BASIC First Aid Kit Checklist

What should I keep in my first aid kit?

  • It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.
  • Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.
  • Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.

A basic first aid kit may contain:

  1. plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  2. small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  3. at least 2 sterile eye dressings
  4. triangular bandages
  5. crêpe rolled bandages
  6. safety pins
  7. disposable sterile gloves
  8. tweezers
  9. scissors
  10. alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  11. sticky tape
  12. thermometer (preferably digital)
  13. skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  14. cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  15. antiseptic cream
  16. painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  17. cough medicine
  18. antihistamine cream or tablets
  19. distilled water for cleaning wounds
  20. eye wash and eye bath

It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit.  Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they're within their use-by dates.

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