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Emergency First-Aid Kit Essentials

A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you take effective action in an emergency situation. Here are the specific items that you should stock in first-aid kits for your home, your car and the great outdoors.

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First-Aid Kit for the Home

Keep a watertight box containing:

  • * Alcohol-free antiseptic wipes
    * Alcohol gel
    * Latex-free disposable gloves
    * Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
    * Sterile dressings in assorted sizes
    * Sterile eye pad
    * Triangular bandages
    * Safety pins in assorted sizes
    * Crepe roller bandages of different widths
    * Elastic bandage
    * Combined sterile dressing and bandage
    * Adhesive tape
    * Scissors
    * Tweezers
    * Digital thermometer

 

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First-Aid Kit for the Car

It is possible to purchase a first-aid kit that is designed to be kept in a car. A kit from the Red Cross contains:

  • * Adhesive bandages
  • * Triangular bandages
  • * Dressing pads
  • * Gauze swabs
  • * Sterile dressings
  • * Adhesive tape
  • * Disposable gloves
  • * Antiseptic wipes
  • * Safety pins
  • * Disposable face shield
  • * Scissors
  • * Tweezers
  • * Mylar blanket
  • * Note pad and pencil
  • * Flashlight
  • * Clinical waste bag

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First-Aid Kit for Outdoor Activities

When camping or hiking, consider purchasing a pouch travel kit that can easily be carried. The Red Cross travel first-aid kit contains:

  • * Adhesive bandages
  • * Bandages
  • * Dressings
  • * Disposable gloves
  • * Sterile dressings
  • * Wipes
  • * Safety pins

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Useful medication for first-aid kits

Go beyond the basics by adding these medications to your first-aid kit.

  • * Ibuprofen
  • * Antiseptic cream
  • * Rehydration salts
  • * Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • * Antihistamine tablets or syrup
  • * Insect repellent
  • * Antihistamine cream

 

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