21 first aid essentials for your home first aid kit [checklist]

When was the last time you replenished your home first aid kit?

In the drama of needing bandages, creams, and other supplies, it’s easy to forget about replacing what you use for next time.

Use this helpful checklist to ensure you have all the right first-aid supplies on hand. Also, be sure to look at the use-by dates on all your items and replace as needed.

First aid checklist for the home

  1. Scissors. For cutting tape and bandages.
  2. Hand sanitiser. For cleaning hands before applying bandages or dealing with open wounds and scrapes.
  3. Roller bandages. Ideally, 1x 50 mm role and 1x 75 mm roll.
  4. Safety pins. To secure roller bandages.
  5. Sterile gauze. For covering wounds, cuts, abrasions, burns, or blisters.
  6. Sterile non-adhesive pads. Use under bandages or apply direct to wounds, cuts, and other injuries.
  7. Triangular bandages. Use as an arm sling, to hold gauze in place, or to stop bleeding.
  8. Disposable gloves. For sanitary purposes.
  9. Moist wipes. Look for individually wrapped wipes, so the rest of the pack doesn’t dry out when you need one.
  10. Adhesive dressings. Stock your kit with an array of sizes to cover different types of cuts and scrapes.
  11. Adhesive tape. To secure dressings or bandages in place.
  12. First aid cream. A broad spectrum antiseptic cream such as Crystaderm can be used on cuts, burns, grazes, sores, and skin infections. Crystaderm can also be applied to school sores and acne, making it a useful product for everyone in the household.
  13. Wound wash solution. A sterile spray for the rinsing/cleansing of wounds, such as Crystawash .
  14. Tweezers. Good for removing splinters, gravel, and glass shards.
  15. Cotton buds. Ideal for cleaning small wounds.
  16. Ice pack and a heat pack. Good for muscle pain, sprains, and cramps.
  17. Over-the-counter pain medication. For fast pain relief.
  18. An eye wash solution and container. For eye injuries.
  19. Pen and pencil. To take notes.
  20. Card with local emergency numbers. Just in case!
  21. First Aid manual. From a reputable source, such as St John or the Red Cross.

Of course, if you ever suffer an injury at home and realise you need an item that isn’t in your first aid kit, be sure to add it for next time.

Other helpful tips for stocking your first-aid kit

  • Keep a list of all the items in your kit, so you can easily check off each item and see what’s missing.
  • Add use-by dates to your list for each item, so you can quickly scan the list rather than pulling each product out of your pack to check.
  • Make sure the kit itself is somewhere easy to reach – you don’t want to have to dig it out of the back of the garage when you need bandages in a hurry. That said, keep out of reach of children.

Disclamer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not substitute advice from your healthcare professional. If symptoms persist or you require specialist advice, please consult your healthcare professional.

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