Top Ten Essential Items for your First-Aid Kit

By on September 26, 2013
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List of the top ten essential items you need to have in your kit.

I firmly believe that everyone should have a First-Aid kit in their house, regardless if they have kids or not.  Having easy, fast access to a first aid kit could mean the difference between life and death in some situations. Below I will list the top ten essential items you need to have in your kit.

1. First Aid Manual  

I placed this item first since I believe it is the most important.  Most of the time when we are faced with an emergency our minds tend to shut down and we enter survival or panic mode, forgetting the most basic of things.  If you have a manual in your kit you will have to calm down in order to read it and take the correct action.

2. Bandages

– Bandages are used to cover cuts or burns that you don’t want dirt or dust to get into.  You will want to have an assortment of different sizes and shapes in your kit.  There is no set amount to have but I would say that two of each type per person in your family would be a good number to have on hand.

3. Antibiotic Cream 

Use this item to prevent infection and to assist in the healing process.

4. Gauze pads

I suggest having large pads to cover the larger wounds, and for the smaller wounds you can simply use your scissors to cut them down to size as needed. One pad per person in your family should be sufficient.

5. Pain killers 

Pills are best since they are small and have a long shelf life.  These will come in handy especially when the wound is severe.

6. Tweezers

These are often overlooked as an essential First-Aid item, but as soon as you get a splinter, a piece of metal, or broken glass under your skin, you will be glad you had them in your kit.

7. Tourniquet

This item may seem intimidating at first, but with the First-Aid manual in hand it is very easy to use.  They can be made out of a small rope or a strong rubber band.  If it’s long enough it can also be fashioned into a sling for a broken or sprained arm.

8. Alcohol Wipes or Hand Sanitizer 

You will want to have clean hands when working on a open wound to prevent infection.  Another use could be to clean a wound before dressing it.

9. Tape 

You can use the tape to hold down the gauze pads, and also to brace sprained or broken fingers.

10. Thermometer 

I’m sure you have one lying around the house somewhere, but it should be in your First Aid Kit because you know as well as I do that when the time comes that you actually need to use it, it takes a long time to find it.

There are other items that you could put into a First-Aid kit such as a Mylar Blanket, Cold Compress, Gloves, and many other things.  The items listed above are my choice for the top ten things you should have in your kit, after that it is totally up to you on how elaborate you want it to be.

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