First Aid Kits Contents  

A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept within easy reach, is a necessity in every home. Having supplies gathered ahead of time will help you respond effectively to injuries and emergencies at a moment's notice. You should keep at least one first-aid kit in your home, in your car and at work in easy-to-retrieve locations that are out of the reach of young children.

What should be in a first-aid kit?   

  • First-aid manual
  • Adhesive tape, adhesive bandages in assorted sizes, elastic bandage and bandage strips (Band-Aid)
  • Antibiotic cream, solution, towelettes or wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Sterile gauze, gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Soap or instant hand sanitizer
  • Eye goggles
  • Disposable instant cold packs
  • Lubricants such as petroleum jelly First Aid Kits Contents
  • Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Sharp scissors, tweezers and a needle
  • Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
  • Aluminum finger splints
  • A bulb suction device for flushing out wounds
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
  • Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Crescent)
  • Disposable latex or plastic gloves
  • Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by your poison control center)
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children)
  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
  • Personal medications
  • If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an auto-injector of epinephrine (EpiPen)
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
  • Cell phone and re-charger that utilizes the accessory plug in your car dash
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Candles and matches for cold climates
  • Emergency blanket
  • Sunscreen

After stocking the first-aid kits:

  • Read the first-aid manual to understand how to use the kits and review the manuals with your kids. 
  • Store first-aid kits in places that are out of children's reach but easily accessible for adults.
  • Check the kits regularly every three months. Replace missing items or medicines that may have expired and make sure the flashlight batteries work. 


This information is provided by the NGHA Content Advisory Board and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your health care provider.

Last Modified

19-Mar-2015 02:48 PM