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First-Aid Kit Essentials

What’s in your first-aid kit?

Are you prepared for when cuts, scrapes, stings, burns, and minor injuries occur? You better be!

Everyone should keep a first-aid kit in his or her home, car, and at work. Even if you’re not trained in first-aid, you can perform basic treatments to reduce pain and the possibility of infection when minor wounds and injuries arise. Further medical care may be necessary, but with a first-aid kit you can at least provide basic care before help arrives.

Preparing a first-aid kit is simple. You can purchase one at the store or online or you can make one yourself. If you’re making your own kit or need to replenish an old kit, make sure your kit contains the right items. What are those right items? You’re about to find out!

Bandages

When it comes to cuts and other minor wounds, you need to have bandages of various sizes on hand. In your kit, you should have at least two large (five- to nine-inch) absorbent compress dressings, 25 smaller adhesive bandages, and 10 yards of adhesive cloth tape.

Gauze and gauze pads should also be in your kit. These are the best option for use on burns and scraped skin. Include 10 sterile gauze pads of various sizes as well as a four-inch-wide roller bandage and a three-inch gauze roll bandage.

To prevent infections in minor wounds, include at least five antiseptic wipe or alcohol wipe packets and five antibiotic ointment packs.

Have a big family or going on a trip with a lot of people? Be sure to take more bandages, just in case.

Medications

It’s smart to pack a few medication sample packs in your first-aid kit. Good items to start with include aspirin for a sudden headache, antacids for indigestion and heartburn, and laxatives for constipation. But don’t stop there. Your first-aid kit isn’t complete without the following: anti-diarrhea medication; aloe vera gel for burns; antihistamine for allergies; non-aspirin pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen; cough and cold medications; and hydrocortisone ointment packs for treating rashes, inflammation, eczema, and the insect bite itching.

Want to really up your first-aid kit? Pile in some sterile eyewash solution. With just a small container, you’ll be prepared to flush dust, sand, or insects from the eye. And of course, if someone in your family has severe allergies, keep an epinephrine auto-injector stocked at all times.

Other

A well-stocked first-aid kit should also have an instant cold compress, a thermometer, and a couple pairs of latex gloves. Include tweezers in the event you need to remove bee stingers, splinters, or glass from wounds. Also include a splint for immobilizing an injured body part, sharp scissors in case you need to cut through clothing or to cut bandages to size, and an emergency space blanket to help prevent hypothermia if you’re stranded in the cold.

You may even want to keep a CPR pocket mask in your kit. This allows you to give air to someone without exposure to another person’s bodily fluids.

Emergency Items

Not sure how to give first-aid? Take a class! And keep a first-aid manual in your kit.

Additionally, include a list of emergency phone numbers in your kit. These numbers should include the poison control help line, road service companies, and your doctor.

You never know when a flashlight and extra batteries will come in handy. Waterproof matches or a lighter should also be kept on hand for emergencies.
While you’re at it, invest in a weather radio and a cell phone solar charger to keep in your newly stocked first-aid kit. That way, no matter the emergency, you’ll be as ready as possible.