First aid kits are kind of an essential component of an adult household, right? Well, up until we have been sorely lacking in this area. Seriously, our first aid kit (and I use that term loosely) consisted of a plastic shoe box filled with leftover, weirdly shaped band aids, mostly expired ointments, and hotel soaps… Yes, hotel. soaps. Needless to say, if we were in some sort of injury situation, it would not be pretty.
Well, being that were are card carrying members of the grown up club now, I thought it was time we had a proper first aid kit!
I spotted this adorable “ouch” box on CB2 catalog a few months back and wanted it right away! It has two layers of storage, is made of metal so it’s extra sturdy, and had that design element that makes a utilitarian item into an exciting purchase.
After tossing more than half the contents of our old first aid kit, it was time to fill up our new one with the right stuff. I mean, yes I bought it because it’s awesome, but I also really do want to be prepared!
So what basics should you have in your first aid kit? I found a great list from The Red Cross and here’s what we put in ours:
- Lots of band aids
- Gauze pads
- Cloth tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- A thermometer
- Disposable gloves
- Icy Hot patches
- Cough syrup
- Vicks Vaporub
In addition to storing essentials for cuts and bumps, I also decided to keep some items that aren’t used all the time, but we do depend on when either of us gets sick like the cough syrup and Vicks Vaporub. That way if one of us is hurt or sick, we know exactly where to go.
I feel better already knowing we’re a little more prepared for injuries and illnesses. The cuteness of the kit helps, too.
Are there any other essentials I forgot? What’s in your first aid kit?