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. 

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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