Having a first aid kit at home is important, but I’ve learned that most people that I meet aren’t sure how to prepare for the occasional first aid emergency. Items that you might want to have in your home kit, are certainly going to be different than the kit that you take with you on a hike or in your car. The pre-made kits that you buy in the drug store or REI are better than nothing, but you can do better if you want.
These are just some things you might wish to consider: It is not all-inclusive and you may wish more or less items in your kit.
1. A bag/container to store your supplies – consider a BlackHawk Medical Roll
2. Bandages/Blood stoppers – 4″x4″ gauze pads – put at least 20 in a plastic bag. Consider vacuum sealing it for less bulk! You could also use a Mylar bag. If you take them out of the sterile packages – they aren’t obviously sterile anymore, but they’re clean and that’s good enough more most non-surgical first aid purposes. For heavy duty blood stopping ability, consider having female pads handy – they absorb well, and are not sterile, but they are not as expensive as many first aid pads for heavy duty blood absorbtion.
3. Disinfectant – Having some saline (sterile salt water) ready is handy, especially if you need to irrigate a wound on the go. If you don’t have sterile saline, clean tap water is better than nothing. For even better disinfecting, use dilute hibiclens on the wounds.
4. Non stick – Dressings – Tegaderm, Adaptic, Telfa
5. ACE Bandages – multiple sizes (2″, 3″)
6. Self adherant wrap dressings in multiple sizes (2″, 3″, 4″)
7. Roller Gauze – Kerlix
8. Bandage scissors/Rescue Cutter – Benchmade Rescue Cutter
9. Breathable medical tape (Nexcare Flexible clear tape) – good for wound closures and wrapping sprained ankles
10. SAM Splints (large and small)
11. CPR Mask
13. Glucose Tabs
15. Sharp tipped tweezers – helps with getting out splinters
16. Safety pin
17. Mole Skin
18. Band aid pack – 1/2″, 3/4″, 2″, knuckle wrap
19. Blister pads
20. Wet Wipes
21. Gel Hand sanitizer
22. Alcohol Pads
23. Betadine Pads
24. Bee Sting Pads/ampules
28. 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
31. Bacitracin antibiotic ointment
33. Emergency Bivvy sack
34. Transport tubes can be useful to put medications in.
36. Cotton applicators (q-tips)
37. Finger splints
This document is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual patient. If you have questions please contact your medical provider.
I hope that you have found this information useful. Wishing you the best of health,
Scott Rennie, DO