Essential First Aid Equipment

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What do I put in my First Aid Kit?

There are hundreds of first aid kits to choose from, but none of them will be perfect for your particular needs. The best way to assure that you have everything you need in your first aid kit is to make one yourself. You can combine first aid kits, add to one you like, or start from scratch. This article will help you choose what you need in your first aid kit whether it is for travel, work or your home.


First Aid Kits for Homes

If you are wondering which items you need in a home first aid kit, look no further. The list below includes everything you need to assure that you will be able to care for yourself when an accident occurs.

Think of the types of injuries that happen at home. Common ones include burns, cuts, scrapes, and bruises. You may want to include items that you would usually keep in the medicine cabinet like Asprin, Pepto Bismol, and cough medicine.


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What to Put in Your Home's First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Gause
  • Bandages
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medical Tape
  • Imodium
  • Pain Reliever
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Burn Cream
  • Cold Medicine
  • Emergen-C
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton Swabs


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First Aid Kits for Work

When you have to put together a first aid kit for your business office, you will need to design one especially for your workplace. If your business has a warehouse or factory, you will need many items in order to assure safety. If you work in a small office setting, you may not need as many items in your safety kit.

Again, I suggest placing items like pills and cough medicine in your workplace first aid kit. These items will need to be replenished monthly as they will be used more often than the other items in your kit if you are in an office setting.

What to Put in a First Aid Kit for Work


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  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Gause
  • Bandages
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medical Tape
  • Pain Reliever
  • Trama Sponges
  • Ice Pack
  • IcyHot
  • Finger Splints
  • Scissors
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton Balls
  • First Aid Guide
  • Rubbing Alcohol


Office Setting

  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Gause
  • Bandages
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medical Tape
  • Imodium
  • Pain Reliever
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Alka-Seltzer


Traveling First Aid Packing Tips

  • Buy travel-size packets of everything you need while traveling to keep your luggage lighter.
  • You can buy a small box to keep your kit in. Look for boxes used by fishermen, sewers, or jewelry-makers.

First Aid Kits for Camping or Traveling

When traveling, you need to keep a complete first aid kit with you. It also needs to be compact, so you aren't forced to carry around a heavy bag.

Packing items like Imodium and allergy medicine is very important when traveling because you never know what might happen when you are in a foreign place.

Make sure to keep hand sanitizer with you at all times when traveling. You may want to keep this on your person and not in your first aid kit for easy access.


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Items to Put in your Travel First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Gause
  • Bandages
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medical Tape
  • Imodium
  • Pain Reliever
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Alka-Seltzer


Keeping Your First Aid Kit Organized

Do not use a ziplock bag to hold your items.  Finding the right things in your kit can be very difficult when they are all shoved into a bag.
Do not use a ziplock bag to hold your items. Finding the right things in your kit can be very difficult when they are all shoved into a bag. | Source

Keeping your first aid kit organized can be difficult, since your kit gets used when injuries happen. When people are injured, there is a panic and rushing to get bandages or other items in your kit takes priority over keeping your kit neat.

When you reach into your kit, make sure that there is a place for everything. Using a fisherman's box to hold your first aid items will help to keep it neat and organized. If you need to, label the different sections of your kit so that even when a stranger to your kit uses it, they know where things belong.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Excellent! I like how you noted kits for different occasions. I especially like the idea of using a fisherman's box. Right now, the kit in the trunk of my car is just stuffed into a cloth bag (like a zip lock bag). I think I'm going to look for a fisherman's box and label it. Thank you for the tip.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

What a fantastic listing! I'm feeling pretty good about my current kit- except for things on the medication front. Guess I need to stock up on some essentials!

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