The First Aid Kit Items Every Home Needs

From kitchen mishaps like cuts and minor burns to outdoor hazards like scraped knees and bug bites, there are plenty of opportunities for injuries at home. We’re always here for you should you need us (take a look at our service lines and locations), but we’d like to recommend a few items to have at home in case of accidents that require basic medical attention.

What’s in your home first aid kit? Take a look at our guide to creating a suitable at-home first aid kit.

What’s in your home first aid kit? Take a look at our guide to creating a suitable at-home kit for your family.

Here are the first aid kit items the Red Cross recommends for a family of four:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
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  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Of course, having the items isn’t very helpful if you’re unsure of how to use them. Hydrocortisone, for example, is a relief for itchy bug bites, and triangle bandages are used for an arm sling. That’s why we recommend having a first aid instruction manual on hand or access to an online guide such as this one from WebMD.

You also can purchase pre-made first aid kits from the Red Cross store. And remember, if you need medical care, visit your nearest MHM center.