20 Essentials for a Family First-Aid Kit

You should always keep a first-aid kit in your home. It should be kept within easy reach of an adult but should be stored away from children. Having a well-stocked first-aid kit is essential to ensuring the right supplies to deal with an emergency at a moment’s notice.

First-aid kits can be purchased at a local drugstore or you can put one together yourself. If you make the decision to make one yourself, chose a container that is spacious and easy to open and carry. Plastic tackle boxes, for example, make great homemade first-aid kit containers.

If you decide to make your own kit, here are 20 essential supplies you will need to make sure to include:

  1. A first-aid manual
  2. Different sized sterile gauze pads
  3. Adhesive tape
  4. Band-Aids in several sizes
  5. Elastic bandage like an Ace wrap
  6. Antiseptic wipes
  7. Antibiotic ointment
  8. Antiseptic solution like hydrogen peroxide
  9. Acetaminophen and  ibuprofen
  10. Tweezers
  11. Scissors
  12. Disposable instant cold packs
  13. Alcohol wipes
  14. Plastic non-latex gloves
  15. Flashlight with extra batteries
  16. A blanket
  17. Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be purchased at the drugstore)
  18. Calamine lotion
  19. A splint
  20. Thermometer

Make sure to read the entire first-aid manual to understand how to use the contents of your first-aid kit. Not doing this could put you in a tough situation if there ever came a time to use one of the supplies. Check your first aid-kit regularly. Some of things in your first-aid kit you might not ever use, but some might frequently run out like Band-Aids. Replace the missing items so you have them in the future. A well-kept first-aid kit is a necessity in every home to help you handle an emergency in your household.

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