Essential contents for your home first aid kit

Many people rush out and buy first aid kits then invariably use some of the contents, don’t replace them, and then when an emergency occurs and they reach for their kit there is nothing in there of any use whatsoever. With so many accidents happening in the home each day every household should have a fully stocked first aid kit, and if you are loathe to spend a lot of money on a ready assembled one as you feel they contain unnecessary items, it is pretty simple to put your own together.

One tip when you are putting together a first aid kit is that if you are also putting over the counter medications in there, such as painkillers, hay fever remedies, or things to treat coughs and colds then make a note somewhere of the expiry dates as using meds for these purposes when they are out of date is useless for the treatment you are seeking, and in some cases can be dangerous, so don’t take risks with the use by dates of medicines.

By building your own first aid kit you can put in there exactly what you want and will save yourself a lot of money when compared with those you buy ready made. The easiest way is to start with the basics and then add to it over time if you want to, so you eventually build up a first aid kit that is fit to deal with every possible situation. For the purpose of this article, however, the focus is on putting together your first kit with all the basic requisites that are readily, and cheaply, available.

The first thing you need is a sturdy box to put all your stuff in and one that is easily recognisable as a first aid kit. You can get boxes online that have a cross on and say First Aid Kit in bold lettering, but if you are loathe to pay the cost for what is effectively an empty, painted, biscuit tin you can use anything you want as long as it has a lid that shuts properly and it is easily recognisable as the first aid kit. You can do this by painting it, sticking crosses and letters on it or anything that makes it easy to spot in an emergency.

Now it’s time to start filling your box, and while these items will all be available from a pharmacy, they will invariably be cheaper online so check out these sites first to see what savings can be made on the essential items. A website selling adhesive bandages, for example, will also give you a lot more choice of width, length etc than a pharmacist would so you can get the one/s that will best suit your needs and not have to buy one simply because it is all there is on the shelves at the pharmacy.

The essential items are as follows; plasters of different sizes, sterile dressing, bandages of different widths, sterile pads, hand sanitizer or wipes, antiseptic wipes, medical gloves, tweezers, adhesive tape, anti bacterial ointment, antiseptic liquid or spray, scissors and painkillers. This basic kit will see you through any minor emergency; just make sure to replace items as they are used.