What Should Be in Every First Aid Kit
If you do not yet have a First Aid Kit in your home, you really should consider creating one. You never know when accidents may occur and we aren’t just talking about little cuts and scrapes and all of that. We are talking about the things you should have at home in case of natural disasters as well such as earthquakes, fires, etc.
While it’s next to impossible to prepare for everything, we can help you prepare for some of the basics. Not only should you create a First Aid Kit for your home but you should also do so for each one of your cars because you can never be too safe. Doing so is going to make those hectic situations something that are much easier to handle; especially if you have children and pets.
First and Foremost: Food and Water
One of the most important things that you should be sure you are stocked up on is both food and water. This is one of those things you may already have within your home but you can never be too prepared. Choose snacks that are easy to carry, that last a long time and that your family wouldn’t mind living on for a period of time. It can be hard to say just how long you may need to live on the food and water, so make sure your supply is good for at least a week. Make sure you go through these items on a regular basis, eating the old and putting in new foods so there isn’t ever anything that has expired.
Medications and Important Medical Information
If you or anyone in your family requires certain medications be sure you always have extra in case you cannot get to the doctor in time to refill. Some of your additional meds should be stored in your First Aid Kit. While you’re at it, you should print out a list of your medical information. Here, you should list any and all allergies and contact numbers. This way, if you are without a phone or unable to speak for yourself, other people will be able to get a hold of who they need to in order to help you. Also, if you need to be rushed to the hospital, the doctors are going to know what to do and be able to help you sooner.
Extra Clothes and Blankets
Since you never know where you may have to go or whether you will be stuck in your home (potentially without lights or heat), you should plan ahead by packing some clothes for each member in your family that are good for all types of whether. You don’t know if you are going to need to stay warm or if you may need to keep cool so prepare accordingly. While it may seem like a hassle, it’s something you are going to be very glad you did if the occasion arises.
Be Prepared to Be Without Electricity
You never know when a power outage may occur and when one does, you want to make sure you can still live in your house comfortably. This is why you should also take into account what kinds of things you may need if you cannot see. We would always advise having a flashlight (or one for each member in the family) so you can get your way around your home comfortably. Batteries are also a great thing to have. You may want to even add lighters, matches and candles as well.
There are even fake candles that are available that run on batteries. They last many hours and are perfect if you have children or pets and don’t want to deal with the fire hazard. These are quite affordable and their batteries last about 10 hours typically. It’s always a great idea to have plenty of backup batteries for when these die. You’d be surprised just how much light these little guys can give off. You don’t actually need many of them to find your way around the room and feel comfortable. Your kids will love it; it will feel a lot like camping.
Organization is Key
Whenever you are facing a disaster, the best thing you can do is be organized. Sure, the items you place in your First Aid Kit are probably already in your home, but you never know how quickly you may need to leave home or if you’ll even be able to access the areas you need to. On top of that, it’s going to be very hard to remember what you need most when you are concerned about the wellbeing of your family so do yourself a favor, and organize everything for yourself. You’ll be glad you did when the time comes!
This guest post is written by health blogger Christopher Mount. He has authored numerous guest posts on health tips. You can read his latest article on first aid kits and its importance through his blog.