A few weeks ago I was on a cleaning spree and I found this little blue tub under our bathroom sink, a leftover from Ryan's college days. It had a few goofy things in it, like extra razors and some coughdrops. So after a quick wash, it was the perfect tub to store our new first-aid kit in!
Western Washington is prime flooding, volcano, earthquake, and windstorm area, and yep, we get some snow now and then too. So as part of a ready emergency kit, each household should have at least one fully stocked first aid kit. It had been on my mind for a while, but when Ryan cut his thumb last month making dinner, all I had were regular band-aids. He went through 3 or 4 and a dishtowel before the bleeding stopped. Yuck, and dangerous.
Some of the items above we already had, and the others we picked up at the drugstore. I would consider this pretty basic, although I'd also add a hot-water bottle for muscle cramps and upset tummies.
1. Thermometer (ours is digital)
2. Assorted sizes of band-aids - we also have liquid "skin shield" for blisters.
3. Butterfly closures for those bigger cuts
4. Aspirin (we keep another bottle, plus Tyelenol and my migraine painkillers up in the medicine cabinet. But this way, a spare bottle is with everything else)
6. Hydrogen Peroxide (we got the wipes, as you can see) for disinfecting cuts
8. Medical tape
9. Ice pack(s). This is usually in the freezer.
10. Vapo-rub or other cold medicine
Most of these items were less than $3 a piece, and definitely worth the peace of mind. It's also good to have first-aid instructions on hand, as well as a list of emergency numbers handy in the kit as well as an easy-to-reach place like the family bulletin board or fridge.
Do you have a first-aid kit in your home? Where else do you keep one? We have one with our camping gear and a basic one in our car (I'd like that one to be beefed up a bit though). Please share any tips in the comments!