A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept within easy reach, is a
necessity in every home. Having supplies gathered ahead of time
will help you handle an emergency at a moment's notice.
You should keep one first-aid kit in your home and one in
Also be sure to bring a first-aid kit on family vacations.
Choose containers for your kits that are roomy, durable, easy to
carry, and simple to open. Plastic tackle boxes or containers for
storing art supplies are ideal, since they're lightweight, have
handles, and offer a lot of space.
Include the following in each of your first-aid kits:
- first-aid manual
- sterile gauze
- adhesive tape
- adhesive bandages in several sizes
- elastic bandage
- antiseptic wipes
- antibiotic cream (triple-antibiotic ointment)
- antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
- hydrocortisone cream (1%)
- acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- extra prescription medications (if the family is going on
- sharp scissors
- safety pins
- disposable instant cold packs
- calamine lotion
- alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
- plastic gloves (at least 2 pairs)
- flashlight and extra batteries
- mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your
local Red Cross)
- your list of emergency phone numbers
- blanket (stored nearby)
After you've stocked your first-aid kits:
- Read the entire first-aid manual so you'll understand how
to use the contents of your kits. (If your children are old
enough to understand, review the manuals with them as well.)
- Store first-aid kits in places that are out of children's
reach but easily accessible for adults.
- Check the kits regularly. Replace missing items or medicines
that may have expired.
Updated and reviewed by:
Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: September 2007
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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