What to Put in a First Aid Kit: Limited Space Means Planning Ahead

Keep a first aid kit readily available in your home, cottage, automobile, boat, work place, and recreation area. Store it in a dry place and replace used and outdated contents regularly. In addition, the first aid kit should contain the following items.

  • Emergency telephone numbers for EMS, the poison control centre, and person physicians. Include the home and office phone numbers of family members, friends, or neighbors who can help.
  • Sterile gauze pads in small and large squares to place over wounds.
  • Adhesive tape.
  • Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or to make an arm sling.
  • Scissors.
  • Tweezers.
  • Safety pins.
  • Ice bag or chemical ice pack.
  • Disposable gloves such as surgical or examination gloves.
  • Flashlist, with extra batteries in a separate bag.
  • Antiseptic wipes or soap.
  • Pencil and pad.
  • Emergency blanket.
  • Eye patches.
  • Thermometer.
  • Barrier devices i.e. pocket mask or face shield and gloves.
  • Coins for pay phone.
  • First aid manual.
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