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First-Aid Medical Kit

A standard first-aid kit is very important for emergencies. It is better if your kit is waterproof; otherwise, keep all items in sealable plastic bags to keep moisture out. Store your first-aid kit in an easily accessible area of your home or garage. You can purchase a pre-made kit (see figure 1.3) or create one of your own by collecting the following items and putting them into a small suitcase or box.

Sample First-Aid Kit

  • First-aid book
  • Essential personal medications
  • Cold and cough medicine
  • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin
  • Antacid
  • Syrup of ipecac
  • Powdered antibiotic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Laxative and diarrhea remedy
  • Antihistamine
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Instant cold and hot packs
  • Elastic bandages (2 or more)
  • Triangular bandages
  • Adhesive bandages of all sizes (100 counts)
  • Butterfly Closures
  • Assorted sterile gauze pads
  • First-aid tape
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Small splints (Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Plastic spoons
  • Safety pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Pocketknife
  • Flashlight (with batteries)
  • Lightweight blanket or space blanket
  • Other ___

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