A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and materials that can be used as a first line of treatment for an injury or illness.
First aid kits can either be purchased or made by an individual. Several items are listed below that can be used in a first aid kit. Certain activities are related to risk of certain injuries. People involved in special activities may want to include more of some items in their kits than people who are not involved in those activities. First aid kits can be bought at sporting goods stores, pharmacies and some department stores. The following materials can be useful in a first aid kit.
Bandages should include: adhesive bandage strips in different sizes butterfly bandages (1/4 inch and 1 inch) elastic wraps for wrists, ankles, knees and elbows adhesive tape in different sizessterile cotton balls, eye patches and gauze pads (4 x 4 inches and 2 x 2 inches) absorbent cotton ballsadhesive gauze, wrapping and rolls in different sizestriangular bandagesteri-strips
Equipment should include: scissors tweezers bulb syringe cotton-tipped swabs paper cups blanket thermometer disposable instant ice bagnail clippersSAM splint
Medications should include: acetaminophenibuprofenantiseptic solution and wipesantibiotic ointment or creamhydrocortisone cream burn creambee sting kit, if one has a known sensitivity to bee stings
Miscellaneous items should include: first aid manual instant hot/cold packshydrogen peroxide or betadine solutionvasoline or petroleum jellyflashlight tissues soap or hand washsafety pins disposable glovessmall roll of duct tapematches in a waterproof containerextra batteries for cell phone or electronics