Watch out y’all, I’m about to go into ‘prepper’ mode! I’ve probably been watching too much Dual Survival lately…
Seriously though, one of the things that has propelled our family into this lifestyle is the desire to be more prepared and self reliant. We used to live 3 minutes from a hospital…now we live 30 minutes away, at least. So I’ve been feeling like I need to get my first aid act together. Oh, and it’s hurricane season around these parts too. All great reasons to get prepared.
So I’ve put together some first aid kits. One for my purse, the car, the shed, and our home. And I’m talking about more than just band-aids and neosporin. I’m talking about, what if I can’t get to a doctor and my kid needs serious medical attention, kind of first aid. Like most things, these are still a work in progress, but you have to start somewhere, right?
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share with you how I’ve put together each of these first aid kits, what’s in them, and why. Today I’m starting with the simplest one, the kit in my purse.
For this first aid kit I had to be picky because I’m not lugging around a huge kit everywhere, it had to be reasonably small. I knew I needed to think about the most likely issues I’d face on the go. Now, I do have a more substantial kit in my car, but if it’s a small issue I can handle on the spot without having to trek back to wherever my car is, that would be ideal. So here’s what I decided to add to my Personal First Aid Kit,
Personal First Aid Kit
Bandaids – Obvious, right? With a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old, I can’t tell you how often I’ve needed a simple bandaid to solve a problem.
Chapstick – This is more of a comfort thing, but in the winter chapped lips can get cracked and bleed, so it’s a good thing to have on hand. Plus the one that just stays loose in my bag always gets sniped by my kids. This is like my secret backup chapstick;)
Tweezers – Obvious again. I’ve got rough and tumble kids, what can I say?
Nail clippers – Hangnails can be painful, man!
Nail file – It’s small and takes up little space, so you might as well. You never know when a MacGyver moment may strike!
Alcohol wipes – To clean those scrapes.
Sea-Bands – To help with nausea/motion sickness.
Activated charcoal capsules – For upset tummies, food poisoning, spider bites. These can be used for a lot of stuff!
Lavender essential oil – For calming, wound cleansing/healing, and insect bites. (click HERE to learn more about the essential oils I trust and recommend)
Peppermint essential oil – For headaches and nausea.
* The tin I’ve used here was included in an Etsy purchase I made a while back…I can never let a good container go! But, I’ve seen tins of similar size at Michael’s for $1. And the plastic case I used for the charcoal originally came with the sea bands.
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Medical Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a medical professional. I’m just a Mom sharing what works for my family. Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. Please do your own research and consult your doctor for medical care or advice.
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