First Aid Supplies

Most people know that no home would be complete without first aid supplies but many do not realize that the home is not the only place where first aid kits are required. Carrying a first aid kit in your car, in your backpack while you are hiking, or even in your purse is a very good idea.

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Customizing First Aid Kits

You just never know when you are going to be in need of first aid supplies. Obviously you can't always carry around a full arsenal of first aid supplies, but carrying first aid supplies that you are likely to use in a particular situation is a great idea. For example, you might keep an extensive first aid kit stashed at home that includes a variety of first aid items that would be useful for injuries that are likely in the home. However, if you are planning a backpacking trip you might consider tacking a compact first aid kit that is easily transportable and contains supplies that will be helpful for a variety of injuries that are likely to occur in an outdoor setting such as bug bites, ankle sprains, and dehydration.

Types of First Aid Supplies (kits)

First aid supplies include so much more than just Band-Aids and disinfectant wipes. You can find first aid kits and supplies that are customized for just about every situation imaginable. There are commercial first aid kits available for use in the home, storing in your car, taking along on outdoor adventures or just for carrying around on a daily basis. You have the option of purchasing a commercial first aid kits for any or all of these locations or you can purchase the supplies individually and create your own kits to meet your specific needs. Basic first aid supplies for the home should include the following:

  • Bandages of several different sizes
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Aspirin
  • Pain relievers
  • Fever reducers
  • Thermometers
  • Gauze pads
  • Medical tape
  • Burn cream.

First aid kits that you take into the wilderness may include any or all of the previously mentioned supplies as well as some items that might be helpful in the outdoors. This may include any of the following:

  • Tweezers
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen
  • Snake bite extractors
  • Smelling salts
  • Water or electrolyte replacement drinks
  • Sting treatment pads
  • Mouth to mouth shields.

These two kits are rather extensive but the first aid supplies that you carry on a daily basis in your purse or briefcase may only include a few basic first aid supplies such as bandages and antiseptic wipes. The level of activity in your daily life will dictate your need for first aid supplies.