First Aid Kits

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

Things you should have:

  • Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  • Burn ointment to prevent infection.
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.

Things it may be good to have:

  • Cell Phone
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for upset stomach)
  • Laxative


Depending on the activity or situation, different first aid kits are desirable.  Listed below are the suggested contents of several first aid kits.

Insect Bite Kit – useful at picnics, ball games, and short duration hikes.

  • antiseptic wipes
  • antibiotic
  • bandages
  • aspirin

Road Rash Kit – useful for long duration vehicles rides

  • surgical scrub brush
  • surgical gloves
  • bandage
  • gauze
  • tape
  • antiseptic wipes
  • iodine wipes

Family Kit – general purpose family first aid kit.  You should have this kit around the house and another in each car

  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • syringe
  • benzoin 1oz.
  • insect sting swabs
  • a&d ointment
  • aloe vera gel
  • antiseptic towelletes
  • gauze dressing
  • non-adherent dressing
  • 5*9 trauma pad
  • gauze bandage
  • tape
  • adhesive strips
  • adheshive bandages
  • cotton tipped applicators
  • cotton balls
  • pill vials
  • safety pins
  • wash towelletes
  • plastic Ziploc bag
  • eye drops
  • surgical scrub brush
  • surgical gloves
  • bandage
  • gauze
  • tape
  • antiseptic wipes
  • iodine wipes

copy of this first aid guide

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Get A Kit”,  December 11, 2004.

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