There we were – at the first baseball practice of the season; moms catching up, chatting away – not really paying attention to the boys warming up. First, we heard the scream and saw the coaches running to one little guy who was face buried in his glove, crying. From the moment your kids start playing ball, this is a mom’s big fear. Well, other than her kid striking out! We all just stood there, frozen watching the little guy cry. We were helpless – and moms do not like to feel helpless. At home we would have had an ice pack on that kids nose in ten seconds. Once we knew he was ok and the coaches were cheering him on to keep playing we all realized how unprepared we were. All I carry in my purse these days is a couple Band-Aids and some Neosporin. Fortunately, seven year olds don’t throw too hard and he was laughing it off shortly. But I hated how I felt. I never wanted to be this helpless and unprepared again.
Why do I need a Small and Portable First Aid Kit?
Now that our kids aren’t toddlers anymore they are at risk for bigger injuries. I can no longer fix all their boo-boos with a kiss and a Band-Aid. They climb higher at the playground, ride bikes with 2 wheels very fast, and play contact sports with some risk. Add to that the fact that we play ball on isolated fields in the middle of nowhere, go hiking and aren’t always close to home anymore. Until this moment I didn’t realize that what I carry in my bag needs to change. But after that night I started thinking about how to be better prepared for next time.
What Should I put in the First Aid Kit?
I needed a small and portable first aid kit that would fit in my “mom” bag along with the snacks, coloring books and other assorted items I carry around all day. This is not a comprehensive first aid kit – just enough to get through a minor injury. Though I probably should keep a more well stocked first aid kit in the car. I’ll have to start working on that.
First, I made a list of what I wanted to stock in the bag
- Ice Packs
- Band Aids – multiple sizes
- Small bottle of water to rinse cuts
- Insect Bite Relief
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wound Closure Strips
- Gauze Pads and Tape
What Bag Should I Choose for My First Aid Kit?
I knew I wanted my bag to be small and I wanted to be able to have easy access to the medical supplies. I didn’t want to be pouring everything out of a small bag onto the ground to find the tweezers that were hiding at the bottom. I ended up finding a cosmetic bag at Target that was perfect. It has multiple see-through pouches to help keep everything organized and visible. I love that this bag has handles and is small enough to fit in my bag. Even stocked with all my supplies it keeps a very slim profile.
The Finished Product – I Love It!
I was so excited to see how nicely everything fit in the bag and how easy it will be to keep it organized and neat. Can you think of anything I should add to the bag?
I feel so much more prepared for the next baseball game. But, now that I am ready to handle a minor injury I hope I don’t open that bag all season.