Thursday, August 2, 2012

First Aid Kit Essentials

The events of the week have made me appreciate being prepared.  Maybe not prepared for everything but at least the "regular stuff."
On Tuesday I managed to injure my finger pretty badly but my first though wasn't "Where's the first aid kit?" (since mine is well stocked).  My first thought was actually, "I'm so glad I just finish the pie!"  That pie will forever be known as "finger pie" but you can find the recipe at Mary's Kitchen as Cheesecake Freezer Pie (with a delicious layer of chocolate).

So I figured it was time to lay out the essentials of a well stocked First Aid Kit.  I'm not talking about a rinky dink box with a few band-aids.  I'm talking about bloody gash, emergency first aid (plus a few minor scrapes or burns).

Full bottles
-Container:  I used a small suitcase/duffel bag
-Scissors: preferably medical-style with a tilted blade
-Latex gloves in a box or sealed bag
-Tweezers
-Rubbing Alcohol
-Peroxide
-Iodine
-Anti-Bacterial Ointment
-Medical Tape
-Cotton balls or cosmetic pads
-Q-tips in a sealed bag
-Gauze Pads in multiple sizes
-Band-Aids in multiple sizes (even extra large)
-Maxi Pad or sanitary napkin:  for serious absorbancy (seriously)
-Instant ice pack
-Ace bandage
*If you have babies or small children at home you might need additional items*
Smaller items are stored in blue bag.

I didn't just go out and buy all of these items.  I picked up 1 or 2 here and there with coupons or when they went on sale.  The maxi pads I saved from free samples I ordered.  The peroxide, alcohol and assorted band-aids were purchased at Costco in a multi-pack so I have one under the bathroom sink and 1 in my medical bag.

I choose to keep these items separate from everyday supplies so that in case of a serious injury I'm not left with an empty box or bottle of any of the items.  Also, this is a great item to take along with you if you are a camper since everything is sealed and sanitary

Where is the closest hospital to your home or work?  What is your blood type?  It is very important to have an emergency plan weather you seek professional medical attention or not. 

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to treat or cure illness or wounds.  If you're not sure, seek professional medical attention*

On a lighter note, I hope you try the pie!  It was delicious!
Happy Friday! 

*August 15th giveaway is still in the works*
Stop by Monday for details!

37 comments:

Becky said...

This is a great idea. I'm book marking this page for future reference. I have a first-aid kit for college, but it only has half the stuff that this list has. Gotta stock it up!


--Becky
preppypremed.blogspot.com

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We have a pretty decent first aid kit. Our nearest hospital is 20 minutes away. We almost didn't make it when I was in labor with my twins - they were born less than an hour after we got there!

Buttons said...

Very important I was talking about the pie but the first aid is always important too. On the farm I always have to be prepared.
Bet the pie was good. B

Nancy Claeys said...

This is such important information. We always have the essentials on hand, for us and for the animals, if necessary. Thanks for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week.

K Coake said...

Thanks for the list of what needs to go into a 'real' first aid kit.

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Pamela said...

Smart list!

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Jenny said...

This is sooooo timely right now because my husband and I have been talking about the need to put together a first aid kit. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jessi Wohlwend said...

This is a really great idea. Thanks so much for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

mary_smith said...

Welcome new followers! I'm trying to remember to follow everyone back! Thanks for stopping by.

Mary said...

Good to prepare first aide...that's wise.

Karri Reiser said...

Great first aid kit. I certainly need to revamp mine after reading this. I'm not nearly prepared as I had thought I was. Thanks for sharing on my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

Ang said...

Hello! Stopping by from the Marvelous Monday link up at Jam’s Corner. What a fantastic post - I have a couple of the little teeny kits, but should make a big one like this - thanks for sharing! I hope you’ll visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

Carole said...

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Marcie said...

You can never be too prepared. Love this! Thanks for sharing at "I Gotta Try That" Have a great day!
Marcie

One Creative Housewife said...

I have been looking for a list like this. Thanks!

Heather Graham said...

Awesome tips! I can't stand not having supplies when I need them, but it always seems like the one I need, I'm out of.... mainly because I don't keep them together. I'm going to get busy tomorrow and organize! Thanks for sharing at Tips & Tricks! Hope you're having a great week!
-Heather
Stringtown Home

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Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

That's a great list. Thanks for sharing! I'm sure that "finger pie" is as delicious as it looks!

Lori Stokes Wright said...

I really like your simple list, thanks! Found you at Make the Scene Monday

mary_smith said...

It's important to be prepared! Thank you all for stopping by. Welcome new followers! Don't forget to pop in on Friday for the giveaway info. Have an awesome day!

Maria Matter said...

this is wonderful! something we all should have, but often neglect to put together!
Thank you for linking up @ Inspire Me Fridays!

Jacqueline@ Deeprootsathome.com said...

I love your blog! Would you comsider linking up some of your posts in the next weeks and this post in particular? We need good content in the area in which you write! I thank you ahead of time :) Blessings!!
Jacqueline

Full Circle Creations said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

Holly

Diane said...

Great post. I think everyone should make one of these. I was a Girl Scout leader for many years and a well stocked First Aid kit is a must have. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week.

Julie said...

This tutorial is awesome! Everyone should have a first aid kit on hand. Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

Julie

Christine said...

What a great First Aid Kit! I need to update mine!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Betsy @ Romance on a Dime said...

This is a great idea. I haven't really ever stocked up on a first aid kit. I just have all my medical supplies together in a basket. Thanks for this reminder.

I'm glad you linked up at Romance on a dime!!

Heidi Fowler said...

We all need one of these. Thanks for the tips!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

LOVE THIS, the funny thing is I did a WHOLE post on using pads for first aid!!! I learned it in a blood born pathogens training I was in lol

Tulip TrueAim said...

I gotta have this in my home with all the little ones running around and into things. Thanks for linking up at Mom's Library!

Jessi Wohlwend said...

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mary_smith said...

WOW! THANK YOU!!!

Farmer's Daughter said...

This has been on my mind lately... I think all I have in my medicine cabinet is an old bottle of drops for pink eye and a mostly empty bandaid box! I need to get on that! Thanks for joining the Homesteading Link Up and stop by this week to join in! http://farmersdaughterct.com/2012/08/17/homesteading-link-up-and-sun-dried-cherry-tomatoes/

Adda Bright said...

I love articles like this! I never realized how important having a very well-stocked first aid kit would be until I moved out of my parents house and quickly ran out of medical supplies in Illinois. I had an allergic reaction to some medication and didn't have any benedril on hand. Later that week, my husband cut himself pretty badly and the only type of bandages we had in stock were bandaids. We certainly learned our lesson. Thanks for this article!

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