Make your own First Aid Kit at Home

Date: 9-April,2021Last Updated: 26-September,2022
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'Better safe than sorry, surely you must've heard of the saying before?

It is time to implement it now by creating your very own DIY first aid box in-home to keep you prepared for almost all the time there is a mess up around the house.

Having a first aid kit around will reduce your trips to the pharmacy every other time and help you immediately address the emergency in no time.

But how to make your own first aid box, you ask?

Worry no more as we have for you here, the simple as easy tips and steps on creating your own first aid box at home.

1. Pick a good container -

While it is convenient for you to buy pre-filled first aid kits, it is equally easy to buy an empty first aid kit container. But why do you want to make a purchase while you already have what could be a perfectly good and simple first aid kit container in your home?

What kind of container to go for? Any good option would be a large, translucent, water-resistant, rigid, or flexible plastic container with either a zipper closure or a perfectly fitting latch-top lid making the materials inside visible for easy identification in times of refilling what has been run out.

For a larger first aid box which is to contain more items inside of it, a backpack or small duffel bag should suffice. Lunch boxes, too, on the other hand, are another good option as long as it is roomy, easily accessible, portable, and at least somewhat water-resistant. It can make a normal or decent first aid kit container.

Since a key feature of a first aid box should be its handle and portability is very much essential during times of emergency, therefore that much also be looked into.

On the inside, however, it would be essential if there were either compartment or if you place them with labels on them, making them easy to find. Zip-close bags could be a good option for non-rigid containers, especially, while on the other hand, for a lunchbox, look for smaller, clear plastic containers like those available for crafting supplies/ even disposable food storage containers with snap-on lids. Regardless of your choice of container for your first aid box, clearly identify it by writing "FIRST AID" with a permanent marker.

2. Make your kit safely accessible for everyone

If your child is crying at home about their little "boo-boo" on their knees, you don't want your home first aid kit to be buried somewhere at the back of a closet or lost somewhere in the house due to it not being returned to the same spot after each and every use.

By establishing a clearly defined spot at home, on a visible and accessible linen closet shelf or on top of the refrigerator, and inform everyone in your home of its location, you would not want to be running around the house or going down to the pharmacy to bring back their favorite spider man or Barbie princess triangular bandages.

Let your children know where the kit is located, but place it where they cannot access it and play around with it while you are not around.

3. Teach your family about the functions of the first aid box

Obviously, this goes without saying, make sure everyone in your home who is old enough to understand the function and necessity of a first aid kit apart from knowing its location and when to retrieve it.

For younger bunch at home who shouldn't yet try to use the items in the first aid kit, teach them where it is located to show a visitor, relative, babysitter, etc., in times of need. For older children and adults, however, instruct them on when to retrieve the kit and how to use the various items in it with the help of a first aid instruction booklet with the list of first aid kit, which you can prepare yourself after doing some research for their guidance and place this booklet in the first aid box for reference.

4. Keep your kit up-to-date -

Having a first aid box and finding the bandage box empty or the pain killers expired is something we must never do. Keeping track of the supply amounts and expiration dates regularly is essential to avoid situations during an emergency.

5. Create a checklist to include with the first aid kit

The best form of preparation for your next run to the pharmacy would be, stocking your first aid kit and write/ record every item on a paper sheet you can keep in the kit. You may record amounts such as e.g.:10 small bandages or the expiration dates, especially for medications or ointments. Therefore when you or anyone who retrieves the kit immediately know what it includes and does not include and that items are ready-to-use or needs to be replaced.

6. Include an array of bandages

As minor as this may sound, it's one of the essentials when dealing with anything ranging from a minor cut and scrapes, is a variety of sizes and types of bandaging materials. Having multiple options (especially cartoon printed ones for your little ones) from which to choose will make your first aid efforts simpler.

Keep all the bandages in a clear, zip-close bag clearly labeled in permanent marker. Include:

  • 25 adhesive bandages of various sizes, preferably including triangular bandages
  • Five 3" x 3" and another five 4" x 4" gauze pads

    • A roll of neat cloth-based Adhesive tape

  • Two 5" x 9"- sterile dressings

    • One 3" wide & another 4" wide roller bandage (ace bandage)

    • Two triangular bandages

7. Add basic medical tools in your first aid box

Be prepared to pluck splinters, cutting bandages, and other first-aid activities without having to rummage through the junk drawer for it. Simply place these in a marked zip lock bag as well and make sure to include:

  • Small and sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Two pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Non-mercury oral thermometer
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • CPR breathing barrier mask
  • Instant cold compress
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleansing wipes (for external cleaning only)
  • Zip-close plastic bags (for disposing of medical waste)

8. Consider adding some tools as well

In case you have a roomy first aid kit, think about adding a few non-essential but still very useful medical tools in as well in clearly marked bags. These might include:

  • Eye protection equipment anything ranging from goggles to eye patches
  • Prepackaged space (warming) blanket
  • Aluminum finger splint
  • Duct tape
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Sewing needle
  • Safety pins
  • Turkey baster (for flushing out wounds)

9. Make a separate section for medications in your first aid box

The last thing you is to rummage through your first aid box and only finding bandages and other things during a severe headache. Keep these things separate from bandages and tools with clearly marked labels. Constantly keeping a check for expiration dates regularly is a must! You should be easily able to find travel/trial / first aid kit sized packs for the following :

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medication
  • Laxatives
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough / cold medicine

10. Personalize your kit with family-based required medications

Go a little further into considering including small doses of prescription medications for each member of your family, especially in car and travel kits when you suddenly remember that you had to take it but could not, in small, clearly marked containers with instructions for each on them

  • Keep close track of the medical prescriptions and expiration dates to avoid severe circumstances.
  • If anyone in your family is prone to severe allergies, keep a prescription for an epi-pen with instructions, so a visitor could assist in an emergency.
  • Even for home kits, keeping a stock of casual or personalized medical supplies — like a bee sting kit can prove useful.

PRO Tips :

1. Always have a car or travel kit ready -

Apart from having first aid kits in your homes, you should always have one in each car you own as well because no misfortune will wait for your arrival at home! Most cars come with their own first aid kit, but it should be checked and supplemented.

Similar to the home version, ready for the road is how a travel kit must essentially be considered adding items such as:

  • A flashlight with batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • A solar/crank charger for phones
  • Sunscreen, insect repellant whistle
  • Phone numbers for your physician
  • Poison control
  • Medical history forms for each family member.
  • Make your car kit accessible as well, and don't bury it in the spare tire well under your trunk floor.

2. Create a simple Camping kit if you're heading outdoors

  • A camping first aid box is similar to a car kit, but be extra sure to have:
  • Good pair of scissors
  • Waterproof matches
  • A space blanket
  • Duct tape
  • A solar/crank phone charger
  • A whistle

Also include water purification tablets.

What are you waiting for? Start preparing your very own first aid box now and implement the tips and practice in your homes without waiting for the next emergency!

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