DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

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You can make several DIY dollar store first aid kit buckets on the cheap, one item at a time. I have written a lot of articles about first aid kits over the past few years. Here’s the deal, you can buy almost everything at your local dollar store, except for certain bandages, to fill a 5-gallon bucket for supplies. I would highly recommend buying GOOD name brand “BandAids” because at the dollar store we don’t know how old they may be and they may not stick as needed on a cut or deep wound. Of course, some things will typically not go bad to the point we can’t use them, like gauze, scissors, etc. I’m going to show you a few first aid kits I have designed over the years and hopefully, they will fit almost every budget.


I actually got this idea from a reader, it was one of those cartwheel moments when I told her, “Oh my gosh, AWESOME idea!” She had been given some 3-gallon buckets and started slowly filling them with first aid supplies. I told her I could see a post coming using her idea! Thank you, Janet, for the 3-gallon bucket idea! I decided to get 5-gallon buckets because I have a perfect spot to store them. I’m so color coded, as you probably know by now. I decided on white buckets with red Gamma lids and I bought lettering for the American Red Cross similar symbol in red with black lettering to indicate a few items in the buckets. Gamma Seal Lid, Red, 3 Pack – New! – Boxed! – 5 Gallon Bucket Lids (Fits 3.5, 5, 6, & 7 Gal.) Storage Container Lid and 5-gallon food grade buckets can be found pretty inexpensive in your local grocery stores.

I started writing what I would put in each bucket and it got out of control, so I narrowed the selection to the statements above on the white buckets. You could easily use a permanent magic marker in red and black and do the same thing. I speak at several classes throughout Utah so I needed to have them look a bit more professional, so I purchased vinyl lettering at a local store in town.

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets:

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

Here are few items you may want to add to your containers. I have a PRINTABLE: First Aid Kit by Food Storage Moms

First aid supplies:

Remember, just pick up a few items every time you visit a dollar store in your neighborhood. Pick up good BandAids at your local pharmacy or grocery store.

  1.  B-12 Vitamins
  2. Ziplock Bags
  3. Zantac (Acid Reducer)
  4. Vicks VapoRub
  5. Tylenol
  6. Tweezers
  7. Tucks Pads-Which Hazel
  8. Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  9. Tick Remover
  10. Surgical Face Masks (N-95), all sizes
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Stethoscope-I would buy a good one at your local medical supply store.
  13. Soap
  14. Splints
  15. Splinter Removal Kit
  16. Sleep-Aid Medicine
  17. Silver Cough Lozenges-my favorite ones: Original All Natural Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop
  18. Silver Liquid-I recommend this one: 30ppm, Triple Strength pH Balanced Colloidal Solution – Daily Colloidal Silver Supplement for Immune Health – 16oz Bottle of Silver Water
  19. Silver Gel-I use this one: Extra Strength Silver Gel – 35ppm Silver Gel Activated for Maximum Strength: Great for First Aid/Emergency Gel, Skin Irritations, Wounds, Facial Cleanser, Immune Protection. Therapeutic Grade. (1)
  20. Scissors
  21. Rolled Gauze
  22. Quickclot
  23. Pregnancy Test
  24. Peroxide
  25. Pepto-Bismol Chewables
  26. Petroleum Jelly
  27. Orajel
  28. Neosporin
  29. Nail Clippers
  30. Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide
  31. Non-stick Sterile Pads
  32. New Skin Liquid Bandage
  33. Nasal Spray (Afrin)
  34. Nasal Decongestant PE
  35. Multi-Task Knife
  36. Molefoam/Moleskin
  37. Mouthwash
  38. Monistat (Yeast Infections)
  39. Motrin
  40. Mucinex Dm
  41. Mucinex
  42. Menstrual Pads and Tampons
  43. Lotion or Body Cream
  44. Lip balm/ ChapStick
  45. Hydrocortisone
  46. Mylar Blankets
  47. Ibuprofen
  48. Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories
  49. Heat packs-Heating pads
  50. Hand sanitizer
  51. Gauze Pads (sterile and non-sterile)
  52. Gloves (non-latex)
  53. Floss
  54. Flashlights w/batteries
  55. First-Aid Shears
  56. First-Aid Book
  57. Eye Patches
  58. Essential Oils Book
  59. Epsom Salt
  60. Elastic Gauze Bandage Rolls
  61. Ear Plugs
  62. Ear-Loop Masks (N-95), all sizes-I get these on Amazon 3M 1860 N95 RESPIRATOR AND SURGICAL MASK Box of 20
  63. Duct Tape
  64. Dressings for open wounds
  65. Dramamine (motion sickness)
  66. Cotton Swabs
  67. Cotton Balls
  68. Condoms
  69. Contacts/Contact Cases/ Extra Glasses/Saline
  70. Cold Medicine/Cough Syrup
  71. Castor Oil
  72. Calamine Lotion
  73. Burn Gel
  74. Bug Spray 100% Deet
  75. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  76. Birth Control
  77. Betadine/iodine swabs
  78. Benadryl, Liquid, and Chewable
  79. Bee Sting Kit
  80. Band-Aids/Butterfly, Several Sizes
  81. Bandage Scissors
  82. Aspirin/Advil
  83. Apple Cider
  84. Alcohol: 90-100% proof
  85. Aleve (Naproxen)
  86. Anti-Itch Cream
  87. Anti-Diarrhea
  88. Antifungal Ointment
  89. Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  90. Allergy Medicine
  91. Ace Wraps : 3 inch & 4 inch
  92. PRID – Homeopathic drawing salve. PRID Salve
  93. Hydrogen Peroxide


  1. B-complex vitamins
  2. Calcium
  3. D-3 Vitamins
  4. Magnesium
  5. Mature Complete Multivitamin
  6. Omega 3 Fish Oil
  7. Vitamin C
  8. Essential Oils

Plano fishing tackle box that works great:

I filled this Plano fishing tackle box Plano Large 6-Tray Tackle Box with as many products as possible as listed in the PRINTABLE list above.

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

My Large First Aid Kit:

I filled this awesome Stanley 020800R FatMax 4-in1 Mobile Work Station for Tools and Parts with as many of the items as I could from the PRINTABLE list shown above.

DIY Dollar Store First Aid Kit Buckets

Please get a good emergency medical handbook:

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Essential Oils Pocket Reference

May God bless you to be diligent in being prepared for the unexpected. Please make some DIY dollar store first aid kit buckets with friends and family. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.

Readers comments:

Sue: Open band aid boxes flat, leaving the band-aids inside, then vacuum seal the boxes in plastic vacuum seal bags. Only put one or two boxes per bag so they stay fresh.

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