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Basic Supplies

A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common emergencies and injuries. Keep at least one first-aid kit in your home and one in your car. Store your kits somewhere easy to get to and out of reach of young children. Make sure children are old enough to understand the purpose of the kits and know where they are stored.

You can buy first-aid kits at many drug stores or assemble your own. You may want to tailor your kits based on your activities and needs.

A First Aid Kit Might Include:

Basic Supplies

  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Bandage strips and butterfly bandages in assorted sizes
  • Super glue
  • Rubber tourniquet or 16 French catheter
  • Non-stick, sterile, bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eyeshield or pad
  • Large triangular, bandage (may be used as a sling)
  • Aluminum finger splint
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls and cotton tipped swabs
  • Disposable, non-latex, examination, gloves, several pairs
  • Duct tape
  • Petroleum, jelly, or other lubricant
  • Plastic bags, assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution and towelettes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Turkey, baster and other bulged suction device for flushing wounds
  • Sterile saline for irrigation, Flushing
  • Breathing barrier( surgical mask)
  • Syringe, medicine, cup, or spoon
  • First aid manual
  • Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect


  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Personal medications that don’t need refrigeration
  • Auto injector, or epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor
  • Pain, relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)

Consider keeping aspirin in a first-aid kit as well. Aspirin may be life-saving for an adult with chest pain. If you or someone else has a new or unexplained chest pain or may be having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Then chew a regular-strength aspirin. However, don’t take aspirin if you’re allergic to aspirin, have bleeding problems, take another blood-thinning medication, or if your doctor previously told you not to do so.
Never give aspirin to children.

Emergency Items

  • Emergency, phone numbers, including contact information for your family, healthcare provider and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers, and poison control hotline. There are two ways to get help from poison control in the US: online at or by calling 1-800-222-1222. Both options are free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.
  • Medical consent forms for every family member
  • Medical history forms for each family member
  • Small, waterproof, flashlight, or headlight and extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Small notepad and waterproof writing instrument
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Cell phone with solar charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Give your kit a checkup

Check your first aid kits regularly to be sure the flashlight batteries work and to replace supplies that have expired or been used up.
Consider taking a first aid class through
Prepare children for medical emergencies in age-appropriate ways.