Put together a First Aid Kit for soon-to-be college students!
First Aid Kits for Grads in Chicago
You may not think it’s the most exciting gift to give, but it’s a gift they will keep and use for years to come. Packing a first aid kit for a high school graduate shows that you really care about their health as they become more independent.
How to Set Up a First Aid Kit for Your Graduate
While others are handing over things for the dorm room, money, books, and other items as gifts to the graduate, you can help them be prepared for anything with the help of first aid kits.
But where do you start and how will make sure that you fill it with the right supplies that your graduate is going to need. Some of the steps that you can follow to create first aid kits include:
Start with a plastic storage container and fill it with:
•a box of adhesive bandages like Band-Aid or Nexcare
•small and large sterile gauze pads: Having several sizes will help them be prepared for any damage.
•roll of gauze
•roll of medical adhesive tape
•elastic bandage such as ACE
•sterile cotton balls and cotton swabs
•non-latex gloves: This is important in case your graduate needs to help someone out who is allergic to latex.
•instant cold packs: First aid kits should have instant cold packs so no one has to wait around for relief.
•safety pins: Whether you need to keep an outfit together or would like to hold the gauze in place, the safety pins can help.
•suction device (nasal aspirator)
•medicine spoon marked with dosage measurements: This helps you not have to worry about overdosing on how much you give to the other person.
•tweezers: First aid kits can have a pair of tweezers to help get small items out of the skin safely.
•safety scissors: Safety scissors are important in first aid kits to help cut through items, without causing more damage.
•hand sanitizer wipes: Your graduate, or anyone else using the first aid kits, should have hand sanitizer wipes to help keep things clean.
•eyewash: Eyewash should go in your first aid kits to help flush out the eyes if something gets inside.
•hydrocortisone cream: This is useful when you have a burn or a rash.
•aloe or calamine lotion: Sunburns can happen at any time, even when sitting out in the sun while doing homework.
•first aid manual: This can help them be prepared for how to use the different items in the kit too.
•acetaminophen or ibuprofen medicine: Pick out the type of pain killer that the graduate is most likely to use to add to the first aid kits.
•antihistamine and decongestant
•anti-diarrhea medicine: This can be a good option if the graduate or someone in their dorm is not feeling that good.
•antacid: Consider having a few different types on hand in case something is not working.
Once you have all of the items in hand, it is time to put them together. You can choose a cool box or other container that your loved one is going to enjoy. Make sure the container is waterproof and easy to carry around so your graduate will have it any time they need.
We guarantee that college student will be grateful for your thoughtfulness and think of you every time they get a splinter or a stomachache. You will be their hero!
TIP – Buy two of everything and assemble another first aid kit for the trunk of your car!
If you have questions about what belongs in your first aid kit, call Alzein Pediatrics at 708-424-7600. We are here to help your family!