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The Basic First Aid Kit Every Home Should Have

The Basic First Aid Kit Every Home Should Have

Whether you live alone in an apartment or with a houseful of children, you would be wise to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Go through your first aid kids and medicine cabinets on a regular basis to check for expired medications, perhaps when daylight savings time begins and ends, or when you change the batteries in your smoke detectors.


  • Airtight packages of moist wipes
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic ointment or wipes
  • Bandages (several sizes)
  • Calibrated medical spoon and dropper
  • Cold pack
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Elastic wrap and closures
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Paper and pencil/pen
  • Roll of adhesive tape
  • Safety pins
  • Sterile gauze pads and roll of gauze bandages
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Activated charcoal and syrup of ipecac (call Poison Control Center before using: 800.222.1222)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Disposable gloves
  • Thermometer (oral, non-glass)

Extra Items for Car/Boat

  • Clean, folded sheet and lightweight blanket
  • Large flashlight and extra batteries
  • Flares
  • Large waterproof tarp or cover
  • Plastic water bottles, sealed


  • Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen and/or naproxen sodium (for pain relief and fever reduction)
  • Chewable aspirin tablets (for symptoms of a heart attack)
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine tablets or syrup
  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • Cough medicine
  • Decongestant tablets or liquid

Source: The American Institute for Preventative Medicine