Is Your First Aid Kit up to Date?

Whether you buy a first aid kit or make your own, make sure it has all the necessary items. Include personal medications. Check expiration dates regularly, and replace any used or out-of-date contents. The Red Cross recommends that all kits for a family of four include:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)

  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)

  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)

  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets

  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

  • 1 blanket (space blanket)

  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

  • 1 instant cold compress

  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves (size: large)

  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)

  • Scissors

  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)

  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)

  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)

  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)

  • 2 triangular bandages

  • Tweezers

  • First aid instruction booklet

Source: American Red Cross