Stock Your Medicine Chest For DIY Disasters

Stock Your Medicine Chest For DIY Disasters

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Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 3, 2010

I'm usually the first person to pipe up and say, "Why buy? I can totally make that!" Although true, it doesn't mean I'm always graceful while doing so. I'm what some people would call a klutz, or total spaz. So as the Boy Scouts say, Always Be Prepared — and I am!

We've talked about how to stock your medicine chest in the past. All of the things on that list are fabulous to have on hand, but for serious DIY'ers, there's a few more things you should have lying around — you know, just in case.

Large Cold Pack: Though most first aid kits come with a small compress in them, a larger one is far superior for most banged up and bruised spots on adults. You can make your own, use a bag of frozen veggies or pick one up from a local retailer.

Butterfly Bandages: Though serious cuts should be handled by a trip to your doctor or Emergency Room, butterfly bandages have saved us that trip, more than a few times. They help pull the wound closed instead of just keeping it covered. Even if you have a serious cut, they can be a good way to keep things closed up until you can seek further help.

Burn Ointment: There's several to choose from at your local drug store, but more often than not, running your finger under a cold tap just won't cut it (and actually drives the burn further into your skin).

Eye Wash Solution: Yes, you should always wear protective eyewear when using heavy duty power tools, but we're guessing most of you don't (especially those who already wear glasses). It's not something anyone ever wants to have to use, but when it comes to your sight, take no chances and be prepared by having a bottle on hand.

Bandana: Though it's not frequent in many medical kits, it's always a staple in ours for several reasons. First, if you hurt yourself and you're all hot and sweaty, the last thing you want it more sweat in your eyes while you're squinting to remove a stubborn splinter. Second, just like in the movies, a bandana does a hell of a job as a tourniquet. One misstep with a power tool and you can find yourself in a world of hurt and a bandana can be easier and more socially acceptable than ripping off your shirt and tearing it in pieces to use (unless you're Mathew McConahey). Yes it seems extreme for the home DIY-er, but sometimes it's ok to be cautious!

What's on your must have list when it comes to first aid? Is there something you get more use out of than anything else in your bathroom? Let us know in the comments!

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