What to include in your first aid kit

First aid kits have a bad habit of ending up shoved in the back of the linen cupboard, packed away in an unmarked box somewhere, or out in the garage. Basically anywhere except where you would need it in an emergency!

Keeping your home first aid kit in a central location helps to ensure that it’s accessible during bigger emergencies such as a burn or cut, or smaller ones such as stepping on a piece of Lego… which by the way definitely qualifies as an emergency!

You obviously don’t want, or need the whole pharmacy, so what are the essentials?

Your set of basic supplies should include:

  • Adhesive tape (e.g. 3M)
  • Antibiotic ointment (e.g. Batroban)
  • Antihistamine ointment (e.g. Anthisan)
  • Antiseptic solution (e.g. Dettol or Savlon)
  • A variety of bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap and plasters (Disney Princesses and Lightening McQueen ones optional!)
  • Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Soap or instant hand sanitizer
  • Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
  • Thermometer
  • List of emergency numbers
  • Anti nausea and diarrhoea medication (e.g. valoid, lomotil)
  • Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (e.g. Clarinase)
  • Over the counter pain killers (Panado)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Rescue remedy (which also works a treat for suspicious sore tummies before school!)
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

Your first aid kit should be accessible and portable. You aren’t going to pack the kitchen sink in it, but you want one that’s big enough to carry the basics. A small tackle box makes a good first aid kit, or even better is something as simple as a re-sealable freezer bag. Keep at least one first-aid kit in your home and one in your car, and let everyone know where they are. Children old enough to understand the purpose of the kits should also know where they are kept.

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Don’t forget to give your kit a check-up every now and then. Replace anything that’s expired, update emergency numbers and check that your stock is all in order! The last thing you need is to be out of your husband’s favourite Mickey Mouse plasters when disaster strikes!

Click here for a PDF of local emergency numbers which you can print out and keep at home!