How to Make a Backyard First Aid Kit

June 27th, 2013 by

How to Make a Backyard First Aid KitIt’s officially summer!  Playtime is in high gear, which means more fun but also more accidents. In the course of their outdoor activities, your children will most likely come home with new battle scars every day. Between the scraped knees and mosquito bites, you’ll want to have a good backyard first aid kit on hand. Read on for what to include in your basic first aid kit and how to get your kids involved.

Put It All Together

You can buy pre-made first aid kits, or you can pick out what you need at your local drug store and pack your own. As you put the kit together, talk to your kids about safety and how to use each item (and in what situations). What do you use to clean out a cut or a scrape? When should you go find an adult to help right away? Here’s a list of basic items you can include in your kit:

  • Antiseptic cleaning wipes
  • Alcohol cleansing pads
  • Butterfly closure bandages
  • Band-Aids (multiple sizes and fun varieties)
  • Gauze
  • Gauze roll
  • First aid tape
  • Moleskin (for blisters)
  • Neosporin/antibiotic ointment
  • Insect sting relief
  • Sunblock
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Tweezers (for splinters or ticks)
  • Flashlight

Customize It For Your Kids

You can customize your backyard first aid kit for your children and the types of trouble they usually find themselves in. Add an Epi-pen if your child is allergic to bee stings, or load up on antiseptic wipes if your kid always walks in the door with a scraped knee. And why not bring your kids with your while you’re shopping for supplies so they can pick their favorite type of Band-Aid?

Keep It Accessible

Try to find a spot for the kit where the kids can always get to it if they need it. You could store it outdoors on a patio or deck, put it in the garage if the kids have the code or can open it easily, or put it in an easy to reach drawer in the kitchen or bathroom inside. Everyone should know where the first aid kit is stored and it should always be returned to that spot so you don’t have to look for it when you need it.

With a good first aid kit stocked with the basics, you and your kids should be able to make it through the summer with no problem. Your children will be able to learn the basics of first aid and develop good “first responder” Band-Aid application skills, which will be useful for a lifetime!

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About the Author: Buddy Humphreys is Customer Service and Operations Manager at Play N' Learn's Playground Superstores. He's been with Play N' Learn for 7 years and in his free time spends time with his family, including 2 children.