First Aid Kit Must-Haves

First Aid Kit Must-Haves

Whether you’re a renter, homeowner or business owner, having a well-stocked first aid kit is a must! Depending on your individual medical needs, your first aid kit might look slightly different from someone else’s, but every first aid kit needs a few key items!

Basic Supplies

  • Masks
  • Adhesive bandages and “butterfly” in a variety of sizes and shapes
  • Nonstick sterile gauze dressings
  • At least two eye shields or pads
  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Medical tape
  • Bandages
  • Triple Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution and towelettes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Sterile saline for irrigation, flushing
  • Nonlatex gloves
  • Scissors
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • A thermometer
  • Instant cold compresses
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Plastic bags in assorted sizes
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A blanket
  • Petroleum jelly or another lubricant
  • Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds
  • Rubber tourniquet or 16 French catheter
  • Syringe and medicine cup or spoon
  • First aid manual
  • A large triangular bandage (may be used as a sling)
  • Aluminum finger splint


Basic Medications

  • Cough and cold medications
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxatives
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Personal medications that don’t need refrigeration
  • Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)
  • Aspirin
    • Do not take if you are allergic, have bleeding problems, if you take another blood-thinning medication, or if your doctor told you not to do so. Never give to children.
    • Can be life-saving if there’s a suspected heart attack. Call 9-1-1-, then chew a regular-strength aspirin.


Emergency Items

  • Emergency phone numbers
    • The poison control helpline, which in the United States is 800-222-1222
    • Local emergency services
    • Contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician
    • Contact information for family members
    • Emergency road service providers
  • Medical consent forms for each family member
  • Medical history forms for each family member
  • Small, waterproof flashlight or headlamp
  • Batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Small notepad and waterproof writing instrument
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Solar cell phone charger and car cell phone charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Distilled, canned water
  • Non-perishable, high energy snacks like unsalted nuts or hard candies
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