Check Your Summer First Aid Kit

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A first aid kit is something that everyone should have with them. You should keep one in your vehicle, have one in your house, and even keep one in an outbuilding in your yard – just in case. I’m pretty sure its required to have a kit on boats.

Most commercial first aid kits are a good place to begin.

Most of the time you won’t need it, but when you do – you’ll be so glad you have it.

We had a company picnic once and one of the kids got hurt. I was the only person to have a first aid kit in my car.

My landlord cut herself trimming trees in the yard. I had the necessary supplies on hand.

You just never know…

Start With the Basics

A basic starter kit consists of bandages of various sizes and shapes. Yours should have butterfly style ones to hold larger wounds closed, as well as some padded ones to cover blisters. These standard kits also have alcohol swabs and wipes, antiseptic wipes (which sound the same but are quite different) and various types of gauze. You need gauze pads, as well as rolls. Some scissors, an antibiotic ointment similar to Neosporin) and medical adhesive tape also should be in the box. Don’t forget to include some anti-itch cream, allergy pills, tweezers, safety pins of various sizes, a box of matches (the latter two are for dealing with splinters and similar things), and pain relief pills, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

You’ll also want to have aloe vera in case of sunburn. And plenty of water.

  • bandages of various sizes and shapes
  • butterfly bandages
  • alcohol wipes
  • antiseptic wipes
  • gauze pads and roll
  • medical tape
  • scissors
  • antibiotic cream
  • anti itch cream
  • benadryl
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • book of matches
  • acetaminophen
  • aloe vera

Be Safe! Be Prepared!


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