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Things you need in your DIY home first aid kit

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Things you need in your home first aid kit

Without a doubt, a home first aid kit is a must have for all households. Whether you have kids or not, or someone in the home is accident prone, chances are, accidents will happen. At one point or another.

While you can’t predict when that will be, you can certainly be prepared. Yes, preventing accidents from happening is ideal. But in truth, it can be downright impossible to go thru life accident-free.

There are tons of great ready-made first aid kits out there. And there is nothing wrong with going for one of those. They are ready to go, and mostly, have everything you might need.

However, many of those kits can feel incomplete, or like they just don’t have enough of what you truly need.

While I recommend you get a ready-made first aid kit for camping, road trips and such, I strongly suggest you make your own home first aid kit. You probably spend more time at home than on the road or at a campsite, and therefore will need many more items, probably on a daily basis.

So, what do you need in your home first aid kit? How much of it do you need? How do you make a home first aid kit that works for your family?

Well, there are a few things you need to consider when making your own home first aid kit, such as:

  • Family size
  • Ages of family members
  • How active they are
  • Propensity to accidents
  • Special/specific needs

Things you need in your home first aid kit

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The Red Cross has a list of product recommendations for your first aid kit. There list is pretty handy and certainly covers most if not all of your must haves. However, they state specific amounts of everything, which I find a bit limiting, and probably not very realistic, especially for slightly bigger families, or families with young ones.

Here is what I recommend you include in your DIY first aid kit:

  1. Adhesive bandages in different sizes (Band aids)
  2. Antiseptic wipe packets
  3. Gauze roll
  4. Non-latex gloves
  5. Antibiotic ointment
  6. Oral thermometer
  7. Adhesive cloth tape roll
  8. Ibuprofen
  9. Benadryl itch relief stick
  10. Triangular bandages
  11. Hydrogen peroxide
  12. Aspirin packets
  13. Cotton swabs
  14. Sterile gauze dressing pads in several different sizes
  15. Tweezers
  16. Instant cold pack
  17. Breathing barrier
  18. Lubricating eye drops or artificial tears
  19. Emergency blanket
  20. Absorbent compress dressings
  21. Scissors
  22. Eye dropper
  23. Vanilla extract (for burns)
  24. Aloe vera bottle (for sunburns)

Making your own (DIY) home first aid kit is actually quite easy. I have listed the must have items for your first aid kit above to give you a guide on what you will need. However, you and you alone can determine how much of each you should get, since this will be basically custom-made for your family’s needs.

While getting all the items separately might seem like overspending at first, I feel like by DIYing your own first aid kit you are actually saving money, because you will have what you actually need, and as much of it as you need.

Tell me, are you planning of putting your own home first aid kit together? Is there some other product or item that you will need to add to your home first aid kit that didn’t make the list? Please, share with us in the comment section below. Inquiring minds want to know.

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