Find a bag that will hold your first aid supplies. Toiletry bags work well because they are the right size and zip closed. To keep items more organized you may want to opt for a toiletry bag that opens flat and contains clear pockets inside. These will provide more areas to put the small items that go into a first aid kit, and the clear pockets will allow the user to find the supplies they need at a glance.
Gather up the basic supplies for all first aid kits. All first aid kits have some standard basic supplies in them. You will need antiseptic ointment, gauze, gauze pads in various sizes, medical gloves, alcohol wipes, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, and eye wash.
Add these additional items for a sports injury kit: Add adhesive strips in various sizes including knuckle and fingertip, extra-large adhesive bandages, butterfly closure, elastic bandages, small instant cold packs, large instant cold packs, nose bleed plugs, trainers tape, and antimicrobial wipes.
Add these additional items for a camping first aid kit: You’ll want to add adhesive strips in various sizes, extra-large adhesive bandages, elastic bandages, small instant cold packs, large instant cold packs, insect sting relief ointment, sunburn relief gel, ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea medicine, and a snakebite kit (optional).
Add these additional items for a pet first aid kit: Yes, you can perform first aid for your pet. The basic items will cover most of your pet needs, but you can add a few more things, such as an antihistamine (for bee stings), pet first aid guide, leg splints/tongue depressors, cotton swabs, styptic powder and sting relief pads.
Include these additional items for a basic kit for home or your vehicle: Include various sizes of adhesive strips from tiny ones for little fingers to extra-large ones for big scrapes, elastic bandages, reusable ice pack, hot water bottle, insect sting relief cream, sunburn relief gel – preferably containing aloe, fever reducing medicine, pain relievers, antihistamines for allergic reactions, peroxide for cleaning out cuts, and anti-diarrhea medicine. A basic home remedy book is a smart addition to any first aid kit at home. Many times a trip to the doctor can be avoided for minor injuries when you use home remedies.
Tips: Check the contents of your first aid kits periodically to make sure that the medicines have not expired and that there are no supplies that need to be replenished. Replace adhesive strips after a year because the adhesive becomes less sticky over time, especially if the kit is exposed to a lot of heat or sunlight.
Basic first aid classes are available through the Red Cross, as are CPR classes and aquatic safety courses. These hands-on classes could provide you with the knowledge to feel confident in using everything in your new first aid kit.