by storm, which means it’s imperative that your home and car are equipped with first aid kits.

You can purchase fully loaded first aid kids from the Red Cross Store or stop by your local drug store to see what they offer. I prefer to make my own. The benefit of doing this is that you can design your first aid kit for specific activities such as hiking or soccer.

Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together on your own, make sure these essential, but not-so-obvious items are in place!

  1. Soap or hand sanitizer – If you’re out camping and need to tend to an open wound, soap or hand sanitizer will help prevent an infection from starting.
  1. First aid manual – You might run into an uncommon situation, in which case it’s important to have a guide to show you what to do. What good is having the essentials if you don’t know how to use them?
  1. Plastic bags – You want to make sure you’re maintaining a sanitary environment. Use plastic bags to dispose of any contaminated items.
  1. Disposable non-latex gloves – Make sure you have non-latex gloves, just in case someone you treat is allergic to this material.
  1. Tweezers – I’ve seen this one come up time and time again. Tweezers are oh-so important for removing splinters or ticks.

Additionally, you should include any personal medications and emergency phone numbers. Be sure to check the first aid kit regularly to ensure nothing is expired, and contents are in usable condition.

As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, make sure your first aid kit is in tiptop condition. Having a safety plan can help ensure a happier vacation!

Photo: Mummy in the City

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