What kind of stuff do I need to keep at home to have a decent first aid kit on hand? The packs my family used always just had Advil, Tylenol, various band-aids, ice packs, Neosporin, alcohol wipes, and Hydrogen peroxide, but I had to use the one at work the other day and I didn't even recognize what half the shit in it was, let alone know how to use it. I looked on Google but the lists seem to vary on what's necessary. Also, where should I go to find out what I'm doing with the supplies?
So, here’s a real fucking handy list of first aid kit supplies (for a family of four) from the Red Cross [link]. It’s recommended that you also customize your kit according to your and your family’s needs. For instance, adding a list of emergency contact numbers (911 is a kind of no-shit-sherlock thing, but do you have Poison Control’s phone number memorized?), listing your Primary Care Physician’s contact info, list of current prescriptions for family members, and extra medication. Everything should be clearly labeled, FYI (makes it all a bunch damn easier in emergencies).
As for how to learn how to use the kit, there’s a bunch of options that are legit. You could check to see if your local park district, firehouse, police station, or community college offers/hosts free or discount first aid courses. There’s also a first aid course locator on the Red Cross’s website [link]. The Red Cross also has an app for Android/iPhone that covers basic first aid techniques [link]. Plus you can always read a book on first aid. You can even keep it in the first aid kit, which may benefit as books can cause paper cuts that can really fucking hurt. :-)
-The Sudden Adult