First of all, if you haven't yet, check out my video on a first aid kit for travel, hiking or camping HERE! And I offer a class called Bumps, Breaks, and Bruises live and on-demand - you should check those out!
I get asked a lot of questions about first aid kits, especially as I've started to teach first aid classes. So I came up with an at-home and on-the go version! I've included links to Amazon so you can see what I recommend, but feel to purchase from anywhere!
At Home Kit (the big, luxurious kit)
Ace/elastic wrap - obviously great for wrapping ankles, but also to support splinting and other bandaging!
Aluminum splint - This is lightweight, packable, easy to use! It can help stabilize a fracture or sprain until you can get an x-ray!
Triangle bandage - One of my favorites, this can be used as a sling, bandaging material, or even a tourniquet (in case of life-threatening bleeding only, of course)!
Medical tape - obviously for bandaging and splinting, but also can be pretty versatile
Safety pins - for bandaging (again), draining blisters, or many other uses!
Tweezers - For stings, splinters, and thorns!
Alcohol wipes - to clean scissors, tweezers, or other instruments before use
Scissors - to cut bandages and tape, or cut away clothing in case of emergency!
Super glue (if desired) - can be used as skin glue for flaps of skin. Beware though - it burns, and you can definitely glue yourself if you aren't careful! Do not use anywhere near the eyes. Always wash the wound well prior to use
Ibuprofen - (Brand name Motrin, Advil) (over 6 months of age) for pain, inflammation or fever
Acetaminophen - (Brand name Tylenol) for pain or fever
Diphenhydramine (Brand name Benadryl) - for itching!
Antibiotic ointment - (bacitracin or triple antibiotic are both fine!)
Hydrocortisone cream - for bites, stings, and itchy rashes
Electrolyte mix - for dehydration from any cause
Any personal emergency meds (epinephrine, glucose)
- Medical tape
- Safety pins
- Triangle bandage
Bottled water - for wound or eye irrigation