Regardless of what we’re doing in life, we never know when an accident may happen or an emergency may arise. Because of this, it is always important to have first aid supplies available at all times. Most individuals and families have a medicine cabinet in their home that have the basic first aid supplies such as Band-Aids, peroxide and possible antibiotic cream. For the most part, this is usually efficient enough for the little bumps and scrapes we get. Although children tend to go through life always getting scraped up, so we should have more first aid supplies than the basics.
First aid kits are available in many stores that carry medicinal supplies. You can buy a first aid kit that is complete with all the basic first aid supplies or you can buy the storage box and fill it yourself with what you want. Many people like making up their own first aid kit because they can shop around for the first aid supplies and often find them cheaper. A dollar store is often a good place to get cheap first aid supplies for your first aid kit. Another reason many like to do their own kits is that they can choose what they want in the kit. Certain items are used more often than others are so you may need more of one thing than another. On the other hand, some of the first aid supplies in a ready-made first aid kit will seldom, if ever be used.
You can have a good supply of first aid supplies without having an actual first aid kit. The important thing is to have some sort of first aid supplies with you regardless of where you’re going. Many people carry the basics in the trunk or glove compartment of their car for when they are traveling. Some of the basics you should always have with you are bandages in a variety of sizes. First aid cream for cuts as well as salve for simple burns is important. Cream for insect bites should also be part of the first aid supplies. Peroxide is important to wash and disinfect any cuts or scrapes.
You may want to bring some gauze and tapes for larger cuts that a bandage won’t cover. Without scissors to cut the gauze or tape, it won’t be much good, so keep a pair of scissors in the glove compartment or console. If you want to avoid the scissors, you can buy the gauze in precut sizes as well as the tape that comes in a dispenser like Scotch tape. For traveling, you may want as simple as possible, but still having what you need for emergencies.
Many times, basic first aid supplies are all you need to get by until you get home or to the doctor’s office. Unfortunately, there are times when something more serious happens and you’ll need immediate medical attention at either a doctor’s office or hospital. While these basic first aid supplies may not be the cure, they are often enough to help prevent further damage until you can get to a medical facility.