What should I include in my first aid kit?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
Always have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home or car. You can buy ready-made kits, or you can make and stock one yourself from your local pharmacy. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, a good home first aid kit should contain at least the following:
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Cough suppressant
  • Antihistamine
  • Decongestant
  • Assorted bandages
  • Elastic wrap
  • Gauze and adhesive tape
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl alcohol
  • Disposable instant cold and heat packs
Stock both pediatric and adult doses of medications, as well as a children’s dosing syringe.

You may also consider taking a first aid course or learning CPR. You can check with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association about classes near you.

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