38 basic supplies needed when stocking up a home first aid kit
Here are the essential basics you need in your first aid kit
A family first aid kit checklist is always useful when stocking up a home first aid kit for the first time. This is to ensure that you have all the basic supplies needed for any kind of emergency that could happen at home.
A first aid kit should have all the necessities so that together with basic first aid training, you will be able to administer treatment for common injuries in an emergency without having to wait for help. In fact, every home should have at least one first aid kit. It should be stored where it is easily retrievable, but also in a safe place so that young children have no access to it.
Family first aid kit checklist: 38 basic supplies
- Elastic wrap bandages
- Bandage strips and "butterfly" bandages in varying sizes
- Rubber tourniquet
- Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in various sizes
- Eyeshield or pad
- Large triangular bandage (that can double as a sling)
- Aluminium finger splint
- Instant cold packs
- Cotton balls and cotton swabs
- Several pairs of disposable non-latex examination gloves
- Petroleum jelly or equivalent
- Plastic bags, in various sizes
- Safety pins in various sizes
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic solution
- Eyewash solution
- Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds
- Sterile saline for flushing out wounds
- Surgical masks
- Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
- First-aid manual
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aloe vera gel
- Calamine lotion
- Medication for diarrhoea
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Medication for cough and colds
- Other personalised medication that does not require refrigeration
- Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor
- Pain relievers, such as paracetamol, and others available in your country
Check your first aid kit regularly
Of course, you do not need to purchase this entire list if you just want the necessities on hand. When you are unsure of what to prioritise, you can always talk to your local pharmacist and he or she will be able to guide you.
Aside from going through and checking your family first aid kit checklist regularly, you will also need to replenish and replace supplies that have expired or have been used up.
Moreover, at least one in every family should consider taking a first-aid course. This is so that you are equipped with the basic skills of a first responder in the event of an emergency.
Likewise, if you have children at home, be sure to prepare them for medical emergencies in age-appropriate ways. Check your local Red Cross or similar bodies for suitable courses that they can take. There should be children designed classes to help them learn what to do during an emergency and how to use basic first-aid techniques.