First Aid Kit Essentials

Hopefully, any injuries that occur around your house are incredibly minor, and can be fixed with a bandage or an ice-pack. But in the event of a more serious injury, illness, or even a weather catastrophe, you and your family should be prepared with a first aid kit.

According to the American Red Cross, a first aid kit for a family of four should contain:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings
  • 25 adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 packets of aspirin
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Scissors
  • 1 rolled bandage
  • 5 sterile gauze pads
  • An oral thermometer
  • Tweezers

You should also include

  • personal items
  • list of emergency phone numbers
  • the contact information for your medical or insurance provider
  • road maps
  • number for the poison hotline and other emergency services.

It is also a good idea to include a flashlight, waterproof matches, and an extra cell phone charger (preferably a solar charger) with or nearby your first aid kit. You should include common medications such as cough medication, laxatives and anti-diarrheal medicines, antihistamines, or lower-dose pain relievers to give to children. Things like insect repellant, sunscreen, and Aloe vera gel are also good items to include.

Check your first aid kit periodically.

make sure all items are up to date and still usable, particularly items like batteries or anything with an expiration date.

For various activities, what you include in a first aid kit may vary. A first aid kit for hiking or boating, for example, should contain different things than a first aid kit you keep at home or in your car. If you or your family members have specific medications or other needs, your first aid should be tailored to reflect this.

A first aid kit can greatly cut down on stress and panic. If you don’t have one, be sure to stock up on necessary supplies soon!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.


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