When I think about my intention for “Preserved Home,” it’s more than just being prepared with food, but also readiness for illness or injury. Yes, I have homemade chicken soup all canned up, Gatorade, bland crackers and the like stashed away for colds and other sicknesses, but until recently I didn’t have a solid first aid kit.
I decided to make a really nice first aid kit, where I could find everything in one place, instead of fumbling through my bathroom cabinet looking for supplies when something happens. I also wanted a kit I could take with me when we go on trips, or even day excursions to the lake. When three yellow jackets flew up my daughter’s shirt a couple years ago and stung her on a camping trip, I realized if our American Heritage Girl troop hadn’t been prepared, it would have been a very painful experience for her. The sting medication took the pain away immediately. That experience lit the spark for first aid readiness. I started out with a small kit, but decided to make a bigger one.
Many of the items in this kit were purchased from the dollar store. Also, use drug store coupons to keep your costs down as well. Making this was fun, and gives me a piece of mind.
I bought a tackle box, filled it, and then had to buy a bigger one after realizing mine was too small. Save yourself some money, and go big the first time! Here’s what I filled my kit with:
gauze patches and rolled gauze
aloe vera for burns
allergy pills for children and adults
pills for upset stomach
first aid scissors
After Bite (for stings)
ankle and knee supports
pain relief patches
liquid pain reliever
I think the only thing I’m missing is a first aid booklet. Being accident prone, I’m very sure of my ability to administer everything in my kit, but it doesn’t hurt to have some more elaborate instructions.
I’ve already used this kit twice since making it last week. My daughter was climbing up and down a narrow step, and woke up in severe pain in both of her flat feet! I wrapped a pain relief patch around each foot, and gave her pain medication. I hope I don’t have to use this much, but if you know me, I don’t think anything will have time to expire in this kit because of my susceptibility to injury. What I’m saying is, I’m a klutz.
I hope this post inspires you to put together your own kit. This is just another way to love your family, by being prepared!