Build a better first aid kit
When the unexpected happens, your first line of defense is a well-stocked first aid kit. It is easiest to purchase something pre-packaged – the American Red Cross sells kits on its website that range from $3 to $100, and most drug stores carry affordable options, too. Or, you can create your own with these supplies suggested by the Red Cross:
- Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- Absorbent compress dressing/sterile pads
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Antibiotic ointment (packets or tubes)
- Antiseptic wipes
- Aspirin and/or other pain relievers (and non-aspirin pain relievers for children)
- Blanket (ideally, a compact space blanket)
- CPR breathing barrier
- First aid instruction booklet
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Instant cold compresses
- Non-latex gloves
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
- Roller bandages
- Sterile gauze pads of various sizes
- Allergy medications or, if necessary, epinephrine
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Extra prescription medications
- Extra contact lenses and contact solutions
- Oral antihistamine
For maximum effect
- Pack your kit in an easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or duffle bag.
- At home, store your kit where you can grab it quickly should an emergency arise.
Keep a first aid kit in each of your vehicles.
- If you go camping or boating, make a kit with supplies targeted to those activities, such as anti-itch solutions or waterproof bandages.