There are a lot of people willing to tell you what to put in your first aid kit. You get bombarded by advice and it can be difficult to know what to disregard and what to take to heart. A ready assembled kit may also be no help at all because it is may be not have everything that you need in it. Contacting a medical supply company and gathering the medical supplies for your own kit makes a lot more sense.
First off, you need something to store the supplies in. It is a good idea to gather all the supplies first and in order to get the right sized box. A plastic box that seals well is the best idea- you may need to carry into bad weather.
Your family will determine what you need most in your kit. The more people that live in the home, the bigger the kit needs to be. You will also need to consider what medical attention your family has needed in the past – if your son, for example, is accident prone, you will need lots of bandages, etc. If you have elderly parents, you may incontinence supplies. Think carefully about your needs.
Every kit needs to have the same basic supplies. Check online at the Red Cross or St John’s Ambulance site in order to get a comprehensive list or ask the safety officer at work, you local pharmacist or your doctor. IN addition to the basics, add in products that your family uses a lot of. You will also need tools to deal with wounds and supplies.
You will also need to consider some basic medicinal supplies. Certain herbal remedies such as Rescue Remedy can be used for all family members, not all medicines, however, can. You need age appropriate medicines for the different members of the family and also need to consider how these will react with prescription meds.
It is important to have the numbers of the local emergency services, the hospital, poison control center, the fire station and also contact numbers for each family member. Keep a copy of these numbers in the kit and one close to each telephone in the home. Make sure any people working in the home know where the kit and numbers are.
Always take out and replace any medicine that is out of date. Regularly check that nothing is missing from the kit and replenish it if need be. Set up a schedule to regularly check the kit at least once a month or so for missing items. Expiration dates should also be checked.