First Aid Kit Recommendations

First Aid Kit Recommendations from The American Red Cross. Tips for stocking a first aid kit for a family of four. Be careful of expiration dates.

Summer is full swing and it’s that time of year to make sure that you are prepared for those bumps & bruises that come with riding bikes and taking hikes.  If you don’t already have a first aid kit, then let’s create one.  If you do have a first aid kit then double check to make sure that you have everything you need and don’t forget to check for expiration dates.  Let’s all have a safe Spring (and summer, and winter, and fall)!

First Aid Kit Recommendations

Here’s what should be included in a first-aid kit for a family of four

• 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
• 25 adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
• 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
• 5 antibiotic ointment packets
• 5 antiseptic wipe packets and 1 plastic bottle non-stinging antiseptic wash
• 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each) & 2 packets of acetaminophen (325 mg)
• 1 compression wrap
• 1 finger splint
• 1 space (thermal) blanket
• 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
• 1 instant cold compress
• 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
• 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• 1 3-inch wide roller bandage
• 1 4-inch wide roller bandage
• 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
• 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
• Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
• 2 triangular bandages
• First-aid instruction booklet

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