Every year I make a Christmas first aid kit. This post talks about why you should do the same, with ideas of what to include. Please note, this post may contain affiliate links. For more information about what this means, please click here.
What and why?
A Christmas first aid kit is basically a box containing everything I think that we will need in case of any minor illness or injury over the Christmas period. Being a mum, I know how horrible it can be when someone is not feeling their best over Christmas and it feels even worse if you do not have the medication or supplies to deal with it. The last thing anyone wants is to be driving around late on Christmas Eve looking for somewhere that is open which sells children’s pain medication!
I think that it is always better to be prepared. If no one needs any of the items over the festive season, they will still get used over the coming year. It is far better to be safe than sorry!
What to put in a Christmas first aid kit
The contents of this box need to be tailored to your family, but to give you an idea, I have listed the contents of our Christmas first aid kit below.
- Plasters, bandages, and antiseptic wipes.
- Some cute character-themed plasters for the little ones.
- General painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
- Heartburn or indigestion medication.
- Period pain medication.
- Cold and flu medication.
- Children’s cough medicine.
- Children’s pain medication.
- Diarrhoea and constipation medication.
It is also important to check on any medication that you take regularly for which you need a prescription. You need to make sure that you will have enough to cover the festive season. If yours is going to run out, make sure you make an appointment to speak to your GP now so that you can tell your doctor.
Keep it safe
Once you have gathered all of your supplies together, make sure that you put the kit somewhere safe. Remember to put it in a place that small children will not be able to get to, but also somewhere that is easy for you to get to in case of a minor emergency. If the very worst happens and you need medical advice you can dial 111 to speak to the NHS any time of day or night or use the website.
I hope that you and your family do not need to use your Christmas first aid kit this festive season, but if the worst happens and someone falls ill or suffers a minor injury at least you will be prepared to deal with the situation and help ease any pain.