I know this may sound odd but I have to have a first aid box. With two under five's running around the house, curved stairs which can be a nightmare when you're
a little bit drunk out of sorts and you're someone who is not very handy with kitchen appliances (bloody onions, anyone?) it is something that is essential. I bought the box from a charity shop a few years ago because I was in need of something to fit on top of my kitchen cupboards but I made up the contents myself and have another box not pictured full of medications. I'm going to tell you what's in mine in case you're interested in making up one of your own.
❥ Plasters of all kinds (fabric, waterproof, floral print and all in different sizes)
❥ Scissors to cut bandages and plasters to size
❥ Two thermometers - a digital and a mercury
❥ Steristrips to hold wounds together
❥ Rubbing alcohol to sterilise wounds
❥ Vicks vapour rub - a God send when a cold is about
❥ Olbas oil and tissues
❥ Renee indigestion tablets
❥ Gauze pads
❥ Stretchy bandages with safety pins
❥ A whole host of pain medication from Paracetamol to Tramadol
❥ Calpol and children's Neurofen medicine
❥ A sewing needle and thread - just in case.
❥ A piece of card with doctor's names, numbers, NHS direct's number etc
I picked up all of these bits as I went along and now have a stash to last me through any emergency be it a scraped knee or a nice deep cut courtesy of my cooking failures. I keep the numbers in the box and on our kitchen board (command central as it is known here) in case there's something we can't handle. I made mine myself for a relatively low cost but you can choose to make your own in prettier packaging like a make up bag or you could just go out and buy some of the excellently priced boxes out there like these from Viking and add your own medications. But really, safety first.
I added the coffee because there's nothing coffee can't make just a little bit better.