Keep a first aid kit around the house and one in each car. Each first aid kit should include the following items:

Checklist for a basic first aid kit:

  • First aid manual
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Doctor and insurance information
  • Allergy information for family members
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin
  • Bandages and gauze of assorted sizes and roller gauze bandages
  • Medical exam gloves
  • Elastic wraps
  • Adhesive tape
  • Dry cold packs for icing injuries
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors
  • Soap
  • Small flashlight with a good battery
  • Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • Safety pins
  • Burn cream
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Finger splint
  • Anesthetic spray
  • Large absorbent compress dressing
  • Safety pins
  • Butterfly wound bandage closures
  • Empty plastic ziplock bags in a variety of sizes
  • A pocket mask breathing barrier (for mouth to mouth resuscitation)
  • Benydril tablets

Rather than getting these items one by one, most people prefer to purchase a pre-made first aid kit and then add any items that may not be included.

If you choose to go the rout of creating a first aid kit from scratch, be sure to purchase a waterproof first aid kit bag that will keep the contents both clean and dry.

Some special considerations for your First Aid Kit:

  • Epi-pen or epinephrine

  • Antacids

  • Extra supply of prescription medications along with prescription information

Some additional items first aid kits for the car:

  • Flashlight

  • Mylar blanket, also known as a space blanket

  • Credit card info and phone numbers (incase your wallet is stolen on a trip)

More information on first aid kits:

1) Be sure to keep product labels on all medication, including aspirin or ibuprofen, so that you know when to take them. Taking certain painkillers for certain injuries can be dangerous.

2) Check the first aid kit periodically to replace any out of date or expired items.

3) Your local drug store is a good supply source for some of these harder to find items. Rather than getting these items one by one, most people prefer to purchase a pre-made first aid kit and then add any items that may not be included.

If you choose to go the rout of creating a first aid kit from scratch, be sure to purchase a waterproof first aid kit bag that will keep the contents both clean and dry.

Some special considerations for your First Aid Kit:

  • Epi-pen or epinephrine

  • Antacids

  • Extra supply of prescription medications along with prescription information

Some additional items first aid kits for the car:

  • Flashlight

  • Mylar blanket, also known as a space blanket

  • Credit card info and phone numbers (incase your wallet is stolen on a trip)