First Aid Kits
"Safety first!" is a good motto to have, but that won't clean a cut or quell an allergic reaction. That's why you need a first aid kit
stocked with all the essentials or you can follow our guide and build your own.
* '''Keep an eye on expiration dates''': Make sure that anything with an expiration date, like sunscreen
, is kept current.
* '''Know how to use the items in the kit''': Familiarize yourself with a first aid kit
at all times. This assures that you will have a decent grasp of the material in the event of an emergency. If you forget any of the details, you can easily access the instructions within the kit.
* '''Help others hep you''': Keep a list of emergency contacts in the kit as well as important personal medical details. The following contacts are of particular importance:
** Local police and fire department phone numbers.
** Names and numbers of family doctors and pediatricians, and possibly the family veterinarian or animal hospital.
** The names and birth dates of every family member, and information about any food or medical allergies, required medications, or other medical needs.
* '''Be prepared''': Learn CPR and take a first aid course if you can. These skills are invaluable and could help you save someone's lifepossibly even your own.
* '''Know before you go''': If you are traveling taking, familiarize yourself with your destination. Some areas may have dangerous or venomous wildlife, while others are notorious for having polluted water. Be sure you know what to avoid and stock your travel first aid kit
with whatever safety precautions you might need. This is also important when traveling to places where English is not widely spoken.
First Aid Kit Basics
For a home first aid kit, The Red Cross
suggests the following:
Travel First Aid
When building a travel first aid kit, consider how long you plan to be gone (overnight, a week, longer?), and get an idea of how dangerous the area you are visiting is (backcountry vs. foreign country). Perhaps even think about how many people of different ages you will be traveling with. You may also want to look into Outdoor Emergency Equipment
You should also consider carrying a more portable first aid kit for general walking about. It's important to clean cuts and scrapes quickly, right? Look for a simple set, which will contain no more than a few bandages, some alcohol pads, and room for a pain reliever packet. This can fit in a purse or backpack; it's great to have if you're taking a child to the park or out for a walk, since a full kit might be overkill.
Car First Aid Kits
Your car first aid kit will typically contain the same things you find in your home kit, but in smaller quantities and packages. There are a few additional things specific to a roadside emergency that should be in there as well. Here are some basics, but for the details, see Emergency Road Kits
* Cash (at least $20) and loose change for phone calls.
* Emergency whistle
* Roadside flares
* More than one emergency blanket
* Extra winter gloves
* Pencil and paper
Pet First Aid Kits
Pets also require Elizabethan collar
that will keep your pet from licking or chewing an injury. They're also handy to have around after the vet takes a look at them, since pets will also lick stitches.