Whether you plan to buy a ready-made First Aid Kit or put one together yourself, it’s a good idea to cross-reference the items contained within (or those which you plan to procure) with other recommended lists of the First Aid items that should be included.

The American Red Cross recommends that all First Aid Kits (for a family of four) include the following items:


First Aid Kit Items List

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 blanket (‘space blanket’)
1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
1 instant cold compress
2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
1 Scissors
1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
1 Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
2 triangular bandages
1 Tweezers
1 First aid instruction booklet

Note: Be sure to read this quick review regarding a very good basic First Aid Kit.


Additional Items For First Aid Kit

Include any personal items such as medications.

Keep a note inside containing emergency phone numbers (your doctor, hospital, emergency contacts…).

A inventory list of the First Aid Kit contents so you can resupply later if items are used.

Check the kit regularly for expiration dates and refill any supplies that have been used.

Consider keeping a small LED flashlight inside the kit.

Pain relievers and fever reducer. Depending on your preferences and medical conditions, consider keeping any of the following – Acetaminophen for fever and pain, Ibuprofen for muscle pain, and Aspirin for fever and pain (Aspirin not for children under 15).


Reader input regarding additional items /thoughts for a First Aid Kit

(From previous comments)

Take a First Aid course
Know CPR
Allergy medications
Sutures, syringes and lidocaine to stitch cuts
Eye wash, eye drops
Rehydration pack
Blister band aids
Burn gel
Burn bandages
Quik Clot (for major bleeding wound)
Super Glue – medical grade of cyanoacrylate

What do you think? Any further suggestions regarding a First Aid Kit?

(This has been updated and re-posted for additional comment)

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