You may have everything needed inside your home already but what about a first aid kit? Things happen in an emergency where a family member may need medical attention.

Having a fully stocked family first aid kit is essential. It covers anything from minor scraps to infections.

And the best part?

You can take it with you anywhere. That means you won’t have to worry about hospital visits because you forgot to pack the essentials.

But that’s not all that’s needed. Besides bandages, there are other things that belong in your family first aid kit.

Ready to find out what they are? Let’s get into it!

A Container

You need something to hold the supplies, right? Instead of grabbing any box that’s within reach, it needs to be durable.

A small to a medium-sized plastic box is ideal. It needs to be easy to open yet easy to carry. Opt for a plastic tackle box as each supply will have its own designated section.

The Basics

The basics can mean a multitude of things. But what we’re referring to is what’s needed in a minor situation. This could be anything from a simple cut to a headache.

Here’s the list.

  • Multiple-sized band-aids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibacterial/antifungal ointment
  • Gauze
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Insect bite ointment
  • Antihistamine (for allergies)
  • Fine-point tweezers (for splinters)
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive tape
  • First aid manual

What’s Needed for Wounds

Whether that cut is big or small, you need to be prepared. In the case of any emergency, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially if your child isn’t covered by insurance.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Finger splints
  • Elastic wrap
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Instant cold packs (disposable)
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Quick healing ointment (Neosporin)
  • Absorbent compresses
  • Eye pads
  • Blood-stopping gauze
  • Liquid bandage

Medications

While we covered ibuprofen in the basics category, now we need medications for other things besides headaches. In your kit should cover sore throats, heartburn, and even infections.

This is what’s needed.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen (strong SPF)
  • Aspirin (for heart attacks)
  • Cough drops
  • Heartburn tablets
  • Eye drops
  • Diarrhea, gas, and bloating tablets
  • Poison ivy relief treatment
  • Sugary snacks (for hypoglycemia)
  • Antifungal treatment
  • Epipen (for allergic reactions)

Tools

These tools come in handy for anything that may occur at home or on the road. Knowing everything is in one place will set your mind at ease to focus on the injured family member.

Here’s the list.

  • Scissors
  • Pocket knife
  • Swiss army knife
  • Scalpel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Thermometer
  • Syringe
  • Magnifying glass
  • Nitrile everprogloves
  • CPR mask
  • Whistle
  • Heavy-duty flashlight
  • 2-in-1 pliers (cutters and needle-nose shaped)
  • Heavy-duty sewing needle with thread
  • Duct tape
  • Notepad with pen

Other Items

You never know the type of situation that may arise. So, it’s better to be prepared even with supplies you think you’ll never need to use.

Here are the other items.

Wrapping Up on Packing a Family First Aid Kit

Emergencies arise unexpectedly. It’s best to have a plan set in place to where you know your kit is easily accessible.

You can travel with your family knowing you’re prepared for anything.

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