Stocking Your Family’s First Aid Kit

Stocking the Family First Aid Kit

One of the things I’d like to accomplish in the new year is to be more prepared for emergencies big and small.  I figured there were a few of you out there who feel the same way so I decided to start a series on Prepping for Beginners.  I thought a good place to start would be with creating a well stocked first aid kid.

Preparedness and prepping are pretty big buzz words out there right now, especially in homesteading circles.  That said, I’m not planning to build a bunker, stock up on guns or have a year’s worth of food supply in my basement (more power to you if that’s your goal, though), but I am also not comfortable with my family’s current state of preparedness.  For instance, until I decided to write this post, we didn’t even have a proper first aid kit!  Please tell me I’m not alone.

So I set about to collect and buy all the things that are necessary to have in a well-stocked first aid kit.  Here’s the list that I came up with.  I hope it helps you to consider your own first aid kit and/or create one yourself if you are currently living without it.

First Aid Kit Contents

Creating a Well Stocked First Aid Kit

  • Adhesive Tape
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Bandages
  • Instant Cold Packs* - http://amzn.to/1cn13ws
  • Qtips/Cotton Balls
  • Gloves
  • Gauze
  • Sissors
  • Tweezers
  • Hand Sanitizer*
  • Liquid Bandage - http://amzn.to/1gnQu1c *
  • Eyewash - http://amzn.to/1cYUx5h
  • Thermometer
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Butterfly Bandage*
  • Space Blanket - http://amzn.to/1cYUlxf *
  • Breathing Barrier - http://amzn.to/1k8CeOP

Medicines to Include

  • Activated Charcoal - http://amzn.to/1lAFloJ *
  • Aloe Vera
  • Antihistamine*
  • Pain Reliever
  • Hydrocortisone*
  • Blood Stop Powder*

Miscellaneous First Aid items to Include

  • Instructions for using specific items (i.e. breathing barrier, butterfly bandages, etc.)
  • Emergency Numbers
  • List with contents of the kit in order to keep it well stocked

(Items with a * are things that are not pictured but still on my list to collect and put in the kit.  Some are sitting in other places in my house and some I couldn’t find at Target.)

First Aid Kit

So that’s it!  Pretty simple and so worth the small amount of time it took me to assemble.  It is important to remember that this kit should be kept locked up and out of reach of young children.  Also, when putting in medicine, make sure you include medicine for your kids and for yourself, obviously the dosing is different.  Next up:

  • Herbal First Aid Kit
  • Bug Out Bag
  • 72 Hour Emergency Kit
  • Car First Aid Kit
  • Mini-First Aid Kit

Watch for these posts and more to come in this Prepping for Beginners Series.  (And if there is a topic that you’d love to see me cover, please let me know what it is in the comments.)

This post is linked up at Frugally Sustainable (Sustainable Ways) - http://frugallysustainable.com/2014/01/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-103/  and the Homestead Barn Hop - http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/01/homestead-barn-hop-142.html

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Comments

  1. This is a good list. We include both Tylenol and Advil in our kit. Our son had some scary high fevers this winter and we had to alternate between the 2 to keep it under control.

    Thanks for a great post. -Mike

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