14 Must Have Items In Your First Aid Kit

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You can never be too prepared when it comes to first aid, but there are 14 items that are must have items in your first aid kit.  These 14  key items are necessary for you to be able to provide first aid care for minor and serious first aid emergencies. These are:

  1. 4×4 Gauze Pads. Use for minor to moderate wounds or bleeding. Watch my video on how to stop and control bleeding here.
  2. 5×9 Trauma Dressing. Use for severe bleeding or large wounds.
  3. Thermal Blankets. Use for victims who are in shock to keep them warm (unconscious or unresponsive).  Watch my video on how to treat shock here.
  4. 2×6 Burn Gel Dressing. In a case of burns, apply this Gel Dressing to the burned area. Watch my video on how to treat burns here
  5. Cold Packs. Use for treating bumps, bruises, muscle aches and swelling.   Place gauze over skin prior to applying cold pack.
  6. Triangular Bandage. This is a versatile dressing. It can be used to support an injured limb or extremity, secure a splint, as a pressure dressing to control bleeding, or to secure an arm that has a splint on it.
  7. Antiseptic Wipes. These wipes are alcohol-free, so it’s safe for cleaning out small injuries such as scrapes, cuts and abrasions and even minor burns before sticking on a bandage.  Watch my video on how to clean wounds here.
  8. Cardboard Splint. Used to stabilize fractured limbs to prevent further damage or complications.
  9. Gauze Rolls. Use to secure dressings on wounds, burns or a fracture.
  10. First Aid Tape. For securing first aid dressing, bandage, and splint. Find the ones that are waterproof and easy to tear off.
  11. Band-Aids. Used for minor wounds.
  12. Paramedic Scissors. Use to cut gauze. Remove clothing, or cutting your own dressings.
  13. Antimicrobial Wipes. For the rescuer’s safety when they become exposed to body fluids, these wipes contain alcohol, so they should NEVER be used on wounds. Read my post why you shouldn’t use alcohol on wounds.
  14. Vinyl Gloves. For the rescuer’s safety, to protect you from body fluids.

If you’re wondering how much of each of these items you should get for your family first aid kit, then check out my calculator below.

I’ve created a Family Disaster Preparedness Calculator, just enter the number of people in your family and it will generate a report with right quantities of the items you need. I’ve also included a quick guide and videos on how to use them.

Click here to calculate your supply needs.

Here’s a nice infographic that CDC made.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wayne Bennett Captain Wayne Bennett (Ret.) is the founder of Disaster Survival Skills, LLC. and is also a retired professional firefighter and disaster preparedness coordinator who recognized a need for a one-day training on how everyone should respond to a disaster. From that moment forward the commitment has been to develop, refine and perfect techniques and strategies that everyone can use. In addition to training, Disaster Survival Skills, LLC. provides practical and realistic supplies that support their training. There is no fluff or waste in their kits, but rather items that can and will be used by your employees in an emergency.
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Steph Leigh
Steph Leigh
2017-12-15T21:40:23+0000
Wayne was awesome!!! The cpr training was so helpful!! Learned a lot!!!
Miriam Johnson Brady
Miriam Johnson Brady
2017-12-15T19:56:16+0000
Elizabeth Majeske-Lozada
Elizabeth Majeske-Lozada
2017-12-15T19:56:07+0000
Robynne Chatten
Robynne Chatten
2017-12-15T19:53:00+0000
Kim Pearson
Kim Pearson
2017-08-02T15:47:40+0000
You gave alot of information more people need to know CPR and first aid
Thai Vu Park
Thai Vu Park
2017-06-09T23:48:52+0000
Laurie Stapert-Sharp
Laurie Stapert-Sharp
2017-02-28T21:29:13+0000
Desi Lu
Desi Lu
2017-01-28T09:58:38+0000
In all my years as a registered nurse, this is the best CPR & First Aid class ever! Thank you
Rhys Vargas
Rhys Vargas
2017-01-26T01:20:11+0000
Wayne is such a nice guy. Really funny and the course is supper easy to understand and it's worth the money .
Cyndi Leier
Cyndi Leier
2016-12-01T03:16:31+0000
Wayne is THE best trainer and I've taken his CPR/1st aid course many times. He explains everything so well that I actaully felt he was with me when I had to perform CPR for the first time.read more