A first-aid kit is one of the most important things to always have on hand. As the name suggests, a first-aid kit should contain supplies that are suitable to treat common injuries. It is a collection of medical items that should be well maintained and kept in a location where it is convenient and easily accessible should an accident or emergency occur. A first-aid kit should also be portable, so you can bring it along with you. Typically, you can purchase first-aid kits at a convenient store. However, most first-aid kits sold at these kinds of stores only contain the bare minimum of supplies, most often containing only a few bandages and a few alcohol wipes at an outstanding price for such a meager kit. So if you are looking to make your own, create a versatile well-stock customized first-aid kit that includes more than just the bare minimum. We’ll discuss a few essential items that should be in your customized first-aid kit and why you should buy your supplies from an online medical supply store instead.
Before we get into the essential items for your customized first-aid kit, we need to find a container that is suitable to store the medical supplies in. Ideally, the container should be waterproof or water-resistant. It should be drop-proof and can be easily carried around. A few suggestions would be a makeup case like a Caboodle (yes, you know what I’m talking about), a tackle box, a water-proof dry bag, or maybe an unused cooler. If you like things organized, then the former is more appropriate than the latter. In any case (no pun intended), the purpose of the container is that you have something to conveniently store your medical supplies in, no matter if you intend to create a small or large first-aid kit.
One of the most important things to have in a first-aid kit, next to antiseptic and sterilizing agents, are bandages. Bandages of all sizes and types should be the first thing you should have in your first-aid kit. Outside the standard plastic bandages, you should also include roller bandages, tubular bandages, and triangular bandages. These three types of bandages are used to cover a wound (roller), apply pressure to a wound (tubular), and to control bleeding (triangular). Outside of wound care, these bandages can also be used in a variety of applications such as in eye injuries, head injuries, or sprains. Generally, the standard brick-and-mortar store will sell first-aid kits that will contain only a hand full of the standard plastic bandages we’ve all known growing up and are still used today. Purchasing specialized bandages from an online medical store would be cost-effective, especially if you are going to buy in bulk. After all, you can never have too many bandages, right?
This is where your customized first-aid kit becomes versatile. Your first-aid kit can cater to home and travel use. All you’ll need to do is replenish and replace. Creams, gels, ointments, lotions, repellents, oral medication, and prescription medications should be included in your customized first-aid kit. On top of packing aspirin, include oral antihistamines, antacids, antidiarrheal, over-the-counter cold medication, and at least a week’s worth of prescription medication. For accidents that result in burns, include topical gels or creams like aloe vera for burn relief. For wounds, rashes, or something similar, include topical antibiotic ointments to your kit. As mentioned, purchasing these types of medical supplies from a reputable online medical supply store is more beneficial than purchasing from a local brick-and-mortar store in the area. Not only does an online medical supply store provide better discounts, but they may also offer other specialized medical-grade brands that are not found at local stores.
Sometimes standard first-aid kits contain tweezers, scissors, and a thermometer. In addition to those items, you may also want to add medical masks, medical gloves, and maybe a CPR pocket mask. Additionally, resealable clear plastic bags are also beneficial to have to separate contaminated items. It can also be used as an ice pack or to store water. Purchase these items from an online medical supply store to save money on quality medical supplies.
These are only to mention a few of the essentials items you should include in your customized first-aid kit. Whether you plan to store it at home or take it with you when you travel, periodically check the supplies in your kit to ensure you do not have any expired items. Store your customized first-aid kit in a convenient and easy to find location.