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First Aid Kit


A first aid kit may be needed at home, on a vacation, or while hiking or camping. The kit should be kept in a small portable box. The following items should be included:

  • Band-Aids
  • sterile gauze pads - both regular and nonstick type
  • adhesive tape (1/2-inch width)
  • Steri-Strips (for closing minor cuts)
  • small bar of soap

    (Note: Hydrogen peroxide solution is unnecessary. It's no better than soap and water for cleaning wounds.)

  • alcohol wipes
  • elastic bandage (for sprained ankle)
  • triangular bandage (for sprained ankle or arm injury, or as a tourniquet)
  • needle and tweezers (for removing slivers or ticks)
  • razor blade (for poisonous snake bite)
  • small scissors
  • meat tenderizer powder for bee stings
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • adrenalin and syringe (optional, needed if a family member has a severe allergy to bee stings)
  • a list of allergies and medicines for each person in the family
  • extra supplies for hiking or camping:
    • compass
    • whistle
    • flashlight
    • matches
  • optional medicines for camping:
    • antibiotic ointment
    • hydrocortisone cream
    • antihistamines such as Benadryl
    • acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Written by B.D. Schmitt, MD, author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2006-02-24
Last reviewed: 2010-06-02

This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a health care professional.

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