A Guide to Building Your Home First Aid Kit

emergency preparedness home systems organization Oct 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. 


The Organization 

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
Velcro: https://amzn.to/3mlD12J


The Cost 

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. 

Tweezers: https://amzn.to/2YgXM7c
Sharpie: https://amzn.to/3Ad4hFr
Saline: https://amzn.to/2YoiNNK
Bandage Tape: https://amzn.to/3oyTNOC 
Cough Drops: https://amzn.to/3a3QCpp
Sports Tape: https://amzn.to/3ixBZPP
Benadryl: https://amzn.to/3moIW71
Arm Sling: https://amzn.to/3FfxwuV
Finger Splints: https://amzn.to/3ixyLMm
Eyewash Cups: https://amzn.to/3B62uDn
Bandaids: https://amzn.to/2ZW7eOi
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
Neosporin: https://amzn.to/3A9wRHU
Biofreeze: https://amzn.to/3laQVFo
Enema: https://amzn.to/3a4BAjl 
Advil: https://amzn.to/2Ylxgti 
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 


Homeopathic Remedies

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/3X7fO4C
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.  

Epi Pen: https://amzn.to/3Fjq81G 
Inhaler: https://amzn.to/3aaiOr2 
Gripe Water: https://amzn.to/3oCC0Ga 
Hypothermia Blanket: https://amzn.to/3Ff4uM9 
Rehydration: https://amzn.to/3Ff4uM9 


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! 


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