When you’re spending hours packing or unpacking everything you own, lifting heavy furniture and boxes, and using a variety of tools, it’s not unlikely for a few casualties to occur. From paper cuts, to stubbed toes, to dehydration, it’s important to be prepared for anything that may happen to you or your moving helpers throughout the move. As you’re preparing for the big day(s), consider putting together a simple moving day first aid kit so you aren’t scrambling if something does happen. In honor of National Nurses Week, here are a few items we recommend including, to get you started:
Bandages, big and small: These may seem like a no-brainer, but you would hate for someone to get cut and not have anything to cover it up.
Paper/regular towels: In addition to bandages, if there is a lot of blood you may need something else to stop the bleeding and clean up any messes.
Antiseptic: Another important pair with bandages, as well as for cuts that don’t require bandages but could still use a little protection, antiseptic will prevent infections so you don’t have to worry about your cut(s) and can get right back to moving. If you don’t have any, soap works as well.
Aspirin: Pain relievers can be helpful in a variety of situations, from headaches to sore muscles, so it’s helpful to have some readily available.
Ice pack: Long hours of manual labor can be strenuous on your body. It’s nice to have an ice pack or something else that can be used on sore or strained muscles.
Tweezers: When moving around furniture and other wooden objects, it’s not unlikely for people to get a few splinters. Tweezers are a great tool for easily removing anything that might otherwise be difficult to get out.
Water: When there’s so much to get done, it can be easy to forget to pause to drink water while you’re working. It’s important to have plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated and help anyone that does start to feel dehydrated or faint.
Granola bars: Any kind of snack will do, but it’s good to have something small on hand in case anyone starts to feel faintness. Crackers are also great if anyone starts to feel queasy.
This may not be everything you’ll need for your moving day first aid kit, but it should cover the basics. Did we leave off anything you think would be important to include? Let us know in the comments below!
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