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    First Aid Kits

    Must-Have First Aid Kit Essentials

     

    You can buy all items for your first aid kits at a well-stocked drug store. Ask the pharmacist for help in selecting items.

    Home kit:

    A household first aid kit should include these items:

    • Adhesive tape
    • Anesthetic spray (Bactine) or lotion (Calamine, Campho-Phenique) -- for itching rashes and insect bites
    • 4" x 4" sterile gauze pads -- for covering and cleaning wounds, as a soft eye patch
    • 2", 3", and 4" Ace bandages -- for wrapping sprained or strained joints, for wrapping gauze on to wounds, for wrapping on splints
    • Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
    • Oral antihistamines -- diphenhydramine (Benadryl causes drowsiness) or loratadine (Claritin doesn't cause drowsiness) -- for allergic reactions, itching rashes (Avoid topical antihistamine creams because they may worsen the rash in some people.)
    • Topical corticosteroids, such as over the counter Hydrocortisone 1% for rashes
    • Aloe vera topical gel or cream for burn relief
    • Exam gloves -- for infection protection, also to make into ice packs when filled with water and frozen
    • Polysporin antibiotic cream -- to apply to simple wounds
    • Nonadhesive pads (Telfa) -- for covering wounds and burns
    • Pocket mask for CPR
    • Resealable oven bag -- as a container for contaminated articles, can become an ice pack
    • Safety pins (large and small) -- for splinter removal and for securing triangular bandage sling
    • Scissors
    • Triangular bandage -- as a sling, towel, tourniquet
    • Tweezers -- for splinter or stinger or tick removal

    Travel First Aid Kit Essentials

     

    Travel kit:

    A travel first aid kit may contain these items:

    • Adhesive tape
    • 4" x 4" sterile gauze pads
    • Antacid -- for indigestion
    • Antidiarrheal (Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, for example)
    • Antihistamine cream
    • Antiseptic agent (small bottle liquid soap) -- for cleaning wounds and hands
    • Aspirin -- for mild pain, heart attack
    • Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
    • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratadine (Claritin) -- oral antihistamine
    • Topical corticosteroids, such as over the counter Hydrocortisone 1% for rashes
    • Aloe vera topical gel or cream for burn relief
    • Book on first aid
    • Cigarette lighter -- to sterilize instruments and to be able to start a fire in the wilderness (to keep warm and to make smoke to signal for help, for examples)
    • Cough medication
    • Dental kit -- for broken teeth, loss of crown or filling
    • Exam gloves
    • Small flashlight
    • Ibuprofen (Advil is one brand name)
    • Insect repellant
    • Knife (small Swiss Army-type)
    • Moleskin -- to apply to blisters or hot spots
    • Nasal spray decongestant -- for nasal congestion from colds or allergies
    • Nonadhesive wound pads (Telfa)
    • Polysporin antibiotic ointment
    • Oral decongestant
    • Personal medications and items
    • Phone card with at least 60 minutes of time (and not a close expiration date) plus at least 10 quarters for pay phones and a list of important people to reach in an emergency
    • Plastic resealable bags (oven and sandwich)
    • Pocket mask for CPR
    • Safety pins (large and small)
    • Scissors
    • Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more
    • Thermometer
    • Tweezers

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 02, 2016
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