Growing up my mom’s handbag was like a small version of Mary Poppins carpet bag. Everything was in there. If you fell, she had a first aid kit. If you had a stray thread that needed to be cut, she had scissors.
All needs and small emergencies could be resolved in the confines of her purse. I loved this about my mom! Now that I’m the mom, I value my bag for this same reason and strive to emulate her example.
I don’t think I will ever have the same size of bag nor the content, given our daily busy schedules as busy working mums.
But perhaps we can cover the basics, so for this first article in a series I will cover the most important part, a basic first aid kit, before you get started lets take a second to jot down the emergency numbers for where you live:
- 1122 – This is the number for Rescue 1122 and you can dial this number for fire and medical rescue in all of Punjab, KPK, Islamabad, Murree and Kashmir.
- 115 – Every Pakistani knows this number, this number will put you through to EDHI ambulance, not as well equipped or well trained as Rescue 1122 but still they will help you when you need them and for free.
- 16 – Fire Brigade number can be dialled in any part of Pakistan
- 15 – Police Rescue
- 021-111-11-2626 – Aman Ambulance service, Karachi only. They only have a few ambulances but provide a high level of service
Consider using a medium plastic zip lock bag, these can be purchased at any local market:
There are a few first aid necessities that belong in every kit. These should be included no matter where you plan to use the kit—be it in the home, in the car, for camping, or for another purpose.
- Adhesive bandages of various sizes
- One or two finger splints, you can use ice lolly sticks for this
- An elastic conforming bandage
- Sterile gauze pads
- Eye bandages x1 minimum
- Triangular bandage for wrapping injuries or creating a sling x 2 minimum
- Latex or non-latex gloves for handling bodily fluids x 3 pairs
- Antibiotic ointment ( this is a good to have item )
- Cotton swabs ( at least 5)
- Antiseptic towelettes for cleaning minor wounds ( You can also use prep swabs available from medical stores ).
- Imodium tablets to relieve diarrhoea
- Female Sanitary pad ( this one is a no brainer ).
This is the minimum you should have on your person in a handbag, laptop bag or purse. If you want to make another kit to keep in the house, why not recycle an old lunch box:
And in addition to the items above just add a few extras such as:
- a baby bulb suction device ( Rs. 30 )
- an hot/cold pack
- hand sanitizer gel
- sterile cotton swabs and balls
- a thermometer: digital & strip
- a spare zip lock bag
- Medicine syringe without needle or small plastic cup ( to wash eyes with )
- Rubbing alcohol or alcohol swabs
- First aid booklet or you can install an app on your phone