Streamlining The First Aid Kit

Whether your first aid kit is the size of a box of Band-Aids or large enough to outlive the Zombie Apocalypse, it occasionally needs to be reviewed and streamlined. Here’s a few tips to make it more efficient and have quick, easy access to everything.


MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE

A first aid kit should be easily accessible. If at home, keep it in a hall closet, bathroom, or someplace where everyone (except little children) can reach it. If at work, store it in an obvious, well-marked place. Please remember to let non-residents know where it is (such as babysitters, interns, etc.).

A first aid kit should also be easily transportable. Make it small, such as an easy-to-carry box, or a bag with a carry strap. In most cases, emergencies will happen away from convenient spots, so transportability is key.

Consider a toolbox, a plastic storage container (with or without handle), a drawstring bag, small luggage, or a fishing kit as good options.


DOWNSIZE ITEMS

Whenever possible, make your items small enough to easily fit in the kit. This may involve putting items in travel-size containers or using smaller portions. It is important though to keep the precautions and instructions of each item accessible. Consider purchasing unit doses or small portion sizes of medicines and creams. Also, make sure to properly label all items if they are out of their original containers. If they have extra precautions, such as don’t get in your eyes, add that and recommendations on what to do.

MAKE A LIST OF EXPIRATION DATES

If you have items in your first aid kit that have an expiration date, make a list. Write down the item and the date it expires. Leave room beside the date. This is to allow the addition of new dates, as you replace those items.

Important: before disposing of original containers, document the expiration date of the item.

GROUP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER

As you assemble this kit, remember to group similar items together.

For example:

For wound care, you would want your gloves and gauze together. Band-Aids, antibiotic creams/spray, and wrap should be together as well.