20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.
First aid kits are a must-have in any emergency plan. Even though you can buy these pre-made, if you go this route, it’s a good idea to check the kit contents and the expiration dates, just to make sure you have everything you need.
You can, of course, also make your own. The American Red Cross says that a first aid kit for a family of four should include:
Ready.gov also suggests making sure you have over-the-counter medications on hand, such as:
If you’re making your own kit, store items in airtight bags and a sturdy container that’s easy to carry, says Ready.gov. The Red Cross also recommends keeping a first aid kit in your car and another in your home.
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Originally published April 2014