- Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol (acetaminophen). Yes you need all three because they are all used differently.
- An assortment of bandages, gauze, and tape.
- Alcohol (rubbing alcohol/alcohol wipes).
- Acidophilous (great for upset stomach, diarrhea, and the imbalance in your gut common after taking antibiotics).
- Benadryl (good for hay fever, allergies, and allergic reactions).
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Noxema (best sunburn treatment I've come across).
- Utensils: scissors, scalpel, flashlight (penlight), safety pins.
- Needles and thread.
- Feminine hygiene products (maxi pads and tampons) which are great for wound compresses.
- Duct tape--hundreds of uses.
- Ziploc bags (also many uses...fill up a bag with water then cut a small piece of the corner away and use for irrigating wounds or eyes).
- Things you know how and when to use: Epi Pen, insulin, glucose tabs, salt tabs, nitro tabs, etc).
- Thera-flu and vitamin C.
- To prevent the spread of infection: nitrile gloves, mouth piece for administering CPR, waterless hand sanitizer.
- Broad spectrum antibiotics.
- Burn gel or aloe vera.
- Other nice to have stuff: AED, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, LMA, etc.
- A thorough first aid guide.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
20 Must-Have Items for Your First Aid Kit
I have various sizes of first aid kits, from a tiny one that fits in my briefcase to slightly larger ones for my car and office, to full-fledged trauma medic kits for my home and bug-out-gear box. Here are the basic must-haves for your first aid kit: