First aid is something we all end up needing from time to time, and families with young kids seem to get their extra share! While you can certainly buy a pre-made one, if you build your own first aid kit, you’ll save money and be able to customize the contents for your family’s unique needs.
We have four first aid kits -
- one for general use that we keep in the bathroom
- one in our 72-hour emergency kit
- one in our van and one in the truck
The contents of each are similar but still tailored to what we might need in each specific situation. We make sure that each first aid kit contains:
- adhesive bandages
- antibiotic ointment
- cotton balls
- 4″ gauze
- adhesive tape
- pain reliever
We keep some additional items in the 72-hour emergency first aid kit. (These are items that we generally have around the house already.)
- two instant cold packs
- cotton swabs
- elastic bandage
Because of the nature of “on the go” emergencies, there are a couple items we keep in our vehicle first aid kits where we may not have access to water:
- antiseptic wash
- disposable gloves
Putting all this together is easy. We use inexpensive plastic pencil boxes to hold the items and add to each kit a little at a time until they are all fully stocked. Of course, our general first aid kit in the house gets heavy use so we try to be careful to keep it replenished.
To help you build your own first aid kit, we created three checklists for each type of kit. They include the suggested items that we listed here, plus space for you to write in additional items. (All the checklists are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free here.)
Do you plan to build your own first aid kit? If you already have one, what’s in it?