What to Put in a First Aid Kit

First aid kit box with medical equipment and medications for emergency, objects top view

When it comes to safety, your first thoughts should venture back to childhood lessons of first aid. However, as an adult, the concept of preparing a first aid kit can be challenging.

There are hundreds of products that claim to be essential when treating minor injuries. And, there is no shortage of variations between the supplies.

For example, you can buy many different kinds of dressings, and not every wound dressing is created equal. That should not be surprising as not every kind of cut is the same, and therefore sometimes different tools are required.

However, before you start buying first aid supplies, it is essential to think about the future uses of your new first aid kit. Will it be used for work purposes, pleasure, or general household emergencies?

So, to help you navigate the many different choices available before you, here are four essentials that most first aid kits should have.


Besides blood loss, one of the most concerning parts of a cut is foreign germs entering our bodies. Ensure that you have something to clean the wound. Keeping it clean is essential for preventing associated illnesses.

For example, an alcohol prep pad or hydrogen peroxide wipes may be great for cleaning the affected area. When it comes to managing it afterward, look for a small tube of bacitracin. It is important to keep the affected area clean until the body has time to heal itself.


Unfortunately, accidents rarely happen when in perfect conditions. Sometimes they happen at night or when you cannot see very well.

Whether you are camping or around the house, make sure that there is a light source available. In other words, keep a small flashlight or even a set of matches and candles available at all times.

Pain Reliever

Adding a small bottle of ibuprofen or Tylenol can be great for managing pain after an accident. Sometimes, it might be needed to curb a migraine that lurks on the horizon. Or, at other times, it can provide some relief for someone who may have twisted an ankle or have a shin splint.

Allergy Relief

Allergic reactions are no joking matter. They are life-threatening and extend far beyond the sneeze or sore throat associated with season allergies.

If you or someone you know has an epi-pen, make sure it is in the first aid kit. Misplacing something as important as this can be a matter of life and death. This also includes keeping Benadryl or other allergy medicines on hand.

Bandaids and Dressings

When it comes to bandaids, think of the kinds of injuries that will most commonly occur. For example, if you are making a first aid kit for a boat, you may want water-resistant ones.

If you are making it for a camping trip, you may want cling and some large abdominal pads for burns or other accidents.

No matter, be sure to remember that making a first aid kit means anticipating future challenges.

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