Be Prepared for Almost Anything with these 3 Apartment Essentials

 

Be Prepared for Almost Anything with these 3 Apartment Essentials

If you’re anything like us, you probably can’t count the number of times you’ve had to make a spur-of-the-moment trip to the drugstore, hardware store, or grocery store in search of some item you absolutely had to have at that very moment. Maybe it’s something as simple as a corkscrew for a bottle of wine you’d like to serve your guests, or perhaps you’ve found yourself in serious need of a bandage—only to be greeted by a medicine cabinet filled with nothing except some expired cold medicine.

Whatever the case may be, you can make sure you’re prepared for almost any situation you’re likely to encounter in your home by assembling these three kits that are essential to have in any apartment.

  1. Tool Kit

Whether it’s for hanging pictures, fixing a wobbly chair, or middle-of-the-night emergency repairs, a proper tool kit is a must-have in any home. Use the checklist below to help ensure you have everything you might need.

Essential:

  • Hammer
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Crescent wrench
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • AA, AAA, and D batteries
  • Swiss army knife or multitool (preferably one which includes a blade, corkscrew and can opener)
  • Nails (assorted sizes)
  • Screws (assorted sizes)
  • Small paintbrush
  • WD-40
  • A small ball of twine or string
  • Tape measure
  • All-purpose glue
  • Superglue
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber bands
  • Plunger
  • Candle
  • Matches
  • Pencils

Optional:

  • Set of Allen wrenches
  • Hex keys
  • Small telescopic mirror
  • Magnets
  • Assorted nuts and bolts
  • Metal and rubber washers
  • Zip ties
  • Utility knife
  • Disposable dust masks
  • Work gloves
  • Staple gun
  • Small utility saw
  1. First Aid Kit

Minor (and not-so-minor) cuts, scrapes, burns, and sprains are common occurrences, yet many households are unprepared for even the smallest of injuries. Save yourself from an expensive trip to the emergency room or a difficult shopping experience by keeping these first aid supplies on hand.

Essential:

  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Paramedic scissors
  • Dental floss/toothpicks
  • Gauze pads (assorted sizes)
  • Rolled gauze
  • Non-stick sterile pads
  • Medical adhesive tape
  • Antihistamines
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antacids
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Anti-itch treatment
  • Elastic ACE-style bandage
  • Medical gloves (nitrile preferred)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Safety pins
  • Thermometer
  • Aloe gel and/or burn cream

Optional:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Throat lozenges
  • Eye drops
  • Liquid bandages
  • Blister treatment
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Nausea/upset stomach medication (Pepto-Bismol)
  • Iodine
  • Heating pad
  • Cold packs

There are relatively inexpensive prepackaged first aid kits available that contain all of these items and more, but compiling your own lets you customize the kit to suit your most frequent needs.

  1. Sewing Kit

You might be surprised at how quickly you can learn to sew when a missing button, minor repair, or slight alteration is needed at the last minute. But, it’s no surprise how often we find ourselves presented with these situations. That’s why a simple sewing kit is a necessity in any home.

Essential:

  • Thread (light and dark colors)
  • Sewing needles (small, medium, and large)
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pins
  • Assorted buttons
  • Assorted patches (iron-on and sew-on)
  • Thimble
  • Scissors

Optional:

  • Seam ripper
  • Velcro
  • Measuring tape
  • Pincushion
  • 6” ruler
  • Chalk

Basic sewing kits are available almost everywhere, but here’s a fun project for making your own kit.

With these three kits readily available in your home, you should be prepared for almost any situation that would’ve otherwise required a time-consuming—and probably stressful—trip to the store. If you think we’ve missed anything, or you have some suggestions of your own, leave a comment!