Build Your Own First-Aid Kit: Better To Be Safe Than Sorry!

Preparing for an emergency is always a good idea. Whether you are 8 or 80, having a first-aid kit which is well stocked up and easily accessible can come in handy. While you can easily find first-aid kits in the market, it is always a good idea to build your own kit complete with essentials specific to your family’s needs. Today, we give you a list of things that you absolutely need to have in your first-aid kit, plus some essentials beyond traditional first-aid.

The Basics

carkitThe fundamental products that your kit must have include:

  • Band-aids
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Crepe Bandages
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Antiseptic Liquids
  • Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton Balls
  • Sanitizers
  • Hand Wipes

No matter how small or large your kit may be, these essentials are must-haves. These will take care of nicks, cuts and wounds. They will also have you covered in case of mild fevers and allergies.

Medication Station

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Going further, your kit should definitely have all medications that family members take regularly along with emergency medication. This would essentially cover:

  • Antacids
  • Painkillers
  • Laxatives
  • Allergy Medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Cough/Cold Medication
  • Anti-Diarrhoeal Medication
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Antibiotic Ointments

This group of essentials will come to your rescue in case of basic illnesses that might affect your productivity. The next time you have a cough or a headache, your first aid kit will have your back. Make sure you keep tabs on the expiry dates of these medicines as expired medication may make matters worse.

Tip – Adding small doses of prescription medication to your kit will personalize it and you won’t have to run to the chemist during emergencies.

Health Devices

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Our sedentary lifestyle and stress levels result in a number of diseases that might go undetected if not monitored regularly. If you have conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it is imperative to have the right devices at home. Although extreme cases will require you to visit a clinic, everyday monitoring can be carried out right at home. So, while building your first aid kit, also consider these devices that will help you monitor sugar levels, blood pressure and more.

  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Glucometers
  • Blood Glucose Test Strips
  • Nebulizer
  • Asthma Pump
  • Shower Benches

Each of these products and health devices will make your life more comfortable and stress free.

Ortho-Care

pcc-1548764097497230680-BRACES-IMAGE_rAn active yet unhealthy lifestyle takes a toll on your musculoskeletal system making your nerves, bones and muscles weaker. If anyone in your family suffers from such conditions, ortho-care becomes an essential part of your first-aid kit. These would include one or more of the following:

  • Heating Pads
  • Orthopaedic Footwear/Insoles
  • Splints
  • Corsets
  • Kneepads
  • Neck Collars
  • Wrist Support
  • Hot Water Bottles
  • Shower Benches

These are mostly used to limit pressure on joints and restrict movement in certain cases. Conditions that require these devices include but are not limited to osteoporosis, cervical, carpel tunnel syndrome, spondylitis, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

This list covers everything you will need during emergencies plus your everyday essentials. Treat it as a check list and create your own kit at the earliest. It is easy to put together and you will thank yourself for doing it in case an emergency does rear its head.

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