Preparedness Basics – the first aid kit


I have always had a small fascination with first aid kits.  As a Boy Scout we were taught to “Be Prepared”, to help others and ourselves.  I took that to heart and used any container I could procure to act as the vessel for water purification pills, fishing supplies, waterproof matches, and anything else that would help me survive in the  wild country of North Kingsville, OH.

First aid kits are a must-have in any emergency plan. Even though you can buy these pre-made, if you go this route, it’s a good idea to check the kit contents and the expiration dates, just to make sure you have everything you need.

You can, of course, also make your own. says that your first aid kit should include:

  • Two pairs of sterile gloves
  • Sterile dressings (to stop bleeding)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Petroleum jelly (for minor cuts/burns)
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications and supplies
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

Store items in a sturdy container that’s easy to open. A tackle box or an art supply container might be good options; they are typically lightweight and have handles for easy carrying. You might also consider taking a first-aid class, because knowing what to actually do with all the supplies in your first aid kit can make all the difference in an emergency, you may also consider taking a first aid class.

Jeff Spring, Agent/Owner of Spring Family Insurance Agency, Premier Exclusive Agent for Allstate Insurance 814-774-4080


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