How to Make a First Aid Kit

How to Make a First Aid Kit
Making a first aid kit does not have to be elaborate or expensive. In fact, you probably already have everything you need to make one at home. On your next journey, whether to the soccer field or the great outdoors, don't leave home without one.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Making a First Aid Kit

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic Bag Plastic Container Bandages Medications Tweezers Scissors Thermometer Latex Gloves Cold Compress
  • Plastic Bag
  • Plastic Container
  • Bandages
  • Medications
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cold Compress
 
Step 1
Choose a waterproof container to hold your first aid items. You can place all your items in a large plastic bag or plastic container. Choose one that is large enough to hold all of your supplies.
Step 2
Pack dressings such as assorted sized bandages, rolls of gauze and gauze pads to cover wounds or stop bleeding. You will also need to pack a roll of adhesive cloth tape to keep the gauze bandages in place.
Step 3
Include items to cleanse the wound and impede infection such as antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, soap and alcohol wipes.
Step 4
Add items to treat allergic reactions such as hydrocortisone cream, benadryl and an EpiPen if someone in your group has life threatening reactions to things such as bee stings.
Step 5
Include medications such as pain relievers, antacids, laxatives, anti-diarrheals, antihistamines, decongestants, electrolytes and anything else someone in the group might need.
Step 6
Consider the special medical needs of the members in the group and be sure to include prescription medications that might be required to treat their conditions.
Step 7
Include miscellaneous supplies such as tweezers, scissors, thermometer, latex or sterile gloves, cold compress, ace bandages and a first-aid instruction book.
Step 8
Consider including first-aid supplies for your pet if you plan on bringing one on the journey with you.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
It is best to be over prepared when making your first-aid kit than under. Break your first-aid kit down into a smaller sized one to take backpacking with you.
 
It is best to be over prepared when making your first-aid kit than under.
 
Break your first-aid kit down into a smaller sized one to take backpacking with you.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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