Every home and vehicle should have a first aid kit on hand for emergency injuries big and small. What you put in the first aid kit depends largely on how much you want to spend and what types of problems you foresee happening in the future. For a trip to the shopping center, a small first aid kit will suffice. If you intend to make the first aid kit part of a survival package, you need more items.
No matter what these 5 items are necessary for any first-aid kit and can handle most common types of injuries and ailments.
- Band-Aids or other adhesive bandages should be kept in every first-aid kit. These are ideal for insect bites and stings and small wounds.
- Elastic bandages in a first-aid kit can give support to twisted ankles, immobilize injured limbs, and even hold covers over larger wounds.
- Every first-aid kit should have antiseptic liquid or spray to kill bacteria in any wounds.
- Bring along large gauze pads and medical tape to attach them to the affected area. These are useful for a multitude of problems such as cuts, scrapes, burns, bites and should always be one of the first things put in a first-aid kit.
- A first aid kit would not be complete without a manual or pamphlet telling exactly what to do in case of various injuries or illnesses.
There are plenty of other first aid kit items, such as pain relieving pills, alcohol swabs, tweezers, and instant chemical hot and cold packs, sterile razors, small scissors, clotting agents and eyewash, which can be included.