The first rule of adulting is to have a first aid kit.

You never know what life will throw at you.

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Step 1: Decide To Buy Or Make Your Kit

Buy a first aid kit from any major store or assemble one on your own. The choice is yours!


If you choose to assemble, be prepared to buy any items you don't have yet, and to spend some time putting it together.


Juan is determining whether he should build or buy a first aid kit. What factors should he take into account when deciding?

Desired supplies

Total cost

Time required

All of these

Step 2: Round Up The Goods

Find a kit to hold your supplies.

A container, not a cat.


You can use a lunch box, Tupperware set, or an actual first aid kit container. Feel free to get creative!

Step 3: Assemble The Basics

These are some first-aid kit musts:

Rubbing alcohol

  • Gets rid of germs on open wounds.

Antibiotic ointment

  • Hello, fast healing!


  • Get a variety of shapes and sizes.


Step 4: Grab Supplemental Supplies

Nitrile gloves

  • They look like latex, but are medical grade and used for emergencies. Neat!


  • Stops the bleeding, stat.

Over-the-counter medicine

  • Helps keep the pain down.



Sally is preparing her first aid kit, but only has latex gloves at home. What should she do?

Make a note to buy nitrile gloves later

Put them in. Gloves are gloves!

Step 5: Secure A Location

Place your kit in an easy-to-reach location that you'll actually remember.


You'll get brownie points if you have multiple kits in multiple locations. You never know when danger will strike!

Step 6: Learn How To Use It

Familiarize yourself with the basics of how and when to use the supplies.

No medical degree required, just Google.



Always have a first aid kit ready to use in your home, car, or workplace.

It'll keep you from turning into this one day.

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This Byte has been authored by


Mandy Mekhail

Strengths-Based & Cultural Responsive Practitioner