First Aid Kits

First Aid Kits

A first aid kit is a handy thing to have on hand. Putting one together or purchasing one takes you one step closer to be being prepared for life’s little adventures, an evacuation or a worst case scenario. I feel you should keep a kit in the home, in your car and a small kit on your person click here for a link to a post on everyday carry kits built in an altoids tin. Whether you put a kit together or purchase one you should remember to check expiration dates on all medications and creams at least twice a year. Keep in mind that expired items can be ineffective or dangerous to use. The Red Cross recommends the following for a family of four.

First Aid kit contents:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

I would then add the following items:

  • A durable case – preferably with compartments for storage.
  • A card with emergency numbers (Poison Control, allergy information, emergency contact information, etc.)
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Ace™-type roll compression bandage (2)
  • Self-adhesive bandages Band-Aids™ (1 box), various types and size.
  • Steri-strips (1 Box) – for closing wounds.
  • Adhesive tape (1 roll)
  • Non-adherent pads, various sizes – for burn wounds (5)
  • Cotton-tipped swabs (1 box)
  • Tongue depressors (10) – for checking throat issues and for small splinting applications.
  • Penlight(1)
  • Squeeze bottle (1)
  • Emergency blanket (1)
  • Instant cold pack (1)
  • Instant hot pack (2)
  • Antibacterial soap (1)
  • Antiseptic solution or wipe (10) –
  • Antibiotic ointment (1 Tube)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1 Tube)
  • Ibuprofen (50 count Bottle).
  • Antihistamine tablets (1 Package) – for allergic reactions.
  • Blood stopper powder (1 Box) – for stopping severe bleeding.
  • Pen and index cards – for recording vital signs.
  • Hand sanitizer – when you can’t wash your hands with soap and water.

These are the contents of my main household kit you may need to add items for any special needs that are unique to your situation. You should plan your kit based on the level of first aid or medical training that you have. This will give you a good solid kit that will suffice for most minor injuries. A Red Cross approved first aid and CPR class is an important addition to your skill set as well.

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