Being Prepared: What Should I Include In A First Aid Kit?

Everyone has a need for a first aid kit, and that need for a kit goes beyond throwing one in the car. Depending on one’s personal needs and adventures, they may need certain items that someone else does not. Having a kit at home, at work, and in the car so first aid supplies are never more than a short distance away can make all the difference in times of emergency.


One does not like to think about unpleasant things such as injury, but being prepared in the event of an emergency matters. Depending on who you are and what you encounter each day, you may have different needs when constructing or purchasing a first aid kit. The most difficult part of having a first aid kit is anticipating the needs and acquiring the necessary items for it. A first aid kit in an emergency can save a life. What should one include in a first aid kit?


First, who are you? As a person, you may have different needs from other people. A mother whose children play sports will need a much more extensive kit than a single person who simply wants a smaller kit to throw in their glove compartment “just in case.” Buying a base kit and then adding to it is a wise idea, as is ordering a larger professional one and modifying it to suit your individual purposes.

But first and foremost, determine who you are, your personal needs, and how many people your kit will be serving. If there are small children, consider in buying some smaller child-sized items as one size does not always fit all when it comes to first aid. Those who are involved in outdoor adventures and contact sports are going to want a more extensive kit as well.


Basic items that should be in any kit regardless of the user include band-aids of various sizes, latex gloves, antiseptic, alcohol swabs, treatment for burns, stings, and bites, and gauze or other dressings for a larger wound. It is also a good idea to include basic medicines such as aspirin in a kit, especially for people who are at risk for a heart attack. If there is a possibility of someone being allergic to bee stings or other insect bites, an allergy kit is a must.

Consider ice packs that can be activated and used in a hurry as well as Ace bandage wraps and adjustable braces for those who play sports and are subject to contact injuries. A CPR mask and a thermal blanket to cover a trauma victim are good ideas that hopefully never need used. Objects for splinting and bracing if there are possibilities of broken bones are also of vital importance. Finally, non-medical items such as a flashlight, tweezers, and a multifunction tool may come in handy during an emergency.


One thinks of a first aid kit for the car or work shop, but having one already together in the home in an easy to find location can also make a difference. Consider buying smaller kits for travel and a larger one for home, if one does not make their own from scratch. Of most importance is keeping it full and up to date once it is together. In the event of an emergency, a first aid kit matters.