Buy a First Aid Kit BEFORE You Need One
You know that you need a first aid kit in your car, at home, and when you head out on an adventure. But do you have the right first aid kit for your family and lifestyle?
Choose a first aid kit that meets your or your family’s needs
- If you have children, choose a first aid kit with plenty of bandages, ointment, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol, as well as gauze and wraps.
- If you take part in more extreme sports like mountain biking, rock climbing, or multi-day hiking expeditions, pick a first aid kit that has the tools for more advanced injuries, such as a tourniquet.
- If you have pets, invest in a pet-friendly first aid kit as well. These can include tools such as blood clotting powder, tweezers and cotton swabs, and even emergency dog food.
- Don’t go overboard with more features than you need. Some kits offer “gunshot wound” solutions. If you have a genuine emergency, a first aid kit can only do so much and you’ll want to prioritize getting the victim to emergency services such as a medical clinic or hospital.