A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. Keep at least one first-aid kit in your home and one in your car. Store your kits someplace easy to get to and out of the reach of young children. Make sure children old enough to understand the purpose of the kits know where they’re stored.
You can buy first-aid kits at many drugstores or assemble your own. You may want to tailor your kit based on your activities and needs.
Your kit, according to the American Red Cross, should contain the following:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches).
- Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes).
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch).
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets.
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets.
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each).
- 1 blanket (space blanket).
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve).
- 1 instant cold compress.
- Non latex gloves.
- Hydrocortisone ointment packets.
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide).
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide).
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches).
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches).
- Oral thermometer .
- 2 triangular bandages.
It is also suggested that you keep extra medications and supplies specific to you and your family’s needs.