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First Aid Kit Essentials For Your Home or Car

In an emergency, you want to make sure you have the right materials in your home or car so you can give proper care. Here are tips when you make your own or buy a First Aid Kit.

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First Aid Kit Essentials

Where should you have a First Aid Kit?

First Aid Kits come in many shapes and sizes and can be designed for different purposes. Some First aid Kits are metal with clips closing it shut and some kits are in folders with pages and close shut with zippers. Ideally you should have a First Aid Kit in your car and home. You can make a First Aid Kit on your own or buy pre-made kits from your favorite local or online store.

First Aid Kit List For A Family of Four

The American Red Cross has a list of materials that it thinks a family of four should always have in their first aid kit.

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)

  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)

  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)

  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets

  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

  • 1 emergency blanket

  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

  • 1 instant cold compress

  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)

  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)

  • 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage

  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)

  • 5 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pads

  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non glass)

  • 2 triangular bandages

  • Tweezers

  • Emergency First Aid instructions

Things to Remember

When you buy or make your own First Aid Kit make sure to make the following.

  • Check the expiration dates of the First Aid Materials on a regular basis and replace the items when they are used or expired.

  • Include any personal items like medications.

  • Add a list of emergency phone numbers recommend by your health care provider.

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Cited Sources

American Red Cross. (n.d.). Make a first aid kit. Supplies & Contents | American Red Cross.


About The Author Of This Article

Bobby Dobroski, Owner and CPR Instructor of DobroSKILLS LLC

Bobby Dobroski, Owner & CPR Instructor of DobroSKILLS LLC

Bobby has been teaching CPR since 2016 and is a proud husband and father to two very active young boys. Bobby is active runner who ran over 20 marathons and an Ironman Triathlon. DobroSKILLS offers training in Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers as well as AED and supplies. DobroSKILLS LLC is a Licensed Training Provider of the American Red Cross.


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