How to Put Together a First Aid Kit

How to Put Together a First Aid Kit
Assembling a first aid kit requires knowledge of first aid treatments for anticipated health issues. The items in a first aid kit enable the application of these skills to render immediate care. Both knowledge and equipment are needed to effectively render first aid.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Container for first aid kit Small sealable bags Large sealable bag Rubber bands Permanent Marker First Aid Supplies: Adhesive bandages (multiple sizes), adhesive cloth tape, aloe burn cream, antacids, antibacterial cream, anti-diarrheal medicine, antihistamine, antiseptic pads, cough suppressant/expectorant, cotton swabs, decongestant, first aid quick reference card, gauze pads, hydrocortisone (1 percent) cream, instant cold compress, mild laxative, mild pain relievers (aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen), moleskin, roller bandage, saline eye drops, scissors, disposable gloves (minimum two pair), thermometer (preferably digital), triangular bandages and tweezers
  • Container for first aid kit
  • Small sealable bags
  • Large sealable bag
  • Rubber bands
  • Permanent Marker
  • First Aid Supplies: Adhesive bandages (multiple sizes), adhesive cloth tape, aloe burn cream, antacids, antibacterial cream, anti-diarrheal medicine, antihistamine, antiseptic pads, cough suppressant/expectorant, cotton swabs, decongestant, first aid quick reference card, gauze pads, hydrocortisone (1 percent) cream, instant cold compress, mild laxative, mild pain relievers (aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen), moleskin, roller bandage, saline eye drops, scissors, disposable gloves (minimum two pair), thermometer (preferably digital), triangular bandages and tweezers
Step 1
Gather the first aid supplies and organize them using small sealable bags and rubber bands to keep similar items together. This prevents frustration and saves time when trying to find an alcohol pad in dim light that is wedged between gauze pads at the bottom.
Step 2
Supplement the items in the first aid kit with any items specific to individual needs. Such items could include water purification items, small flashlight, insect repellant, sunscreen, rescue inhaler and/or an epinephrine auto-injector.
Step 3
Place the organized supplies into a large sealable bag. This will help protect them from moisture. Items that need to be regularly and readily accessed (i.e., insect repellant, rescue inhaler, sunscreen, etc.) may be kept outside this bag as long as they are in moisture resistant containers. Place the bag into the container to be used for the first aid kit along with any items that are being kept separate for easy reach. Some suitable containers are plastic bins, belt packs or dry storage bags. Ensure quick-need items are still readily accessible.
Step 4
Record important contact information on it including phone numbers for your physician, poison control center and an emergency contact person using a permanent marker. This information should also be on an emergency contact card carried on your person.
Step 5
Keep the first aid kit accessible and available for when you may need it.
Step 6
Regularly replace items that are consumed in the first aid kit and ensure all expiration dates are current.

Tips & Warnings

 
Learn first aid. The equipment in a first aid kit requires knowledge and training to be used effectively. A cell phone with a charged battery could be the most important first aid item you bring.
 
Learn first aid. The equipment in a first aid kit requires knowledge and training to be used effectively.
 
A cell phone with a charged battery could be the most important first aid item you bring.
 
Medicines and equipment contained in a first aid kit should be kept out of the reach of small children for their safety and to ensure the first aid kit is complete when needed.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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