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First Aid Kit Essentials

What to keep in your emergency first aid kit


Updated September 26, 2005

Having a well-stocked first aid kit can make responding to an accident or injury much faster. The contents of your kit should match your activity, location, season, first aid training and your own medical history. The following list includes some of the most common (as well as some unusual) items you may want in your kit.

  • analgesic (pain reliever)
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antacid
  • antihistamine
  • decongestant
  • fever reducer
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide
  • adhesive bandages
  • elastic bandages/safety pins
  • adhesive tape
  • gauze pads
  • tweezers
  • thermometer
  • alcohol wipes
  • disinfectant
  • instant cold packs
  • sunscreen
  • Moleskin
  • matches/firestarter
  • space blanket
  • latex gloves
  • prescription medications
  • eye drops or eye wash solutions
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • insect repellent
  • flashlight/batteries
  • splints
  • army knife
  • iodine water purification tablets
  • Emergency First Aid Reference Book

**Check all the expiration date's on any supplies and refresh as needed.

Having a well-stocked kit doesn't help much if you don't know how to use it. Here are some tips for dealing with emergencies:

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