First Aid: Is Your First Aid Kit Complete?

First Aid Case

If you’ve been following us on social media this week you already know that we’ve been talking about first aid for all different types of situations. Today we’re going to narrow our focus and talk about something you need for almost every situation that requires first aid.  We’re talking about a first aid kit and what you should have stocked in yours.

First Aid Kit Checklist

Bleeding and Wounds

  • Various sizes of regular bandages
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Steristrips
  • Compound tincture of benzoin
  • Liquid bandage or Superglue
  • Finger/Knuckle bandages
  • Gauze Dressing Pads in various sizes
  • Gauze roll bandages in various sizes
  • Trauma pads
  • Triangular bandages
  • Hemostatic agent
  • Nylon sutures
  • Needle puller
  • Surgical scissors
  • Eye wash

Burns

  • Water Jel Burn Jel
  • Water Jel Burn Dressing

Dehydration

  • MediLyte
  • Oral IV

Child Care

  • Suckers
  • Children’s Cold Meds
  • Children’s Benadryl
  • Children’s Ibuprofen
  • Children’s Tylenol
  • Pedialyte

Creams/Sprays/Ointments

  • Sting/bite relief
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Povidone – iodine pads
  • Antiseptic pads
  • Antiseptic hand wipes
  • Chapstick or lip ointment
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

Fever/Pain

  • Thermometer
  • Asprin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Excedrin
  • Pain Relieving Spray
  • Oral Pain Gel
  • Icy Hot
  • Cooling Towel

OTC Meds

  • Allergy medications such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Benadryl
  • Nausea medicine
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Laxatives
  • Cold Medicine
  • Antacids
  • Cough Drops
  • Cold-eeze

Sprains & Breaks

  • Flexible Splint
  • Finger Splint
  • Cold Packs
  • Elastic bandages

Toothcare

  • Dental Floss
  • Dental Mirror
  • Dental Pick
  • Dental Wax

Other

  • Eye pads
  • CPR Shield
  • Nitrile gloves
  • EMT Shears
  • Tweezers
  • Waterproof tape
  • Moleskin
  • Pink eye relief
  • Zip lock bags for soiled items
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Emergency Contact Sheet
  • Nail clippers
  • Flashlight
  • Smelling Salts
  • Baby Powder
  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Flue Masks
  • Safety Pins
  • Stethoscope
  • Tongue Depressor
  • Epsom Salts
  • Duct tape
  • Ear Plugs

Helpful Tips:

  • Check your first aid kit regularly to make sure it is fully stocked at all times!
  • Check expiration dates on medications stored in your first aid kit to ensure that you are using products that are not expired!
  • When selecting your first aid kit container make sure to choose something durable and waterproof!

If you haven’t already created a first aid kit for your home – now is the time! You never know when you may need one!

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Arin Anderson
arin@andersoncreative.works
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