A woman puts together an at home first aid kit

Everything You Need to Know About Creating a First Aid Kit for Your Home

We’ve all been there: it’s two am on a Thursday morning. The sun has completely set, and it’s pitch black outside. But you wake up in the dead of night, and you feel it – you have to use the restroom.

Emerging from your cocoon of soft blankets, you begin the treacherous journey to the bathroom in the dark, unwilling to deal with the light burning your eyes. You’re almost to the door. You grip the knob and turn it, opening the bathroom door, but when you take a step forward…

You stub your toe. And it’s bleeding.

You feel like a ship adrift at sea. In your sleep-haze, you aren’t sure where your bandages are, where your antibacterial ointment could be, or where some ibuprofen is to help soothe the incessant throbbing in your toe. 

It is at this moment that you think, “I should have prepared a first-aid kit.”

Unfortunately for most of us, even the newest apartments for rent in Kansas City don’t come with a built-in first aid kit. This is something that we need to prepare for ourselves. Most grocery stores and pharmacies have first-aid kits that are ready-made and ready to go, and many people simply use that as their go-to first aid kit. However, if you’re wanting a little bit more customization as to what goes into the kit, then it’s simple to make your own.

If you’re looking to create the perfect first aid kit for your home or apartment, then here’s what you should consider:


1.) Know your location and where the closest hospital is.

Your home or apartment’s location is actually a crucial – if not silly sounding – starting point for building your first aid kit. Typically, apartments are going to be in cities, so this really isn’t an issue. However, if you’re in a standalone home in a more location, your first aid kit could be crucial.

For typical apartment living, you aren’t going to need a first aid kit that’s as extensive, because you have easy access to nearby doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and more. This is especially true if you’re in one of the apartments for rent in Kansas City: a sprawling urban area with a doctor’s office on practically every street. For locations like these, simple things like alcohol wipes, bandages, and pain relievers should suffice. 

The real preparation comes when you’re in your own home. Typical single-family homes are in more remote locations, and it may take a longer period of time to get to a hospital if an emergency arises. You might want to stock additional things relating to burns, heavy bleeding, or other major injury supplies.


2.) Make a list of what you need for your kit.

Everyone is going to have a different idea of what’s important to have in a first aid kit. Some may think that having more extreme medical supplies in the kit is most important, but for those living in an apartment, just the basics are okay.

There are a few things that every first aid kit should have: pain relievers, bandages or wound dressings, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, gloves, and instant cold packs should be at the top of your list. These items are ones that can be used for anything – from cuts and scrapes, to blisters, to a simple headache. Decide what is most important, and add it onto your next grocery list!

A first aid kit laid out on the counter


3.) Medication information is always a good thing to have on hand.

Something important to keep in your first aid kit is something that many people may not think of: a list of your current medication. In case of an emergency, one of the questions that emergency services will definitely ask you about is what medications you’re taking. If you keep this list handy in a place that makes sense, like your first aid kit, it’s an easy find or an easy way to direct your emergency service provider to help improve your care. Plus, keeping it in an easy to remember place like your first aid kit makes it even more convenient to remember should you need it for a regular doctor’s visit! 


4.) Know when something is out of your league and when to call emergency services.

Probably the most important thing to realize when you’re creating your emergency kit is that, in most cases, you are not the professional. Having a first aid kit can greatly help you in the long run to help mitigate the damage in an emergency situation, but your first aid kit is not going to be the end-all be-all to your most intense medical emergencies.

Always pay attention to what’s going on. If you believe that a situation may be a bit too much for you to handle, no matter what you have stocked in your first aid kit, then it’s time to call emergency services. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. Use what you’ve got in your emergency kit to get a head start; if there’s a wound, or a burn, or some kind of bleeding, use your supplies to help yourself or another feel better while waiting for emergency services. However, if you feel as if you really are stuck with no idea where to turn, don’t be ashamed. That’s what the professionals are there for.


Woodside Village – Apartments for Rent in Kansas City

Woodside’s prime location and apartments for rent in Kansas City mean that you don’t have to have an extensive first aid kit. All you need are the basics to keep your kit stocked to ensure that you don’t ever have to deal with your bleeding stubbed toe from your midnight jaunt to the restroom, because the University of Kansas health system is right in your backyard! Plus, because of our central location, it’s easy to get exactly the supplies that you need to make the best first aid kit that you can imagine.

If you’re interested in touring our complex and seeing all of the amazing things that are within walking distance, contact us and schedule a tour today!