Anything can happen. Wherever you may be or whatever you are doing, there will always be times that ailments and injuries happen. This is why first aid kits are very important to have around. There may be many reasons to have one. But being able to help save the life or well-being of another person is the best one of all.
You may already have a first aid kit in your house, car, or office right now. However, you do not know if you still have enough stocks. You also do not know if they are still up-to-date. So, it may be time for you to check on your kit. For those of you who do not have one yet, now is a good time to start. This list has been compiled to help you in filling it up.
1. Antiseptic Wash
Although you can use soap and water in cleaning a wound, water may not be readily available where you are. An antiseptic wash in a squeezable bottle can flush out dirt and other particles from the wound.
2. Gauze Pads, Bandages, and Band-Aids
It is best to buy the largest size and cut them when necessary. The larger dressings are for the more serious cuts and wounds.
3. Adhesive tapes
Adhesive tapes come in handy in many ways, including securing gauze pads and forming splints.
They are useful for cutting adhesive tapes, gauze pads, and everything else that needs cutting. The best ones to have in your kit is a good pair of curved medical scissors.
5. Ace Bandages
Ace bandages are now easy to use. Their Velcro fastening now makes them easy to use and secure. These bandages are ideal for twists, sprains, and minor injuries to the arms, ankles, and knees.
6. Instant Cold Pack, Ice Packs, and Hot Water Bags
They help ease the swelling of bumps and bruises. However, instant cold packs are for single use only.
Disposable and sterile gloves keep both the injured and the responder safe from contamination.
Tweezers are used for removing splinters and other particles. It is best to choose one that gives you a clear view of what you are trying to remove.
9. Sting and Bite Treatment
Having one in your kit helps relieve the pain caused by ant bites and insect stings. On the other hand, an Epi-Pen is absolutely necessary to immediately address allergic reactions.
10. Hand Sanitizer or Alcohol
These are used to wash/cleanse the hands of the one providing the treatment.
You can definitely add to this list. You can add medications, vitamins, and others. Actually, it would all depend upon your family’s requirements. Ultimately, what matters is that your family has a readily available first aid kit. When you have one within easy access, you ensure the wellbeing of everyone. So, be sure to keep one at home. However, be sure to keep it dry and in a place that every family member knows.