First Aid Kit Essentials

Having a first aid kit in your home or car probably isn’t something you’d classify as an essential, until something happens and you find your without it when you need it.

I had one first aid kit in my house; there was one in my car but it needs replenishing.

Here’s is one of mine:
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Fun but practical πŸ™‚
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I’ve been a qualified first aider for 3 years now, following are my recommendations / first aid kit essentials for your home first aid kit using the knowledge I’ve gained from my training and occasions I’ve needed to use my skills.

  • Small pair of sharp scissors
  • Burn dressings
  • Sterile cleansing wipes
  • Face shields
  • Plasters (band-aids)
  • Tape
  • Freeze packs – perfect for bumps and bruises and can help reduce swelling
  • Variety sizes of adhesive bandages
  • Large gauze pads β€” You can cut these down to smaller sizes if necessary.
  • Alcohol based wipes β€” Useful for cleansing wounds prior to bandaging. Also good for cleaning thermometers, scissors, tweezers, or any other piece of equipment so you don’t risk infection.
  • A thermometer
  • Tweezers – for pulling out splinters
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Sterile saline β€” Good for irrigating wounds, rinsing eyes, and as a nasal flush.
  • Triangular bandages β€” Use as arm sling, cravat bandage or cover for head dressing.
  • Critical medical family histories β€” It’s always a good idea to keep information with the first aid kit pertaining to allergies and such in case of extreme emergency.
  • Emergency Inhaler, Epi-Pens, or other emergency prescribed medication
  • First aid book or wallet sized guide

You’ll notice there are no lotions or potions in this list, that’s because in a first aid kit for work their not permitted in case of allergies. I wouldn’t want to recommend specific items here for the same reason, however, useful items to have on hand would be:

  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-Diarrhoeal pills
  • Antihistamines
  • Bee sting sprays or kits

What did I miss? What do you keep in your first aid kit?