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First Aid Kit Essentials

Maybe you know you should have a first aid kit. But it can be overwhelming to decide what to include in it or which type of kit to buy. There are so many things to consider when imagining how to prepare for an unknown, yet-to-happen emergency. So here are a few tips and guidelines that might make the task a little bit simpler.

There are some supplies that are generally useful in most first aid kits. Some of these might not be essential for your situation, but this list can at least give you a place to start.

  • First aid manual

  • Antihistamine

  • Plasters in a range of sizes

  • Hydrocortisone cream

  • Pain killers

  • Disposable gloves

  • Sterile gauze dressings in a range of sizes

  • Tweezers

  • Scissors

  • Safety pins

  • Cleansing wipes

  • Antiseptic cream

  • Triangular bandages

  • Crepe bandages

  • Thermometer (preferably digital)

  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds

  • Torch and extra batteries

  • Light-weight space blanket

  • Burn gel

  • Micropore tape

The kit should be held in a sturdy and secure bag or box. If at all possible, they should be kept in a cool, dry place. It’s also important that they are stored out of the reach of children.

Remember, you don’t have to build this kit on your own. Medkits has prepared different types of first aid kits to respond to various settings and needs. Have a look at what we offer and you can decide which one is best for you.

Other Considerations

Each person, journey, and setting is unique and may require customizations to your kit. Here are a few types of kits that you might find useful.

For example, if you’re putting together a standard first aid kit, maybe for your home, and you are close enough to a medical facility in case of serious emergencies, you need to think through two primary things:

The basic supplies that can keep you from needing to go to a medical facility.

Supplies that you would need immediately to prevent further damage until you can get to a medical facility.

A car first aid kit is important for many reasons. First of all, depending on where your route takes you, you may be far from a medical facility. Road accidents are also very common and can result in serious injuries. It’s important to have the supplies you need to address immediate injuries and enable you to get to a hospital or wait for an ambulance without the situation becoming more serious.

A first-aid kit for your next camping trip or outdoor adventure can prepare you well to enjoy your time in nature. You may be driving your car to a pretty lakeside spot just a few hours away from a big city, trekking through the mountains on foot with no phone signal, or lounging on a sandy beach. Regardless of the specifics, there are certain risks that come with being outside and a first aid kit can mitigate those risks.

Whether you’re going on an adventure or just carrying out your everyday routine, it’s important to be prepared to respond to illness and injury. Make sure you have a first aid kit that fits your specific needs.

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