First Aid Supplies: 10 Essentials

Need to know about first aid supplies and 10 essentials for your first aid kit? There is nothing worse than frantically searching for the first aid kit only to find it empty. Your first aid kit should be in a logical location where you or anyone else could find it in an emergency. It should be bright in color and labeled “First Aid Kit,” but more importantly, it should be stocked with the proper items. Your first aid kit should only be utilized during an emergency; do not grab the scissors out of your kit just because they are convenient. You may forget to put them back. These are 10 essential items, must-haves, that should be included in every kit.

  1. Alcohol wipes. Alcohol wipes are used to clean off minor cuts, scrapes and abrasions.
  2. Aloe vera gel. Aloe vera soothes burns, minor cuts and skin irritations.
  3. Antibiotic ointment. Antibiotic ointment kills germs and bacteria to prevent infection.
  4. First-aid tape. This special kind of tape is used to secure bandages and gauze pads.
  5. Gauze. Gauze is useful for dressing wounds. Make sure the pads and strips are sterile and individually wrapped.
  6. Gloves. Wearing gloves is a very important part of first aid. Gloves protect both parties from potential contamination.
  7. Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide cleans cuts and wounds. It does not sting or burn.
  8. Scissors. Use scissors for cutting tape and clothing if necessary.
  9. Soap. Liquid antibacterial soap can help keep things sanitary. Always remember to wash your hands.
  10. Ibuprofen. A simple, over-the-counter pain relief medication can help deal with the pain that comes with most minor (and major) injuries.

These items are the most used and most practical to have on hand in case of an emergency. Every household is different; if you or your family are prone to allergies, perhaps you would include allergy medication. The most crucial point to remember is to keep the first aid kit stocked and accessible. Emergency numbers should be written in bold print and placed on the inside lid of the kit, including 911, your personal physician’s number and the number for poison control. In addition to having a first-aid kit in the home, you should have one in the garage and in the glove compartment of your car or recreational vehicle.

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