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What You Should Include in Your First Aid Kit

Every home should have a first-aid kit. Because no matter what type of injuries or emergencies you might experience, being prepared could help make all the difference.

How to make a first-aid kit. A first-aid kit doesn’t have to be comparable to a medical bag or a hospital cart. Some come pre-assembled and others you can create yourself. Find the kit that will work best in your home, and then make sure you keep it up to date.

Where to keep a first-aid kit. Think plastic container or tote bags, or even bathroom drawers or kitchen cupboards. Just be sure your first-aid kit is out of each or children, but easily accessible to adults.

Suggestions on what to keep in your first-aid kit.

  • Adhesive bandages (different sizes)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Finger splint
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antihistamine
  • Antiseptic wipe packets
  • Aspirin
  • Batteries
  • Blanket
  • Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Duct tape
  • Elastic bandage
  • Eye shield or pad
  • Eyewash solution
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze pad (different sizes)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Instant cold compress
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Soap or hand sanitizer
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
  • Thermometer
  • Triangular bandage
  • Tweezers

Having a first-aid kit that’s fully stocked and readily available can help you respond to almost any situation quickly and efficiently. After you’ve put your home kit together, make sure your car is stocked, too.


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