First Aid Kit – Contents

First Aid in Tool Chest

by LDS Intelligent Living

Here is a list based on what The Red Cross and the Portland Fire Department recommend to have in a First Aid kit.

Household First Aid kit:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages/Band-Aids in assorted sizes
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs) (use to protect from infection, can be made into ice packs)
  • Sunscreen SPF of 30 or greater
  • Instant ice pack 
  • 2″ sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 4″ sterile gauze pads (4-6) (use to cover and clean wounds, also as a soft eye patch)
  • 2″ sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • 3″ sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Medical Scissors or regular sharp scissors
  • Medicine dropper
  • Tweezers with pointed tips (use for stinger, splinter, or tick removal)
  • Sterile needle for splinters
  • Moistened towelettes or baby wipes
  • Antiseptic wipes (use to cleanse wounds)
  • Antibiotic ointment Polysporin, Neosporin, or other
  • Thermometer (oral and rectal for babies)
  • Tongue blades (2)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Calamine lotion (use to relieve itching and scratching)
  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, or similar)
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting, use only if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Sanitary napkins (2-4) (use as temporary dressing, padding over an injury, or to cover large wounds)
  • Ace bandage (use to provide firm support for sprains or strained joints)
  • Scarves, triangular cloth (use for splints)
  • Sterile water (use to flush wounds and cool burns)
  • Kerlex, Kling (6 rolls) or any other brand of roller bandages (use to wrap over dressings and secure splints)
  • First Aid instruction manual

First Aid Kit idea for household, click here

Car First Aid Kit idea, click here

Photo source: LDS Intelligent Living

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