There are lots of things that you can do to make yourself and your family more resilient, but the best return on your money is to invest in things that you’re going to use anyways. As the first post in my series on home and family resilience, I wanted to focus on something really basic that everyone needs: a first aid kit.
It’s a fact: everyone gets hurt, and a lot of the time they get hurt at home. Whether a kitchen incident with a knife, or a fall off a bike, it’s really easy to get hurt. When we do, it’s important to have the right supplies in the right place at the right time. It might save you a hospital or doctor’s bill, or it might even save your life. The humble first-aid kit is key to making your home and family more resilient.
You can buy ready-made ones, but my experience has been that they are often full of “fluff” and stuff that you really aren’t going to use all that often. I’ve always preferred to build my own, it costs less and I know I have what I need in there. It also means that I can customize it exactly to my needs by including specialty items that are appropriate for my family and I.
This list includes my recommendations, most of which are available at your local drug store, or I’ve included links to most of the items on Amazon. (If you click on or purchase one of the items, I may receive a commission through Amazon). However you choose to do it, building a first-aid kit is far better than just buying one whose contents you mostly won’t use.
If you would like some help making your own first-aid kit, or want to purchase a custom-made one for your home, please contact me.
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