Most people want to be prepared in an emergency, but many of them aren’t quite sure where to get started. One of the best things that you can have by your side regardless of the situation is a good first aid kit. However, it is exceptionally difficult to find one at the store that is truly functional. They have a tendency to either have only the most basic items, thereby leaving out a lot of the things that you actually need or you end up investing hundreds of dollars for one that is more akin to the types of kits that professional medics use as opposed to something that you can use in your home or automobile. Therefore, your best bet is to create your own kit and stock it with the things that you need. In order to do that, you need to have a step-by-step guide that you can follow.
Choose a Case
First and foremost, you have to choose a case that you can use to carry the kit. One of the best things that you can choose for this purpose is a tackle box. They work great because the higher quality options are sturdy enough to take quite a bit of punishment, they come ready made with plenty of individualized compartments so you can easily organize the kit and they close securely. In fact, many professional medics at one time or another have used exactly the same type of case on the job. Next, you need to know what should go in it so it will be well stocked.
Stocking Your Kit
Choose basic items that will work well in a wide variety of different situations. You don’t have to have any of the specialized equipment that a lot of professionals would use unless you plan on becoming one yourself. For most cases, basic items like gauze bandages, medical tape and a good pair of shears or scissors is a good place to start. Ideally, you need some gauze pads, usually 2X2 and 4X4. Add to that some rolled gauze and be sure to include things like triangular bandages, antibiotic ointment, some sterile solution to wash out wounds, and things like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin. Throw in some baby aspirin that is chewable in case someone close to you is experiencing a heart attack and then make sure that you have some medication available to help with insect stings or bites as well as a styptic pencil to minimize bleeding. Include plenty of bandages of different shapes and sizes as well as some butterfly closures. If you really want to develop a solid kit, throw in a couple of thermal blankets. You can even take an old cell phone that you no longer use and keep it in the base of the kit so that you can call 911 if you need to. Simply make sure that it stays charged. By the same token, it is a good idea to carry things like gloves, a flashlight and some spare batteries. If your kit is large enough, you might even be able to fit a small battery operated FM radio in there so you know what is going on if you find yourself caught in some type of situation where you can’t travel more than a few miles and you don’t have access to Internet or phone service.
The thing you really have to do is make sure that you tailor your kit to fit your needs and the needs of your loved ones. Develop a solid all around kit and then add certain things that you know are pertinent to your family. Make sure that you go back and check everything every couple of months in order to make sure it is still in good working order and if you choose to have an old cell phone in place, charge it at least a couple of times a week.