A Small First Aid Kit

Because everyone occasionally incurs small injuries, it’s a good idea to put together a First Aid Kit in a can, which is simple to do, a quick task and convenient. Treating a minor wound quickly instead of waiting, will allow it to begin to heal sooner. A small investment of time and money will allow you to make a first aid kit that will easily fit in your handbag, briefcase, or vehicle. The amount of times this small kit will be needed by either you or a friend will surprise you.

When you choose a container for your kit, make sure that you pick one that’s durable. For my container, I employed a band-aid tin. This has been successful without adding any additional cost. It should be easy to fill your kit because the drug store offers many things suitable for supplying your kit.

Adhesive bandages—It’s a good idea to pack stick-on bandages and make sure you include different sizes. Butterfly-style adhesive bandages are also a good choice to have on hand. I would suggest keeping the kit stocked with five each of three different sized bandages and also three butterfly bandages. Cloth rather than plastic bandages are preferable. I think they stick better, even though I’ve been carrying them around in my handbag forever. Having a variety of different bandage sizes will make it easier to cover a wound, whether you need just one or several to cover a larger injury.

Anti-bacterial cream—There are several small sizes of anti-bacterial creams available, including sample sizes, that will fit neatly into your kit. There are single use sizes available. Protection will be given from infection during the use of the cream, while the healing is beginning.

Wet wipes—Make sure to include individual, single use wet wipes available at your pharmacy. These wipes are available with anti-bacterial cream already in them. These will be necessary for cleaning the wound. Do this by gently cleaning the wound as much as possible before applying the anti-bacterial cream.

Pain relievers—You can keep a small plastic container in the kit filled with a pain reliever, that can be refilled after it’s used. Though small, single use packets are available and convenient, it is more economical to have a larger, cheaper size available in which to refill the small containers.

Optional items—If there is any room left in the container, it’s a good idea to fill this space with any medical or first aid items specific to your family’s health care needs. Antacids, allergy medication, eye drops, tweezers, and a small scissors are also very good additions to your kit.

Once filled, the kit in a can should be stored in an easy to locate place in your luggage. Putting this kind of first aid kit together is good practice for older children.

Make an extra kit and add some decoration, and it will make an inexpensive and useful gift for family member, friend, coworker, or your child’s teacher. Plus, who knows when you might have the chance to “be ready”!

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