A couple of years ago, my husband and I found ourselves scrambling around looking for bandages at 10pm when a random toy cut the bottom of my son’s foot. We had no bandages in the house, and no antibiotic ointment that we could find, and that’s when we realized we needed to have a family first aid kit. Unsatisfied with the pre-stocked kits you can buy, we created our first well-stocked first aid kit in a dark green toolbox with a red cross taped on the side.
With six kids under 10 at the time, it didn’t take us long to realize we were going to need a never-ending supply of bandages that the kids could get themselves for every little tiny ouchie they found. Don’t forget every tiny ouchie on their stuffed animals and dolls too!
What we needed was two separate first aid kits! A kid-friendly first aid kit accessible and safe for the littles, and a family first aid kit for use only by adults — kept out of reach and well stocked with bandages for those late night events, not to include bandaging up imaginary friends. Otherwise, our kids were going to use up every bandage in our first aid kit and not tell us our supply was gone and we were going to find ourselves in the same predicament all over again. It took me a while, but I’ve finally put together a kid-friendly first aid kit.
Building a Kid-Friendly First Aid Kit
Here’s what we keep stocked in our kid-friendly first aid kit in a little red box:
- Bandages with fun prints
- Waterproof bandages
- Antibiotic ointment
(I chose CareOne bandages and antibiotic ointment from Food Lion. For More Information about Food Lion’s private brand labels click here)
That’s it! A kid-friendly first aid kit doesn’t need much, because the kids are going to dump it out, fill it with old bandage trash, lose the antibiotic ointment and take all the bandages. Then you refill it and the process starts all over again. This is the first aid kit that is kept on a low shelf within easy reach. This, my friends, is what keeps them from tumbling all the good stuff in the family first aid kit.
Now, once you have a small, kid-friendly first aid kit on a low shelf somewhere and you’ve shown the kids where it is and how to use it, it’s time to assemble a family first aid kit you will store somewhere out of reach. This first aid kit is going to be much more comprehensive – neat and tidy too!
Mine always has tons of those fingertip bandages, because I’m always nicking my knuckles and toes and needing those on hand. I prefer to use a bright red tool box for this first aid kit, one with lots of little compartments for all the little stuff you need. This one even has a detachable case on top and a removable tray on top so the big stuff can fit underneath.
Building a Family First Aid Kit
Here’s what we stocked in our family first aid kit:
- Fabric bandages in all sizes
- Waterproof bandages in all sizes
- Fingertip bandages
- Antibiotic ointment
- Anti-itch cream
- Gauze rolls
- Gauze pads
- Non-stick pads
- Alcohol wipes
- Plastic gloves
- Safety scissors
- Disposable ice packs
I was able to find everything I needed at Food Lion. I like to buy the CareOne brand because the products have all of the same quality ingredients found in national brands, but at a lower price which I love! And even better, all of the private label items at Food Lion have a double your money back guarantee. Learn more here.
I find that I need to go through the family first aid kit and re-stock and sort it out every few months to keep it neat and tidy and make sure nothing is missing, even though the kids are using their own little one now. The good news is, I’m no longer wading through wads of bandage trash to find what I need!