First Aid Kit 101

January 22, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits should be checked, replenished or replaced each year. Check for expiration dates on any ointments or medications (this is important!). Keeping first aid kits in cars or other temperature harsh environments, although advised or recommended, it will reduce the shelf life of some medications and ointments. Keeping a spreadsheet or notation with the medication names and expiration dates helps, as long as you check the roster every couple of months and tend to proper replacement.

 

Where To Keep A First Aid Kit

Home
Car
Boat
Travel kit / vacation
72 hour kit / bug out bag
Work

Prepackaged First Aid Kits

They are convenient, thought out, easy to purchase, and neatly packaged. The same materials can be also be obtained yourself, often costing less money but requiring due-diligence of your own to assure that you have the right supplies for your overall purpose.

Best First Aid Kits

First Aid Kit Cases

Shaving kit type cases, maybe an old one that you have
Zippered pouch, often used for school supplies
Plastic container with snap-on lid
Metal tins
Ziploc bags

First Aid Kit Contents

(Intended as a basic starting point of categories, ideas and potential choices)

Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol), Ibuprofen (e.g. Motrin, Nuprin, Advil, etc.), Aspirin

Indigestion Relievers
Antacids (e.g. TUMS, Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta, etc.), H2 Blocking Agents (e.g. Pepsid, Zantac, etc.)

Antiseptics
ISOPROPYL Alcohol / Rubbing Alcohol, Antiseptic Soap-Antibacterial soap (e.g. Hibiclens, Dial Soap, Betadine Scrub, etc.), Antimicrobial Hand Wipes

Ointments
Bacitracin, Neosporin/Neomycin, Lanacaine / Lanabiotic, Triple-Antibiotic, Hydrocortisone Cream

Latex-free, Powder-free Gloves

Instruments
Tweezers, Flashlight, Safety pins, Needle, Wooden tongue blade, Sterile saline, Lighter or Matches

Band-Aids

Gauze
Rolls, Pads, Cotton swabs, Cotton balls

Bandage Sheers

1″ Paper Tape and Cloth Adhesive Tape

2″ and 4″ Ace Wraps

Triangular Bandage

 

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