Everything You Need To Put In Your First Aid Kit
Updated: Apr 12, 2019
Hello Beautiful People,
Bumps and bruises are bound to happen, and as a result, you need to be prepared. You can buy a premade first aid kit, but sometimes they’re missing some of the more obscure items you should have. Today I’m going to walk you through your first aid kit, explain the uses for some of the items, and make some recommendations for things you need to add.
If you’re just looking to get through everyday scrapes and bruises - or maybe you’re looking for something super portable - here’s the bare minimum of what you should have on hand.
An Antiseptic. Antiseptics help prevent infections and putrefaction. These often come in creams, which can usually be used on burns and cuts. Make sure you note the expiry date and read the label before using.
Gauze Pads. These are used to product or cushion an open wound. It can also be used to clean a wound, or apply ointments to an open wound.
Because of the way gauze is weaved, you should never cut it. If you do, loose fibres may get stuck in the wound and delay healing.
Medical Tape. This is super simple. It’s used to hold any dressings in place! Just tape it on to secure and gauze etc…
Band Aids. These are basically just a combination of Medical tape and gauze pads. You get the point - but be sure to have a few different sizes.
Isopropyl Alcohol. This is used as a disinfectant and sterilization tool. If there’s something stuck in the wound that isn't coming out with a simple rinse, you may need to use tweezers. Before you do, soak them in some rubbing alcohol for 15 minutes to ensure they’re sterile.
Ibuprofen Tablets. Pain killers are key! Difference between IBU and tylenol and what they help with.
(Optional) Tea Tree Oil. This is actually one of the most used items in my kit - just used topically. It’s a homeopathic antiseptic that has just about a million uses.
Cuts, Bruises, acne, lice, athlete’s foot, burns, insect bites, stings, boils, toothaches, ear infections - I digress.
When it comes to non life threatening issues - this is my go to. It’s also antifungal.
(Optional) Arnica. This is another one of my homeopathic favourites. It’s good for insect bites, arthritis, muscle pain, and most importantly bruises. Kids always have mystery bruises, and this little gem will help speed up the healing process. In addition to all of that, it reduces swelling, which makes it amazing for sprains or sports injuries.
If you think you’ll be dealing with larger wounds, then you may want a more advanced first aid kit. If this is the case, I would also recommend taking a first aid and CPR course. You should always be 100% sure of what you’re doing and if not please call 911.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the contents will vary depending on what you’re doing. My camping first aid kit will include things I’d never put in my lifeguarding kit, and vice versa.
Generally here’s what I’d add;
Gloves and a mask (CPR Mask). I used to think this was for their protection, but it’s actually for yours! If you’re dealing with more serious stuff, you’ll want to ensure your health is safeguarded. Use gloves and a mask, and always remember to wash your hands after dealing with any medical emergency.
Heat Reflecting Blanket.
Water Treatment Tablets.
Workplace or playground;
Sewing Needle and thread.