Clever Repurposing: Sewing Box First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit on hand, especially in your car, is important, but so many families don’t have one. Set aside some time this week to make a first aid kit for yourself to keep in the back of your car, and it’s not a bad idea to try this.

Sewing boxes can often be found in many different shapes and a variety of colors and patterns. Because they have several different compartments of different sizes and yet are made to be compact, they are a perfect choice for turning into a first aid kit!

Making Your First Aid Kit

Whether you buy a new sewing box, repurpose an old one, or pick one up at a yard sale, according to the American Red Cross, this is what you should have inside:

  • 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

In addition to those things, a dose or two of any prescription medication you take is an important addition. You can also add things that cater specifically to your family; for instance, What Do I Do All Day added a change of clothes for the littlest members of the family.

Whether you use a sewing box or make your own version, a first aid kit is a wise piece to have in place for your family, and it can be decorative, too!