Evacuating your home 101 – Box 7- Family First-Aid Kit

Box # 7 – Family First- Aid Kit

Container suggestions: Fishing tackle box, soft sided bag with lots of compartments, Paramedic bag (this would be for the someone who needed lots of volume or intended to care for lots of people.  Like an EMT or other first responder)

 

Teddy Bear with bandaids, and watermark that says Family First-Aid kit

(If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series can be found here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.)

The container you choose will depend a bit on how extensive you want your First-Aid kit to be.  If your first aid knowledge is limited, don’t let that limit what you put in this kit.  If all you can do is apply a bandaid, don’t limit your supplies to band-aids.  And just because you don’t know much about First-Aid doesn’t mean you can’t learn more.  Get yourself into a CERT class, or Contact the Red Cross…if nothing else find some info online and learn more.

Unless you are an ER Doc or a combat medic, there will probably be people around with a higher skill set than you and they are usually happy to help when needed, but, they might not have their supplies with them.  Maybe they didn’t read this series and got out with just the shirts on their backs…just sayin’

A great container for this kit is a fishing tackle box.  These are made tough enough to kick around in a pick-up truck and take a beating.  The trays lift out and items are visible and easily accessible.  A tool box would also be a durable option if you have one on hand…but if you are going to purchase something, I’d stick with the tackle box or soft side option.  Stay away from containers you find on the craft aisle because they are made to sit on a table and look cute, not to be grabbed and tossed around in a flurry during an evacuation.

My main kit is housed in a bag that I found at the thrift store.  (The bag section is one of my main places to hit at any thrift store I happen to find myself in)  It’s like a mini soft-sided suitcase with clear pockets inside, on each side to hold needed items.  On each side, there is a flap that covers the clear pockets and also has elastic straps for smaller flat items like EMT shears, tweezers and such.

Here’s a picture of my kit (the collage was so much more fun than the raw pics, and a big shout-out to Amy at amylynnandrews.com for the simple tutorial and tireless help for blogging newbies, and you’ll have to forgive if I get a little carried away with collages and watermarking for the next little bit, they are just too cute.)

A collage picture of My Family First-Aid Kit

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This will be your go to kit for anything that ails ya’, or any member of your family..  First think about any ongoing or needed medications and plan on having a 30 day supply of those items.  For non-narcotics, many Docs will write an extra prescription if you explain the purpose.   Then make sure you rotate through your kit to keep them fresh.   Any maintenance medications fit into this category.  Also things used on occasion like rescue inhalers for those who might deal with asthma symptoms. Stress is a big trigger for asthma sufferers.

There are those who have need of ongoing Rx narcotic meds needs and you should keep an extra 30 days worth easily accessible to grab when leaving.  You’ll have a hard time getting any extra from the Dr for this purpose, but you can accumulate a few extra by refilling strategically.

You can typically refill when you have 20 percent left.  Then you set those extra 20% aside and mark on your calendar when that new refill will be 80 percent gone, then you refill, set that 2nd 20 % aside and mark on the calendar again when you can refill again…and so on. If you forget to mark your calendar, your pharmacist can tell you the date you can refill on.  If you did  this, you should have 100% of your regular refill amount (about 30 days worth) set aside in 5 months.  The secret is to be on top of the refill dates.  This is perfectly legal and is the only way I know of to be able to set aside a bit extra for your emergency needs.  If you know of another legal way, please share in the comments below.

In addition to conventional medicine, I  have also found alternative medicine to be very effective in dealing with medical needs.  Feel Free to add to this kit what you are used to using and have confidence in.  I would not want to be found with out my Complete Tissue Repair ointment or Essential Oils as well as Benadryl and ibuprofen.

Most of the things listed below can be found at your local supermarket or big box store, but they will cost a lot more that way so try to find a good Medical supply store.  If you don’t know of any, ask your local Ambulance people where they restock.   In my area, Stat Medical in Murray, UT is the least expensive place.  You can also order most things online.

In the kit we also need things to deal with:

Disclaimer: All suggestions below are based on my personal experience with the products, I make no claims or warranties for how your crisis will go.  I am not a medical professional (except in my own family) and can only say what has worked for me.

