All About First Aid Kits

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What To Include In Your First Aid Kit

  • Cotton balls and Q-tips
  • Band-Aids (all sizes)
  • Alcohol pads or antiseptic pads
  • Small container of sterile water or saline spray
    Keep your first aid kit in a central place so it is easily reachable.
    Keep your first aid kit in a central place so it is easily reachable.
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Medical tape
  • Elastic bandages
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Sterile gloves (vinyl or plastic)
  • CPR mask with one-way valve
  • Triangular bandages
  • Sterile gloves (vinyl or plastic)

Over-the-counter Medications

  • Acetaminophen​
  • Sunscreen (SPF of 30 or higher)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • ibuprofen(Advil®)
  • Aloe

Other Supplies

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency blanket (stored nearby)
  • Insect repellent (10% or less DEET)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Paper and pencil
  • Safety pins
  • Matches and candles
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Splinting material
  • Basic pocket guide or first aid manual
  • Bottle of drinking water
  • Other items specific to the activity or destination

Key points

  • Keep your first aid kit in a central place so it is easily reachable.
  • Attempt to keep the items in the first aid kit at room temperature.
  • If your first aid kit includes medications, remember to examine the expiration dates and replace when needed. Remember to keep medications away from kids.
  • Try keep a smaller first aid kit with you in your car.

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