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What Should be in a First Aid Kit?

A well-stocked first aid kit is a vital resource in emergencies. It should include bandages, antiseptics, sterile gloves, pain relievers, and tweezers. Pictures ensure you can quickly identify contents. Tailor your kit to specific needs like allergies or chronic conditions. Curious about optimizing your kit for every situation? Discover how to be prepared for the unexpected in our comprehensive guide.
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Injuries can happen at home or away from home at any time – whether during an auto accident, in the event of a natural disaster, or as a result of other threats. If so, it is important to have a fully-stocked first aid kit readily available. One first aid kit must always remain in the home, and the other first aid kit is perfect for the car.

The first aid kit for the home should be in a clean, large container that is simple to open and easy to transport. If it is too bulky or too hard to open, it could be detrimental if a significant injury occurs. By having it be large and roomy, it is easy for supplies to be found in haste.

Sterile gloves are usually included in a first aid kit.
Sterile gloves are usually included in a first aid kit.

The first aid kit for the home should contain the following items:
•Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin
• Cough suppressants
• Antihistamines
• Decongestants
• Dropper for oral medicine, if there are children in the family
• Possibly prescription medication, if it is going to be stored in a different area than where prescription drugs are kept
• Several sizes of bandages
• Safety pins
Elastic wraps
Gauze
• Adhesive tape
• Scissors with sharp blades
• Alcohol wipes
• Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic cleanser, such as hydrogen peroxide
• Self-activating cold packs
• Tweezers

Antibiotic ointments are typically included in first aid kits.
Antibiotic ointments are typically included in first aid kits.

It is a good practice to keep a list of the items in the kit accessible. It is also important to have dosages clearly written for each medicine, so that time will not be wasted determining dosage. The portable first aid kit should also be roomy so that items can be quickly found. In addition, it should also be very durable, so that it can withstand wear and tear from being in the trunk of the car.

First aid kits should contain a flashlight.
First aid kits should contain a flashlight.

The idea behind the portable first aid kit is that it will be with you whenever you are away from home. Whether it is used in case of a fall, a sports injury, a natural disaster, or a terrorist threat, you will have everything you need at your fingertips – and you can be miles from home. The portable first aid kit should have the same items as the home kit, but should also include the following items:

• Prescription drugs (where prescription medication is optional for the home kit, it is mandatory for the portable kit)
• Thermometer
• Latex or rubber gloves
• Flashlight and batteries
• Mouthpiece in case CPR is needed
• Emergency numbers

Aspirin should be kept in a first aid kit.
Aspirin should be kept in a first aid kit.

Because both first aid kits have medicine, they should be located someplace where young children cannot reach the contents. It is important to have the contents fit the needs of each family. If there are infants, toddlers and adults in the family, then the items should fit the needs of all three. For example, small bandages are good for small children, with larger ones for adults.

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to TheHealthBoard.

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Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to TheHealthBoard.

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    • Sterile gloves are usually included in a first aid kit.
      Sterile gloves are usually included in a first aid kit.
    • Antibiotic ointments are typically included in first aid kits.
      By: Tinga
      Antibiotic ointments are typically included in first aid kits.
    • First aid kits should contain a flashlight.
      By: Petr Malyshev
      First aid kits should contain a flashlight.
    • Aspirin should be kept in a first aid kit.
      By: blueskies9
      Aspirin should be kept in a first aid kit.
    • Gauze should be included in a first aid kit in the event a wound needs dressing.
      By: design56
      Gauze should be included in a first aid kit in the event a wound needs dressing.
    • A first aid kit should include bandaids.
      By: JPC-PROD
      A first aid kit should include bandaids.
    • A first aid kit should include safety pins.
      By: Philophoto
      A first aid kit should include safety pins.
    • Gauze should be included in a first aid kit.
      By: rikaphoto
      Gauze should be included in a first aid kit.
    • A first aid kit should be stocked with items like gauze, antibacterial cream, bandages, scissors, and alcohol wipes.
      By: brozova
      A first aid kit should be stocked with items like gauze, antibacterial cream, bandages, scissors, and alcohol wipes.
    • Tweezers are often included in first aid kits for removing small objects embedded in the body.
      By: Photographee.eu
      Tweezers are often included in first aid kits for removing small objects embedded in the body.