Knowing how to build a first-aid kit is second only to knowing how to use one. It is important to know the contents of a good first-aid kit. Everyone has a general idea of what it should have, but to truly prepare for disaster, you need to get specific.
The first step is to determine what your first-aid kit is for. If you’re going to prepare for a disaster, you need a very different kit than if you’re simply preparing for injuries in a restaurant kitchen. Identify this first as it will help you identify your needs.
Any kit needs bandages. However, there are too many types of bandages on the market. You will want more than one kind: strip bandages for general sores and wounds, butterfly bandages for cuts, as well as gauze and pads for deeper injuries that require pressure. These are just the basics. If you are in a situation that will make you prone to finger injuries, you should add finger and knuckle bandages as well, for instance. If you are in a situation that makes deep cuts more likely, have more butterfly bandages on hand.
Antiseptics are a necessity. These sterilize wounds and prevent infection, but they come in many different forms. The most basic form is a combined analgesic and disinfectant in the form of a cream, and this will be suitable for basic injuries. Larger injuries will benefit more from an aerosol spray. Again, it depends on the scope of your kit. If you intend to take it camping, you’ll want a spray-type disinfectant. If you are preparing for emergencies, take iodine.
Many elements important to a first-aid kit are easy to overlook because they don’t have an immediate medical purpose. A good example of this is bottled water. Pure, clean water is a very useful thing to have on hand for taking medication, cleaning dirt away, and so on. Consider the full scope of your kit before you decide it’s finished.
Building a first-aid kit requires identifying your needs and following them to their specific ends. Don’t just get bandages; get the right kind of bandages. Don’t just get a disinfectant; identify if you need something heavy duty. You still need to strike a balance. While you could break your arm in a kitchen, you can probably do without a dedicated splint. Save that for your hiking kit. To build a good kit, be honest about your needs and don’t cut corners.