A Guide to Building Your Home First Aid KitOct 05, 2021
My current pride and joy sits high in a dark closet. It's biter-sweet situation because when I only get to use it when someone gets hurt. Sometimes after the kiddos go to bed, I just stare at the organization in all its glory.
But today, I get to pull out my beautiful, giant, Home First Aid Kit with nothing but excitement and walk you through each one of her lovely drawers.
As always, the organization is the difference between a hoarder's pile and a DIY masterpiece, and this tackle box takes my first aid/medicine drawer/med kit to the next level.
Organization is important, but so is systemization. And I can say with certainty this system keeps everything perfect . . . all the time. The only upkeep it requires is replenishment once a quarter.
The Fishing Tackle Box I used: https://amzn.to/3Bg1WLi
The Zipper Pouches (also used for the Go-Bags) : https://amzn.to/3Ad4wjP
I wish I knew. Kinda.
I bought everything slightly in bulk because I also used these items to stock my Trauma Kit, and the Med kit in our Go Bags (which I break down here).
A lot of the other items I found around my house! Good places to check for first aid items are the medicine cabinet, bathroom cupboards, and under the sink or car dash. (If you're like me and had your first aid spread willy-nilly around the contiguous 48 states.)
Which is no help in time of trouble.
It's important you aren't the only one able to take advantage of this kit as a resource. Older children, a husband, a babysitter, family members -- everything should be easily accessed and labeled. Here are a few things that helped me.
1. Label Maker: https://amzn.to/3A84Fov
2. A written guide on the top of your kit detailing anything unlabeled
3. Emergency contact # list
Items to Stock Your Kit
Okay, okay, time for the good stuff. Something to keep in mind is that this is YOUR home first aid kit, and you don't have to buy stuff that comes in the pre-made generic ones if you don't feel like it.
Just make sure you buy brands + items you actually USE. (Don't be like me, and buy a lifetime supply of antiacid when you have never used or needed it.) Here are the basic medical items I have in mine.
Bandage Tape: https://amzn.to/3oyTNOC
Cough Drops: https://amzn.to/3a3QCpp
Sports Tape: https://amzn.to/3ixBZPP
Arm Sling: https://amzn.to/3FfxwuV
Finger Splints: https://amzn.to/3ixyLMm
Eyewash Cups: https://amzn.to/3B62uDn
Laytex Free Gloves: https://amzn.to/3mrQMNa
Triangular Bandages: https://amzn.to/2Yi4CtK
Bleed Stop: https://amzn.to/3oufxuU
Safety Pins: https://amzn.to/3a60Zct
Gauze Sponges: https://amzn.to/3uDZcVo
Poison Ivy Itch Spray: https://amzn.to/3mngpii
Eyewash Kit: https://amzn.to/3uFERPs
Liquid Bandage: https://amzn.to/3AbjlDi
Cold Sore Medication: https://amzn.to/3iBBcgP
Eye drops: https://amzn.to/3DdO2tB
Infant Tylenol: https://amzn.to/3DjexxZ
Medicine dropper: https://amzn.to/2WHsSV4
I have been learning more about homeopathies and have added some things to my kit! Below are the things I had in my kit at the time of filming, and a few additional resources I've bought since then.
Activated charcoal (bee stings): https://amzn.to/3oA2dVP
Raw Honey (burns and cuts): https://amzn.to/3Bf9j5H
Aloe Vera Gel (sunburns): https://amzn.to/3a7utXo
Arnica Gel (swelling, bruising, pain): https://amzn.to/3aagVKY
Arnica Tablets: https://amzn.to/3BdYUHi
Organic Sore Muscle Rub: https://amzn.to/301r8r9
Infant ear ache drops: https://amzn.to/2WOY2tW
Witch Hazel (itching, bruising, acne, inflammation): https://amzn.to/2YkNXFk
Calendula (cuts and burns): https://amzn.to/3ld9fh9
Diaper Rash Balm: https://amzn.to/3mtwXVH
Essential oils! I buy these from a good friend and am in no way proficient in the art of oils. However, I use these three often.
Peppermint - around ears if pressure builds on planes/ elevation shifts, earaches, migraines . . . under nose for draining a cold.)
Thieves - inside ear (not the canal) for earaches
Lavender - soothing cuts, scrapes, and under noses and on wrists for children on long road trips, or little ones fighting sleep.
Things to Keep In Mind
We all have different predispositions and live in different climates. Our Home first aid kits can reflect that! It's good to think through having extra medication in here, something to boost blood sugar for diabetes, asthma support, or stage-specific remedies (hello newborn teething, colic, gas, etc.)
It may not hurt to have a few of these things on hand for friends visiting, or for your biggest climate danger (fire, dehydration, frostbite). I don't currently have these things, but I linked a few things to get you thinking.
And that's it!! Tag me on instagram if you make your own med kit! I'd love to see it. And let me know down below what you would add!
If you are looking to create more systems that simplify your home, check out Katie's Free Masterclass to learn her top three tips for creating a peacefully productive home!
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