A first aid kit is an essential item for a medical crisis or a child’s skinned knee. Having everything conveniently available to you when you actually need. Below are five essential qualities that you should look for in a great first aid kit.
1. Emergency Handbook – Any great first aid kit will have an informative reference guide to outline helpful tips of what to do within the first few minutes of a sudden illness or accident.
2. Clear Labels – Everything in the kit should have clear accurate labels to be easily read quickly in case of emergency.
3. Organization – A great kit will have several small pockets inside to easily keep things organized and not just all piled together.
4. Practical – Your kit should be large enough to hold all of the essential things that a correct first aid kit would contain, yet small enough to be practical to hang from your backpack.
5. Durability – Your first aid kit must be durable in order to be valued as reliable as well as water resistant.
In these current, crazy and unpredictable times, with the threat of terrorism, motorists getting stranded in desolate places, campers or hikers getting lost, and people’s plain old need for “peace of mind,” it’s a great idea to have a survival kit available. Also, motorists, bikers, joggers, boaters, campers, hikers, bicycle enthusiasts, and hunters, should never leave home without a good first aid kit at their disposal. Sometimes, manufacturers combine a first aid kit and a survival kit in one convenient package. Wouldn’t you rather “have one and not need it, than need one and not have it”?
We have all heard or read a story where a person or couple, or even a small family, got stranded with their car, in the middle of nowhere, and had one heck of a time, fending for their lives, dealing with wild animals, the weather, hunger, thirst, and so forth, until help arrived! They didn’t need to be without water, food, and some survival supplies if they had only planned ahead.
To buy a survival or first aid kit, place it in the trunk of your car, and then just forget about it is the smartest thing a person can do. You just never know when fate will point you in the wrong direction, and then you get lost, then the car breaks down unexpectedly, and then it’s, “Oh no! What do we do now!?”
Even if you feel you don’t need the survival items, you at least need to have a first aid kit, as little mishaps occur all of the time. It’s very comforting to have bandages, first aid cream, aspirin tablets, cotton balls, and so forth available, just in case you need them!
Even kids or teens who may be likely to ride their bicycles a few miles away from home, will love the feeling of having a first aid kit, secured to their bike. With kids it even affords “bragging rights,” as they can proudly “show off” to their friends, the “cool” kit that their mom or dad has bought for them, just in case. We all learned as children, in scouting, to “be prepared.”
Since a purchase of something such as a first aid kit and/or survival kit is not something you need to buy every day, they are not usually available at every corner store. Why would a shop keeper want to tie up his money into merchandise that people don’t buy every day, like they do milk, soda, beer, bread, candy and so forth? He wouldn’t! That is another reason you wouldn’t see a survival kit in a grocery store. Certain items that we need, or should seriously consider having, are usually only available through a specialty online retailer. You visit their website, see photos and descriptions of the items, place your order, and have it delivered directly to your door. Simple, fast, efficient, and most importantly, in the case of first aid and survival items, “peace of mind!”
You may not give it much thought but preparing your emergency preparedness kits may be the next best thing to survival instincts. Emergency preparedness kits are your family’s only lifelines during an emergency situation or a natural disaster. It is not that expensive or difficult to setup emergency preparedness kits. In fact, most of the resources or necessities that you compile inside emergency kits are commonly found in your home.
During an emergency situation or a disaster, it is very helpful to have an extra supply of survival materials. A supply of survival materials may include, first aid kits, medicines, food and water primarily and even money. It is also ideal to have supplies sufficient for seventy-two hours or three days, while other members of the family, rescuers or emergency responders are focusing their attention on people with urgent issues. There are actually two types of emergency preparedness kits. You can make a home made emergency kit or buy pre-assembled or retailed emergency preparedness kits in drug stores, emergency supplies retailer, department stores, online or through American Red Cross offices. There are benefits from having home made and retailed emergency preparedness kits; it only depends on your individual situation.
Homemade kits usually contain supplies gathered from around your home. Ingredients of a well stocked kit include ample supplies of water, food, usually canned goods and dried fruits and vegetables, can opener, batteries and flashlight, lighter, matches, candles, two way radio or wind up radio, first aid kits, special items such baby formulas or prescribed medicines, duplicates of home and car keys, bills and coins, road map and emergency plan. Also include duplicates of your house and car keys, cash bills, coins for calling pay phones and a copy of your emergency plan.
The benefit from putting your own kit together is that you can choose the type of food and materials yourself. Homemade kits tend to be a lot cheaper than prebuilt store bought ones and tend to be of a higher quality. However, most people don’t have the time or energy to compile emergency preparedness kits. If this is the case then buying pre-assembled kits is your best choice. In North America, the US and Canadian Red Cross sell emergency preparedness kits that decent for three day or seventy two hour consumptions.
Come up with a compact storage or a convenient-to-carry bag for these emergency kit supplies. Store it in places where it is easily accessible. Since some of the supplies are perishable like water, medicine and food, make sure to maintain and keep your supplies updated. You may opt for preserved or canned foods.
A back up of your emergency kits is crucial to survival. These include: extra footwear and clothing, warm blanket, sleeping bag, whistle to call attention in case you are lost in a strange location, garbage bags and toiletries for personal hygiene, hand gloves, handy tools, screw drivers, Swiss knife, hammer, portable stove, extra liters of water, personal care products, family photo and individual photo of family members, important documents, like birth certificate, I.D. cards and passport.