Monday, October 5, 2009

72 Hour Kit: Week #3: First Aid Kit

This week we are assembling a First Aid Kit for our 72 hour kit. While you are assembling, you may want to do one for each vehicle and your home as well. These would also make fantastic Christmas gifts! Any container could work. However, I wanted mine to be sturdy, have compartments, and be waterproof. While researching containers, I found some containers that could work:

  • Tackle boxes. They run about $7-9 (or more) and are found in the fishing section of Walmart or sporting goods stores.

  • Craft boxes with plastic separators. They run about $6 and up (Craft stores or Walmart).

  • Plastic tackle boxes just like the craft boxes (but found by the fishing gear) were the cheapest, running about $4 and up.

  • If you don’t care about separators, a clear Rubbermaid shoe box would work fine, and it only costs $1.00.

I actually purchased a ready made kit that had the container with separators and 170 items. It is a Johnson & Johnson brand found in the first aid supplies at Walmart for $9.88. There was also a slightly larger one found in the sporting goods section for $13.88. It had more items. I figured if I was going to have to spend at least $7 for the container I wanted, I may as well spend a few extra dollars and get lots of supplies. I still added to this kit, but it gave me a good start. Items marked with * were included in kit I purchased. Click here for printer friendly .pdf.

The first aid kit should include:

  • *Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes (Band-Aids)
  • *2-inch sterile guaze pads (4-6)
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • *hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • triangular bandages (3)
  • 2-inch sterile roll bandages (3 rolls)
  • 3-inch sterile roll bandages (3 rolls)
  • scissors
  • *tweezers
  • needle
  • *moistened towelettes
  • antiseptic
  • oral thermometer (rectal for infants)
  • tongue blades/depressors (2)
  • elastic bandage
  • *triple antibiotic ointment
  • tube of petroleum jelly (or other lubricant)
  • assorted sizes of safety pins
  • cleansing agent/soap
  • latex gloves (2 pair)
  • sunscreen (unless you packed this in your backpack with personal items)
  • *aspirin or ibuprofen pain reliever
  • *anti-diarrhea medication
  • antacid
  • syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting if indicated by poison control
  • laxative
  • activated charcoal (use if advised by Poison Control)
  • sanitary napkins (pressure dressing for wounds)
  • Q-tips (5)
  • Cotton balls
  • *First Aid guide
  • *Instant cold pack
  • *Emergency contact list

Good luck!

To do this week at home:

Locate utility shut offs and show the family

Place extra shoes and flashlight under bed for emergency use at night. These should be right by where you step out of bed, near the frame of the bed.

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  1. Another great post, sis! I think we're going to do 72-hour kits and first aid kits for our Christmas gifts to each other this year. Wah-hoo - exciting times at the D'Alba house!

  2. I think that is a great idea! That is what we are giving Alex's parents as well. I actually think they will LOVE it!! They better anyway!! :)

  3. A good post on Fun with food storage, finances and more
    I did come across a website It’s has all information on first aid emergencies. It has information on Human emergencies and even for pets like cat or dog. Hope it help you guys too.

    Signature: Online First Aid Kit

  4. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!