First Aid Kit Checklist

Prepare your own activity specific first-aid kit for each family outing and make sure you have these items at home for around-the-house accidents, too.

  • One or two rolls of adhesive tape for bandaging
  • Bandages
  • 4" x 4" gauze pads (5)
  • Bar of plain, unperfumed soap for washing wounds
  • Liquid acetaminophen for infants and young children
  • Chewable children's acetaminophen for older children
  • Acetaminophen for teens and adults
  • One-ounce bottle of syrup of ipecac (to induce vomiting)
  • Scissors
  • Small hand towel (or paper towels)
  • Flashlight, with extra sealed batteries for backup
  • Chemical ice pack
  • Emergency phone numbers, including physician, hospital and local poison-control hot line

If you are going on an extended trip or are traveling in a remote area, a more fully stocked first-aid kit is advised. Your kit should include:

  • Roll of gauze
  • One or two elastic bandages
  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Antiseptic cream (for minor cuts and burns)
  • Petroleum jelly (for blisters, chafing and chapping)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Sunscreen (one suitable for children, with an SPF of at least 15; check with your pediatrician if your infant is younger than 6 months)
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Snakebite kit
  • Tongue depressors (to use as splints for injured fingers and toes)
  • Anaphylaxis kit, for severe allergy
  • Backup supply of prescription medication