Burns:

  • Burn-free (go for the gel, in my experience, the burn pads tend to dry out and not last as long as I’d like them to)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (would not be caught without this)
  • Sterile saline for wound washing
  • Non-stick dressing, this is something that is clean and will keep the air off of a burn, air + burn = extreme pain for victim

Cuts/scrapes:

  • bandages all sizes (and some variety in characters helps too,  your injured son will not appreciate his pride being hurt too when you whip out a princess bandage to cover his wound)
  • Tegaderm, the most amazing thing for protecting wounds.  It can be a bit spendy but it’s really cool stuff.
  • sterile gauze, goes under the Tegaderm
  • tape, breathable is best. Transpore  and Micropore are good ones.  Both easy on the skin and breathable.
  • 4 x 4 gauze pads
  • suture kits (use with great care and only if wound has been thoroughly irrigated, scrubbed {OUCH!} with regular soap and water, and you’re sure it’s clean, a loosely bandaged, open wound is better than a dirty stitched up wound.)
  • Betadine (Provadone Iodine) wipes or liquid
  • Complete Tissue Repair ointment (This is amazing stuff, I made mine with help from a recipe in Herbal First-Aid and Health care written by my friend,  Kyle D. Christensen)

Foreign Objects in eyes or skin:

  • Tweezers
  • Saline Eye Drops
  • Duct tape, this multi-purpose wonder can take out slivers that you can’t see.

Tummy Troubles:

  • Rehydration solution (you can make this yourself, at home, watch for the recipe in a future post, made with simple, easy to get ingredients)
  • Pedialyte
  • Tums
  • Pepto Bismol

Blisters:

  • Needle, for draining
  • Moleskin, bless the soul of the person who figured this out
  • Bandages to protect blister if it opens

Pain:

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Acetaminophen (for children and adults)
  • Ice Packs
  • Essential Oils

Sprains:

  • Ice Packs
  • Elastic wraps
  • triangular bandages
  • Aluminum Splint or SAM Splint
  • Adhesive wrap (Coban is a common brand, but here’s a hint…go to your local tack or farm store and buy the “horse wrap”, it’s the same stuff, is much less expensive and comes in all sorts of fun colors.)

Allergic Reactions:

  • Benadryl
  • Loratadine (Claritin) or other Seasonal allergy remedy
  • Epi-pen or Twinject (If you need these you’ll know what they are, make sure to keep them current, ask if you can get a back-up and rotate them through your kit)
  • Albuterol inhaler

 

CPR/ Other:

  • CPR one-way valve shield
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Glucose gel for diabetic reactions, hard candy will also help if patient is conscious and talking.
  • EMT shears, These will cut anything
  • Pen Light
  • Nail Clippers
  • Safety Pins
  • Bandana

That about rounds out the contents of my kit, what else do you have in yours that you’ve found useful….or what do you wish you had?  Let me know in the comments below…Please note, a fully equipped ER doesn’t count because that won’t fit in a tackle box.

Up Next – Box 8 -Your personal wardrobe

 

Comments

  1. Donna says:

    Cream of tartar is great for replacing electrolytes from stress & sweating. Put about 1/6 teaspoon in a quart of water, shake & drink. It is way less expensive than those bottled drinks. My friend had to keep this with her at all times for her quadriplegic son who could go into shock at any time. It is so easy to keep a little bottle in your first-aid & 72-hour kits!

    I keep a small mirror in our first-aid kit too. Pads make great bandages for large wounds. Just add to them, never take off layers.

    • ready1 says:

      I didn’t know about the cream of tartar, thanks for including that. I’ll have to do a taste test comparison.

  2. Sarah says:

    I would like to suggest Silver Hydrosol (coloidal silver) as a must have for the first aid kit! It is very useful if antibiotics are unavailable. It has an extremely long shelf life and is great for boosting the immune system internally and also for external applications. I have used it with great success for strep throat, ear infections, pink eye, infected wounds and to boost immune system through illness like flu etc. Def first on my list to pack, as well as lavender essential oil, plantain salve or oil for skin itchiness or bug bites, burns etc. Bach Rescue Remedy would be another suggestion for emotional stress. Thank you for a very informative site, I’m really enjoying reading through everything. Great job!

  3. melissa says:

    another possible way to stock up on some meds: ask dr to write script for larger dose…for example, I can get 2 of x pills(per day) with insurance for $10 or I can also get 3 per day for the same price. This wont work with everything and also requires an understanding dr. I always say its budget related. And of course all insurances are different. Another thing, though this could be pricey…have your usual script with insurance and possible to try to a second script for same thing later on or through another dr. and just pay the out of pocket cost. when paying out of pocket you can also take advantage of 3 mo supplies which can be huge savings. These are just a few ways I have had to learn to be able to afford my meds over the yrs.

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