Day 14: First Aid + Medications
Updated: Apr 23
30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge!
Today's One Thing is first aid supplies...
I did logistics for Outward Bound and have been an outdoor guide for 25 years, so I'm a bit of a first aid nut (just ask my husband...he's an EMT and he still laughs at me!).
The most important thing with first aid isn't necessarily what you have, but that what you have is accessible. For true emergencies you're going to call 9-1-1 (or whatever your emergency number is for your country), so it's more about basics and necessities, which are going to be somewhat personal.
So today, wherever you have first aid supplies (bathrooms, garage, car, office...) and organize them in a way that works for you.
Once they're organized, make sure everyone in your house or office knows where they are, then keep them accessible and supplied.
I keep first aid supplies in a few places because I'm such a first aid nut (I got my Wilderness First Responder certification twice and loved the course both times!):
Car: bandaids, cold pack, large gauze pads, small blanket, eyedrops, tweezers, rain poncho, warm gloves, warm hat
Small bathroom (mostly for guests): bandaids
Master bathroom: soooo much! Here's a photo...
Outdoor gear: again, soooo much! Here's a photo...
What to do with old medications?
The best thing to do with old medications is to take them to a place where they dispose of them "properly" (if you know what this means, please tell me!).
I take mine and my clients' to the local sheriff's office - in Kitsap County where I live, this is the best place I've found to take them.
If you know of a good place, please let me know so I can share!