Top 35 Items To Have In Your First Aid Kit

You never know when there is going to be an emergency or when you will need a first aid kit. Below is a great list from Mayo Clinic and FamilyDoctor.org. Make sure that you have these important items in a first aid kit or at least have access to them when you are out and about!

A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. Keep at least one first-aid kit in your home and one in your car. Store your kits someplace easy to get to and out of the reach of young children. Make sure children old enough to understand the purpose of the kits know where they’re stored.

You can buy first-aid kits at many drugstores or assemble your own. You may want to tailor your kit based on your activities and needs. A basic first-aid kit includes:

Basic supplies

  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages in assorted sizes10668637344_04bee27196_o

Image Source: Medisave UK

  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eye shield or pad
  • Triangular bandage
  • Aluminum finger split
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Disposable nonlatex examination gloves, several pairs
  • Duct tape
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Plastic bags, assorted sizes
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Soap or hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution and towelettes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds
  • Breathing barrier
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
  • First-aid manual

Thanks goes out to the Mayo Clinic for this great list of important medical supplies. Family Doctor.org has additional ideas to add to your first aid kit!

Medicine for cuts and injuries:

Children in Sindh, Pakistan, hold up medicines that have just been prescribed to them by doctors from the charity International Medical Corps (IMC). The British government is supporting IMC to provide basic healthcare to thousands of people in Sindh, as they return to their communities following the devastating floods which swept across Pakistan in 2010.

Image Source: DFID – UK Department for International Development

  • Antiseptic solution or wipes, such as hydrogen peroxide, povidone-iodine (one brand name: Betadine) or chlorhexidine (one brand name: Betasept)
  • Antibiotic ointment (brand names: Neosporin, Bactroban) that contain ingredients such as bacitracin or mupirocin
  • Sterile eyewash or saline, such as contact lens saline solution
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy
  • Hydrocortisone cream, ointment or lotion for itching

Other medicines:

  • Pain and fever medicines, such as aspirin, acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol) or ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin). (Note: Do not give children and teenagers aspirin, because it has been related to a potentially serious disease called Reye’s syndrome in children younger than 18 years of age.)
  • Antihistamine (one brand name: Benadryl) to treat allergies and swelling
  • Decongestants to treat nasal congestion
  • Anti-nausea medicine to treat motion sickness and other types of nausea
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Antacid to treat upset stomach
  • Laxative to treat constipation

Think about any special needs in your family, such as those of a child or elderly person, as well as allergies or diseases. Add supplies as needed for these conditions. Also, be sure to refill your kit with any supplies you have used or that may have expired.

Featured Image: Joi Ito


One Comment;

  1. Blazewing said:

    As a licensed first aid person, I can tell you right off the bat that your first aid kit should NEVER contain duct tape. Try medical tape instead. Duct tape can do much more damage to an already wounded person.

    The other thing you should never carry is any sort of drug. As a first aider, I am not legally allowed to give anyone medication. This includes things like Advil or Motrin.

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