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A fully stocked DIY family first aid kit gives you the ability to help your child faster. Grab the printable shopping checklist and make yours today!
Having all of your first aid supplies in one convenient location is incredibly important. It’s even better if that location is portable because kids get hurt anywhere and everywhere, and running all over your house to gather the supplies you need to help your kid NOW only makes the situation worse. Having a DIY family first aid kit fully stocked and ready to roll gives you the ability to help your child faster.
I’m laying out everything you need and how to organize it to be better prepared the next time you need to to do first aid. And, make sure you grab the printable first aid kit shopping checklist from the toolkit!
Not your average first aid kit checklist
Before we jump in, I want to be completely transparent. This is not your average first aid kit. I believe strongly that the items you keep in your first aid kit should HELP you when the crap hits the fan at home. You’re not going to find medicine or lotions, or any of that in here. This is the nitty-gritty, detailed list of things you’re going to want to have at home when your kid falls off their bike and has a massive bloody knee or if your kid slices their finger with a knife or if your kid falls off the swing and their arm is clearly not pointing the right way.
How do I make a DIY family first aid kit at home?
The easiest way to make your own first aid kit is to print the shopping list and head to the store. Some things you will want to order from Amazon, but most things I recommend getting from the Dollar Store or Dollar General to save yourself some money. Because guess what, the $2 bandaids from Dollar G are just as good as the $7 bandaids from Target.
You’ll also need to get a convenient box to keep things in- more on that in a second. I’ve found that toolboxes or tackle boxes make the best first aid kits because they’re durable and extremely portable. You don’t necessarily need a MASSIVE container, but one with different sections that’s easy to open will be more than sufficient.
Try to avoid boxes that have multiple small sections that need to be opened individually. The more things you have to spend time opening, the longer your response time will be. Pick something that you can open and have access to all of its contents relatively quickly.
Why you need a portable family first aid kit
I mentioned that your first aid kit needs to be portable. You should be able to grab your kit and run to your child and know you have every single thing you could need to help them. If you keep your supplies in a cabinet or in a hanging organizer, it might be really hard to get everything you need at one time.
Picture this, your child falls off the swing and is screaming bloody murder. You run to your kid and see a BIG pile of blood around their elbow. If your first aid supplies are in a cabinet, you have to run to the cabinet, open it, look through everything you have, grab what you think you may need, and run back to your kid.
Whereas if everything were in ONE place, you could grab the box and go. You’d be confident you have every single thing you might need to help your kid.
Seems easier, right?
Everything you need to know about first aid kits!
In this video I go over the ins and outs of building your DIY family first aid kit. From the best containers to use, to the ins and outs of all the supples; it’s all here. PLUS I go over how to use the different items. It’s a recorded live from my facebook community. Enjoy!
What items should be in your DIY family first aid kit?
- Assorted band-aids
- Sterile and non-sterile gauze
- Trauma pads
- Pressure dressing
- Instant ice packs
- Triangle bandage
- SAM Splint
- Ace wraps
- Permanent marker
- Pen and notepad
- Nail Clippers
- Hand Sanitizer
- Contact solution
- Latex gloves
- Quick Clot
- Trauma Shears
- Popsicle sticks
Where to store your family first aid kit
Store your first aid kit somewhere central in your home. That might be in your pantry or under a sink. Every single person in your home should know the location of your first aid kit and how to access it when needed.
My five year old knows exactly where to go when I tell her, ‘Mommy needs the first aid box to help your sister. Get it please.’
Again, if I had things in several places or loose, I run the risk of my child not knowing what exactly I’m asking her for. But she does know what a first aid kit is.
Make it simple on yourself. Print the first aid kit shopping checklist. Gather all of the supplies. Make your DIY Family first aid kit. Teach the folks in your home where it lives. You can thank me later.
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