Ten Things You Should Always Have In Your First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is probably one of those items that come in handy at the most unexpected of times. Creating your own first aid kit does not require expertise or immense effort. It is fairly simple and will go a long way in addressing those cuts, splinters, insect bites and burns.

Here are the ten things you should include in a first aid kit...

First-Aid Instruction Book

Including a manual might be useful for someone who is not acquainted with the proper use of first-aid. Moreover, in stressful times, having clear instructions could be of big help.

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

This ointment can be used to treat all types of burns, insect bites, minor cuts and bruises. It helps to prevent infection and also soothes the affected area.

Hydrogen Peroxide Or Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

These are commonly used due to their antiseptic properties in preventing infection. They can help decrease germs in abrasions, simple wounds and minor cuts.

Instant Cold Packs

These packs can be activated instantly to relieve pain and swelling from minor injuries, sprains, toothaches, insect bites and bruises. Cold therapy is known to be very effective in providing an anesthetic effect to numb the pain until proper medical assistance is sought.

Tweezers And Pins

When having to deal with uncomfortable splinters, pins and tweezers can be just the right tools. Ensure that they are properly sanitized before using them.

Bandages And Gauze Pads

Cuts come in varied sizes and shapes. Having bandages of various kinds is quintessential to a well-stocked kit. Triangular, adhesive, elastic as well as fabric bandages can serve different purposes in a first-aid kit. Gauze pads that are thick and absorbent are used in cleansing and dressing during first aid.


It might sometimes be necessary to cut clothing with scissors to access an injury. In addition, scissors can also be useful to cut gauze pads when dressing a wound.


When having to deal with a sudden rise in temperature, a thermometer is most likely to come in handy, especially with young children. You will be able to take an accurate reading, and determine the right course of action.

Latex-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves

When administering first aid, using appropriate gloves can prevent the transmission of germs to the affected area. Moreover, they can be used as a safe and hygienic medium to deal with messy situations.

Ibuprofen, Aspirin And Paracetamol

Pain is often the first reaction after a cut or a sprain. Having some common painkillers can provide the much-needed relief in such situations.

It is a good idea to build two identical first aid kits, one for your home and the other one for your car. A first aid kid must be in the most practical location in your home so that accessing it not time-consuming. Having one will give you the assurance that you are well prepared for all the minor emergencies in your life.

Dr Neil Stinson is a GP from Brisbane, Australia. He says that many first aid kits are packed with items that are not ideal, so he provides these top ten things to help.