Organizing a First Aid Kit

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 21, 2015)

Considering that an accident, by its very nature, is an unpredictable event that could occur at any time, anywhere, it only makes sense that you should be as prepared as possible. One of the best possible ways that you can prepare for most emergencies that you could find yourself faced with is by organizing a first aid kit. Getting a first aid kit ready doesn't take a whole lot of time, but it does require a little bit of thought and planning. Here are some guidelines that you can use to help ensure your first aid kit is organized appropriately for your needs.

  • Type of kit. Not all first aid kits are the same, and you need to plan accordingly. For example, kits that are kept at an office are going to be significantly different than ones that are kept around the home, or even ones that are kept in the car. Before you begin making a kit, make sure you know what type of kit you want or need.
  • Plan accordingly. Office first aid kits are usually going to require items like small band-aids, cotton swabs or balls, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin, and probably some aspirin. Car first aid kits will need things like gauze bandages, flashlights, batteries, emergency blankets, jumper cables, road flares, all of the items in the office kit, granola bars, and a bag to hold it all in. Home first aid kits should have all of the items that you would have in an office kit, as well as the additional medical supplies from the car kit, as well as some burn cream.
  • Don't overdo it. While you are preparing your first aid kit, try not to overdo it. Once you get going, it can be really hard to stop, but there is a way that you can limit yourself. Repeat to yourself that you don't need a fully filled out trauma kit, or an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) bag. Simply have enough items in your kits to cover the most common injuries that you could experience.
  • Accessibility. After you have your first aid kit put together, you need to find a place to store it. Choose a location that is easily accessible, and that you can remember in times of emergency. For the car kits, this should be the trunk. For your home or office kits though, the choice is more open. The biggest criteria that you should use when choosing is that it be somewhere that everyone can reach when it is needed.

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Lee Wyatt

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