Every home needs at least one first aid kit. Keeping a separate and smaller kit on hand for the car, for vacations or camping trips is also a good step in the safe direction. Your kit itself should be waterproof and relatively small and lightweight. Make sure that your family/coworkers/babysitters know where all the kits you keep at home, on the go or at work, are stored in case a problem arises.
Bandages and Dressings
Adhesive bandages in several shapes and sizes
Adhesive tape - 1″ roll, 1 (waterproof, if possible)
Steri-Strips: 1 package. (skin closure)
Ace Bandage (elastic): Include 1 - 4 inch roll.
Non-Adhesive Dressing - 2
Gauze pads - various sizes
Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide)
Self adhering gauze. If needed (camp/sports) bring a few rolls- of varied sizes. 2”, 3”, 4”.
Eye Pad - Sterile - 1
Triangular Bandage / Sling– 2
Moleskin or Molefoam, 1 pkg (prevent blisters)
Hand Towels - 3
Mild liquid soap (avoid antibacterial and deodorant soaps) 2-4oz
Eye wash- 1 small vial. (i.e. Visine, Clear eyes)
OTC pain meds [Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen] bring several types, aprox 20 of each.
Antacid tabs, approx 20.
Throat lozenges, 10
Pepto-Bismol tabs, 24.
Extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation)
Decongestant tablets & spray
Children’s and infants’ non-aspirin liquid pain reliever (acetaminophen)
Sugar or glucose solution (ex: diabetes)
Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
Sunscreen SPF #15 or greater 3-4 oz.
Lip Balm with sunscreen, 1 tube.
Activated Charcoal (poisoning emergencies)
Oral Re-hydration Packets, 2
Re-hydration fluids, such as Pedialyte, to treat infant diarrhea
Insect repellent, 2-4 oz. (child safe)
Insect Sting Kit, 1.
Snakebite kit, 1
Gloves Disposable - 2 pair
Thermometer (young children - include both oral and rectal thermometers)
Safety Pins - 5
Scissors – Blunt/Sharp 1
Face mask for CPR
Length of surgical tubing, 1: Constricting band
First aid guide
Paper & pencil
Your list of emergency phone numbers
Ice Packs: Include 2. hot and cold
Flashlight and extra batteries
Water purification tabs, 1 bottle:
Once you have your first aid kit set up take the time to read the entire first aid manual. If your children are old enough, have them read it as well, or summarize it with them. Reading the guide will let you know what in the kit you should use for different emergencies/injuries/illnesses.
The contents of the kit should be updated frequently, and any medications with expiration dates replaced, as well as any dressings that are old.
First aid handbook
Roll 1″ tape
Gauze pads in assorted sizes
Gauze compresses in assorted sizes
Elastic wrap bandage
Oval eye pads (2)
Adhesive bandages in assorted shapes and sizes
Betadine prep pads
Alcohol prep pads
Triple antibiotic ointment
Instant cold/hot packs
Eye wash bottle
Emergency phone numbers/contacts
Allergy/health condition information
Camping/hiking kits- It’s equally important to have a first aid/survival kit with you whenever you’re going to be hiking or camping in the woods. This kit should be lightweight and small.
Store the supplies in two or three half or whole sized Zip Lock sandwich bags to keep them safe from the elements
One bag should contain supplies for more serious injuries, like deep wounds. For these keep a small roll (a couple feet) of cling (self adhering) and tube gauze, and 4 non-stick gauze pads.
Another bag (which can be combined with the one above if you’d like) should contain dressings and supplies for minor wounds. One extra large bandage, 5 or so plastic adhesive bandages, 2 fingertip bandages, and some knuckle and butterfly (wound closure) bandages.
The third bag should contain medications and cleaning supplies. 4 alcohol prep pads (individually wrapped), a small hydrocortisone (anti-itch) cream tube, some antibacterial ointment, Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin should be brought for fever and pain relief. Bring enough for two doses, and remember that aspirin should not be given to children. You may want to bring diarrhea medicine as well, just in case.
Other things you should bring are a throwaway brightly colored Poncho, a good high powered whistle, a Power bar or trail mix snack, and a hypothermia blanket. These blankets are large but extremely compact and will keep you warm and alive if you are lost or stuck somewhere with an injury.
The following kit is an example of what a child should carry.
A Zip Lock sandwich bag for the container (this bag can also be used as a sort of drinking water cup)
Some high energy trail mix or a Power bar (in a separate zip lock bag)
A good whistle that can be heard over a mile away (three short blasts will translate into S.O.S for searchers)
A signal flag that should be about 5×10 inches and a bright color and made of a durable material (like a bright colored trash bag.
A reflector to send signals. This can be a small compact mirror, or a piece of tin foil wrapped around a piece of cardboard (avoid sharp edges)
large sized brightly colored Poncho or garbage bag with a pre-cut “head slot”. This will protect the child from bad weather as well as help keep in body heat to ward of hypothermia
A couple adhesive bandages for any minor cuts and scrapes they pick up along the way.
A small pocket flashlight.
For more information on woods safety check out the Lost in the Woods
*** Before administering any first aid to anyone outside your family, be aware of your rights and responsibilities: The Good Samaritan Law. ***