Be Prepared! Stay Safe in Your Apartment

I had a rather fun little incident the other day, which totally put a damper on my weekend plans, when I decided to stub my toe on a folded up metal bench in the hallway. Well, I thought I stubbed my toe – I actually nearly removed the top quarter of my pinky toe (yuck, sorry!). Not only was this a bit of a shock to my system, but I realized I had absolutely no idea where the first aid materials were. So I had to call up my roommate and ask, which took time away from me attending to my immediate medical needs. One panic attack and a visit to the urgent care center later, I realized it’s incredibly important to be prepared!

These are the kinds of things we’re taught in elementary school and then we forget them since we rarely have to deal with them ourselves prior to leaving the nest. Then, suddenly we’re no longer under our parents’ roof and real life problems have to be faced head on. Hooray! So, not that you need to have a full-on zombie apocalypse bunker, but it’s a good idea to anticipate the small disasters. The red cross suggests keeping the following items in a first aid kit, in case of emergency:


  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet
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