38 basic supplies needed when stocking up a home first aid kit

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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.

Of course, you can buy first-aid kits fully assembled at many drugstores but you can also put one together on your own, especially when you want to tailor your kit based on your activities and needs. This is where a family first aid kit checklist would come in handy. According to Mayo Clinic, a first-aid kit might include:

Family first aid kit checklist: 38 basic supplies

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  1. Tape
  2. Elastic wrap bandages
  3. Bandage strips and "butterfly" bandages in varying sizes
  4. Rubber tourniquet
  5. Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in various sizes
  6. Eyeshield or pad
  7. Large triangular bandage (that can double as a sling)
  8. Aluminium finger splint
  9. Instant cold packs
  10. Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  11. Several pairs of disposable non-latex examination gloves
  12. Tweezers
  13. Petroleum jelly or equivalent
  14. Plastic bags, in various sizes
  15. Safety pins in various sizes
  16. Scissors
  17. Hand sanitizer
  18. Antibiotic ointment
  19. Antiseptic solution
  20. Eyewash solution
  21. Thermometer
  22. Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds
  23. Sterile saline for flushing out wounds
  24. Surgical masks
  25. Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
  26. First-aid manual
  27. Hydrogen peroxide
  28. Aloe vera gel
  29. Calamine lotion
  30. Medication for diarrhoea
  31. Laxative
  32. Antacids
  33. Antihistamines
  34. Hydrocortisone cream
  35. Medication for cough and colds
  36. Other personalised medication that does not require refrigeration
  37. Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor
  38. Pain relievers, such as paracetamol, and others available in your country

Check your first aid kit regularly

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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.