A home first aid kit is the most efficient way of storing the items necessary to deal with accidents and emergencies, be it injury, illness, or otherwise. There is no one blueprint for what you should choose to put in it, given the range of medications, supplements, and treatments available on the market, not to mention each individual’s specific needs. But while no two first aid kits will look the same, having one to turn to in times of need is no less important.
Filling your kit according to your needs
No home should be without a well-stocked supply of healing items, whether you opt to store them in a portable box or in a medicine cabinet.
Composing the contents of a home first aid kit depends primarily on the number of household members, and the range of ages and/or health conditions it has to cater for. As well as general treatment items – like bandages, plasters, and antiseptic – it can be useful in family groups to divide medical supplies into clear categories: medicines for adults and those for children. After all, good organization is key to a fast response in the event of an emergency.
Safety comes first
While it is important to have medicines easily accessible in times of need, they should always be stored securely to avoid accident, hence the value of a designated first aid kit. Households with children, people with disabilities, or those suffering from the likes of Alzheimer’s or dementia should take particular care to never leave medicines unattended, as this could lead to improper use or even accidental overdose. With that in mind, a home first aid kit should always be kept out of easy reach of those who are vulnerable to misuse, such as in a locked cupboard or at a height.
Also keep in mind that, as with anything else, medicines have expiry dates. As much as we hope a first aid kit can sit unneeded for years, it is worth looking through it regularly to update, remove, or replace items as necessary.
What should be in a home first aid kit?
As mentioned above, there is no one recipe for the perfect first aid kit; it can and should be tailored to suit your household’s needs.
Important core elements to build from include coverings for wounds (plasters, gauze, bandages, sterile dressings, etc.) and various antiseptic products that reduce the risk of infection (Octenisept, hydrogen peroxide, etc.). Painkillers (available as tablets and syrups) are also great staples to have, and of course, any prescription medications you require.
Other goods worth considering include: cough syrup, eye and nose drops, stomach aids, activated carbon, anti-diarrhea agents, electrolytes (to prevent dehydration), balms and creams that ease irritation, sun protection, insect repellent, and various vitamins and dietary supplements (such as Vitamins C and D).
Ensuring you have at least a month’s supply of the items you use regularly is a good rule of thumb if you want to avoid running out, and if space will allow, thermometers, scissors, and a nail care kit will help to round out your collection nicely.
Earplugs as first aid kit accessories
Given the importance of guarding our hearing against the effects of adverse noise, and the vital role of a good night’s sleep in maintaining our overall health, it is well worth adding ear plugs to your home first aid kit. Whether you live in a busy area, want to be equipped should the neighbors throw a late-night party, or need to head to bed earlier than usual due to important obligations (such as early travel or meetings), they can come in handy at the most unexpected times.
Which earplugs should you choose?
There are various types of earplug on the market, and the one you opt for should depend on your needs and budget. So, when choosing, pay attention to the material and purpose in relation to how you intend to use them most often. For example: For use during sleep or rest, reusable HASPRO SLEEP UNIVERSAL would be ideal; but to suppress excessive noise on an ad hoc basis, like a rowdy house party next door, our disposable MULTI10 TUBE or molded plugs for limited reuse would likely be best. For those who like to be prepared for every eventuality, young and old alike, earplugs can also be used to offer protection in all sorts of other situations, from motorcycling, at work, and during noise-generating sports like shooting, to swimming, water sports, and even while