I live by myself and I regularly do things that hurt. I burn myself on hot pans. I slip down icy sidewalks in the winter. I have twisted ankles on runs and cut myself in the kitchen on the regular. Honestly, I’m just lucky I’m not dead! Want to know what’s worse than cutting yourself on a piece of broken glass? Cutting yourself when you live by yourself, and nobody’s there to help you wrap up and you don’t have band-aids because you weren’t prepared. Calling a friend at a random time to ask them to swing by with bandages and peroxide really, really sucks. Ouch, twice.
Since I doubt I’ll ever get any less accident prone, I’m a klutz at heart- but to make up for my occasional flirt with Darwinism, I have learned to stock my first aid kit at home to ensure that I can minimize the damage.
If you’re anything like me, you should stock up *before* you cut yourself or have to make an emergency phone call for a friend to swing by with some gauze and peroxide…Adulting can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be painful!
– Bandages, in all sizes. Bandaid has a giant multi-pack that also comes with Mickey bandaids, if you’re like me, get the biggest set possible.
– Gauze pads.
– Gauze on a roll. (necessary for any scrapes or cuts on bendy parts of your body a bandage won’t stay on.)
– Adhesive tape. (this is good for finger cuts or odd shaped cuts that bandages can’t cover.)
– Antiseptic Wash (hurt-free for boo boos that really sting.
– Peroxide (good for cuts and scrapes, but doubles as a tooth whitener with baking soda!)
– Stretchy Tape (like what they use to wrap you up after a blood draw).
– Cortizone (for rashes, bug bites and itchy stuff).
– Antibiotic ointment.
Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt is a lifesaver. If you have a tendency to sprain things during exercise or you’re like me and usually slip at least once on the winter ice, having epsom salt on hand for a nice soak will help for normal sprains. If you workout and have some regular soreness, an epsom soak is cheap and helpful to heal tired muscles.
Ice Pack. Get an ice pack before you need it. My friend had this particular one in his freezer, and when I burned my elbow making cookies (how do I do these things?) the clay pack saved me so I could finish cooking during Labor Day. Ice packs have a tendency to make a wet mess, but a clay pack stays cooler, longer, without getting everything wet as it warms up. Plus, the clay radiates the cool instead of getting one spot too cold. I used it once at his house and had to go get my own.
Beauty Products That Double As First-Aid Supplies:
– Tweezers (to get out splinters or glass shards.)
– Cotton balls.
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