It is incredibly important to own a first aid kit. In fact, most people would own several, keeping one kit at home and one in the car. However, what are the contents of first aid kits? And also, what would it cost you to own one? The easiest idea is to simply buy a ready-made first aid kit, but this does mean you will have to replace contents as you use them. Let’s take a look at the options.
First Aid Kit Contents
A first aid kit should always contain at the very least:
• Plasters in all sorts of sizes and shapes
• Sterile gauze dressings in all different sizes too
• Two eye dressings (sterile) as a bare minimum
• A number of triangular bandages
• A few crepe rolled bandages
• A box of safety pins
• A few pairs of disposable gloves (sterile)
• Sticky tape
• Cleansing wipes free from alcohol
• A digital thermometer
• Antiseptic cream
• Spray or cream in case of insect bites and stings
• Skin rash cream
• Painkillers for people of all ages
• Decongestant tablets
• Cough medicine
• Distilled water
Too many people think a travel first aid kit doesn’t need all of these things, but it is actually even more important. This is because there is a possibility that you end up stranded in your car, in which case it is even more important that you also have basic medications with you. So, whether you are creating a home first aid kit or a travel first aid kit, make sure you include the basic medications mentioned above.
First Aid Kit Costs
The easiest thing is to look for complete first aid kits for sale. However, these often don’t include scissors, tweezers and medication, so you may want to purchase these. They can often be purchased from your supermarket or grocery store at very low prices. As soon as you have used something, you must also replace it. Most pharmacies sell the bandages and they are quite affordable. Do make sure that the products you purchase are fully sterile, even if that means paying a little bit more.
In terms of a ready-made first aid kit price, the prices can vary tremendously, depending mainly on how much is in them and what brand they are from. Some of the better known brands, and usually the most expensive ones, include Draper, Brother, Ortlieb, Deuter, Adventure Medical Kits and the AA. Some of these kits are designed specifically for the road, others for outdoor adventure sports. You must also think about the amount of space you have available. For instance, a Deuter kit may just have everything you need and more for a reasonable price, but if they come in a bag the size of a huge backpack and you drive a Ford Ka, this is probably not the right kit for you.
Other Things to Consider
A few other things to consider. The most important thing is that you look at the makeup of people in your home and car. If you have any children at home, you will need medication and bandages suitable for children of their age. If anybody in your home suffers from specific medical conditions, you may also want to add some of these medications to your kit. This is particularly true for people who have allergies (for instance for peanuts or bees), or people with diabetes.