I mentioned a few days ago that I hired a professional photographer to take pictures of my emergency preparedness items. I teach classes on food storage and emergency preparedness at different churches, subdivisions, businesses and other groups. It’s getting harder and harder for me to haul all my “stuff” to the different locations, so pictures are working great for presentations. Today, it’s all about first aid kits and the many ways you can put one together.
Please look around your house and gather your first aid items to see what inventory you have so you can then evaluate what you need to replace, discard or purchase. If you have a first aid kit already, that’s awesome! If you’re like me, sometimes you need to discard expired over the counter bottles or boxes. Here’s the deal, you do not need to purchase an expensive first aid kit, just start with a little and add the things you need as your budget allows.
The first few pictures are professional photos and then some of my own non-professional ones, but I wanted to share several ways to make first aid kits today. Please note you can purchase most of these first aid kit containers at your local stores.
First Aid Kits
The blog that I wrote a few years ago making a first aid kit out of a fishing tackle box has been one of my most popular posts. Here’s the deal, the tackle box is fairly cheap to purchase and you can easily see most of your first aid supplies at a glance.
You can see the box open below with the supplies I use. Now, this is just a few items I have collected to fill this fishing tackle box. Here is the list if you can use it, remember everyone stores different first aid supplies. First aid: Supplies by Linda
Below, I did another post about using this Stanley FatMax tool storage unit. The Plano fishing tackle is great, but it’s quite heavy for me to carry. It’s perfect in my house for the first aid supplies I use all the time at home. I decided to fill another larger container, thus the Stanley FatMax came to my mind. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive and has wheels. I wanted something I could take to a school, church or out to my street if I need to help people. Keep in mind I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field, but I have done extensive research as to what needs to be in a first aid kit. We will all fill our own kits with supplies we feel comfortable using.
I can put more supplies in this Stanley FatMax unit, so it was a perfect fit for me. I highly recommend this Medical Handbook. I think between this handbook and my book Prepare Your Family For Survival will really help you be prepared for the unexpected more than you would be without them. Take some time to read both, take notes, and make sure you feel comfortable that your family is as prepared as possible. There are so many things that can come up to surprise us. Try not to be surprised that you’re missing some critical items when your family is in real need.
Now, I realize everyone may not have a lot of money to fill their first aid kits right off the bat. If you have a box, start with that. Most of us have some extra buckets in our home, they would work great as well. I did purchase some black vinyl lettering for these 5-gallon buckets, but a magic marker would work great too! Make the job for yourself as simple and easy as you can. Just pick up a bottle of this, a box of that, some band-aids and some Benadryl, that’s all you need to do.
I wrote a post about a college first aid kit because I gave this to my granddaughter as a high school graduation gift. The box is a medium size box so it wouldn’t take up a lot of room in her apartment or dorm. I didn’t want my granddaughter going out at night to pick up some fever reducing products, Vicks VapoRub, lip balm, cough syrup, or Imodium. Yes, I sent her with some of my favorite essential oils. It’s what a grandma does, right?
I’m a grandma and a mom, and when the grandkids come to visit, sometimes we need some supplies just for the younger ones. So I try and keep supplies that are age appropriate. I rotate and discard the expired ones, as needed. Some of the ones you may want to consider are Tylenol, Motrin, cough syrup, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Orajel, lip balm, allergy tablets, just to name a few items. A thermometer would be awesome and add some cute band-aids and the kids always smile with a cute band-aid on their boo boo, right?
I am so thankful that a reader, Joanne D. reminded me to put a “print” button on my website. I realize a few of you print and organize my articles. I’m so grateful you can use them. If you teach others, that will melt my heart. Let’s teach the world to be prepared because I can tell you this, the government will not be able to take care of all of us. If we have a disaster or unforeseen emergency, we may be on our own for 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months or possibly more. You may know I am not a doomsday prepper, I am a mom and grandma trying to teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected. May God help this crazy world we live in today. Blessings to all of you.
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