What Are the Recommended Contents of a First Aid Kit?


First aid kits should contain a variety of supplies for treating common injuries, such as burns, stings, cuts, scrapes, strains and stings. Some common supplies include anesthetic spray for insect bites and rashes, adhesive tape, gauze pads for cleaning and covering wounds and ace bandages for wrapping strained or sprained joints, notes WebMD. All sizes of adhesive bandages for cuts and scrapes should be included, as should oral antihistamines for itching and allergic reactions.

Other recommended supplies include exam gloves to protect against exposure or infection, antibiotic cream for wound care and Telfa pads for covering burns and wounds. A CPR pocket mask is also an essential.

Scissors for cutting bandages, a triangular bandage to create a tourniquet or sling, and tweezers for removing ticks, stingers and splinters are also must-have items. A resealable oven bag makes a good container for contaminated items and doubles as an ice pick, if needed.

Cough medication, anti-diarrheal medication, aspirin, and over-the-counter pain relievers are also good additions to a first aid kid. If traveling or camping, a small Swiss Army knife, flashlight, and cigarette lighter for sterilizing instruments can come in handy.

Choose a drop-proof, water-resistant container for traveling first aid kits. Makeup cases, fanny packs and nylon bags make good containers when creating a do-it-yourself first aid kit, suggests WebMD.