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 Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of “My Child Is Sick,” American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2006-02-24
Last reviewed: 2014-06-10
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 healthcare professional.
Copyright ©1986-2015 Barton D. Schmitt, MD. All rights reserved.

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