So, what’s in your purse? You probably have your wallet and cell phone, of course. There are also keys to your house and your car, some identification cards, your notebook filled with lists of things to do, and your favorite gadget like a music player or a smartphone. But did you know that your purse must also contain basic first aid kit items that can help during an emergency? Here are some items that you shouldn’t be without wherever you go.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are great not only for those occasions that call for hand washing but when there’s no sink available nearby. You can simply squirt some on your palm and disinfect your hands. This also works for injuries. If you’re going to treat a wound, whether it’s you or someone else who was injured, you wouldn’t want to do that with dirty hands as this might infect the wound. Sanitize first using this hand sanitizer. Use it again after you’re done treating the wound.
This pair of tweezers can do anything from removing a splinter or getting rid of a tick. Make sure that you disinfect your tweezers first before and after using. This item is also helpful for other purposes that are not related to medical emergency so it would be best to have a pair handy in your purse all the time.
Anesthetic Spray or Lotion
You never know where you’re going to get painful stings or itchy insect bites. That is why, it would be smart to always have an anesthetic spray or lotion available in your purse. This can provide quick relief, which is something you need especially if you have kids with you.
Any first aid should contain pain relief medications that can also bring down the fever. You never know when illness or pain will strike you that it’s better to be always prepared for it. Imagine yourself in the middle of an important business presentation, when your tummy suddenly acts up. Just excuse yourself for a second and take the pain to relieve your. Over-the-counter pain relief medications include aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Just remember not to give aspirin to anyone who’s under 18 years old, as this might increase the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
If you or anyone you know gets a cut or scrape, you can cover this with adhesive bandage to protect against infection. These are more convenient to carry than the tape and gauze.
Always have antiseptic wipes or sprays inside your bag so that any wound can be cleaned immediately even when there’s no clean water available. Of course, you can’t use this for eye injuries. Opt to use sterile water or saline, such as the solution used for contact lenses for this purpose. Antiseptic solutions are available in small bottles so you can carry them in your purse with no difficulty.